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by Jonathan Vatner | November 24, 2010

Burger lab meetings conventionsMany cooking activities are either too simple (so participants don't learn much) or too complex (in which case the lessons aren't applicable to everyday cooking). Shoot for a middle ground: The new Four Seasons Culinary Academy at the Resort Scottsdale in Arizona offers a "Lab" series, taking common foods that attendees probably make at home, such as hamburgers or tacos, and injecting a dose of gourmet flair. (480) 513-5020; fourseasons.com/scottsdale