Cooking classes are interactive, social, and a great way to brush up on your skills. They’re also a departure from the typical date night that gets you away from the table at your favourite restaurant and into the kitchen. Here are our top picks for cooking classes in Vancouver.
Save on Meats
It took some serious skill to revive Save on Meats to its old glory, and the pros that accomplished this are now passing on their expertise. Here they’ll put you to work in their historic butcher shop where you’ll learn anything from sausage making to “Beginner Bacon.” Your vegetarian date will also appreciate their canning and preserving classes, where the only thing you’ll be butchering are organic fruits and veggies. Classes range from $75.00 – $95.00 per person, and you can ask for a tour of their facilities as a bonus, one of the most storied historical buildings on the Downtown East Side.
The Dirty Apron Cooking School
You and your date can get your gourmet on at this cooking school founded by Chef David Robertson, formerly of Chambar. They specialize in themed classes like Tasting Tuscany, Ocean Potion: The Seafood Class, and Hawaiian Nights. Classes include four hours of hands-on instruction with their formally trained chefs to coach you through the steps of making a complete meal. Don’t have a date? They also offer singles classes. Prices average $150.00 per person for a four-hour class.
Quince’s gleaming gourmet kitchen is the perfect size for an intimate and social cooking experience. You’ll don a crisp white apron and get to work cooking up locally and seasonally inspired dishes. A glass of wine is never far from hand as they teach ideal pairings for each course. Quince also offers Saturday afternoon baking classes where you can perfect your pie crust or learn the secret to making fluffy Madeleines. Demonstration-style classes start at $35.00 per person, and full participatory classes start at $115.00 per person.
Photo courtesy Dirty Apron Cooking School