If you and your spouse-to-be want to take home more than tchotchkes from your honeymoon, consider learning kitchen skills you can share with each other every day. Here are my picks for culinary classes that send you back with honeymoon souvenirs you can serve for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For a short, close-to-home honeymoon, take a long weekend at The House on Bayou Road in New Orleans. Guests can sign up to learn authentic New Orleans recipes from award-winning chefs in small classes of 10 at this registered 1798 plantation in the French Quarter turned B&B and Creole cooking school. Cooking classes start at $150 for guests, room rates start at $135.
In between welcome cocktails, picking fresh produce from the market, visiting local coffee plantations, water rafting and beach time, guests at the Hotel Mockingbird Hill in Jamaica become experts using Jamaican ingredients to create exotic dishes at home. Accommodations include a 3-night stay at Green Castle Estate, a 1600 acre historic plantation, and 9 nights at the eco-boutique Mocking Bird Hill for $3,084.
Although Italy overflows with cooking classes, Bagno Vignono, a medieval spa town near Siena offers one of the more unusual culinary experiences. Guests stay in a 14th century house in a medieval village and learn traditional Tuscan â€Cucina Poveraâ€œ (country cooking of the peasants). A 4-night stay with cooking class costs around $3,000.