Cookology Recreational Culinary School

Cookology Recreational Culinary School We believe that everyone, with a little practice, can make healthy, delicious meals. More information: 703.433.1909 or [email protected] We have two locations: Dulles Town Center and Ballston Quarter-4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203
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We believe that everyone, with a little practice, can make healthy, delicious meals at home.

Mission: To teach people how to cook and to bring people together as a community.

02/20/2020
Derek Brown talks to Stefanie GANS

Derek Brown brings one of the best cocktail bars in America to Arlington! His DC bar, Columbia Room, was named the Best American cocktail bar at the 2017 Spirited Awards - one of the most coveted achievements in the industry. You don't have to travel into DC for his iconic cocktail, The Getaway - come for Cocktails and Conversations on Friday at our Ballston Quarter store!

You'll nosh on bar snacks as you get a master lesson on craft cocktails from Imbibe Magazine's 2015 Bartender of the Year. Derek will cover both spirited and spirit-free versions of The Getaway, and if you're very good, you can get your copy of his award-winning book, “Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World," signed.

Columbia Room is the Best Bar in the Country. Derek Brown has achieved a lot of well deserved attention for his business, Drink Company, that includes bars C...

Nordic Nights with writing coach Willona Sloan got everyone’s creative juices flowing tonight at our Ballston Quarter st...
02/20/2020

Nordic Nights with writing coach Willona Sloan got everyone’s creative juices flowing tonight at our Ballston Quarter store! This cool literary/culinary event also included a mini cooking class with Chef Ed Hardy, who whipped up a Nordic menu that included gravlax and gave us a lesson on curing salmon! #cookologyeventsrock

02/19/2020
49 seconds to Spirit Free!

Don't call them mocktails - Derek Brown's The Getaway sans alcohol are spirit-free, and he'll show you how to make both spirited and spirit-free versions of the iconic drink aka Cynar Daquiri! Get tickets to his Feb. 21 event at Ballston Quarter Cocktails & Conversation, which includes a copy of his award-winning book “Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World."

Register now at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/cocktails-conversation-with-derek-brown-book-included-2020-02-21-18-00

Mocktails no more —we are a spirit free nation and no one is missing a thing—ok almost no one. Derek Brown has developed a line of spirit free drinks that wo...

02/18/2020

Cheers to National Drink Wine Day! You too can enjoy wine at some of our cooking classes, like our BFF Light and Lively evening of wine and fabulous food at Dulles Town Center on Thursday: Date Night: Classic French Dinner on Friday at both locations; and Parisian Nights on Saturday at both locations.

Go to classes.cookologyonline.com for details and to register!

#nationaldrinkwineday #drinkwine #cookingclass #culinaryschool #getcooking #cookology #ballstonquarter #dullestowncenter

02/17/2020
Derek Brown on PUB and the Game Of Thrones pop-up bar!

In the second installment of Stefanie Gans' interview with Columbia Room's Derek Brown - the Willy Wonka behind DC's hugely popular PUB (pop-up bar) - find out which drink at the Game of Thrones PUB was his favorite and why!

You can debate his choice with him at his Feb. 21 appearance at our Ballston Quarter store, where he'll be showing guests how to make his iconic cocktail, "The Getaway" - with and without alcohol.

Tickets include a copy of his award-winning book, “Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World." You can get yours at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/cocktails-conversation-with-derek-brown-book-included-2020-02-21-18-00

PUB was home to pop-up bars based on celebrated themes such as Christmas, cherry blossoms, Game of Thrones and more.

02/17/2020

We sabered champagne today!!

Feed your love for writing with storyteller Willona Sloan's Nordic Nights event on Feb. 19 at Cookology Ballston Quarter...
02/16/2020

Feed your love for writing with storyteller Willona Sloan's Nordic Nights event on Feb. 19 at Cookology Ballston Quarter! Sloan, who taught Harlem Renaissance-themed writing workshops in Reykjavik, will use Nordic lit and winter themes to get you writing in this fun and interactive workshop.

The event includes a mini-cooking class by Ed Hardy, a disciple of Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Your Nordic-inspired menu includes a Swedish meatball "slider" with lingonberry and cucumber, and gravlax and sour cream on potato gaufrette!

Get your tickets now at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/nordic-nights-snack-sip-cook-write-2020-02-19-19-00

#writing #writingworkshop #willonasloan #nordicfood #nordiccuisine #getcooking #cookology #cookologyevents #ballstonquarter

Parent & Me cooking class ushered in the love and giggles on this early morning Valentine’s Day Saturday class! #cutenes...
02/15/2020

Parent & Me cooking class ushered in the love and giggles on this early morning Valentine’s Day Saturday class! #cutenessoverload @ Ballston Quarter

Valentine’s Day is in full swing in Ballston Quarter and Dulles Town Center!
02/15/2020

Valentine’s Day is in full swing in Ballston Quarter and Dulles Town Center!

Happy Valentine’s Day Fam! And happy anniversary to us! We opened Cookology in Dulles Town Center on this day 11 years a...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day Fam! And happy anniversary to us! We opened Cookology in Dulles Town Center on this day 11 years ago so we didn’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day ever again! Jusss kidding. Kinda.

02/14/2020
Derek Brown of Columbia Room

Derek Brown gives us a quick take on how he makes The Getaway, one of Columbia Room’s signature cocktails ... find out the drink's secret ingredient and catch the award-winning author and craft bartender in action at his Feb. 21 appearance at Cookology Ballston Quarter! His event, Cocktails and Conversation, includes a copy of his book “Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World,” which just won a 2020 Nightclub and Bar Award for best beverage book.

#craftcocktails #craftbartender #derekbrown #columbiaroom #nightclub&baraward #thegetaway #cynardaquiri #cookology #cookologyevents #cocktails

https://youtu.be/Md69Ey46s7M

Derek dons his bartender super cape and gives us a glimpse into how his famous drink, The Getaway, is made.

Foodie alert: We've only got 6 copies left of "Cool Beans" - Joe Yonan's cookbook that's on back order on Amazon! Get yo...
02/13/2020

Foodie alert: We've only got 6 copies left of "Cool Beans" - Joe Yonan's cookbook that's on back order on Amazon! Get your copy tonight and have your favorite Washington Post food & dining editor autograph it while sampling some of the dishes from the book!

To get your book and attend the demo, book now at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/-cool-beans-with-joe-yonan-book-included-2020-02-13-19-00

If you'd just like to come for the demo, that's cool too - register at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/-cool-beans-with-joe-yonan-demo-only-2020-02-13-19-00

Cookology Ballston Quarter is lookin’ sweeeet tonight as we prep for a 32-person Valentine’s class making heart-shaped r...
02/13/2020

Cookology Ballston Quarter is lookin’ sweeeet tonight as we prep for a 32-person Valentine’s class making heart-shaped ravioli! 😍

#valentines #valentinesday #valentinesday2020 #cookingwithlove #cookingclass #cookology #ballstonquarter #getcooking #arlington #culinaryschool

02/12/2020
Jennifer Young Homes

It's the last day to enter our partner giveaway with Jennifer Young Homes - see the post below for details on how to win one of two $50 gift certificates to any of our awesome classes!

#giveaway #valentinesday #cookingclasses #getcooking #dullestowncenter #ballstonquarter

🛑 LAST CHANCE TO WIN a Cookology gift certificate! 👩‍🍳

This month we're giving away TWO (2) Cookology gift certificates toward ANY cooking class — just in time for Valentine's Day! 💕

TO ENTER:
👉 Like Jennifer Young Homes
👉 Like Cookology Recreational Culinary School
👉 Comment below with your favorite food pairing! 🍕 🍍

2 WINNERS randomly chosen on Thurs, Feb 13! Good luck!

We're so excited for our upcoming guest events, including TOMORROW NIGHT’s  "Cool Beans" demo with Washington Post Food ...
02/12/2020

We're so excited for our upcoming guest events, including TOMORROW NIGHT’s "Cool Beans" demo with Washington Post Food & Dining Editor Joe Yonan, who'll be leading a discussion and sharing dishes based on his new book AT OUR BALLSTON QUARTER LOCATION!

Next up is Willona Sloan (Nordic Nights sip, snack and write!) on Feb. 19 and Derek Brown (Conversations & Cocktails!) on Feb. 21. Register for all at bit.ly/CookologyFeaturedGuests

#cookology #cookologyevents #getcooking #ballstonquarter #joeyonan #vegetarian #foodies #willonasloan #nordiccuisine #writingworkshop #derekbrown #mixology #cocktails #columbiaroom

We love when corporate clients come to celebrate their company's successes and reward high performing employees with a f...
02/11/2020

We love when corporate clients come to celebrate their company's successes and reward high performing employees with a fun teambuilding session at our Ballston Quarter and Dulles Town Center locations! PS we can also come to your office or set up at another location!

For more information about our unique, interactive team building sessions, visit https://cookologyonline.com/team-building/ or contact Deb Claybrook, Director of Sales, at 703.433.1909 or [email protected].

#teambuilding #corporateevents #getcooking #ballstonquarter #arlington #dullestowncenter #culinaryschool

Cookology fam - we're partnering with top real estate team Jennifer Young Homes on a giveaway to two people, each will w...
02/10/2020

Cookology fam - we're partnering with top real estate team Jennifer Young Homes on a giveaway to two people, each will win a $50 gift certificate to any of our classes - perfect for Valentine's Day! Go to their page below to enter, and good luck!

📛 FEBRUARY CONTEST! 🔥
This month we teamed up with a local fav ** Cookology ** to give away TWO gift certificates toward ANY cooking class — just in time for Valentine's Day! 💕

TO ENTER:
👉 Like Jennifer Young Homes page
👉 Like Cookology Recreational Culinary School page
👉 Comment below with your favorite food pairing! 🥛🍪

2 WINNERS randomly chosen on Thurs, Feb 13! Good luck!

Our 5-day Valentine's extravaganza of classes starts on Wednesday at Ballston Quarter with an Early Valentine's Day Clas...
02/10/2020

Our 5-day Valentine's extravaganza of classes starts on Wednesday at Ballston Quarter with an Early Valentine's Day Classic Italian dinner menu! Grab the girls for Galentine's Night on Thursday at Ballston Quarter and Dulles Town Center, and then it's on for couples, families and friends starting Valentine's Day!

After making your sweetheart of a meal, you'll sit down and feast on your creations. Get your tickets now at http://bit.ly/CookologyValentineClasses

Friday: Valentine's Love Brunch, Valentine's Day Luncheon, Valentine's Day Pasta Class, Valentine's Day: Lobster & Filet Mignon

Saturday: Berry Valentines Family Class Brunch (ages 8+), Valentine's Day with Mommy/Daddy & Me (ages 3-5), Love in the Afternoon, Valentine's Brunch: Thai Crab Cakes, Valentine's Souffles Sweet & Savory, Nerd Love (sous vide & molecular gastronomy), Valentine's Dinner for Singles, Valentine's Dinner - Decadent Romance

Sunday: Valentine's Day with Mommy/Daddy & Me (ages 3-5), Valentine's Day Luncheon, Family Sushi Class (ages 8), Valentine's Cupcake Wars (ages 8-16), Valentine's Day with the Family (ages 7+)

Our first guest event with Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery tonight is a sold-out hit! Chef brought ...
02/09/2020

Our first guest event with Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery tonight is a sold-out hit! Chef brought his Mardi Gras Magic to our Ballston kitchen, complete with beads - love it!

Next up in our ongoing series of guests in our kitchen: Washington Post Food & Dining Editor Joe Yonan, who will demo dishes from his new book, “Cool Beans.” Get your tickets for this Feb. 13 event at classes.cookologyonline.com and click on the Featured Guests link on the left.

Bon Appetit magazine recently announced that 30% of the new recipes their Test Kitchen develops will be meatless as part...
02/07/2020
10 Ways the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Will Be More Sustainable in 2020

Bon Appetit magazine recently announced that 30% of the new recipes their Test Kitchen develops will be meatless as part of its commitment to more sustainable practices in 2020. Their new guidelines include composting all food scraps, reducing the use of plastic and encouraging readers to do so, buying organic ingredients and giving preference to local meats and sustainable seafood. If you’re doing any of these or can offer suggestions on how to cook and eat sustainably, we’d love you to share in the comments!

#sustainablekitchen #reducereuserecycle #lowwaste #sustainableliving #consciouscooking #grassfed #organic #eatlocal #sustainablefishing

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/ba-test-kitchen-sustainability

From composting to cooking more vegetarian recipes, we're committing to doing better by the environment.

02/06/2020

Cookology Summer Camp registration is now open!

Congratulations to Derek Brown, creator of the Columbia Room in DC, on winning a 2020 Nightclub & Bar Award in the categ...
02/05/2020

Congratulations to Derek Brown, creator of the Columbia Room in DC, on winning a 2020 Nightclub & Bar Award in the category of Beverage Book & Authors of the Year for his book, “Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World!” You can find out what the buzz is about when Derek appears at Cookology Ballston Quarter on Feb. 21 to demonstrate how to make one of Columbia Room’s signature cocktails, the Getaway - with and without alcohol.

Get your tickets now for this special guest event at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/cocktails-conversation-with-derek-brown-2020-02-21-17-00

#mixology #columbiaroom #derekbrown #cookologyevents #getcooking #getmixing #ballstonquarter #dullestowncenter #cookology

Arlington Magazine knows where it's at for Valentine's Day ... our fun themed classes are one of their "16 Alternative W...
02/04/2020
16 Alternative Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day/Month - Arlington Magazine

Arlington Magazine knows where it's at for Valentine's Day ... our fun themed classes are one of their "16 Alternative Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day/Month!" They spotlight our Nerd Love, Thai Crab Cakes, Valentine's Dinner for Singles with Lobster Thermidor ... but we've got two dozen classes to choose from! Check out the calendar and register for classes at http://bit.ly/CookologyValentineClasses

Swap out a sit-down dinner for cooking classes, family time, partner yoga – or even a protest party.

We are renovating:: Cookology at Dulles Town Center is closed Today and Tuesday as it undergoes renovations over the nex...
02/03/2020

We are renovating:: Cookology at Dulles Town Center is closed Today and Tuesday as it undergoes renovations over the next two days.

All calls will still be answered and returned!

We have heard a few rumors that Dulles Town Center is closing. It is NOT. As retail continues to take a downturn in this country, this mall, as all other malls, struggles to stay relevant. We chose this mall 11 years ago because we loved the location, free parking and potential it had for the future. The community has grown around it, and we know the owners have big plans for it.

As Lord & Taylor and Bubbles leave us, we still are keeping company with Macy’s Backstage and Dick’s Sporting Goods at the quiet end of the mall.

We are excited to see what new retailers join us in this cozy corner that we call home, which has blessed us with so many friends and memories.

Our classes are still the best in the area, as we take great care of each of our customers, especially the kids we serve.

Check out our summer camps/workshops newsletter. We have all new menus for each and have added a plant-based cooking camp/workshop. As always we have our munchkins
camps. https://conta.cc/2OkR8oM

We will be Valentine’s Day ready for you and your sweetie! Check out our interesting Valentine’s Day classes!

As always if you have questions, please call us at 703-433-1909!

It may not feel like winter, but our Nordic Nights event with Willona Sloan will still immerse you in that Northern Euro...
02/03/2020

It may not feel like winter, but our Nordic Nights event with Willona Sloan will still immerse you in that Northern European sensibility. Sloan, who held an artist residency at Gröndalshús Writer’s Home in Iceland, will lead an immersive and interactive writing workshop at Cookology Ballston Quarter, blending traditional workshop techniques in between cooking demos. Find time to craft stories and snack and sip Nordic bites prepared by Ed Hardy, a disciple of Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Register now for this special event at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/events/nordic-nights-snack-sip-cook-write-2020-02-19-19-00

#nordicnights #nordicfood #willonasloan #writingworkshop #cookology #cookologyevents #getcooking #ballstonquarter #culinaryschool

02/02/2020
Summer Camps and Workshops for kids are live and 20% off coupon is only good until Feb 14: https://conta.cc/2OkR8oMAfter...
02/02/2020
Summer Camp Registration is now open!

Summer Camps and Workshops for kids are live and 20% off coupon is only good until Feb 14: https://conta.cc/2OkR8oM

After each half or full day camp kids will eat what they’ve made. For all baking and pastry camps a meal will be served.

This year camps and workshops are 30 minutes longer.

For those who want a full day camp, you have two options based on age group:
>> Post camp is only open to kids 8-11 years old.

Thank you Northern Virginia Magazine for the shoutout! We've got so many exciting events scheduled in February at our Ba...
01/31/2020
Want to learn how to cook? Head to these 9 schools in Northern Virginia

Thank you Northern Virginia Magazine for the shoutout! We've got so many exciting events scheduled in February at our Ballston Quarter and Dulles Town Center locations, from Valentine-themed cooking classes to our special guest demonstrations - view them all at https://classes.cookologyonline.com/

#cookingschool #culinary #getcooking #getcookingarl #ballston #arlington #getcookingdulles #dullestowncenter

From Italian-centered meals to the basics of dessert, here’s where children, teens and adults of all ages can become a chef in NoVA.

A new study finds that watching healthy cooking shows has proven to be a great way for kids to lean towards healthier op...
01/30/2020

A new study finds that watching healthy cooking shows has proven to be a great way for kids to lean towards healthier options and that “increased cooking skills among children can positively influence their consumption of fruit and vegetables in a manner that will persist into adulthood.”

Read the full story here: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/watching-healthy-cooking-shows-could-help-kids-eat-healthier-010620.html

Summer Camps and Workshops will be posted tomorrow! 20% off coupon good for only 5 days, can be found on our newsletter. Have you joined?
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Address

21100 Dulles Town Cir
Sterling, VA
20166

General information

Our goal is to inspire people to connect with friends and family over a great meal. We teach folks to do this everyday by offering professionally taught, hands-on cooking classes in our safe commercial kitchens. Our professionally trained chefs teach unique culinary classes from culinary boot camp to sushi to cheese making. We offer wine education courses, wine and food pairing dinners, theme based classes such as date night and BFF night, and a series of baking and pastry classes to engage every culinary curiosity.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 21:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 21:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:30
Thursday 10:00 - 21:30
Friday 10:00 - 21:30
Saturday 10:00 - 21:30
Sunday 11:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(703) 433-1909

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I've taken numerous classes at Cookology in the Dulles Town Center and they have always been wonderful! The chefs are amazing and are always helpful in answering any questions. The recipes are also great and generally easy to recreate at home.
Brought my husband & sister in law to the class and had an awesome time! What a great time with the chef and teh otehrs learing to cook. Best part...you have fun & get to end up eating a great meal! LOVE IT!
Chef Ed was fantastic. He was entertaining and a great teacher. The Korean food was delicious. Simple recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients. Only complaint is the finish time. I wish we ate throughout the class instead of cooking everything at the end. I was sooo hungry
My 10 yr. old daughter attended one of the summer camps and loved it! She already loves to cook and bake but she learned some great new recipes and picked up and new skill or technique each day. The Ballston facility is beautiful and the staff was always very friendly.
We did the Cupcake Wars for Father's Day and it was so much fun. The rooms are spacious for working around groups of people and they provided plenty of options. We will def be coming back for classes here.
My boyfriend and I went for a date night and had such a blast! Chef Tina is such a gem and incredibly knowledgeable, flexible, and friendly. We started by making the dough and while it was proofing, snacked on the provided pizza and salad. Bonus: homemade ranch dressing! We will definitely be going back in the future! This is a great class whether you’re with friends, family or your partner. I’m looking forward to bringing my best friend and her daughter next!
Last Sunday I took the Mousses and Cremeuxs class. It was my first ever Cookology class. The chef cooked along with us and taught us how to correct mistakes while making the mousse and cremeux. The class was great and I look forward to taking more classes at Cookology Ballston.
Highly recommend the week long culinary workshop for teenagers. My boys don't cook and are not interested in food, however they loved it and would do it again. They are now willing to have a go at cooking dinner once a week based on the dishes they learned during the week. (They bought home some samples and everything was yummy!). So this Mom is very happy as well! Looking forward to them taking more classes. I might tag along next time.
Love this place
Had a fun night at Dulles locations making doughnuts and pizza with Chef Ed! Learned a lot about making dough and using deep fry method. I think the group of us 8 had a good time together. Yeah doughnuts 🍩🍩🍩👍🏻 Looking forward to the next class. Sandie Lindberg
Our chef Steve did a great job of teaching us how to cook steak with mushroom and port wine reduction, roasted garlic smashed potatoes, Roquefort blue cheese dressing was to die for on the iceberg wedge salad and chocolate lava cake! My husband commented that vanilla ice cream would go great with the cake and miraculously ice cream appeared which wasn't even on the menu! Great night out with my hubby at Cookology!
Do you guys have any photos from spring break camp at Dulles? All the photos are from Ballston.