Back To School: Adult Classes Offer a Broad Menu of Knowledge
If you’ve ever thought education was wasted on the young, now’s your chance to get in on the action, as three schools gear up for a season of extracurricular classes for adults.
University School of Nashville Evening Classes
In its 18th year of evening classes, USN debuts a sprawling course catalog, brimming with opportunities to explore art, architecture, literature, technology, dance and more.
Don’t expect all the learning to happen in the classroom: There’s a tour of LP Field, a bus tour of backyard chicken coops (so long as backyard hens pass in the upcoming Metro Council vote), and more than 50 classes in restaurants and home kitchens across town.
Back by popular demand, Miel restaurant returns with a course in charcuterie. In a hands-on experience not recommended for vegetarians, Seema Prasad and David Maxwell will teach the tricks of preserving bacon, sausage, ham and other porcine delicacies. At the other extreme, Asha Rao explores the traditional recipes and flavors of Indian vegetarian cuisine, with a side order of yoga and principles of Ayurvedic cooking. Chef Giovanni Giosa from Porta Via Italian Kitchen will teach the finer points of certified Neapolitan pizza, while Caffe Nonna chef Daniel Maggipinto will expound on the classic dishes of an Italian trattoria.
On the lighter side of Mediterranean cuisine, Kalamatas' chefs Kitty and Maher Fawaz will highlight heart-healthy recipes from the region, featuring whole grains, beans, yogurt, nuts and olive oil, flavored with indigenous spices. Meanwhile, F. Scott’s chef Kevin Ramquist will keep it local, sharing tips on where to find meats and produce that don’t travel halfway around the world to your dinner table. If you want to take things a step further by growing your own food, there’s a class on “foodscaping” designed to teach you how to do just that.
On the sweeter side, Bang Candy Company will reveal the secrets of homemade marshmallows for making designer s’mores, and Jennifer Penson, former pastry chef at Le Bernardin in New York, will demonstrate how to work with fondant icing to create elegant and extravagant cakes.
Once you’ve got all these culinary skills under your belt, you’ll want to show them off, and there are classes on setting the perfect table and planning the perfect dinner party.
If you can’t wait for Clay Greenberg and Deb Paquette to launch their new restaurant ventures, here’s your chance to get an insider’s preview. Greenberg — chef-owner of Silo restaurant, opening this spring in Germantown — will host a preview of his Southern-influenced menu, along with a bourbon tasting. Meanwhile, chef Deb, who will launch Echo at the Encore this spring, will host a course on pairing wines with creative sandwiches.
Nashville Scene food blogger and USN alumnus Chris Chamberlain will distill everything he knows into a course on the production of bourbon, and Jim Myers will raise a toast to tequila.
Courses run January through April. Register now at usneveningclasses.org.
Harpeth Hall Adult Winterim
A play on Harpeth Hall’s Winterim tradition, in which students at the all-girls school step out of the classroom to explore life in the real world, Adult Winterim invites adults — even men! — back to school.
This spring, art history teacher Marla Faith will reprise her popular series “The Art of Devotion,” exploring the art of the major spiritual and religious traditions, and HH alumnus Avon Lyons, creator of the Good Wife Supper Club, will lead a cooking course. Other courses include workshops on photography, blogging and technology.
Courses run in February and March, and registration begins in January at harpethhall.org. For more information, contact Scottie Coombs at 346-0090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ensworth School Evening Courses
Ensworth School returns in February for a second year of adult classes. At the Devon Farm high school campus on Highway 100, teachers will host four-week courses in painting, pottery, acting, guitar and computer for Mac users. At the Red Gables campus on Woodlawn Drive, middle school teacher Robin Smith will host a knitting course, and students’ families will host a series of cooking classes in their home kitchens.
For complete listings, visit Ensworth.com. To register, contact email@example.com or call 301-5360.