It’s official. School is back in session. While our mini-majesties are learning their ABCs and 123s, mom can skip to the head of the class, too. These fab Colorado “how to’s” will have you sharpening your skills in grand style, whether they’re in the kitchen, at the sewing machine, or over the wine bar.
Bloom is Cherry Creek North’s newest domestic hotspot, and with good reason. Owner Anuschka Pashel’s exceptional taste is evident in the chic home accessories, lush florals and inspired gifts that grace this floral shop-meets-boutique-meets-design studio. Wannabe florists can mimic Pashel’s imaginative style by signing up for one of Bloom’s custom classes, where groups ranging in size from 4-16 can be accommodated. The shop will provide the materials, and you provide something to snack on and something to sip. Bloom even offers pint-sized versions for children wishing to try their tiny hands at a career in horticulture. Bloom By Anuschka, 2353 East 3rd Avenue in Denver, Ring 720.941.2682, www.bloomdenver.com.
Wine in Heels
Aspen’s first all–women wine club, Wine in Heels will tickle the fancies of any female oenophile. The two-hour events, taught by advanced sommelier Vilma Maizaite and sommelier and chef Sarah Helsley, boast fabulous cooking demonstrations and the fundamentals of food and wine pairing in a girls-only atmosphere. Seventy-five dollars buys your way in, and at least three different wines to taste with your freshly made delicacies. The next class (August 26th) features Wine & Comfort Food (think Mac & Cheese and Fried Chicken) followed by September 9th’s Wine & Sweets (twist our arm). Wine in Heels, held at Dancing Bear in Aspen, 411 South Monarch Street, Aspen, Colorado 81611, Ring 877.773,8485, www.thekitchenhotline.com/wine-heels.
Mish Mash Homemade
This clever business is a busy mother’s dream come true. Started by darling Denver duo Nicole Dominic and Sarah Landreth, Mish Mash gives parents a much-needed chance to socialize all the while making healthy meals for their wee ones. The pair provide hands-on, informative workshops for parents that range from Purred Goodness (baby food 101) to Lunchbox Heroes (nutritious creations on the go) to Chunky Monkeys (transitioning to textures and blends). Sessions are an affordable $40-$55 a pop, and include a pre-class social hour, plus samples and recipes to take home. What’s more, you’ll get a special discount on all food-related products at nearby Real Baby. Mish Mash Homemade, Ring 303.503.1432, www.mishmashhomemade.com.
Stir Cooking School
Not all cooking schools are created equal, and the quirky classes at Stir are anything but ordinary. Owner Katy Hume’s southern spunk shines through in Stir’s schedule, where offerings like Sangria, Sliders & Sides and Cupcake & Ice Cream Bootcamp are the norm. Stir also offers Mixology classes that will have you tending bar with the best of them, and private events ideal for birthday and holiday parties. Stir Cooking School, 3215 Zuni Street in Denver, Ring 720.287.4823, www.stirtolearn.com.
Sipping N’ Painting
Admit it. You’ve always wanted to be able to paint. Unfortunately, your art skills are more on par with a preschooler’s than Picasso’s. Sipping N’ Painting speaks to the artist in all of us. The eclectic urban studio, located in Denver’s bustling LoHi neighborhood, offers a hip, creative environment for an evening on the town, a bachelorette party, a bit of “me” time or an out-of-the-ordinary date night. With your first drink included in your ticket price, Sipping N’ Painting has you covered, and will walk you step by step through the painting experience giving one-on-one instruction along the way. The studio offers oodles of fabulous choices for your masterpiece, and recently expanded its wine selection to include over a dozen varietals, allowing you to sip and stroke in style. Sipping N’ Painting, 2563 15th Street, Suite 102, in Denver. Ring 303.854.8345, www.sippingnpainting.com.