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40% Off January & February Computer Classes at the BCAE

  
  
  

 

Computer 40% off sale Jan 2015

We know it's hard to get motivated and find the time to FINALLY learn those computer skills you've been meaning to learn...the ones you know will help you advance in the workplace and in the world. Here at the BCAE, we're helping you achieve those resolutions and giving you an extra incentive to get out there (really just come here) and do it -- 40% off all January & February computer classes should give you that long awaited kick in the pants, right? Don't wait any longer. Sign up now!

Microsoft Office Crash Course: Excel, PowerPoint & Word
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Ingenious Solutions [Entire Series]
Adobe InDesign for Desktop Publishing
Photoshop for Beginners
Workplace Computer Skills
Adobe InDesign Intensive
Open Source Content Management Systems
Microsoft Excel: Intermediate
Microsoft Access
Zoomed In: A Photoshop Intensive
A Gaggle of Google: Intro to Google Services
Computing Basics: One-Week Intensive
Twitter 101: Twitter Basics
Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint & Word
Basic Internet Skills
Excel Refresher: Pivot Tables & Macros
Personal Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe on the Internet
Twitter 201: The Anatomy of a Tweet
Facebook Basics


*Restrictions: Discounted class prices are as listed. Promo codes and additional discounts cannot be used. Discounted pricing available only on computer classes running through March 6th. Other restrictions may apply.

A Walking Tour (with beer) of Boston’s Revolutionary and Drunken Past

  
  
  

We are so excited to be partnering with Ye Olde Tavern Tours for our very own BCAE walking tour complete with the best of Boston's beer and history! The tour is right around the corner on January 20th, so sign up now!

To get an idea of what our students would be experiencing, we took a little preview tour, and here are some stand-outs:

STOP: The 21st Amendment in Beacon Hill is the first stop on the tour (seen below all dressed up for the holidays!)

FUN FACT: Did you know JFK is rumored to have written his speeches in this very location (before it was the 21st Amendment pub) while he lived on Bowdoin Street?

21st amendment bar Boston

STOP: Beantown Pub/Samuel Adams' grave

FUN FACT: Did you know Beantown Pub is the only place where you can drink a cold Sam Adams while looking at a cold Sam Adams?! Thanks for that, Ye Olde Tavern Tours, we do love a good pun :-)


Samuel Adams grave Boston

FUN FACT: While you may already know this, here's a visual. Did you know that all of the grey areas in the map below used to be water and are now filled in by land? Something to think about on your next stroll through the Back Bay...


Old Map of Boston

There is so much more to learn and drink on January 20th so sign up today to join the tour!

The Low Down on The Slow Down by BCAE Wine Sponsor 90+ Cellars

  
  
  

90+ Cellars wine sponsor

Celebrity Chef Class wine sponsor 90+ Cellars is sharing some more of their wine knowledge to help you start your New Year off right!

The Low Down on the Slow Down

As we embrace the start of the New Year, we are all thinking of ways to lead happier, healthier lives.

We love a great glass of wine as much as anybody, and we started 90+ Cellars as a way to share great wine with all of you. For us, wine brings people together, makes food taste better, and simply makes life more enjoyable. Moderate consumption of wine by adults can also have health benefits. Did you know that red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant that can reduce heart disease? However, as with anything we put in our bodies, alcohol or not, all of us need to be aware of the risks of overdoing it.   

Here a few tips on ways to drink moderately and make wine part of your healthy lifestyle this New Year.

1. Think While you Drink

To be sure, there is a definite difference between drinking and tasting. Drinking seems to come naturally. Pausing to taste seems slower to catch on.  Given the sheer amount of sub-par tasting food and beverages available for purchase, it appears many folks would benefit by stopping to think about what they just put in their mouths. Slowing down to taste not only makes you appreciate better food and drink, but it lengthens the experience without you having to consume more. Try prolonging the enjoyment of every sip, and you’ll be surprised the hidden flavors and textures you’ll discover.

2. Share

Wine comes in a larger bottle for a reason. You’re supposed to share it.  Invite your friend, neighbor, or spouse to share a glass combined with a little conversation.  The act of talking will naturally slow down the amount your drink. Furthermore, conversing leads to better relationships and studies have shown the more relationships we have the happier we are.

3. Enjoy with Food

Think of wine as a part of your meal and treat it like an ingredient, the goal of which is to enhance one’s dining pleasure. Consuming alcohol by itself results in us drinking more, or at least relatively more. When we pair it with food, we can alternate between food and wine consumption slowing the rate of each.  Plus, we have the added benefit of experiencing new flavor combinations and added levels of enjoyment.

90+ cellars wine

 

4. Save Some for Later

You don’t have to finish a bottle of wine the same day that it is opened.  Most wine, especially red wines with texture (i.e. tannins) will keep for more than one evening.  In fact, some will even improve overnight.  Red Bordeaux, Piedmont reds like Nebbiolo & Barbera, and heavy duty California Cabernets will even improve on the second day. We’ve enjoyed our 90+ Cellars Barolos better after the bottle was open for 3 or 4 days. Don’t feel pressure to drain the bottle—save some for the next day.

Take this all into account when you open your next bottle of wine, and you’re on the road to a healthy and happy 2015.  I’ll drink (a glass) to that!

Cheers,
Brett

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Keep an eye out for the 90+ Cellars team pouring their wines at celebrity chef classes and the BCAE annual fundraiser Chew on This! Kicked Up Classics on March 12th!

DON'T FORGET! Get 20% off 3 or more bottles of wine in the 90+ Cellars online store! Just enter BCAEWINE at checkout.* Click here to read more about our partnership with 90+ Cellars.

*Restrictions: Only valid for purchases within 90+ Cellars online store. Discount will be applied to product only. Tax and shipping is not discounted. Shipping is $9 flat rate, or free with purchase of 2 or more cases. Discount excludes Wine Club and special gift packs. Cannot be combined with case or Wine Club member discounts - this coupon overrides them. Other restrictions may apply.  Discount expires 9/2/15.

Make the BCAE Your Resolution Solution

  
  
  

It's that time of year again, when you're feeling gluttinous, and your wallets are feeling light. If we can find a few spare minutes amongst the holiday madness, we make that list of new year's resolutions: In 2015, I will...

We all make them in one way or another, whether we painstakingly write each and every item down in detail, or simply tell them to ourselves, but keeping them is a whole other ball game. And that's where we come in. No matter the sizes or types of resolutions you have, here at the BCAE, we have classes to help you out.

YOUR FITNESS GOALS

BCAE drop-in fitness pass
BCAE January/February Fitness Drop-In Pass
This might just be the best fitness deal in Boston. For only $96, you'll gain access to all 33 sessions of our fitness classes held at the BCAE in January and February. BUT you have to purchase by January 6th! Even if the pass isn't for you, we have lots of options to keep you fit. Browse all of our fitness classes here.

 

YOUR HEALTHY EATING GOALS

New Year's resolution health

Eating Clean: Tricks to Keep You On Track - Tuesday, February 3rd
Sticking to a plan and staying motivated to cook good dinners is not easy. Having a few tricks up your sleeve and some new recipes to get excited about may very well be the difference that you need.

5 Desserts: 200 Calories or Less - Thursday, February 19th
Start your diet off right in 2015, but no need to sacrifice ALL the good stuff! Learn to make some treats to fit the sweet into your diet.

YOUR OVERALL WELLNESS GOALS

Rebecca Pacheco

Your Best Year Yet with Rebecca Pacheco - Sunday, January 25th
The beginning of the year is an ideal time to lay the groundwork for the year ahead. This inspiring course is about settling intentions and pinpointing practical skills to create happiness and success in 2015. It's about understanding the most powerful tool you have for creating the life you want: your mind.

Health & Balance in the New Year - Dates & Times Vary
8 weeks of nutrition and lifestyle coaching, along with weekly group training sessions to truly kickstart your year.

YOUR CAREER AND FINANCIAL GOALS

novel writing

The Novel: From Second Draft to Publication - starts Monday, January 12th
Revive the pages that have been sitting there gathering dust. Don't be afraid to take the leap. Join us for the assistance you need.

Twitter 101: Twitter Basics - Wednesday, February 11th
Great for personal use, and even better for your business! There's no better time to start tweeting. All you need to get started in this one session class.

Fundamentals of Investing - starts Tuesday, February 3rd
Don't let your fear of the unknown prevent you from investing in your financial future! Get a broad understanding of financial basics, and learn some simple approaches to investing that can help you reach your long term goals.

Career Crossroads: How to Navigate What's Next - Tuesday, January 13th
Stop procrastinating. You know you need to make a change. Make 2015 the time to do it.

AND MORE TO GET YOU LEARNING AND TRYING NEW THINGS IN 2015:

How to Build a Home Bar - Saturday, January 31st

Learn to Read Music - starts Monday, January 12th

Repurpose Your Old Jewelry at Hidden Jewel - Saturday, January 31st

jewels hub

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Get more resolution guidance here!
And browse the full January/February course catalog here.



Happy Thanksgiving from the BCAE! Last chance for Early Bird.

  
  
  

turkey
We're wishing you a VERY Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the BCAE! We hope you're celebrating with friends, family, and delicious food!

And we also wanted to give you a friendly reminder that our Early Bird sale ends on Saturday!

A few January & February highlights...

January & Feburary classes

Super Bowl Tuesday: Beer Tasting & Wing Making

Flamenco Dancing

Personal Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe on the Internet

Vegan Dinners

A Tapas Style Brunch

Money Talks: Voice-Overs

Spanish for Travelers

Botanical Illustration with Graphite

The Novel: From Second Draft to Publication

Opera for Beginners

For more information on our Early Bird sale, click here. Browse the full January/February catalog here.

The BCAE Has Your Back This Holiday Season

  
  
  

As fun as they can be, the holidays are jam packed with things to do, people to see...and the to-do list can get pretty long and overwhelming. Don't stress! We're here to help.

1. Gift cards!

We sell BCAE gift cards in any denomination, and for a limited time only, for every $50 you give in gift certificates, you get a $10 voucher to spend on classes for yourself! AND on Cyber Monday, December 1st, for one day only, we're doubling that so for every $50 you spend, you get $20 back for you! Get more information and purchase gift certificates here!

Holiday Gift Certificates

2. Create your gifts DIY style in one of our classes!

Save some money and add that true homemade touch to your holiday gifts this year.

-Knit a Scarf

-Decoupage Frames for the Holidays

-Glass Blown Ornaments

-Decoupage Holiday Ornaments

glass christmas ornaments

3. Things to do!

Get in the holiday spirit and add something new to your holiday activity roster.

-Boston at Holiday Time: A Photo Excursion

-Behind the Music: Boston Baroque's Messiah

Boston Holiday activities

4. Cooking!

Whether you're hosting a holiday meal, attending a pot luck, or simply need to keep your guests fed and happy, we've got some classes to help you cook (or bake!) to impress.

-A Holiday Dinner

-Gluten-Free Holiday Treats

-Holiday Entertaining with Chef William Kovel from Catalyst

-Holiday Cupcakes

holiday cooking

5. Festive Drinks!

No holiday celebration is complete without something to wash down all of that food. Are you an aspiring mixologist, or do you just want some beer or wine for your table? Whatever the case, our talented wine and spirits instructors have the tips you need.

- Holiday Cocktails
- Holiday Brews

Holiday drinks

BROWSE ALL OF OUR CLASSES NOW!

5 Ways to Learn More About Wine By BCAE Sponsor 90+ Cellars

  
  
  

90 + Cellars

If you've taken a celebrity chef class with us recently, you probably have met the 90+ Cellars folks, and tasted their delicious wines. Well, we've invited them to share some more of their wine knowledge right here on the blog! Here it is folks...from the experts right to your glass:

5 Ways to Learn More About Wine

“Well, I know I like Malbec and Cabernet, but I’m no connoisseur.” This might be the most common response we hear when we ask people at a wine tasting what they normally like to drink. It’s a perfectly valid answer, but we think people oftentimes don’t give themselves enough credit. And it’s easy to see why: there are thousands of different brands, styles, and regions to choose from in the world of wine. With so much information out there, the average consumer is likely to feel like a novice at best.

Thankfully a little knowledge in the wine world can go a long way. So in the spirit of the BCAE motto “never stop learning”, we’re sharing five simple things you can do to learn more about wine (and no, there will not be a quiz at the end).  

1. Try everything: Yes, we’re serious about this one. In fact, it might be the best thing you can do to learn more about wine (hooray)! The key here is keeping an open mind – sweet wine might not be your thing, but that shouldn’t keep you from at least trying a German Riesling. Sample red wine, white wine, sweet wine, dry wine, rosé, bubbles, port, and everything else there is to offer. Go to tasting events or host them with your friends at home, and make a resolution to at least try everything (it’s ok to spit, too). Chances are you’ll walk away with a few new favorites and an overall better idea of the types of wine you like and dislike.
 
2. Taste with a purpose: When you do have a chance to taste a variety of different wines, don’t forget to think about what you’re drinking. Take note of the aroma, the color, and how it feels in your mouth. See if you can pick out different fruits or other familiar flavors.  Take notes - if you want. There are no right or wrong answers, but the simple act of being aware of each wine you taste will help you remember your preferences later on.

90+ Wine

3. Ask questions: Have you ever stood in the aisle of a wine shop for far too long debating which of the hundreds of $15 reds you should bring to that dinner party? Yeah, we’ve been there too. But store employees (and servers at restaurants) are there to help. Plus they know more about their wine selection than any customer ever could, so don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation. Let this person know your price range, a general style, or the type of occasion you’re shopping for and he or she will help point you in the right direction.

4. Take a class: If you’re looking for some more in-depth wine knowledge, an introductory class might be right for you. The BCAE offers a variety of classes ranging from the basics (like “Understanding Wine Labels”) to niche interests (like “California Dreaming: California Wines”) to seasonally appropriate (like “Pop, Clink, Fizz: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting” What's a new year without some bubbly?). No matter what your level of knowledge or the type of class you decide to take, the act of sitting in a classroom and talking about wine will help you learn more.

5. Be confident: The fact of the matter is, a lot of people simply don’t know how much they already know about wine. The vast population of people who are “not a connoisseur” feel as though it’s easier to talk themselves down rather than speak up. It’s time to stop being afraid. Ask questions. Start conversations. Try crazy new wine. Don’t be afraid of looking or sounding stupid – remember, most of the wine drinkers of the world are in the same boat as you. Don’t get hung up on what you don’t know (or think you don’t know). After all, what’s the point of drinking wine if you’re not having fun?  

So drink on, fellow wine lovers. And if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us on our Twitter or Facebook pages for some down-to-earth, un-snobby advice. Class dismissed.

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DON'T FORGET! Get 20% off 3 or more bottles of wine in the 90+ Cellars online store! Just enter BCAEWINE at checkout.* Click here to read more about our partnership with 90+ Cellars.


*Restrictions: Only valid for purchases within 90+ Cellars online store. Discount will be applied to product only. Tax and shipping is not discounted. Shipping is $9 flat rate, or free with purchase of 2 or more cases. Discount excludes Wine Club and special gift packs. Cannot be combined with case or Wine Club member discounts - this coupon overrides them. Other restrictions may apply.  Discount expires 9/2/15.

BCAE Field Trip to Provincetown

  
  
  

Cape Cod is THE place to go for Bostonians in the summer, but you may not think of going once the temps drop.

We recently took a fall field trip to visit our friends in Provincetown, and without the throngs of summer vacationers, there is plenty of space to explore it in all its glory. And Provincetown in the off-season is just as vibrant as ever.

Provincetown

For a performance-art-centric beach town, there should OF COURSE be a painted piano on the beach. Just sink your toes in the sand and listen to the music of the ocean (cheesy maybe, but it really just is that true).

Provincetown

The colorful buildings (and people), the artists (and their creative signage), really contribute to the artistic nature of the town as a whole. In the daylight, without the summer crowds, walk down Commercial St., and the little side streets, and really look. Maybe you're a fan of the flashier bars and shows, or maybe you have a favorite cottage with a view, but Provincetown has something for everyone to take in and enjoy...and you can't forget about the food...

Provincetown

Seafood is central to the livelihood and cuisine of Provincetown, and it continues well into the colder weather (even though you and I might not be frequenting the clam shacks as much in the Boston winter). The Lobster Pot is one of the oldest restaurants in P-town, and still very much a popular option.

Provincetown food

And the gourmet dining goes well beyond seafood...Big thank you to Chef Lucio Garnica of the Sage Inn for the incredible food, and to the rest of the Sage Inn team for being wonderful hosts.

We are working with our Provincetown friends on something exciting for spring...stay tuned for details on how we're bringing P-town to Boston here at the BCAE!

BCAE Staffers Hit Up the Boston Food Trucks

  
  
  

Boston food trucksWe may have said goodbye to the heat of summer (although the hot burst this past weekend was a nice treat), but this might actually be the best time of year for a picnic lunch. We're embracing the chill in the air and continuing one of our favorite pastimes...food truck lunches!

Here at 122 Arlington, we are fortunate to be walking distance from a number of food truck spots, and we're taking the time to share some of our experiences (and favorites!) with you, while it's still warm enough to enjoy them.

BON ME

With lots of options to please different tastes (rice bowl, noodle salad, sandwich, noodle soup and an array of rotating protein fillings), Bon Me is a popular truck choice here at the BCAE.

Bon Me food truck

On this particular occasion, this BCAE staffer went for the soba noodle salad with the roasted soy and paprika tofu. And the thai basil limeade is an excellent thirst quencher, definitely worth the purchase.

RHYTHM 'N WRAPS

Looking for something on the lighter side? Rhythm 'n Wraps has got something for you...specializing in all vegetarian sandwiches bursting with fresh produce and with a variety of meat substitutes.

Rhythm 'N Wraps

We like the "Resolution Wrap," Romaine Lettuce and greens, tomato and cucumber salad, sprouts, avocado, shredded carrots, fresh hummus, lemon and mint vinaigrette on a flatbread.

CAMEO MACARON

But health can't always be top-of-mind here at the BCAE, and we do often crave something sweet. These little french treats are a common favorite.

macaron

Photo Credit: @anasantos
We were thrilled to host a Cameo Macaron pop-up for them earlier this year, and we love that they now have a truck that stops nearby!

MEI MEI

We always love the creativity that comes from this adorable blue and yellow truck. We've heard that the way to a (wo)man's heart is through her/his stomach, and these folks know how to hit ya where it counts.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen curry
Like with this gooey, crunchy, spicy, creamy coconut milk-filled concoction they call a Vegetable Thai Curry A.K.A. comfort food in a box.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen Double Awesome

...or the aptly named "Double Awesome," a poached then fried egg and cheese scallion pancake sandwich.

We also couldn't be happier to have Mei Mei on board to cook at our annual fundraiser on March 12th, Chew on This: Kicked Up Classics! Stay tuned for an announcement soon regarding ticket sales.

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An Afternoon at the Downeast Cidery

  
  
  

We are thrilled to have the Downeast Cider team teaching a food and cider pairing class in October. We were so excited, in fact, that we wanted a little preview, so last Friday we went to Charlestown to see the cidery in action.

Downeast Cider bar

Walking in, you find the Downeast Cider bar, complete with ciders on tap...

Downeast Cider swag table

...as well as a wide array of Downeast swag...shirts, stickers, jars and more. But then we got to it, hearing directly from co-founder/owner Tyler about how Downeast came to be what it is today. He even gave us a sample of the cider in its early stages directly from one of the tanks.

Downeast cider art

If you've seen their artistically designed cans and logos, you'd know that just a regular boring warehouse wouldn't have worked for the Downeast crew. They even commissioned artists to paint one of the walls...reimbursing them with their weight in cider (yes, really).

Downeast Cider graffiti

But not all of the decorations are outside jobs. Some like the graffiti'd name on this tank or the christmas lights and surfboards strung up are all courtesy of the employees.

Downeast cidery

Downeast Cider canning process

We got to watch the canning process firsthand, as the empty shells of cans were filled, capped and then handpacked in crates for distribution.

Downeast cider lineup

Downeast Cider is currently producing four flavors...orginal, cranberry, hard honey, and lemonade.

Downeast Cider cans

We got to sample the different flavors and yes, they taste as good as they look in their colorful cans.

Downeast cider sign and mascot

We had a blast learning about Downeast Cider from their enthusiastic staff and of course Morty, their loyal mascot, and we can't wait to see what they do next.

Taste and learn with Downeast here at the BCAE October 17th!

Food & Cider Pairing with Downeast Cider
Friday, October 17th 6:30PM - 8:30PM

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