For this month’s Winter in the City feature—a look at more than 70 things to do when chilly temperatures chase you indoors—we spoke with Katy Foster, owner of Stir Cooking School, about why cooking classes are a great way to pass the time on a cold winter’s night. We love Stir, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other fabulous spots to learn to cook in the Denver area. Check out one of these five spots this month.

The Seasoned Chef
A Paella Party: From the Avenue Grill
November 7, $69
Learn to make this one-pot crowd pleaser through a hands-on class that demystifies the ingredients and makes the recipe easy to follow. Bonus: Wine is served with lunch.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Classic Techniques: Italian
November 14 and 15, $189
This beginner-friendly two-part series teaches participants about the ingredients, culture, and wines of Italy.

Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Dinner
November 14, $149
The best way to learn to put your Turkey Day feast on the table is by taking this four-hour class. You’ll make an entire menu, including turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

Kitchen Table Cooking School
Better Than Shopping—An Italian Fling
November 27, $80
Instead of fighting the Black Friday crowds, spend the evening learning to cook a fall-themed vegetarian Italian menu. You’ll pull together a meal of butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter, baked eggplant parmigiana, and a tasty apple-walnut tart with mascarpone.

Sur La Table
Date Night: Spectacular Seafood
November 13, $79
Take your significant other out for a hands-on date where you’ll learn to make steamed clams with fennel and chorizo, seared scallops, endive salad, and spiced apple ice cream.