Last-Minute Holiday Cooking Classes: Tamales, Tapas, Cookies, and More!

Prove that you’ve still got a few tricks up your sleeve.


Whether you’re in need of a little refresher or just looking for something to do with the girls, here’s where to pick up a few eleventh hour tips to use at any of your upcoming holiday bashes. You know, just in case. 

Grain-Free Holiday Treats at The Market at Santa Monica Place — 12/20
Gourmandise pastry chef Hadley Hughes helps you cater to the paleo, low-carb, and gluten-free crowd. Sugar cookies with coconut frosting, gingerbread men, cranberry-orange biscotti, and chocolate peppermint brownies are all on the grain-free agenda. More information. 

Hors D’Oeuvres at Sur La Table Farmer’s Market — 12/20
Pop on over to the Sur La Table for a quick small bites class. For $69 a person, students will learn how to make white cheddar shortbread coins, prosciutto-wrapped scallops, Thai beef skewers, and chocolate chunk-pecan bread pudding bites, as well as receive expert pre-party prep tips to ensure finger food fete success. More information. 

Spice Cookies at Surfas Culver City — 12/21
Add a little heat to the hearth with Swedish sugared pepper cookies or Meyer lemon and cardamom cookies with instructor John Pitblado. Each guest will receive a 10% discount at Surfas, and 5% off food. More information. 

Appetizers and Cocktails at Eatz LA — 12/22
Never-ending holiday hot toddies should be enough to get you to this Sunday night soiree. But the hands-on lesson on how to make smoked salmon cucumber cups and crab-stuffed mushrooms shouldn’t hurt, either. Reservations are $105 a person; $135 with EATZ LA apron. More information. 

Hot Tamales at Surfas Costa Mesa — 12/26
A short drive down to Orange County (and the $65 ticket price) are all that stand between you and the hearty tradition that is homemade holiday tamales. Chef Alexa Mata shares a few of her favorite tamale recipes, include cotija cheese, corn, and poblano tamales; beer-braised pork tamales; and chocolate pecan tamales with dulce de leche and caramel ice cream. More information. 

New Year’s Eve Tapas at Sur La Table Farmer’s Market — 12/31
Early warning: this class is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve, which leaves you four hours (if that) to test out your newfound skills. That said, facing the prospect of a NYE party with seared shrimps, spicy chorizo mussels, and chewy, savory catalan flatbread, or without, we’ll gladly accept the challenge. More information. 

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