If a date-night cooking class sounds like a throwback to the ’80s, Marcel’s, opened in 2011 by a former insurance executive craving fun, wants to prove you wrong. During these evenings, you’ll share a table with friends or new acquaintances in a state-of-the-art kitchen, practicing tricks of the trade with top-notch culinary tools. At worst, you could be annoyed by how excessively the wine is poured, how often your cutting board is cleaned, and how calm your chef remains under fire. But, really, the hardest part will be choosing from an abundance of creatively conceived classes, which in August includes Mystery Basket! (August 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., $80), a cook-off inspired by Food Network’s Chopped, and Korean BBQ (August 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., $65).