For The Love Of Food Want To Expand Your Culinary Horizons And Rub Elbows With Great Chefs? Take A Cooking Class. Here's Where To Do It.

Posted: September 21, 1994

Food, like love, can bring us together. If there was any doubt of that, it was dispelled by our search for cooking classes to include in our annual guide.

Consider the cooks who gathered in the kitchen of the Desmond Great Valley Hotel in Chester County on a recent Sunday afternoon for some hands-on cooking practice with the pros.

From novice home cooks to food professionals, they donned chefs' whites and

went to work with executive chef Sam Kenyon, banquet chef Dean O'Brien and backup chef Ed Robinson pounding veal, rolling out pasta and pie crust, filling ravioli, and generally prepping and plating - all the while watching, questioning, listening and learning.

Newlyweds Bruce and Caryn Marcolongo of Philadelphia were drawn by the blend of instruction and entertainment, and an interest they can share.

As an experienced cook and the first home from work, Bruce Marcolongo assumes that household chore.

"Caryn cooks maybe once every three weeks," he said. "Me? If I can't sleep at night, I'll go in the kitchen and cook."

Now Caryn wants to expand her repertoire and reciprocate.

Caterers Anthony D'Angelo (D'Angelo's Catering in Media) and Rick Alan Alderfer (Occasions Unlimited in Lansdale) saw the class as a chance to pick up ideas, learn new skills and get the feel of a bigger kitchen.

"It's good to see another professional share his techniques," D'Angelo noted. "Even if it's just one new technique to add to what you know, it's good."

Their goals may differ but these students are representative of the range of students signing up for this year's increased selection of cooking classes.

Kenyon, of the Great Valley Hotel, has more "working kitchen" classes scheduled for the Adult School Night of Chester County and for Charlotte Ann Albertson's Cooking School.

Kenyon "is one of the rare chefs who can run a participation class and do it well," said Albertson.

It's part of the "sustained interest in gourmet cooking" that director Mary Berry has observed in her five years with the Chester County program. ''Our most popular classes ever are those run by Georges Perrier," Berry said.

Other classes on Berry's "pop" chart are holiday hors d'oeuvres and specialty breadbaking.

"People in Chester County are gourmets," Berry said. "They are not as interested in low-fat and macrobiotic classes. Those classes really don't fill up here."

But there is enough interest in heart-healthy cooking to have spawned a greater selection of instruction in that area this year.

Pat Tabibian, director of a Delaware cooking school, has noticed a drop in the average age of her students and more interest in weekend classes. Plus, the number of couples coming to classes has increased.

"There was a time when the majority of students were over 45," Tabibian said. "Now I see more of them coming in their late 20s and early 30s."

All the teachers queried agreed that more men are coming to classes.

"A lot of them got breadmakers for Christmas," said Tabibian.

But the strongest growth seems to be in more social cooking classes, more of which close with sit-down dinners rather than the usual tastings. It's an attraction both for busy students and for restaurants, where many such classes are held. Yangming in Bryn Mawr has hosted classes for several years. New to the ranks are Deux Cheminees, Philadelphia Fish & Co. and Zanzibar Blue in Center City, and Zocalo in West Philadelphia, several of whose chefs also teach outside their own kitchens.

At Deux Cheminees, owner-chef Fritz Blank initially set up two in- restaurant classes for the University of Pennsylvania's continuing- education program this fall. They sold out in one day, causing Blank to add two dates to the schedule.

Restaurant classes are good for both students and chefs, said Blank, who teaches as he cooks, for the love of it. "The students get to see a real kitchen," Blank said. "And I feel more comfortable cooking in my own kitchen than I do working in the middle of a mall with a hot plate."

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A listing of many, though not all, area schools, organizations, chefs and teachers offering cooking classes follows. Class fees cover tuition and costs where applicable. For more complete course schedules and winter or spring classes, contact the individual school or sponsor directly.

Advance registration is required or advised for all classes. Classes, times and fees are subject to change. Listing here does not constitute endorsement by The Inquirer of any school, class or instructor.

PHILADELPHIA

CHARLOTTE ANN ALBERTSON'S COOKING SCHOOL Box 27, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096; 610-649-9290. Ritz Carlton kitchen tour & lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 15, $45. Chef's Tour of the Italian Market with author-historian Sorelle Cianfero, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, $25. Kitchen tour at Rittenhouse Hotel, with demo & lunch, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $45.

ASSOULINE & TING 314 Brown St, Philadelphia 19123; 215-627-3000. Demonstrations by chefs, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $30: Mary Ellen Hatch (Baker Street), Oct. 13; Alison Barshak (Striped Bass), Nov. 5; pastry chef Robert Bennett (Le Bec-Fin), Nov. 17; Albert Paris (Circa), Dec. 3; pastry chef Eric Boerner (Adam's Mark), Dec. 8.

Hands-on classes, $45 each: Marilyn Anthony (Thai cooking), Oct. 1. Bruce Cooper (Jake's), Oct. 27.

Series with Georges Perrier (Le Bec-Fin), 5 Tuesdays, $75 each, with new menus Oct. 11 & 18, chef's favorite recipes Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, and "new students" class Nov. 8.

CELEBRITY CHEFS SHOWCASE Hosted by Irene Rothschild at the Sheraton Society Hill; 215-540-0999. Demonstrations by cookbook authors: Nicole Routhier (Foods of Vietnam and Cooking Under Wraps), Nov. 1, 7 p.m., $40. Jim Dodge, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., $40. Also, Giuliano Hazan and Hugh Carpenter, dates to be announced.

CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP ADULT SCHOOL Box 11291, Elkins Park, Pa. 19117; 215-887-1720. Convention Center & Reading Terminal Market tour, William Kingsley, Nov. 30, 1:30-4 p.m., $14.

CHRISTINA'S KITCHEN 243 Dickinson St, Philadelphia 19147; 215-551-1430. Vegetarian whole-foods cooking classes, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 7 classes, $165 or $25 each: Cooking Under Pressure, Oct. 1; Yin & Yang, Oct. 15; Harvest Bounty, Oct. 29; adapting traditional recipes, Nov. 12; soup du jour, Nov. 19; breakfasts, Dec. 3; holiday brunch, Dec. 17.

COOKIN KIDS at Cafette, 8136 Ardleigh St, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia 19118; 215-242-5343. Chef Angela Brown-Johnson instructs children ages 8 to 16, 6 Sundays from Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $125.

COOKING A LA HEALTH Dept. of Nutrition and Dietetics, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 111 S. 11th St., Philadelphia 19107; 215-955-5077.

Nutrition-oriented cooking classes with registered dietitians & restaurant chefs in the Dining With Heart program. Classes at Bluemle Life Sciences Building, 10th & Locust Sts., noon-1 p.m., 7 Wednesdays, $30 ($5 each): finger foods, Oct. 5; roasted vegetables, Oct. 12; seafood, Oct. 19; pizza, Oct. 26; pasta, Nov. 2; soups, Nov. 16; one-dish dinners, Nov. 30.

CUIS KIDS CREATIVE COOKING 338 S. 2d St., Philadelphia 19106; 215-922-7524. Hands-on for children ages 6 to 12, 3:45-5:15 p.m.: 6 Mondays from Nov. 7 & 6 Tuesdays from Nov. 8, $90 each series. Workshops, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., $20 each: halloween treats, Oct. 26 & 27; pies, Nov. 16 & 17. Specialty Breads, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1; holiday cookies, Dec. 7 & 8.

FANTE'S 1006 S. 9th St., Philadelphia 19147; 215-922-5557. Cake decorating, 4-week courses, 6-8:30 p.m., $30 plus supplies: beginners, 4 Thursdays from Oct. 13.

FRANKLIN INSTITUTE Parkway at 20th St., Philadelphia 19103; 215-448-1133. Kitchen-science workshop, ages 5 & 6 with a parent, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, $20.

FRIENDS OF TRINITY MEMORIAL CHURCH 22d & Spruce Sts., Philadelphia 19103; 215-732-2515. A child-parent holiday baking workshop, Rosalie Rivera at the Restaurant School, Nov. 19, noon-2 p.m., $30 for 1 child & 1 parent. Reservation deadline is Nov. 14. Benefits church restoration.

JENNIFER'S EDIBLES 821 N. 24th St., Philadelphia 19130; 215-763-8847. Instructor-caterer Jennifer Phillips offers individual or group lessons in low-fat & fat-free cooking at your location. Four customized classes, $100.

JNA FOOD SERVICE TRAINING 1212 S. Broad St., Philadelphia 19146; 215-468-8838. Diploma food service training program. Day classes, 20 weeks, begin monthly, $4,075. Also courses for credit toward National Restaurant Association diploma.

MOYAMENSING HISTORICAL SOCIETY 1234 S. Sheridan St., Philadelphia19147; 215-334-6008. Sunday demonstrations at the Italian Market: Sicilian roast pig at Cannuli Bros. Meats, 927 S. 9th St., Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-noon, no charge; sausage making, D'Angelo Bros., 909 S. 9th St., Sundays through Dec. 18, noon- 1 p.m., $10 (free with $25 purchase).

PENN STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION 4601 Market St., Philadelphia 19139; 215-560-4157. (Call Ermine Laud-Hammond to register.) Free cooking &

nutrition workshops for parents & caregivers. Norris Square Community Health Center, 1910 N. Front St., 13 Mondays from Sept. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Sherwood Presbyterian Church, 56th & Willow Ave., 9 Mondays from Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Trinity Baptist Church, 27th & Poplar Sts., 6 Tuesdays from Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Durham Elementary School, 16th & Lombard Sts., 9 Wednesdays

from Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Parkside Association, 5000 Parkside Ave., 8 Thursdays from Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Highsmith Shelter, 5531 Woodland Ave., 9 Wednesdays from Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Women's Christian Alliance, 1610 N. Broad St., 9 Thursdays from Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

PHILADELPHIA FISH & CO. 207 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19106; 215-625-8605. Hawaiian stews, stocks & chowders, owner Kevin Meeker & chef Zachary Conover, Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m., $35.

PHILADELPHIA HEART INSTITUTE, Presbyterian Medical Center, 39th & Market Sts., Philadelphia, 19104; 215-662-9247. Hands-on classes based on National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines, 6-8:30 p.m., $15 each: Italian cooking, Nov. 1; hors d'oeuvres & desserts, Nov. 16; food gifts, Dec. 1; make- ahead meals, Dec. 7; New Year's menu, Dec. 13; & low-calorie meals, Jan. 5.

THE RESTAURANT SCHOOL 4207 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19104; 215-222-4200. Associate degree program or 15-month certificate chef-training program geared to careers in food service & restaurant management.

SWEET CREATIONS UNLIMITED 5940 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia 19135; 215-288-7070. All aspects of cake decorating & confectionary art. Candy I (basics), Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m., $15. Additional classes to be announced. Call for schedule.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CENTER CITY 1616 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19103; 215-204-6946. Classes from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Vegetarian sushi, Saito Ai (Le Champignon), 3 Mondays from Sept. 26, $60. Basic cooking I, Irina Smith, 6 Tuesdays from Sept. 27, $140. Baking basics, Hayes Russock, 4 Wednesdays from Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m., $75. Healthy Cooking, Robin Rifkin, 5 Thursdays from Sept. 29, $105. Ethnic cuisines & Reading Terminal Market tour, Smith, 4 Mondays, 1 Saturday, from Oct. 17, $100. Holiday Entertaining & Food Gifts, Rosalie Rivera, 4 Wednesdays from Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., $80. Basic cooking II, Ann Hazan, 6 Tuesdays from Nov. 8, $140.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA College of General Studies, 3440 Market St., Philadelphia 19104; 898-6479. In the Chef's Kitchen, Fritz Blank at Deux Cheminees, 1221 Locust St., Oct. 10 & Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $55 each, includes lunch.

VEG-A-RAMA Chestnut Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Rex & Germantown Aves., Philadelphia 19118; 215-247-7022 or 215-672-2111. Vegetarian cooking, Oct. 5, 19 & 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $6 each or $15 series.

WAGNER FREE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia 19121; 215-763-6529. Free lecture series, Kitchen Biochemistry & Nutrition, Professor Ara Der Marderosian, 12 weeks from Sept. 27, 7-8 p.m., Thawley Auditorium, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 43d & Woodland Ave.

ZANZIBAR BLUE 305 S. 11th St., Philadelphia, 19107; 215-829-1990. Demonstrations by chef Tom Marino, Tuesdays, 8 p.m: The Art of Cooking, 3- course dinner with wines, Oct. 18, $45. Desserts and Pastries, served with teas and coffees, Nov. 8, $35. Caribbean Cooking, Nov. 22, $45 includes 3- course dinner with wines.

ZOCALO 36th & Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, 19104; 215-895-0139. Cocktail- hour cooking demonstrations, Lou Sackett, Tuesdays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8, 6-7 p.m., at the restaurant. Free with dinner reservations.

BUCKS COUNTY

THE COOK'S CORNER COOKING SCHOOL Yardleyville Sq., 90 W. Afton Ave., Yardley, Pa. 19067; 215-493-9093. Classes, 7 p.m.: Vegetables, Irene Rothschild, Sept. 27, $40. Corn & Pumpkins, Sandra Della Croce, Oct. 5, $35. Passage to India, Shaila Pradhan, Oct. 12, $35. Pasta Fresca, Rothschild, Oct. 18, $40. Poultry Plus, Kathleen McCool, Oct. 25, $35. English Holiday Dinner, Stephen Schmidt, Nov. 1, $45. Dinner's Ready, Andrew Schloss, Nov. 9, $45. Fast Hors d'Oeuvres, Della Croce, Nov. 16, $35. Grand Finales, Rothschild, Dec. 5, $40.

THE COOKING COTTAGE Cedar Spring Farms, 1731 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville, Pa. 18960; 215-453-1828. Classes Monday & Tuesday, 6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.: Pasta, Oct. 3 & 5, $37 each. California Cuisine, Oct. 7, $42. Crepes, Oct. 10, $37. Soups, Oct. 12, $32. French menu, Oct. 17 & 19, $42 each. Breadbaking, 3 Thursdays from Oct. 20, $100. Harvest menu, Oct. 24, $37. Country supper, Oct. 26, $32. Fireside meal, Oct. 28, $42. Country lunch, Nov. 2, $32. Favorites, Nov. 7 & 9, $32 each. Party food, Nov. 11, $42. Healthy pates, Gloria Fields, Nov. 14, $37. Brunch, Nov. 16, $32. Gourmet New York excursion, Nov. 18, $35.

JACQUALIN ET CIE Box 303, Lahaska, Pa. 18931; 215-794-7316. Classes Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7 p.m., starting Oct. 10. Call for schedule. Also, culinary tour and classes in Tuscany in June.

PEDDLER'S VILLAGE Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska, Pa. 18931; 215-794-4000. Gingerbread House seminar, Debi Lang, at Cock 'n Bull restaurant, Oct. 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m., $5.

J.C. PENNEY Housewares Dept., Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne, Pa. 19047; 215-752-2350. Wilton cake decorating, 4 weeks, monthly, 7-9 p.m., $20 plus supplies. Dates are advertised the last Wednesday of the month.

CHESTER COUNTY

A TO Z COOKING SCHOOL at Everyday Gourmet, 33 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073; 610-356-1260. Monday classes, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $35: Contemporary French, Michael McNally (London Grill), Sept. 26. Sophisticated Pastas, Peter Howell (Mia's at the Warwick), Oct. 10. Thai Cooking, Marilyn Anthony, Oct. 17, $40. Texas Home Cooking, Vicki Johnson, Oct. 24. Hors d'Oeuvres, Royer Smith (Frog/Commissary Catering), Nov. 7. Cookies, Kate Carney (Rittenhouse Hotel), Nov. 14. Breads, Mary Ellen Hatch (Baker Street), Nov. 28. Pizzas/Foccacias, Tim Albertson (Washington House), Dec. 5.

ADULT SCHOOL NIGHT FOR CHESTER COUNTY Box 2535, West Chester, Pa. 19380; 610-692-1964. Hands-on in Desmond Great Valley kitchen, chef Sam Kenyon, Oct. 4, 3-7 p.m., $45 includes dinner. Guests,$40 each.

Macrobiotic Cooking, at East High School, Ron Barron, 4 Saturdays from Sept. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $60.

At East High School, 7 p.m.: Elegant and Easy, Michael Barna, Oct. 5, $35. Babette's Feast, Roger Harman and John Marshall (Palladium), Oct. 12, $35. (Also, the dinner at Palladium, Oct. 18, $75.) Chinese Cooking, Joseph Shilling (A.T. Samuels), Oct. 19, $35. Pastry, Luis Cotuna (Ciboulette), Oct. 31, $35. Meals for Men, Barna, Nov. 7, $35. Dinner Party, Martin Maurer (Sheraton Great Valley), Nov. 9, $35. Holiday Vegetarian, Michelle Dirks, Nov. 16 & 23, $39. Cooking Cajun, Sam Kenyon, Nov. 21, $35.

CHARLOTTE ANN ALBERTSON'S COOKING SCHOOL Box 27, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096; 610-649-9290. Chef for a Day, hands-on with Sam Kenyon in the Desmond Great Valley Hotel kitchen, Oct. 12, Nov. 13, & Jan. 15, 3-6 p.m., $45 each with dinner and wine. Dinner guests, $25 each.

THE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, Pa. 19086; 610-566-1713. Wholesome Foods International, Wuanda Walls, 4 Thursdays from Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m., $60. Healing Foods, Walls, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $55.

SHIATSU 1128 Osborne Rd., Downingtown, Pa. 19335; 610-873-8340. Holiday Vegetarian and Macrobiotic Cooking, Ron Barron, Saturdays, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $25 each. Also, private lessons.

DELAWARE COUNTY

CHARLOTTE ANN ALBERTSON'S COOKING SCHOOL Box 27, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096; 610-649-9290. Classes at Madsen Design Center, 2901 Springfield Rd., Broomall, 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., $35 each: Principles of Cooking, Paul Boyd (Thomas'), Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. only. Cooking With Fresh Herbs, Joseph Shilling (A.T. Samuels), Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. only. Heart Healthy Menus, Dean O'Brien (Desmond Great Valley), Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. only. 20-Minute Chicken Dishes, Lou Sackett (Zocalo), Nov. 3. Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres, Locke Johnston (Museum Catering), Nov. 7. Holiday Breads, Mary Ellen Hatch (Baker Street), Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Antipasti Buffet, Nunzio Patruno (Monte Carlo), Nov. 14. Incredible Edibles, Albertson, Nov. 21. Desserts, Cookie Chase (Chase's Original Bakery), Nov. 28. Wok Cooking, Sackett, Jan. 5. Techniques, Sam Kenyon (Desmond), 4 Mondays from Jan. 9, $125.

AUX PETITS DELICES 162 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087; 610-971-0300. Classes in pastry technique and cake decoration, Patrick Gauthron, Oct. 5 & 12, 6 to 8 p.m., $35 each.

CLASS COOKING Box 751, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010; 610-527-1338. Classes at 334 Fishers Rd., $40 each or $180 series: 5 Wednesdays from Oct. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. or 5 Thursdays from Oct. 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Master classes, 3 hours, $50 each: Sauteing, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. Pastry, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. & Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. Poaching, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

FANTE'S Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064; 610-543-8177. Cake Decorating, 6-8:30 p.m., $30 plus supplies: Beginners, 4 Mondays from Oct. 3. Intermediate, 4 Mondays from Nov. 7. Gingerbread Houses, Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, $10 each.

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP ADULT SCHOOL Box 806, Havertown, Pa. 19083; 610-446-8022. Cake Decorating, at Haverford Middle School, 8 Tuesdays from Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m., $48.

JACKY'S SOUP TO NUTS Box 1632, Media, Pa. 19063; 610-566-2037. Naturally low-fat soups and muffins, at Media Fellowship House, 302 S. Jackson St., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-noon, $12.

J.C. PENNEY Granite Run Mall, Media, Pa. 19063; 610-565-4950. Wilton cake decorating, monthly, 7-9 p.m., $20 plus supplies: Beginners, 4 Wednesdays from Oct. 12. Intermediate, 4 Tuesdays from Oct. 18.

SPRINGFIELD LIONS ADULT SCHOOL Richardson Middle School, West Woodland Ave., Springfield, Pa. 19064; 610-544-7775. Culinary Heart Kitchen, Cheryl Mettee, 8 Mondays from Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m., $34.

WALLINGFORD-SWARTHMORE COMMUNITY CLASSES Box 141, Wallingford, Pa. 19086; 610-566-5786. Classes at Strath Haven High School, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: International Vegetarian, Wuanda Walls, 3 Mondays from Sept. 26, $29. Gourmet Buffet, Pamela Stitely, 5 Thursdays from Sept. 29, $40.

WELLNESS PROGRAM Peco Energy Co., 965 Chesterbrook Blvd., Wayne, Pa.; 610-640-6587. Healthy Eating, hands-on instruction by chef Joseph Shilling (A.T. Samuels), Oct. 11, noon. Free.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

CHARLOTTE ANN ALBERTSON'S COOKING SCHOOL Box 27, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096; 610-649-9290. At Yangming, 1051 Haverford Ave., Bryn Mawr: Chinese Ingredients, Barbara Tropp (China Moon), Nov. 6, 2-5 p.m., $50. Kitchen-design seminar with Nancy Stern, March 25, 1995, 9 a.m., $35.

At Shipley School, Bryn Mawr: Hands-on class, chef Joseph Shilling (A.T. Samuels), Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m., $50 includes dinner and one guest.

ALL NATURAL MARKET 30 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Pa. 19003; 610-896-7717. Natural-foods cooking, chef Joe Webb, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $15: World of Soups, Sept. 28.

BLOOMINGDALES The Court at King of Prussia, 660 W. DeKalb Pike, Merion Township, Pa. 19406; 610-337-6300. Public cooking demonstrations by area chefs, Main Course, 3d floor, Saturdays through Dec. 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP ADULT SCHOOL Box 11291, Elkins Park, Pa. 19117; 215-887-1720. At Cheltenham High School, 7-9 p.m.: How to Cook, Sept. 29 & Oct. 6, $22. Gourmet Chinese, 10 Mondays from Oct. 3, $97. Cake Decorating, 10 Mondays from Oct. 3, $90.50. Baking Bread, Nov. 12 & 19, 10 a.m.-noon, $25. Herb Vinegars, Nov. 13, $19. Indonesian and Japanese, Oct. 15 & 22, 10 a.m.-noon, $26. Vegetarian, 3 Thursdays from Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., $40. At Cedarbrook Middle School: Lite Cuisine, 5 Mondays from Oct. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $65. Italian Cooking, 5 Mondays from Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m., $65. Weight Control Without Dieting, 10 Mondays from Oct. 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $45.

Also, a day trip to the Culinary Institute of America and the Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, N.Y., Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., $63.

THE COOK'S CONNECTION 329 Old York Rd., Jenkintown, Pa. 19046; 215-885-6622. Instructor Andrew Schloss, 7-9 p.m., $35: Low-Fat Desserts, Oct. 5 & 19. Noodles, Nov. 2. Low-Fat Entertaining, Nov. 16. High-Fat Entertaining, Nov. 30. Roasting, Dec. 14.

COOKING WITH LINDA 158 Fisher Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006; 215-947-3694. Hands-on classes for children ages 6 to 16, starting Oct. 4. Six-class series, $95. Call for schedule.

EDWARDS-FREEMAN NUT CO. 441 E. Hector St., Conshohocken, Pa. 19428; 215-828-7441 or 800-348-7668. Free holiday cookie instruction by chef Sam Kenyon (Desmond Great Valley), Nov. 5, 10-11 a.m.

FRESH SPOT 62 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore, Pa. 19003; 610-649-3828. Low-fat, low-calorie, low-cholesterol cooking, Bud Bruno, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $7 each: Soups, Oct. 20. Thanksgiving, Nov. 9. Holiday menu, Dec. 6.

JADI-AMRIT INTERNATIONAL 3009 Peacock Drive, Audubon, Pa. 19403; 610- 539-3998. Classes, $20 each: Vegetarian Basics, Oct 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Simplified Indian/Ayurvedic Cooking, Oct. 25, 1-3:30 p.m. Quick Vegetarian, Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. Holiday foods, Nov. 29, 1-3:30 p.m.

LANSDALE DEPT. OF PARKS AND RECREATION 1 Vine St., Lansdale, Pa. 19446; 215-368-1691. Classes at Wissahickon Park Building, Lansdale, Tuesday evenings. Call Joanne Grubb for October schedule.

MAIN LINE SCHOOL NIGHT Lower Merion High School, Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore, Pa.; 610-687-0460. At Conestoga High School: Cake Decorating & Gingerbread Houses, Elaine Contino, 6 Thursdays starting tomorrow, Sept. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., $52. Maxine's Cuisine, Maxine Koenig, 10 Thursdays starting tomorrow, Sept. 22, 8:45-9:45 p.m., $72. At Harriton High School: Cooking with Bud Bruno (Fresh Spot), 3 Wednesdays from Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $45. At Lower Merion High School: Lo-Cal Entertaining, Adrian Hope Seltzer, 5 Tuesdays from Oct. 25, 7-8 p.m., $47. Learn to Cook (hands-on), Dee Jaye Frye, 5 Tuesdays from Oct. 25, 8:15-9:45 p.m., $47. Food Sculpture, Joe Poon (Cajun & Creole Express), 2 Tuesdays, Oct. 18 & 25, 7-9 p.m., $32. Stove Top Budget Gourmet, Maxine Koenig, 5 Tuesdays from Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $47. Nutritious Meals in Minutes, Sandy Mowry, 4 Tuesdays from Oct. 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $42. Thai Cooking, Penny Greenberg, 2 Tuesdays, Oct. 4 & 11, $32.

RUTH SAMUELS' TRAVELING KITCHEN 639 Susquehanna Rd, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006; 215-947-4658. Thanksgiving class, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $35. Private or group classes.

WILLOW GROVE PARK MALL 2600 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove, Pa. 19090; 215-657-6000. Director: Ruth Samuels. Free programs, 1st Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children and caregivers, hands-on: Animal Cookies, Oct. 4. Corn and Pumpkin Muffins, Nov. 1. Holiday baking contest, 2 children's and 5 adult categories, Nov. 12.

NEW JERSEY

ACADEMY OF CULINARY ARTS Atlantic Community College City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, 08401; 609-343-4829. Degree program and adult education. Hands-on workshops at Mays Landing campus, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Advanced Vegetarian, Oct. 5, $39. Pasta and Sauces, Oct. 19, $39. Grains, Oct. 26, $49 with cookbook. Low-Fat, High-Flavor, Nov. 2, $39. Holiday dishes, Nov. 16 & 17, $55.

ASSOCIATES FOR CREATIVE WELLNESS Executive Mews N-72, 1930 E. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, 08003; 609-424-7501. Saturday classes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $35: Basic Macrobiotic, Oct. 22. Heart-healthy Treats, Nov. 12.

THE CHALFONTE HOTEL 301 Howard St., Cape May, N.J. 08204; 609-884-8409. Country Cookin' Workshop, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, with 7 hours of kitchen instruction, including two breakfasts, two dinners and an afternoon tea. Package: $215 per person double; $235, single.

CHERRY HILL ADULT SCHOOL Cherry Hill High School East, Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill, 08003; 609-424-3140. Chinese I, 9 Wednesdays from Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m., $55 plus costs.

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY SCHOOL 17 Erial Rd., Blackwood, N.J. O8012; 609-232-1044. Creative Cooking, at Glen Landing Middle School, 6 Thursdays starting tomorrow, Sept. 22, 7-9:30 p.m., $40.

HADDONFIELD ADULT SCHOOL Haddonfield Memorial High School, 401 Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield, N.J. 08033; 609-428-4433. Chinese Cooking, Pansy Wang, 8 Thursdays from Oct. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., $50 (nonresidents, $51).

THE MANSION CULINARY SCHOOL The Mansion on Main Street, Evesham & Kresson Rds., Voorhees, N.J. 08043; 609-751-6060. Classes, first Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., $35 includes apron, reception: American Harvest & Desserts, Oct. 5. Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres & Gingerbread Houses, Nov. 2. A Healthy New Year, Dec. 7.

MID-ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 08204; 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. What's Cooking, Victoria?, tour of 5 Victorian kitchens, Oct. 8 & 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $15. Fisherman's Wharf (and packing plant) tours, Oct. 8, 10, 14 & 15, 11:30 a.m., $4.

J.C. PENNEY Black Horse Pike South, Audubon; 609-546-8200. Wilton cake decorating, 4-week courses, 7-9 p.m., $20 plus supplies. Call for October dates.

SOUTH JERSEY GAS CO. The Center at DoubleTree, Delsea Drive, Glassboro, 08028; 609-589-5500. Evening classes at the Natural Gas Advantage store. Call for schedule.

TOMASELLO WINERY CULINARY CLASSES 225 White Horse Pike, Hammonton, 08037; 609-561-0567 or 800-666-9463. Classes with Michael Hubert at the winery, evenings and Sundays. Dates to be announced.

VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY Box 272, Marlton, 08053, 609-273-7746. Cooking demonstration at Moorestown Community Center, 16 E. Main St., Oct. 8, 1 p.m., $5.

DELAWARE

DELAWARE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE 400 Christiana-Stanton Road, Stanton, 19804; 302-454-3956. Director: Pat Tabibian. Culinary workshops, 7-9 p.m., $30: Italian Accent, Daniel Leo Banks (Ristorante Carucci), Sept. 26. Wrap It Up, Letha Comegys, Sept. 28. Mother Sauces, Tabibian, Oct. 3. Classic Desserts, Kees Thuys (Hotel duPont), Oct. 17, $35. Fabulous Fall, Rich Fogel (Cuisines), Oct. 26. French Country Cooking, Frank Shuhart (Dilworthtown Inn), Oct. 31. Do-Ahead Holiday Dinner, Tabibian, Nov. 2. Super Cookie Sampler, Linda Drachman, Nov. 9. Creative Chef's Thanksgiving, Edward Hennessy (Regency Caterers), Nov. 14; and David Nolker, Nov. 16.

Workships: Boning Poultry, Tabibian, Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m., $32. Junior Chefs (ages 9-13), Comegys, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, $30.

One-hour workshops, 7-8 p.m., $20: Food Gifts, Tabibian, Oct. 10. Fondue, Comegys, Oct. 12. Flaming Desserts, Charles Horn, Oct. 19. Gingerbread, Cheryl Martin, Nov. 7.

J.C. PENNEY Christiana Mall, Newark, 19702; 302-366-7680. Wilton cake decorating, 4 weeks, monthly, 7-9 p.m., $20 plus supplies. Call for dates.

WHAT'S COOKING AT THE KITCHEN SINK Box 1300, Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, Del. 19707; 302-239-7066. Classes at Everything But the Kitchen Sink (Route 41, Hockessin Corner), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (weekdays) and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Saturdays), $22: Low-Fat Pastas, Saturday, Sept. 24. Quintessential Roast Chicken, Sept. 27. Simply Salmon, Sept. 29. Wok Cooking, Oct. 4. Stews, Oct. 8. Apples, Oct. 11. Perfect Pizzas, Oct. 13, 7-9:30 p.m. Entree Soups, Andrew Schloss, Oct. 18, $42. Nibbles and Noshes, Oct. 20. Kids' Pizza Workshop, ages 6-9, Oct. 22, $12. Breads & Spreads, Oct. 25. American Pies, Nov. 1. Simply Salmon, Nov. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. Let's Talk Turkey, Nov. 12. Holiday Menu, Nov. 15. Nibbles and Noshes, Nov. 17, 7-9:30 p.m. Stews, Nov. 29. Also, demonstration at Longwood Gardens, free with admission, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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