Cooking classes? (Calgary)
I have somone to shop for this Christmas that would really like tickets to a cooking class and maybe if possible wine tasting too type thing.
Does anyone have any suggestions or recomendations of what places might be the best for this? Don't think type of food matters too much. Pretty flexible.
Thanks in advance.
We took 8 people from the office to Boca Loca last May for the Everyday Mexican class. Even the folks who were skeptical about Mexican Food were readily converted to fans. Excellent instruction, friendly atmosphere and everyone learned something new. Mmmmmmmmmm.
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Williams Sonoma used to offer some basic technique classes. Has anyone attended one? I was interested in a knife skills class, but couldn't make it. A cynical friend said that it would probably just be like a live-action infomercials for their products.
As mentioned here and seconded, thirded and fourthed, cookbook co is the place to look.
Having said that, there are also cooking classes of the same one-off variety (by which I mean that they are not "courses") at the midtown market Calgary Co-op and at Sunterra in TCPL building downtown.
You can also take cooking courses at SAIT- my partner did sommelier one (not a cooking course but still) and will do two there starting January- there are tests and such but obviously a great resource!
re: John Manzo
SAIT has a very broad and deep offering of classes—from bread made with a specific type of flour to high-heat techniques for meat. I've been saving up to take a class there on bread or Indian cuisine. Judging from the quality of the food that comes out of the Highwood kitchen, I'd say the classes should be quite informative and thorough. (Not that one could become a restaurant-quality chef by taking one class!)
If you're looking for a mountain locale to go along with the class, Fuze in Banff also offers cooking classes.
I also had a good experience at Cookbook Co. on 11th ave. We went there with our department at work for a "team building" activity. We split off into groups, each with a different recipie, had a demonstration of various knife and preparation techniques, and then enjoyed some wine while preparing our respective dishes. Although I would have liked to have seen more of the other preparations, at the end we did sit down for a meal to enjoy everything that our co-workers prepared so we did get to see how everything turned out.
The staff at the venue was top notch - incredibly helpful and fun. The only complaint I have is that the instructing chef, although very knowledgable, was, to put it bluntly, a total jerk. Now maybe he was just having a bad day or he was just tired of dealing with amateur chefs, but he was rude, impatient, and condescending to all of the participants. And then, when the class was over, he made a complete about face and was as sweet as can be when it came time for him to make his pitch for us to sign up for his other classes.
That said, I sent my parents to a day long seminar there as well, and they had a different guest chef and nothing but good things to say about their experience.