Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a date night idea or a new dish to add to your supper repertoire, you can’t go wrong with trying a cooking class. During the pandemic, several Calgary businesses and restaurants are bringing the experience of a cooking class right to your home with virtual classes that cover everything from vegan fare to hand-rolled pasta. Here are some of the virtual cooking classes being offered in Calgary right now.
The Allium continues its “Meatless Monday” cooking lessons, offering interactive lessons that cover a meal and an accompanying cocktail. All the ingredients needed are pre-prepared and delivered to your home (with a $15 donation) or can be picked up at The Allium. All dishes are plant-based and the ingredients are sourced locally. The live chat feature lets you ask questions directly to the chefs throughout the lesson for an educational and fun evening. The next class is scheduled for January 25.
Both adults and kids alike can try an online cooking class with Atco Blue Flame Kitchen. Upcoming adult classes will cover ricotta gnocchi, curry, sweet desserts and quickbread recipes, while the upcoming kids classes will make Indian food, Thai-inspired dishes, quiche, brunch and more. Each class includes a list of ingredients needed for the lesson, which you can buy on your own or purchase as a prepared ingredient kit. Atco Blue Flame Kitchen also offers a selection of wine and beer to pair with the recipe you’re making.
Turn your home into a five-star restaurant under the guidance of chef Joseph Bagnerise during a virtual cooking class. Upcoming adult classes will take on dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, veggie bowls and Charleston-roasted lamp chops. Meanwhile, the kids classes will encourage budding new chefs with recipes for lasagna roll-ups, classic meatloaf or empanadas. Chef Joey also offers a range of private and corporate classes for team building or client appreciation. All classes are focused on learning and experimentation, but mostly just having fun.
Chef Local’s online cooking classes come with meal kits prepared by local Calgary restaurants. Choose from seven meal kits (current offerings include hand-rolled gnocchi from Oxbow and wild coho salmon from Klein Harris) and follow a pre-recorded cooking tutorial video that guides you through the cooking process. You can also add a beverage pairing of wine or a cocktail, depending on the dish.
This series of cooking classes launched by Julie Van Rosendaal supports local chefs and independent restaurants in Calgary. The classes take you into the kitchens of local restaurants (virtually) to cook with the chefs, including chef Merritt Gordon of Dandy Brewing Company, chef Jenny B of Jane Bond BBQ and chef Judy Wood of Meez Cuisine and the Lougheed House. Recipes and ingredient lists are provided ahead of the class and all of the ticket sales go back to the restaurants to help support them during the pandemic.
Learn how to make a three-course meal during one of Cuisine et Château’s virtual cooking classes, which are two hours long and come with ingredient kits with enough food for two people. Wine pairings can also be added to complete your night. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a great team-building experience for a company that is working from home, Cuisines et Château also offers virtual corporate team culinary events.
If you’re looking for a vegan virtual cooking experience, check out Roni’s Kitchen. These classes focus on plant-based meals and will feature Thai, Indian and Persian food in upcoming classes. There are also classes for crafting specific items like vegan cheese and milk or fermented foods if you want to try something different. The live classes are recorded and posted one week after the lesson, so if you love a recipe, you can re-watch and make it again later.