Wichitans can learn to cook in 2014

Adriene Rathbun at work teaching class.

Adriene Rathbun at work teaching class.

If learning to cook was one of your New Year’s resolutions, several talented Wichtans are ready to teach you.

One is accomplished local cook Adriene Rathbun, who has a cooking school called Social that she runs out of her luxurious home kitchen at 158 N. Roosevelt in College Hill. She’s just released her January/February schedule, which includes lessons on winter soups, Greek food, and Super Bowl snacks. She also has a couple of fun classes on the books for kids, including an adult/child taco class on Jan. 18 and a youth kitchen skills class for ages 10 to 16 on Jan. 25. Classes all start at 6:15 p.m. and range in price from $50 to $65. To make reservations, call Rathbun at 316-990-4493. Participants are asked to RSVP no later than two days before the class.

A few other places offering classes:

Cooking at Bonnie’s Place at 9747 E. 21st St. also has her January classes set, and the calendar includes lessons with local chefs such as Newport Grill chef Kevin Dirks. For a complete schedule of her classes, visit www.cookingatbonnies.com/.

All Things BBQ, the grilling store at 818 W. Douglas, has a couple of February grilling classes set up, including a class on mastering the grill on Feb. 21.

And Chef Jason Febres also is still teaching cooking classes at his Harry location of Taste & See, including a Jan. 16 class on making sushi and Feb. 20 class called Cooking with Couples. See his full schedule here. 

Sample the mayor’s sauces on Saturday

Mayor Carl Brewer, left, showing off his barbecue skills to Dale Goter, the city's government relations director.

Mayor Carl Brewer, who also is a competitive barbecue chef, is releasing his own line of bottled barbecue sauces and is putting on a public tasting on Saturday.

He’ll be cooking barbecue coated the Brewer’s Best Bar-B-Que sauces in the north parking lot of The Spice Merchant, 1308 E. Douglas, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the ‘cue is gone.

Starting on Saturday, the sauces will be available for purchase at The Spice Merchant, at All Things BBQ, 615 W. Douglas, and at Holmes-Made Salsa, 2252 N. Coolidge.

I’ve judged barbecue competitions with the mayor and have heard tell that he knows his way around a smoker. His sauces come in several flavors, including hot, sweet and mild.