InOnIt Guides: Interesting Workshops in Mumbai

Get to the basics and acquire skills required to lay down the perfect meal, to mould artistic sculptures or to master the art and science behind photography. This edition of InOnIt Guides lists interesting workshops in Mumbai, where the guys behind conducting these classes have dedicated their lives to their passion and are willing to pass their knowledge to the budding ones. So whether it’s world cuisine that’s on your mind or your cravings for something sweet, read on to know where you can sign up for classes and workshops to sharpen your skills.

All Things Nice – Wine and Cheese

A goblet of wine and a platter of cheese. Join sommelier Nikhil Agarwal from All Things Nice at Pali Village Cafe in Bandra for a special wine and cheese masterclass. Learn to pair 5 wines from India and across the world with cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano and Gorgonzola at this one-day class. The class is priced at Rs. 1,000 per person and will take place at the cafe from 7:00 pm onwards on 18th December 2012. To register, call 9920375444 or send an e-mail to info@allthingsnice.in.

A Perfect Bite Cook Studio – Chop, Chop!

Those fancy equipments and fine ingredients with dollops of culinary knowledge from Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal will ensure that you spread out a perfect bite. Launched in August 2012, A Perfect Bite Cook Studio has a state-of-the-art kitchen designed for food lovers. So put on your chef’s hat and head to the studio in Andheri to master the art of cooking. Whether you are a beginner making your first foray into the kitchen or an advance cook, the regularly held workshops and classes at A Perfect Bite Cook Studio will help you sharpen your culinary skills.

The studio operates 6 days a week (excluding Mondays) and carries out classes from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. For additional details, call on 9819466833 or send them an e-mail on a.perfect.bite@gmail.com

Palate Culinary Studio – Taste buds on a world tour

Sign up for the classes at Palate Culinary Studio and learn world cuisines. Choose from South East Asian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Coastal, Continental, Mediterranean, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian and Fusion cooking. The studio also has chocolate/dessert making classes. Each class comprises 6 to 8 participants and covers an integrated menu that can be replicated at home.

Held between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, the studio is open every day except for Sundays. Reach out to them by either calling on 9820295221 or send an e-mail on palateculinarystudio@gmail.com.

The Coffee Coach – Caffeine addictions

We belong to a species that grumble and complain before the first cup of steaming coffee. Ward off those early morning blues with a cup of joe by learning handy tips and tricks behind brewing a perfect one. The Coffee Coach spills the beans, as it informs you about the nitty gritty aspects of brewing a strong cup of coffee. Learn all about your favourite shot of espresso, the basic types of beans, equipments and what to look for when you purchase a packet of coffee the next time.

There’s one workshop scheduled for 16th December 2012 at The Art Loft. It is priced at Rs. 1,250 per head and starts from 5:00 pm onwards. Call 9819132958 and check out their website to know more about the workshop.

The Dessert Cart – For an uncertain life

Cupcakes, pies, tarts, cheesecakes, soufflé, mousse, brownies, fudge, gateaux and other seasonal fruit based cakes; it’s no surprise that The Dessert Cart has an extensive menu with sweet offerings.  But it’s not just about desserts here. A passionate baker, Shradha Agarwalla regularly holds classes and workshops at her residency in Bandra where you can learn to bake fresh breads like dinner rolls, stuffed breads, focaccia, pretzels and homemade pizzas. And if you are up for it, she’ll also teach you to prepare lasagne, pasta, hummus and pita bread.

Contact her at 9930398884 or thedessertcart@gmail.com for additional details.

Studio Pottery – At the potter’s wheel

Try your luck at pottery at Rekha Goyal’s Studio Pottery workshops. Learn the art of ceramics and pottery at her studios in Khar and Vashi. The first 8 sessions aims at developing the participant’s hand building techniques of working with clay, glazing and a basic level of theory to understand the materials used. After completing 2 months of beginner’s level, you can opt for an advance level where the classes will be structured depending on your area of interest and level of skill.

Choose to focus on different aspects of pottery, from functional products to sculptures and murals or opt for a combination of all. Classes are spread across 4 months and will take place once a week for 3 hours. Fees is Rs. 3,000 per month (4 sessions) that includes the cost of all materials. Call 9833058151 for registration.

Photo Caddy – Frame it!

Make use of the fancy DSLRs that you own. Photo Caddy is an online platform that gives enthusiasts access to workshops, live projects, video tutorials and reading material. Get your work critiqued, sign up for experimental workshops and learn to read, understand and build images.

Their website will launch soon but they have a weekend workshop in line on 22nd and 23rd December, to teach the participants the fundamentals of digital photography. Priced at Rs. 3,300, it will be held in Bandra. Contact them on 9619622339/9819807704 or drop them an e-mail at contact@photocaddy.in.

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