If you are in the Washington, DC area and want to expand your cooking skills in a fun and stress-free environment, CulinAerie is the place for you.
I have taken many classes there including -- Knife Skills, Where's the Beef?, Cooking with Spirit, Indian Mystique, Playa del Sol, Channel Your Inner Julia Child: The Cuisine of the Perigord (one of my favorites), and several more.
I recently had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer assistant at two classes. It was the hardest work I've done in ages, and the most rewarding.
The chefs answer even the most elementary of my questions with patience and care -- and I am a better cook as a result.