Billy Hartman, 30
Lindsay: I got this for Billy as an anniversary present. I don’t cook as much as I’d like to at home. Billy: A class like this, I think, is good to help get me over my fear of cooking.
Kim Withee, 37
I’ve taken five of these classes so far, and I help assist sometimes. I’ve taken classes elsewhere that felt sort of sterile. This is more my speed—no real recipe, just intuition.
Lori Garner, 31
Lori: We have a girls’ movie night once a week, where we get together and cook. Stephanie: This is my fourth or fifth class here. I just love the dynamic.
Don Ragland, 51
Tessie: Some people just watch cooking shows. We watch those shows and make what we see. I make the mole; he’s the flan master. Don: It must be something I was born with.
Meredith Rossi, 37
Cooking has great entertainment value. I did the cocktails class here, and it was amazing—there was a chef and a mixologist. Things got a little crazy that night. I lost my zester.
Ward Swan, 39
Kam: I had a boyfriend at Christmas and got this class for him, but he was a jerk. Ward is my ‘friend-boy’. Ward: I already cook a lot, but it’s nice to learn the science.
All photographs by Lisa Romerein