Five great restaurant-kitchen cooking classes

Learn from the pros near Denver

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AURORA

Yummy Yummy Tasty Thai Food. Chef Pim Fitt conducts one-on-one cooking classes in her tidy Thai-stocked kitchen, aromatic with spices. The fiery foods you'll lug home will satiate a small army. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sun; $50. 13000 E. Colfax Ave.; 720/858-9121.

BOULDER

Flagstaff House. Chef Mark Monette's three-hour Wine, Dine & Cook classes are a journey through a three-course-meal demonstration followed by a sit-down lunch paired with wines and panoramas of Boulder. 11-2 the first Fri of each month (except May); $135. 1138 Flagstaff Rd.; 303/442-4640.

DENVER

Panzano. The stagelike kitchen of this northern Italian favorite facilitates a hands-on class by chef Elise Wiggins. Her Learn to Cook Like a Chef demonstrations emphasize instruction and are followed by a light lunch. 11-2 one Sat each month; $50. 909 17th St.; 303/296-3525.

Rioja. A private immersion that covers everything from prep work to execution is the heart of chef Jennifer Jasinski's program. Classes are followed by a multicourse dinner and wine pairings at the chef's counter. Classes available Mon-Thu; $275. 1431 Larimer St.; 303/820-2282.

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café. Participatory cooking classes offered by chef Christopher Meier are seasonally themed and include recipes, cuisine history, and an intimate dinner with the chef. Classes start at 6 the first Mon of each month; $35. 500 16th St.; 303/595-9653.

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