Now is the time to sign up for Christmas cooking classes

Triangle cooking classes have a bunch of upcoming holiday classes, including Christmas cookies.
Triangle cooking classes have a bunch of upcoming holiday classes, including Christmas cookies. MCT

It seems indecent to talk about Christmas when we haven’t even cooked Thanksgiving dinner. But I promise if you don’t sign up for these classes now, you won’t be able to once you recover from Thanksgiving.

Here’s a roundup of cooking classes for those December holidays:

Southern Season, Chapel Hill: Gingerbread House Decorating, noon and 4 p.m. Nov. 29, noon and 4 p.m. Nov. 30, 5 p.m. Dec. 1, , $45; Make-Ahead Appetizers, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, $40; Cajun Night Before Christmas, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, $45; Holiday Brunch, noon, Dec. 12, $30; Holidays in Mexico, 5 p.m. Dec. 13, $40; Parents and Kids New Year’s Eve Dinner, 11 a.m. Dec. 30, $35. Info: 919-929-7133 or

Sur la Table, Durham: Vegetarian Holiday Sides, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, $69; Holiday Tapas Party, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 a.m. Dec. 27, $69; Girls Night Out: Holiday Entertaining, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, $69; Classic Holiday Favorites, 4 p.m., Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, $79; Incredible Holiday Soups, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, $69; Holiday Brunch, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, $69; Decadent Holiday Chocolates, 11 a.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 21, $69; Holiday Cookie Exchange, 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 4 p.m. Dec. 21, $59; Family Fun: Holiday Treats, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 11 a.m. Dec. 24, $39; Holiday Tamale Workshop, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23, $69; Date Night: New Year’s Celebration, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and Dec. 31, $79; Info: 919-248-4727 or

Whisk, Cary: Italian Holiday Feast, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, $69; Stunning Holiday Cookies, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, $59; Holiday Cocktail Party, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 18, $59; Gingerbread House Workshop, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20, $59; Tamales, 2 p.m. Dec. 21, $69. Info: 919-322-2458 or

Durham Spirits Co., Durham: Gourmet Gifts, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2; Holiday Macarons, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6; Holiday Brunch, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost: $59. Info:

Chef Amy Tornquist, Durham: Holiday Cookies, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, $50. Info: 919-957-7889 or

Children’s holiday cooking camps

If you are looking for activities for your children during the holiday break, Sur la Table at The Streets of Southpoint is offering two-day cooking camps.

For children ages 8-12, there are two-day cooking camps from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30. For teenagers, there are two-day cooking camps from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30. The cost is $100 for each two-day session.

Info: 919-248-4727 or

It’s also worth mentioning two other cooking schools that cater to children, which may be a good option for upcoming holiday breaks and track outs.

Classy Kids Cook in Cary offers week-long cooking camps for full-day or half-day students. Classes run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost is $385 for a week of full days, $260 for a week of half days and $80 for individual days. The school also offers after-school cooking classes from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for $45 per class or $160 for four classes.

The school is at 1240 NW Maynard Road, Cary. Info: 919-481-1645 or

The Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio, formerly Lil Chef, at the North Hills shopping complex also caters to children from preschool age to teenagers. They offer classes and camps whenever schools are closed. Week-long camps run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and cost $299. Single day sessions cost $84.

The school is at 201-106 Park at North Hills St. Raleigh. Info: 919-889-2598 or