Amateur cooking classes in Vancouver?
We had previously enjoyed and benefited from classes at the old Dubrulle Cooking School and the now closed Cook Shop in City Square. So question is, where are there interesting cooking classes for amateurs in Vancouver now? Prefer hands on with a chance to enjoy the food at the end of the evening (with a glass of wine?). Whatever cuisines but thought this might be an interesting conversation.
I've taken many a series via NW Culinary Academy of Vancouver (NWCAV) on Main/12th. It was started by Chef Tony Minichiello and Christophe Kwiatkowsky back in 2003/4 and has been a great part of the community. I'd suggest you take the 8-Day Culinary Basics (used to be called Serious Foodies series when I took it), it's the best bang for the buck and you get the whole spectrum of topics.
But their specific classes and one-off classes are great too:
And yes, wine pairing is always an included option in the courses :-)
+1 for the NWCAV.
I've taken the 8-day Culinary Basics and Advanced, and one of their butchery courses. You get to use their professional teaching kitchen, and some professional students come around to coach you in addition to the formal teaching. There's lots of hands-on opportunity, and lots of food to bring home after (bring tupperware!)
AND the wine for each course that you make and get to eat communally.
The evening amateur classes simply couldn't happen without the daytime prof student volunteers helping out. Considering many of them have already had a long day of their own training classes, they are the unsung heroes.
Sounds like The Dirty Apron would be right up your alley. http://www.dirtyapron.com
Not cheap but a lovely experience that combines clear instruction and a chance to try your own hand at it at well-equipped stations. Each station accommodates 2. Class size is about 20.
You meet the group over a fruit and cheese plate and then begin 4 hours of cooking and dining with wines, beer and a dessert prepared by their staff.
Another happy NWCAV customer here.
Gourmet Warehouse offers classes but I don't know the format
Various kitchen shops in Burnaby, Port Moody and Langley offer single-session cooking classes. All include sampling, some have wine; a few are hands on. I occasionally teach at Well Seasoned, in Langley.