There’s nothing more rewarding than a home cooked meal. But when you’re the cook, and you’ve totally exhausted your repertoire, you can get pretty bored of your fare pretty fast. Cooking classes are a great way to hone your skills, add something new to the menu, and have a lot of fun. They’re also a different way to spend a night out, whether you’re with your best friends, your co-workers, or looking to shake up date night. And most places serve wine and cocktails alongside their cooking tips. If you want to feel more confident in the kitchen and learn how to season and to garnish with pizzazz, then check out these cooking classes in Vancouver!
The Dirty Apron Cooking School is one of the best-loved culinary spots in Vancouver’s downtown core. Their cooking classes are the perfect blend of seasonal ingredients, fresh produce, new ideas, and classic recipes. Theses classes are informative, hands-on, and so much fun. You’ll learn how to make delicious seafood, French cuisine, Italian fare, classic barbecue, and so much more. If you’re really in love, you can pick up their cookbook and start making their recipes on your own. Demonstration classes here are $95 and a four-hour hands-on class is $170. You’ll prep and cook delicious meals in their modern kitchen, and enjoy dinner in rustic dining room.
You might have already heard of Posh Pantry, the kitchen supply store, but did you know they also offer cooking classes? This sweet little Burnaby shop has a posh kitchen primed for your next great meal. They offer demonstration-style cooking classes in their quaint kitchen suited for up to 10 guests, making these events more a casual dinner party than a formal cooking class. When the meal is done, dig in! Whatever is left over, you get to take home. Specialty classes, where you can learn the specifics about gravy, sauce, or spices, are $69, and three-hour demonstration classes are $195. Check out their international offerings, from succulent Moroccan to French bistro classics and spicy Thai.
Modern, elegant, and eco-friendly—those are the words that come to mind when your think of Nourish in Point Grey. This cute café doubles as a sustainable cooking school, and its menu is sure to catch your eye just as much as its modern country decor. Nourish is committed to serving 100% organic plant-based meals, which extends from the foods they serve at the café to the recipes they teach in their classes. Learn to make contemporary Chinese, Japanese ramen, rustic Italian, and your own macarons, all while knowing you’re using healthy, organic ingredients. A single class is $95 and it covers all the prepping and cooking and information about the ingredients. These classes will make your tummy feel great without putting too much strain on your wallet.
Quince’s classes cover a wide range of culinary genres, from classic French cuisine to tasty Spanish tapas. They excel at putting a seasonal spin on classic meals, like spicy winter menus and flavorful summer dishes. But they also mix things up with fun cocktail classes and Haiwaiian cuisine workshops. This is a great staple for folks in the downtown core, where you can come by to pick up a new menu item, perfect for bread making skills, and learn what you can do with vermouth. With classes at about $132 per person, this is one of the pricier options. But the quality is there with hearty ingredients, creative menus, and top-notch teaching.
This is a professional cooking school, so you know you’re in good hands. Fortunately for us, in addition to their professional programs, they also offer recreational cooking classes. At the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, you can go on a trip around the globe in their hands-on technique classes offered on Fridays nights. Learn how to make Moroccan at home, master Latin American cuisine, and finally learn how to cook to perfection your favorite West Coast sustainable seafood. These are all hands-on classes and they cost an average of $130 each.
Cook Culture is a place where culinary dreams come true. This kitchen supply chain, with a few branch locations in the Vancouver area, hosts international cooking classes out of their Lonsdale location in North Van. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at authentic Indian or Thai but are too intimidated to make a start, you can travel in taste with the awesome chefs at Cook Culture. They promote plant-based cooking and cooking from scratch, and teach exotic classes where you’ll get in-depth step-by-step guidance. Their shop is quite small, but the kitchen is just big enough for small-group learning. The price per class is $90.
This isn’t just the best place in Vancouver to pick up a Le Creuset, it’s also the most affordable option for picking up some new culinary skills. At $65 per person, the cooking classes at The Gourmet Warehouse are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to try something new. And these aren’t your grandmother’s cooking classes, either. (Sorry, grandma, we love your food, it’s only an expression!) The Gourmet Warehouse serves up a regular menu of contemporary classics like sushi making, pastry secrets, Thai vegetarian, and pho. Do note, these classes are demos-only, so all your need to bring is your notebook and your taste buds.
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