A Day at Boston Center for Adult Education, Kitchen Tour

A Day at Boston Center for Adult Education, Kitchen Tour

The BCAE is New England’s oldest non-profit adult education center and they offer a generous variety of courses from Cooking 101 to Belly Dancing and everything in between. They changed locations about a year ago from their Commonwealth Avenue address to their brand new, sunny, spacious, and modern building at 122 Arlington Street, between Back Bay and the South End. The way we see it, you’re never too old to learn, and the BCAE provides their members and students with all the tools to become the knowledgeable souls we’re all striving to be.

Our friend and BCAE instructor, Dustin Todd Rennells, invited us to spend yesterday afternoon cooking in the new state-of-the-art kitchens. There are appliances that most home cooks dream of on a nightly basis in these kitchens so we, of course, jumped at the opportunity to play in the gorgeous space!

First, Dustin gave us a tour of the space, described the appliances, and answered our questions about the types of cooking classes that are offered at the BCAE. He teaches a very popular Cupcakes and Cocktails course along with additional home entertaining and design courses.

Boston Center for Adult Education | BCAE | Kitchen Tour from Chels and Sues on Vimeo.

After the tour, Sues, Dustin, and I got to cooking. We planned a menu of three recipes and it was an unbelievable experience to be able to cook knowing everything we needed was at our fingertips. Knives galore, plates, glassware, and silverware. We purchased our major ingredients but the basic ingredients like flour, oils, salt and pepper were already provided in the kitchen so it was nice we didn’t have to lug all of that, too! We’re breaking our day at the BCAE up into 4 separate posts to create a mini-series. The recipes will be featured, with video, throughout the next week or two so keep an eye out for them!

For now, here are a few drool-worthy images from each recipe to give you some (very small) hints. Any ideas what we made? 😉




The courses at the BCAE are broken down into six main categories, Art, Food/Wine, Growth, Fitness/Recreation, Languages, and Child Enrichment with specific disciplines within each category. The below list is links to each discipline and the courses offered:

Theater and Film

Food and WIne
Wine and Spirits

Computers and Technology
Self and Work

Fitness and Recreation


Child Enrichment
Child Enrichment

I think taking classes like this is such a great way to step away from what we do every day. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience other fields! There are SO many I want to take, including – but not limited to 😉 – acrylic painting, knitting, sewing for beginners, wedding ceremony flowers and centerpieces, Just Breads, French, tennis, and of course, Dustin’s Cupcakes and Cocktails class! If you could take any class at the BCAE, or any other adult education center, which would it be? Is there another subject or field you’d love to dabble in?


18 Responses to "A Day at Boston Center for Adult Education, Kitchen Tour"

  1. Erica says:

    How cool! I love taking cooking classes- I think the little hints and tricks you learn are the best part! I took an italian cooking class at a place in downtown charleston called Charleston Cooks. It was fabulous! If I could take another class, I’d want to take a cake decorating class

  2. Simply Life says:

    wow! what a fun experience! I’m definitely saving their website- thanks!

  3. i always wanted to take language courses at the BCAE. i mango slaw? but that looked like roasted eggplant…

  4. Dustin says:

    Hey ladies! Thanks for coming and taking a tour of my turf. I can’t wait to see the yummy things that you made. I was so pleased to actually get to try some of them! Could I have picked a more unflattering shade to wear on camera. One of those things that you see in retrospect! Haha. Gosh, that mango sure is professionally cut!

  5. emily says:

    I’d love to take cooing classes or even dance classes! 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    A few years ago, I took a class with my friend Abby on weekday cooking and it was really great. I still use a lot of the tips I picked up today!

  7. Claudia says:

    Taking a cooking class in a few weeks – can’t get enough. Very fun post – and don’t get me started on what classes I would take…your comment form isn’t long enough. I love enrichment classes!

  8. Daisy says:

    wine and spirits sounds like a good one!

  9. Emily says:

    The BCAE is a great resource. I took French there (although I don’t remember a thing… my fault, not theirs!) and would love to do a wijne/food course!

  10. i would love to take a cooking or baking class. always need improvement in the kitchen, plus then you get to eat!

  11. how cool! i’d love to take a cooking/baking class or maybe writing. fun stuff. too bad i live in IN…

  12. Joanne says:

    This sounds like one crazy awesome experience. Anyone who teaches a CUPCAKES and COCKTAILS class. Must really know about the finer things in life.

  13. wow i dont’ know if i could pick just one class! definitely a cooking one, or language class…but i’d also like to try something completely new and different like knitting! I am so intrigued about what recipe you made using those ingredients! All i know is the mango looks deelish 🙂

  14. a kitchen to play in?? SOUNDS FABULOUS!!!! taking a baking class would be such a great experience for me. especially if i could learn some muffin tricks lol


  15. Megan says:

    I bet cooking outside the box with Boston Organics would be a really fun class… or following in Julia’s footsteps. That’s so cool that you guys got to go cook in the new kitchens. Can’t wait to see what you made!

  16. Kerstin says:

    I hadn’t heard of BCAE but it sounds really cool! I’m trying to learn Lithuanian, although I doubt they offer that – I wish I had learned a few languages when I was younger though! Can’t wait to see what you made!

  17. MichellePC says:

    I’d love to take some web design/development classes at BCAE, or even some food writing courses to continue developing my writing skills. I get their emails every week, and all of their classes look fun, informative, and pretty affordable!

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