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What’s Cookin’?

With the holidays and the meals that come with them quickly approaching, there’s no better time to learn the ins and outs of the kitchen. Here’s a roundup of L.A.’s best cooking classes, so you can be the hit of every soiree this season.

Learn the secret to chef Neal Fraser’s famed rabbitchetta at The Nest at Redbird.

1. The Art of Charcuterie
Learn the art of Kaese Krainerwurst (a German cheese sausage)—plus how to make your own mustard—at Cafe Pinot’s November edition of its meatcentric cooking series. Led by Ray’s and Stark Bar Executive Chef Viet Pham, the two-hour class is followed by a meat, cheese and wine reception where you taste your holiday party-ready creation. Nov. 21, noon-2PM, $85 per person, 700 W. Fifth St., L.A., 213.239.6500

2. Eatz
This popular L.A.-cooking haunt offers up a bevy of options including everyday favorites like Pasta From Scratch and Cooking With Beer or seasonal options like A Pumpkin Dinner Party and A Classic Southern Thanksgiving. Indulge in all-you-can-drink wine and cocktails while you cook, and the four- to five-course meal you helped create once the class is over. $105 per person, 612 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.824.3586

3. Kevin Warren
Get top-notch culinary instruction without leaving your home from famed personal chef Kevin Warren, who currently caters for The Voice’s pre-show tailgate. Receive a private lesson or invite over a group of up to 10 friends to learn the secret to killer Creole or how to prepare a full holiday spread. From $100 per hour plus food costs (two hour minimum)

4. Redbird
Do you dream of Neal Fraser’s rabbitchetta or eponymous veal? If so, head to The Nest at Redbird for personalized instructions from chef Fraser for you and nine of your closest friends. Past classes have included cooking with ingredients from local farmers or fish markets, but pretty much anything goes if you ask. $1,000 flat rate plus $200 per person, 114 E. Second St., L.A., 213.788.1191

5. Williams-Sonoma Beverly Hills
The Beverly Hills outpost of this S.F.-based culinary hub is now offering private, completely customizable classes for groups. Crowd-pleasers have included quick and delicious weeknight meals and entertaining basics—perfect for the holidays. From $50 per person, 339 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.274.9127