Appleton Cooks!, Ipswich
Standout qualities: Far more than just a cooking class, Appleton Cooks! is a truly immersive culinary experience, with events like farm dinners, cheese making classes, and themed workshops that not only teach people about cooking, but also show the where, how, and who behind their food.
What’s unique: “Dinners in the Field,” where participants join the farmers for a stroll around the farm that illuminates the dinner’s theme, before enjoying a seasonal, four-course meal made from Appleton-grown and other local ingredients.
What’s new: Keep your eyes peeled for events like “Foraging the Farm,” or “Will Hike For Beer Happy Hour.”
219 County Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-5728, thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/csa/appleton-farms-csa/appleton-cooks
Taste Buds Kitchen, North Andover
Fun fact: BYOB to adults-only evening classes for a fun night out with friends learning, cooking, and eating three or four recipes with themes like handmade pasta, sushi and dumplings, and Spanish tapas.
What’s New: Taste Buds Kitchen will be opening in Beverly.
14 High St., North Andover, 978-655-1790, tastebudskitchen.com/northandover