Spending a fetid weekend cooped up in a kitchen sounds dismal right now, but it'll be all the rage come fall. New York and the French Culinary Institute can make your dreams of hands-on lessons with some of the city's best chefs come true on October 2 and 3 at the third annual New York Culinary Experience. Play with chocolate as Jacques Torres advises from over your shoulder. Alex Guarnaschelli will critique your glazing technique as together you slow-roast a Long Island duck. Choose sessions with Blue Ribbon's Eric and Bruce Bromberg, Babbo pastry chef Gina DePalma, Shaun Hergatt, and many others. Tickets ($1,595) include four classes, breakfasts, lunches, and a closing reception each day. Only 175 slots are available, so order your tickets now.