• 10 Unique Food and Drink-Making Classes Hoboken + Jersey City

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    With hundreds of bars and restaurants in the Mile Square alone, Hudson County is a food lover’s paradise. But you don’t just have to settle for a dinner reservation — some of the area’s most popular eateries offer hands-on classes in everything from sushi rolling to latte art. Maybe you’re actively trying to step up your cooking game — or maybe you’re just looking for an activity that will entertain your friends and feed them at the same time. Read on for 10 unique food and drink-making classes in Hoboken and Jersey City.

    Hoboken 

    Sushi Rolling at Saku {936 Park Avenue}

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     Sushi lovers are missing out if they haven’t stopped by this Asian-fusion spot for a wasabi-infused cocktail and a Guac Is “Extra” Roll. On the first and last Tuesday of every month from 7:00PM-8:30PM, the “dark room” is reserved for a hands-on sushi tutorial aptly named “Rolling with the Homies.” Learn to make a tuna roll, a California roll, and a salmon-avocado hand-roll. Tickets cost $45. Sign up with a friend {or a date!} at eventbrite.com. 

    Cocktail Classes at The Winston {72 Hudson Street}

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    Head underground for a mixology lesson from the pros at this Hoboken speakeasy {which recently got a tiki makeover}. The Winston regularly hosts themed classes dedicated to specific spirits or drink styles.

    Baking and Cookie Decorating Workshops at Sugarsuckle {600 Newark Street}

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    This custom cake and dessert shop doubles as a studio where guests can learn to make show-stopping sweets. The team regularly holds classes for adults and kids, covering topics like cake construction, pie making, and cookie decorating. You can also reserve the space for private baking lessons or group workshops to celebrate a birthday, shower, or pals’ night out. Subscribe to the email list at sugarsuckle.com for class updates or email info@sugarsuckle.com to schedule an event.

    Read More: A Definitive List of Hoboken Desserts You Must Eat ASAP

    Cake Decorating at Carlo’s Bakery {95 Washington Street}

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     Learn to decorate like a {cake} boss from the team at Carlo’s Bakery’s flagship location. People travel from all over the world for this two-hour class, which is the closest you can get to a tour of the famous bakery: It’s held in the second-floor kitchen where Buddy used to bake on Cake Boss, and members of the famiglia are known to stop by. Each student {adults and kids welcome!} gets a prebaked cake, a Carlo’s Bakery apron, and everything they need to create their own design. Instructors demonstrate techniques like wrapping fondant and hand-painting flowers. Classes are held every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM-11AM. Tickets start at $125 {check Groupon for deals} and can be booked by emailing customerservice@carlosbakery.com or calling 201-659-3671.

    Baking and Pastry Classes at Choc-O-Pain {157 First Street}

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    The beloved bakery offers lessons for a variety of classic French treats, including macarons, croissants, and eclairs, at its downtown Hoboken location. If guests don’t have much of a sweet tooth, check out the artisanal bread-making class, which covers techniques like kneading, proofing, shaping, and baking for three different types of bread. Students get to leave with a few tasty creations. Classes start at $90 {discounts available for pairs and groups} and are best for adults and older kids; book a spot at chocopainbakery.com.

    Cooking Classes at Hudson Table {1403 Clinton Street}

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    Of course, this guide wouldn’t be complete without Hoboken’s original {and most comprehensive} cooking studio. With courses dedicated to Filipino barbecue, handmade pasta, Mexican surf and turf, vegan desserts, and much more, Hudson Table has something for the aspiring chef in everyone. The studio also offers special workshops and demonstrations for team building events and private parties. Bonus: It’s BYOB. Visit hudsontable.com for upcoming classes and booking information.

    French Macaron Class at Baking Mama {88 Hudson Street}

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    Tina Rivera {a.k.a. THE Baking Mama} is the perfect teacher for newbie bakers — and not just because she’s known for making stunning macarons in flavors like Nutella and green tea. A former banker, Tina taught herself to bake while pregnant with her son back in 1994, embracing mistakes as she mastered her craft. Her small, unintimidating classes make a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member. Email tina@bakingmama.com to schedule.

    See More: Hoboken of Girl the Week: Tina Rivera {of Baking Mama}

    Jersey City 

    Latte Art at Hidden Grounds {148 First Street, Jersey City  +  700 Garden Street, Hoboken}

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    For those that have wondered how baristas make Instagram-worthy drink designs, sign up for Latte Art Level 1 at Hidden Grounds in Hoboken or Jersey City. There, participants will learn the way around an espresso machine as well as how to steam milk and pull espresso shots before tackling designs like the classic rosetta. Expect a little friendly competition: Class ends with a latte throw down and prizes for first and second place. Tickets cost $50 and can be reserved at eventbrite.com.

    Cocktail Classes at Liberty House {76 Audrey Zapp Drive}

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     This Jersey City institution has it all: waterfront views, gorgeous wedding packages, and, yes, even mixology classes once a month {usually on a Wednesday or Thursday night}. Mix two to three drinks while munching on light bites. Tickets cost $45 and can be reserved by calling 201-395-0300 or by emailing reservations@libertyhouserestaurant.com.

    Kids’ Gelato Pop-Making Class at Bucket + Bay Craft Gelato Co. {150 Bay Street}

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    Kids ages six to 14 can learn to make their own cool creations with the help of the gelato experts at Bucket + Bay’s Jersey City location most Saturdays from 11:00AM-12:00PM. After molding their pops, kids can get creative with marshmallows, sprinkles, gummy bears, and other toppings. The fun continues while the pops freeze with coloring and other activities. Parents can even hang out until class is over and get a 20 percent drink discount. Keep an eye out for an adult version in the future, too. Tickets cost $24 and can be booked through eventbrite.com.

    Have you tried one of these fun cooking classes yet? Let us know in the comments!


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    Francesca is an editor in the features department of a national food magazine, where she writes about everything from the latest grocery and restaurant trends to the strange history of ketchup. She grew up on the Jersey Shore and couldn’t bear to leave her home state when she got her dream job in the Big Apple. After eating an unforgettable bagel sandwich in Hoboken, she decided to make the Mile Square her new home. She enjoys new books, Villanova basketball, and long walks through Trader Joe’s.


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