New year, new you — that’s what we all hope for right? The usual new year’s aspirations are getting in shape, tightening up your financial situation and doing something new, like finding a new hobby or skill to inspire you. And when it comes to the world of food there are many skills to be learned and several places in Denver to take classes. This could be your year to master sushi making, cake decorating, making cocktails or even worm composting. We’ve rounded up several unique food classes taking place this month through the end of February. And if you aren’t interested in any of these classes, many of these places host other classes that may grab your interest.

Learn How to Make Sushi

Photo by Glenn Ross.

When: Multiple dates, see calendar here. Limited seating. 

Where: Izakaya Den, 1487-A South Pearl St., Denver

Cost: $80 plus tax for a public class. Reserve your spot here

Lowdown: There is no shortage of sushi making classes in Denver, but learning from some of the best sushi chefs in the city  that’s another story. The sister restaurants, Sushi Den and Izakaya Den host a class called SLICED! which takes place several times a month. It is extremely popular, spaces fill up really quick  so you will want to book the class as soon the dates post. Public classes hold up to 23 participants where you can learn the ins and outs of making sushi with your boo or a couple of friends. Following the hands-on demonstration, all of the participants enjoy miso soup, green tea and 20 pieces of sushi — each which are included in the price of the class. Private classes are available as well. Stay on the lookout for when the March classes release.

Become an Expert Cake Decorator

Photo by Giacomo Di Franco.

When: Classes multiple times a week. See calendar here

Where: My Make Studio, 6460 E. Yale Ave., #E60, Denver

Cost: 4-inch cake $55, 6-inch cake $75, each including two hours of instruction.

Lowdown: Making a fancy cake is easier than you may think — want to learn how? My Make Studio in Denver offers two to three DIY classes a week, both with holiday and recurring themed cakes. And it’s not just cakes — cookie and cupcake classes are offered as well. It’s a very casual environment ranging from kids to seniors. In these classes, you will learn different icing techniques and the basics of fondant work. These types of cakes are the ones you see on cake shows with all the crazy shapes and varieties. Some fun themes are Geode crystals, unicorns and a Groundhog Day cake on February 2nd and a heart-shaped cake on Valentine’s Day.

Make Classic Cocktails

Photo courtesy of Sarto’s on Facebook.

When: Saturday, January 26, 1 – 2 p.m. and Saturday, February 2, 1 – 2 p.m.

Where: Sarto’s, 2900 W. 25th Ave., Denver

Cost: $45

Lowdown: Aspiring bartender or not  knowing how to make basic cocktails is always a valuable skill when hosting or attending a party. The Italian eatery Sarto’s host several different classes and events a month including a Classic Cocktails theme. The class starts with a welcome cocktail, then the actual instruction and a spread of cicchetti which are daily inspired bites which could be anything from burrata to a fancy bruschetta. Eat, drink and learn how to make an old fashioned all at once.

Eat to Maximize Your Fitness Goals

Photo courtesy of Whole Sol Blend Bar on Facebook.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m.

Where+: Whole Sol Blend Bar, 1735 Chestnut Pl., Denver

Cost: Free; RSVP here

Lowdown: Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so one diet and fitness regimen could be great for one person, but completely ineffective for the other. If you want to learn about how to put together an individual workout and nutrition plan that compliment each other, Mind on Nutrition will be hosting a class at Whole Sol Blend Bar which will give people the chance to talk to dieticians about their goals and how to achieve them. And oh yeah  their well-known smoothie bowls are involved too. Which bowls have the most essential minerals will be explained as well as which vitamins are crucial for your health.

Learn About Ayurvedic Cooking

Photo by Frank Lindecke via Flickr.

When: Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Shri Wellness, 2351 Federal Blvd., Denver

Cost: $60, reserve your spot here.

Lowdown: Do you want to eat healthier, but don’t know where to start or just want to perfect your healthy cooking skills? Shri Wellness and the Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association (COLORAMA) will be hosting a simple cooking workshop where you can learn a few key principles of ayurvedic cooking. This class is all about eating for your mind and body as well as eating based on what’s seasonal. People can take part in learning new skills and helping to make and feast on a warming winter menu. Space is limited.

Become a Composting Pro

Photo courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion on Facebook.

When: Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, W. 104th Ave., Westminster

Cost: Adult $14, Child $6

Lowdown: Looking for a unique interactive experience to share with friends or kids? The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster is home to many tropical butterflies that you can walk amongst and over 200 plant species. But not only that, it hosts several unique events including nature camps for kids, rainforest yoga and beekeeping boot camp. And if you’ve been itching to learn how to compost your food at home, the Pavilion offers a worm composting class in which you will learn about the role that worms and soil play in breaking down food into the soil. Also, you get to take home your very own vermi-bin which is a small compost bin with red wiggler worms.

Learn How to Cook with a Cast Iron

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When: Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m. and Monday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.; Classes held every month.

Where: Sur La Table – Cherry Creek North, 121 Clayton Ln., Denver

Cost: $75

Lowdown: Cast iron skillets have been all the rage for a while  and for good reason because they last forever and are extremely versatile. Say you live in an apartment and aren’t able to have an outdoor grill  cast irons allow you to cook a tasty steak that’s just as good. At Sur La Table in Cherry Creek, in-store cooking classes take place two to three times a day with several different themes including cooking with cast iron about twice a month. In this class, you learn how to use it in several different mediums whether it be ribeye or one-pot chicken  french fries or potato and broccoli curry  poached pears or kale and sausage soup. Other classes include croissants from scratch, Chinese cooking 101 and many, many more. See the monthly calendar of events here.

Bake at Altitude

Photo by Nancy Hoang via Flickr.

When: Saturday, February 9, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine St., #100, Denver

Cost: $59

Lowdown: As you may know, baking at high altitude, as opposed to sea level, is different  the temperatures and length of time vary. Most recipes out there for baking and cooking, in general, are based on sea level. So if you’re a transplant and you’re noticing that your chocolate cake isn’t coming out just right like it used to  it may be because of the change in elevation. The Seasoned Chef Cooking School will host a Baking at 5280 class which will teach the fundamentals of baking at altitude from scaling the ingredients to the importance of temperature and adjustments. Other classes at Seasoned Chef include a couples pasta workshop, next level soup with bacon and more.

Become a Home Mushroom Grower

Photo by Mike McCune via Flickr.

When: Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: The Grow Haus, 4751 York St., Denver

Cost: $80 

Lowdown: Indoor growing has become a popular phenomenon in the past few years, much like the small succulent plant popularity. If you live in small quarters with no yard, it’s great to know that you can grow edible herbs and vegetables in your home. The non-profit, indoor farm The GrowHaus is both an educational and community-driven place for Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. In addition to its food production and distribution  it hosts events and classes  including home mushroom growing from start to finish. It lasts a few hours, with a lunch break where you learn the ins and outs of cultivating your own mushrooms indoors. You also get to take home your own oyster mushroom culture. Other GrowHaus events include greenhouse yoga, a pickling workshop with the Real Dill and many more.

Make Appetizers from Around the World

Photo by Dana McMahan via Flickr.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Stir Cooking School, 3215 Zuni St., Denver

Cost: $75

Lowdown: The stereotypical party at someone’s home in America consists of chips and salsa — and cheese and crackers. Some people do it up fancy, but in American culture in previous decades, appetizers have not been extremely creative and as well thought out as you may see in other countries. But today, food culture has been ramped up here and people more than ever here are trying new things. If you want to up your appetizer game, Stir Cooking School is hosting an International Filled Bites class where you will learn how to make empanadas, samosas, spanakopita, steamed buns, crab rangoon and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. With these skills, you will be sure to impress friends at your next event. Other interesting classes include street food from around the world, French pastries and much more.

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