I recently had to organize a party for a friend, and wanted to make it food themed, so I began searching for places that offer private cooking classes for groups. My criteria: not too expensive and not too technical. I chose Cook & Go, right next to Chelsea market. It’s a bright big space with friendly, accommodating instructors. Everyone had a great time. We sliced, diced, and kneaded for about an hour, drinking wine along the way, and then ate our tasty creations together: handmade pappardelle (thick ribbons) with Bolognese sauce, tofu-and-vegetable croquettes, chocolate lava cake and Tuscan cake topped with citrus fruit. The atmosphere is very informal; you can eat standing up or grab one of the chairs next to the cooking stations. Cook & Go has an ongoing calendar of classes, so you don’t need to round up a group to learn a few culinary tricks.