PART FOUR of our Summer Adventure Guide: Create & Learn
By Danielle Charbonneau
Some of the best advice I was ever given is,
“If you live like a tourist in your own town, you’ll never get bored.”
I have found this advice to be remarkably true. As an adventurer by heart and a columnist covering fun things to do in South Florida, I’ve spent the last several years exploring and experimenting. From kite boarding to scuba diving, wake boarding to cooking classes, sensory deprivation to turtle watching, indoor skydiving to high-speed go-carts — I have now tried at least four dozen of South Florida’s most entertaining activities. I have compiled a guide for your summer bucket list, broken into by category.
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TAKE A COOKING CLASS: Sur la Table
Sur la Table is a cooking store in Mizner Park that has a full teaching kitchen with a packed schedule of classes. There’s savory classes, such as: “Thai Street Food,” “Secrets of Paella,” “Weeknight Dinners,” “Perfect French Crepes,” “Steakhouse-Style Burgers” and “Spanish Tapas.” Then there’s the sweet, such as “No-Churn Ice Cream” and “Bakeshop Fundamentals.” There’s classes for teens, children, wine lovers and a ladies night out.
Upon entering class you will put on some red aprons and name tags, then claim a spot out of about ten cooking stations, each set up with stove burners, cutting boards and utensils around a large kitchen island. The ingredients are each pre-measured and delivered as-needed by a Sur la Table friendly assistant while the teaching chef cooks up front with a huge mirror overhead so all students can see the chef’s crafty skill.
The Chefs at Sur la Table make the class fun — charismatically teaching cutting techniques, cookery and food knowledge, while sharing stories about their culinary journeys. Throughout the process, you’ll learn to use new tools — for example, a mortar and pestle, a sharp mandolin or a crafty little garlic peeler (simply a rubber tube in which you roll garlic gloves to remove their skin). By the time the class is over, you will be ready to spend a month’s paycheck on gadgets from the Sur la Table store.
Sur la Table is located at 438 Plaza Real in Mizner Park in Boca Raton. The class schedule is online at surlatable.com. Single classes average between $25 and $95 and include all ingredients, instruction and large portions of each dish. Sur la Table also has virtual cooking classes online. For more information call 561-953-7638.
GET CRAFTY: THE GUILD, URBAN CRAFT & FOLK ART SCHOOL
The Guild is a hidden gem in Pompano Beach. This craft and folk art school in the industrial district of Pompano Beach teaches blacksmithing, welding, jewelry making, home-brewing, ceramics, casting, glassworking, leatherworking, soap making and more. Make a knife. Make a sword. Make a vase. No matter what you make, you’ll feel accomplished having used your own two hands to craft something awesome.
Workshops are generally between two and five hours long. You will learn the foundations, a bit of history and chemistry and get step-by-step demonstrations. No experience is necessary for most of the classes. Materials are included. Classes start around $55 and increase based on time and materials. Some classes are appropriate for kids and teens. A fantasy-based kids camp is also periodically available. Check the school’s website for its full schedule of workshops.
The Guild – Urban Craft & Folk Art School, 205 NW 16th St, Pompano Beach, guildfl.com, 954-998-3473
DISCOVER YOUR INNER PICASSO: Painting with a Twist
Painting with a Twist is a fun place to paint with friends under the direction of a painting teacher. There is no pressure to create a masterpiece — the classes are designed as step-by-step workshops suitable even for first-time painters. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easily and quickly you will complete a beautiful painting (in under two hours). And, the whole experience — supplies and all — is just $35 per person. Each class has a theme, such as mermaids, wine, shootings stars, kisses, moons and more. In addition to the on-site classes, Painting with a Twist hosts off-site paintings at bars and restaurants. Wednesdays are “Free Wine Wednesdays” (each guest gets a free glass).
To view a full schedule, visit paintingwithatwist.com/studio/deerfield-beach. The Deerfield Beach franchise of Painting with a Twist is owned by Holly Fuente and Matt Santangelo. The studio is located at 1185 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach in the corner of the Rivertowne Square Plaza.
THIS SUMMER ADVENTURE GUIDE IS A SIX-PART SERIES…
Click below to find more great activities to add to your summer bucket list:
PART ONE: GAMES & PLAY | This part of our summer adventure series has adventures to bring out your inner child, challenge your mind and free you to play.
PART TWO: EXPERIENCE NATURE | This part of our summer adventure guide will get you in touch with nature.
PART THREE: ADRENALINE JUNKIES | This part of our summer adventure series has adventures for adrenaline junkies.
PART FOUR: CREATE & LEARN | This part of our summer adventure series has adventures that will get you learning and inspire your creativity.
PART FIVE: RELAX |This part of our summer adventure series has relaxing activities to rejuvenate your mind, body & soul
PART SIX: ROAD TRIPS, DAY TRIPS & BEYOND | This part of our summer adventure series has day trips, road trips and a few travel ideas.