The Only Missing Ingredient Is You
Whether you are a novice looking to gain confidence in the kitchen, a total cooking whiz looking to add to your repertoire, a couple or group of friends seeking an alternative fun night out, or co-workers looking to promote team-building, we have a class just for you! You’ll leave each CSCA class with a wealth of new knowledge, a full stomach, memories and stories to share, and often with samplings that you’ve created.
Explore Our Recreational Programs
Build up your repertoire, gain confidence in the kitchen, and enjoy a fun night out with recreational cooking and baking classes for all levels. From technique-driven series to fun and social date nights, there’s a class for you!
Recreational Classes FAQ
Will I receive a confirmation through the mail?
CSCA does not send confirmation notices for class enrollment through the mail. If you provided an email address we can send you an email confirmation. To confirm enrollment in a class, please contact us during the week prior to your class.
What should I wear to class?
CSCA recommends that students wear closed-toe shoes and to dress appropriately for a cooking environment. Shorts, tank tops, and open-toed shoes are not allowed to be worn during class.
An apron will be provided for use during your cooking class.
How long are your classes?
Please plan to be in class an average of 3 to 4 hours. Due to subject matter, some classes may run shorter or longer than the designated time span.
What form of payments do you accept?
All payments must be arranged with the Recreational Program Department at the time of registration. CSCA accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover
What is your cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy enables us to bring you cooking experiences that are small, intimate, and hands-on. Any cancellation made up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 business days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit that may be applied toward another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 business days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend. Please notify us online or by calling our office at 617.354.2020 if someone will be taking your place in a class.
If you can’t make it to a class in a multi-session series, you are welcome to send a friend in your place. Unfortunately, due to the small size of our classes, we do not offer make-up classes for missed sessions in a series.
All gift certificate sales are final and may redeemed toward any class experience. Gift certificates that have not been redeemed will expire 7 years from the time of purchase.
What do I need to bring to class?
CSCA will supply everything for the class. If you would like to bring a notebook, you may. If you are taking one of our series classes, such as Techniques of Cooking I or II, you may bring your knife set if you would like. We do have knives, and all other tools here for Recreational students to use during their classes. Students taking our pastry-focused classes will often go home with a box of treats. You are welcome to bring a reusable tote bag to bring your goodies home, but we also have CSCA totes available for $2.
Can I bring in alcohol?
CSCA does not allow students to bring in alcohol during ANY class. The instructor has the right to ask a student to leave if alcohol is brought in to the school.
What if I cannot attend a class that is in a series?
Classes cannot be made up, but you may always send a friend in your place if you are unable to attend..
Are the classes at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts suitable for children?
All classes are designed for adults (ages 18 and over). Younger students may attend if accompanied by an adult. We offer teen classes throughout the summer months and during school vacations that denote the acceptable age range for attendees.
Do you have parking?
There is on-street parking available. Meters are free after 8:00 pm and are free all day Sunday. CSCA is not responsible if a student receives a parking ticket. We recommend public transportation. The closest MBTA stop is Porter Square (Red Line).
CSCA reserves the right to limit class sizes, revise any or all menus, cancel a class, change class time or location, and/or substitute instructors. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, CSCA will contact the students registered and arrange a credit or a refund. In case of inclement weather, CSCA will announce its intent to cancel courses on our Class Cancellation Line: 617.497.8488. It is the responsibility of the student to call for information. Please plan to be in class an average of 3-4 hours.
Due to subject matter, some classes may run longer or shorter than the designated time period.
Recreational Programs provide cooking classes. CSCA does not intend, nor does it promise, that these courses will result in job placement or gainful employment in the culinary field. CSCA is not an allergen-free school, but we take allergies seriously and do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please alert your chef instructor of any allergies prior to class. Students participating in Recreational Programs take classes at their own risk. Neither CSCA nor its staff is liable for any injury sustained in the class. CSCA is not responsible for personal property left unattended in the building.
CSCA does not discriminate against race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, or disability, and offers its programs, privileges, rights, and activities to all students. Some courses may be offered in an environment that could be problematic for certain students. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he/she can participate in the course as offered. We may not be able to accommodate every person. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.