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These New Virtual Cooking Classes Are So Much Better Than Zoom Happy Hours

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These days, we’re trying to focus on the little things that bring us joy. (Hey, it sure beats doomscrolling.) We’re all about those little moments of fun and connection, which is why we’re eager to try the latest offering from Uncommon Goods, a Brooklyn-based online gift shop that’s known for socially responsible practices — it’s a B Corp! — and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Uncommon Goods is one of our first stops for holidays, birthdays, and just-because presents, so when we learned they recently launched Uncommon Experiences, we were intrigued. Then we were excited — and added a lot of virtual classes and experiences to our shopping carts! This highly curated set of expert-led classes is just what the upcoming holiday season ordered. 

There’s a whole world of experiences to take yourself — or gift to someone special — including lots of food-, drink-, and cooking-related classes. There are opportunities to learn how to roll out your own homemade pasta, mix up alluringly smoky cocktails, and even make a cake that looks like a giant, translucent raindrop.

Trust us: This is a great way to get out of that pandemic cooking rut you may have found yourself in. There’s an Uncommon Experience for every type of home cook or mixologist — even the “My best drink recipe involves three ingredients and some gin” kind. Each class is taught by an expert in their field, and they’re streamed live. That’s pretty cool — the in-the-moment, community-driven atmosphere goes a long way to making these virtual events feel like in-person classes. It’s also a nice touch that Uncommon Goods sends you everything you need to participate, from ingredients to materials. 

We’re absolutely planning on gifting a few of these to our friends and family in the coming months. And hey — since we’re still living “virtual” life for so many everyday activities, might we suggest a carefully chosen Uncommon Experience for a first date ice breaker? Who knows, things could get *really* spicy.

Rochelle Bilow

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Rochelle Bilow is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, the former social media manager at Bon Appétit Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine. She has also worked as a cook on a small farm in Central New York, and a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City. Connect with her @rochellebilow.