The Paddle Inn
Pre-pandemic, diners were drawn to The Paddle Inn’s playful, coastal cuisine and laidback vibes. So when COVID hit, the restaurant wanted to keep the good times going. The answer was its curbside cooking classes: Home chefs picked up ingredient bundles (including a paired wine and a dessert) and then followed along on Zoom for cooking instruction and culinary inspiration. As eateries reopen, the classes have been put on hold, but keep an eye out for a possible off-season revival.
27 State St., Newburyport, 978-572-1242, paddleinnsurf.com
The Modern Butcher
The Modern Butcher prides itself on breaking down whole animals to serve up the freshest meat. But if that’s not enough for you, sign up for their meat-focused classes to get up close and personal with the process. Learn about different cuts and cooking methods, try your hand at spatchcocking a chicken, enjoy some snacks, and take home some extremely fresh cuts of meat.
226 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-465-6500 themodernbutchershop.com