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It’s a twofer–you ordinary foodies can take professional-quality cooking lessons AND you can see the teaching kitchens at the Culinary Institute of America’s campus in San Antonio. Two very cool classes are being offered to the general public for the first time. I’ve got to warn you, they’re expensive, but the good part is that both classes are two to three days long and both are hands-on and all the food is included (as well it should be). The first is Mexican Small Bites, on appetizers and hors’ doeuvres (December 1 and 2, for $795). The second is on the cooking of Puebla and Oaxaca, two famous Mexican culinary cities (December 3, 4, and 5, for $1195). But as much fun as the classes are, it’s an equal treat to be inside the facility and use the professional kitchens.