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Northshore September 2015

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | 53 photographs by Rachael Kloss BY JEANNE O'BRIEN COFFEY A new cooking school in North Andover has all the right ingredients for success. Happy Meals You never know what you might find when you walk through the doors at Taste Buds kitchen, a new cook- ing class studio in North Andover. It could be teenagers creating flaming s'mores cupcakes for a Cupcake Wars competition, a three-year-old boy grinning gleefully after crack- ing his first egg, or adults learning to crimp Chinese dumplings. "I like to say we offer classes for everyone from two to 99," says owner Laurel Holmes. "Cooking is a skill everyone needs." Attendance rates suggest she is quite right. Open for just a few short weeks, Taste Buds has already had a number of repeat guests; the same moms sitting behind their budding pre-k chefs making donuts one morning might show up with a bot- tle of wine and a couple of friends to try their hand at sushi or ravioli a few nights later. Adult classes, held several nights a week, run the gamut from steak to tapas, while the "Mommy and Me" morning classes and after- noon drop-off programs for kids cover everything from rainbow cupcakes to food science. Holmes has been pleasantly surprised by the response. Across the board, her numbers have been higher than pro- jected, and she feels like she is filling a need by bringing people together over food. "With the Internet, there are few- er [personal] connections," Holmes says. "This is a great way to expand your circle and learn something new." In some ways, however, it's the Internet that is bringing people in—satisfied amateur chefs can't Owner of Taste Buds, Laurel Holmes; Below, A young student learns the art of baking.

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