COOKING CLASSES - Cookery Roncesvalles


2017 Cooking Classes 

Welcome August! Come and celebrate the return of the heat with Cookery. Our calendar is chock full of great offerings to build your repertoire, impress your guests and create new traditions in the kitchen. We are pleased to offer a range of classes for all age groups and skill levels with talented teaching chefs who will help you build your culinary repertoire, sharpen your knife skills, and teach you to entertain like a pro. Travel to France and the Mediterranean; have dinner in Sardinia or Korea, learn an artisinal skill such as Handmade Pasta or upgrade your culinary game with Knife Skills. Local ingredients and recipes that you can reproduce at home; add wines to match, make new friends and you have a great night out!

For Kids we offer an 8 week After School Program for 8 to 12 year-olds as well as a series of PA Day Workshops featuring Italy or Mexico, and returning favourite Knife Skills For Teens.

Cookery's Boutique, Cooking School and Chefs are available for private events from 6 people to 20 or more. Birthdays, Bridal Groups, Workplace Team Building, and Family Gatherings come with custom-designed menus, paired wines and discounted private shopping! 

Here's a link to our Private Events product page; or give us a call at the store (647-478-3873) to chat about arranging a custom cooking class. 

 

COOKING CLASS CATEGORIES:

  • Cookery 101: A series on the practical basics of cooking for adults and young people - serious skills applied to delicious recipes: knife skills, macarons, pastry, pasta-making, bread-making, butchery and much more.
  • Weekday Gourmet: Impressive recipes that home cooks can add to their weeknight repertoire to surprise and delight their families and guests.Two meals in 2 hours!
  • Seasonal Sensations: Cooking classes that will prepare you for the seasonal festivities to come; adding variety & excitement to your traditional celebrations.
  • Global Getaways: Adventurous dishes inspired by global cuisine made with local ingredients - featuring Italy, France, Korea, and India. 

Cancellation Policy: We are happy to move your booking to another class of your choosing or provide a store credit if notice of cancellation is provided more than 72 hours prior to the start of the class.     

View the  Cooking Class Calendar here

Schedule Details:  

 

COOKERY 101: Knife Skills

Thursday, August 10th Or Tuesday, September 12th, Or Thursday, October 12th, Or Tuesday, November 14th,  Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

Sharpen your knife skills with Chefs Sasha Gaponovich and Joyce Singh in our most popular class. Learn what the hardest working tool in your kitchen can do. You will practice the correct grip, how to slice, julienne, dice, and chifonnade with expert guidance and state-of-the-art equipment. Our summer menu features Fish Tacos with corn tortillas, guacamole, mango salsa, orange carrot & cabbage slaw, and a seasonal fruit dessert. In the fall we will be making Crostini With Caponata; Roasted Root Vegetables; Farro With Shallots, Goat Cheese & Walnuts; Apple Strudel With Cinnamon Chantilly Cream. Join us for an evening of skill and confidence-building with a delicious dinner as well!

We continue to have 'teaching status' from our knife partners for this class. All participants qualify for student pricing on a student set of knives - whether it be Shun, Wusthof, or Global - which includes 3 knives - typically a 8" Cook's knife, a 6" Utility, and a 3.5" pairing knife (details in-store).  Special Student price, including Knife Skills class - $299-399 (details in-store).  Class only - $89 

  

COOKERY 101: Handmade Pasta    Book Now!

Friday, August 25th, Or Friday, September 8th, Or Friday, September 22nd, Or Tuesday, October 10th, Or Friday, November 24th, 7 - 9:30 pm, Hands-On 

Join us for artisinal pasta-making with Cookery's Chefs! Not only is is easy to learn it's also delicious and entertaining.  Together you will make a summer pasta menu featuring Fettuccine with Asparagus and Lemon and Stuffed Pasta with Peas and Prosciutto. Add in our Arugula Salad and your meal is complete. This hands-on experience will help to increase your culinary knowledge and give you confidence in the kitchen. Our Autumn menu starts soon with a return of house favourites Lobster Ravioli and Cacio E Pepe!

 

GLOBAL GETAWAYS: Summer In Sardinia

Thursday, August 3rd, 7 - 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

Journey to this enchanted Mediterranean isle with Chef Joyce Singh. Together you will explore the cuisine of it's ancient culture. Start with Sheet Music Bread with Roasted Tomatoes and Walnut Pesto, and then Spicy Seafood Stew with Artichokes & Saffron Fregola followed by Seadas (traditional Sardinian Fritters made with Pecorino Ravioli) & Honey Roasted Grapes. Paired wines will be served for a delicous and enjoyable combination!

  

 COOKERY 101: Gnocchi & Gnudi

Tuesday, August 22, Or Thursday, September 28th, Thursday, November 2nd      7- 9 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Join us for an evening of Italian favourites. Hone your skills and learn how to make Crispy Fried Potato Gnocchi with Arugula Pesto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, served with Endive and Radicchio Salad. Followed by Ricotta Gnudi with Summer Greens. Buon Appetito!

 

 GLOBAL GETAWAYS: Modern French

Thursday, August 24th, 7 - 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

 Chef Joyce Singh will guide you on a culinary journey through the French countryside with this menu of updated classics. Together you will make Clams in Saffron Vanilla Broth With Grilled Baguette; Roasted Salmon With Scallion Crust & Truffle Emulsion; Edamame and Fennel Salad; Passionfruit Souffle With Caramelized White Chocolate Ganache & Berries. With wine-pairings  included you are in for a wonderful trip. Allons-y!

 

WEEKDAY GOURMET: Vegetarian Mediterranean     Book Now!

Monday, September 18th, 7-9pm, Hands-On, $89

Chef Joyce Singh shows us how Mediterranean style vegetarian cooking can fit into your weekly routine. Learn how to make both Asparagus & Halloumi Salad with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, and Falafels with Black Garlic Baba Ghanoush & Dukkah Flatbread. Two meals in two hours; a weeknight treat indeed!

 

COOKERY 101: Fish With Chef Sasha Gaponovitch

Thursday September 21st, Or Thursday November 9th, 7- 9 pm, Hands-on. $89.  Book Now!

Know you should be eating more fish but not sure how to cook it? Chef Sasha Gaponovitch to the rescue! In this hands-on class you will learn techniques for different fish preparations and recipes that range from party dishes to everyday dinners. The menu includes: Gravalax, Poached Trout with Capers and Lemon Butter, Fish Cakes and Salt Crusted Whole Fish.

 

COOKERY 101: After School Program For 8 to 12 Year Olds

Mondays, September 25th to November 13th, 2017, 3:45 to 5:15 pm Book Now!

Chef Janet  will guide junior cooks through a different skill and recipe each week including knife handling, stove-top safety, fresh pasta, yeast doughs, and many other kitchen essentials. Kids will learn multicultural cooking and classic techniques that they can reproduce at home while having fun and meeting new friends. The after-school snack has never been this delicious!

 

COOKERY 101: Total Beginner Macarons

Wednesdays: Sept 27th, OR Oct 25th, OR Dec 6th, 7-9:30pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Have you considered making Paris’ most treasured treat at home, but are intimidated by Macarons’ reputation as the pastry world’s toughest? This Macarons class for total beginners will walk you through the critical need-to-knows and get you over your fears of trying them at home. Practice important techniques for macaron success: batter basics, macaronnage & beginner piping. Spend the evening with Cookery’s founder, Alison Fletcher, as she shares the trials and tribulations of her own ‘Macaron Journey’. Not only will you taste what you make, but you'll also go home with a delicious selection of macarons.

 

SEASONAL SENSATIONS: A Thanksgiving Makeover

Friday, September 29th, 2017, 7 to 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119.  Book Now!

Chef Paula Bambrick presents a twist on the traditional thanksgiving meal. You will make Creamy Crab Crostini; Smokey Roasted Almonds; Cornish Hens With Wild Rice, Canberries & Hazelnuts; Roasted Root Vegetables; Fennel & Roasted Pear Salad; Spiced Pumpkin Pots de Creme with Salted Caramel Sauce. Add paired wines and you have a unique and interesting way to celebrate a traditional holiday!

 

GLOBAL GETAWAY: Morocco With Chef Joyce Singh 

Saturday, September 30th, 2017,  7 to 9:30pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

Escape with Chef Joyce Singh to explore the flavours and spices of North Africa in a culinary visit to Morocco.  Learn to prepare Chicken Bisteeya with Candied Almonds,  Lamb & Eggplant Tagine With Cornmeal Couscous and Figs, and for dessert Chebakla Cookies with Saffron Syrup & Pistachios. Paired wines included. Let us inspire your home cooking and perhaps your next vacation! 

 

 WEEKDAY GOURMET: Ottolenhi Inspiration

Tuesday, October 3rd, 7-9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

Chef Sasha Gaponovitch takes her cues from Yottam Ottolenghi in this vegetarian menu that reflects her unique style as well as our local products. Two meals in two hours to build your repetoire and inspire your everyday. Together you will make Shakshuka; Squash With Eggplant, Pomegranate Seeds & Buttermilk Dressing, and then Stuffed Mushrooms With Preserved Lemon & Freekeh.

 

WEEKDAY GOURMET: Surf & Turf 

Wednesday, October 4th, 7 to 9 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Join Chef Paula Bambrick for the latest iteration of her popular Surf & Turf series of Weekday Gourmet classes where you will learn two meals in two hours. Tonight you will make Salmon with Lentils & Mustard Butter and then Turkey Burgers With Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup & Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges. What better way to increase your repetoire and raise your weekday cooking to a new level.

 

 

COOKERY 101: PA Day Lunch In Italy For Kids Ages 8 To 12

Friday, October 6, 2017, 9 am to 12:30 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Young cooks will join Chef Janet Armstrong on a culinary tour of Italy where they will make Sicilian Pizza, and then Handmade Pasta With Meatballs & Simple Tomato Sauce as well as Traditional Biscotti. Three and a half hours of fun, food and friends; what better way to celebrate the first PA day of the school year? Andiamo!

 

WEEKDAY GOURMET: Ottolenghi Inspiration

Wednesday, October 11th, 7-9 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Chef Sasha Gaponovitch takes her cues from Yottam Ottolenghi in this vegetarian menu that reflects her unique style as well as our local products. Two meals in two hours to build your repetoire and inspire your everyday. Together you will make Shakshuka; Squash With Eggplant, Pomegranate Seeds & Buttermilk Dressing, and then Stuffed Mushrooms With Preserved Lemon & Freekeh.

 

COOKERY 101: Knife Skills For Teens Ages 13 To 18

Friday, October 13th, 2017, 6 to 8 pm, Hands-On, $89.   Book Now!

Chef Janet will help get teens on the road to autonomy in the kitchen and provide lots of inspiration for practice at home. Young cooks, ages 13 to 18 will learn proper knife handling and other valuable kitchen techniques.  Our new autumn knife skills menu includes Asian Slaw, Stir Fry With Sczechuan Salted Chicken, and Seasonal Fruit Crisp.

 

 GLOBAL GETAWAY: Thailand With Chef Joyce Singh

Saturday, October 14th, 7 to 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

Travel to Thailand with Chef Joyce Singh for an evening of new and intriguing flavours and techniques. Together you will make Shrimp Tom Yum Soup with Enoki Mushrooms; Red Curry Beef with Lotus Root; Crispy Rice Cakes & Sauteed Bok Choy. And for dessert: Lemongrass Creme Brulee, Marinated Citrus Salad with Crispy Coconut Shortbread. Paired wines and beverages are included. No more Thai take-out! 

 

COOKERY 101: Sausage-Making

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017; Or Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 7-9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!                

Learn artisinal sausage-making with Chef Sasha Gaponovich. Explore both traditional and contemporary sausage recipes, and learn to balance the flavours & spices by making Spanish Chorizo Sausage, Italian Sausage with Fennel & Garlic, as well as Chicken Sausage with Apricots & Sage. Stuff yourself with knowledge and good food!

 

GLOBAL GETAWAY: French Classics Made Easy With Mardi Michels

Thursday October 19th, 2017, 7 to 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119.   Book Now!
 
Think French food is complicated? Think again! Have dinner in France with Mardi Michels! During this two-and-a-half hour class you will make a  three-course meal of classic French café dishes. Start out with a trio of salads then follow up with a classic Quiche Lorraine. End on a sweet note with an Apple Tart made from your own rough-puff pastry. Simple comme bonjour, as they say in France! 

 

COOKERY 101: Macarons For Young Bakers Ages 13 to 18 

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, 6 - 8 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

A special macaron class designed for younger bakers. Macarons are beautiful, delicious, mysterious, and gluten-free!  Spend two hours with Cookery’s founder, Alison Fletcher, as she shares the trials and tribulations of her own ‘Macaron Journey.' Learn fundamental techniques, batter basics, macaronnage & beginner piping in this hands-on class. You will participate in making & filling the macarons and take home a box-full to delight your loved-ones and Instagram followers! 

 

GLOBAL GETAWAY: Authentic Greek

Friday, October 27th, 2017, 7- 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!                    

Chef Paula Bambrick will take you on a tour of Greece with this exotic yet simple menu of Mediterranean favourites. Together you will make Spicy Baked Feta with Honey Drizzle, Warm Marinated Olives, Authentic Greek Salad, Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki, Stuffed Peppers, and for dessert: Mixed Nut Baklava. Meet new people, learn new recipes and great techniques while enjoying a lovely dinner with paired wines.

 

WEEKDAY GOURMET: Surf & Turf With Chef Sasha Gaponovitch

Tuesday, October 31st,  2017, 7 to 9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

Chef Sasha provides plenty of technique and inspiration in her version of our popular Surf & Turf series of Weekday Gourmet classes. Here are two awesome plates to elevate your everyday cooking: Simple Stuffed Ravioli using Wonton Wrappers With Grilled Fish & Seasonal Roasted Vegetables, and then Stuffed Pork Loin With Apples, Herbs & Garlic Breadcrumbs and Potato Rosti. Two meals in two hours!

 

COOKERY 101: Gnocchi & Gnudi With Chef Sasha Gaponovitch

Thursday, November 2nd, 7- 9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

Join chef Sasha Gaponovitch for an evening of Italian favourites. Hone your skills and learn how to make Crispy Fried Potato Gnocchi with Arugula Pesto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, served with Endive and Radicchio Salad. Followed by Ricotta Gnudi with Spring Greens. Buon Appetito!

 

GLOBAL GETAWAY: Korea With Chef Joyce Singh

Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 7 to 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

Chef Joyce Singh takes on Seoul Food! Learn some Korean dishes that will take your home cooking to a new level. Together you will make Crispy Potato Wrapped Sausage With Kimchi Ketchup, and Japchae With Bulgogi Salmon & Lotus Root. Inspired beverage pairings included!

 

COOKERY 101: Naturally Gluten-Free Baking

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 7 to 9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

Chef Paula Bambrick brings her considerable baking expertise to this class gluten-free baking class. No need for using gluten free mixes or flour substitutes that have minimal nutrition. Lots of recipes need no tweaking or substitutions to be gluten free. Mocha Walnut Torte; Chocolate Cloud Cake; Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies; Meringue Roulade with Fresh Berries and Mascarpone Cream Filling. Just in time for the holidays!

 

SEASONAL SENSATIONS: Entertaining With Style

Friday, November 10th, 7 to 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119.  Book Now!

Come in out of the cold and warm up by the fire. Chef Paula Bambrick presents a stylish yet easy to prepare menu guaranteed to make winter entertaining a breeze with lots of do-ahead. You will make a Goat Cheese Gougere Round; Mediterranean Braised Beef & Vegetables; Crispy Risotto Cakes; Sauteed Brussel Sprouts With Pancetta & Shallots; and Maple Pots De Creme for dessert. Add paired wines and you are guaranteed a cozy & delicious evening!

 

WEEKDAY GOURMET: Vegetarian With Chef Paula Bambrick

Thursday, November 16th, 7 to 9 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Chef Paula brings you a menu of classics and new favourites in these two great vegetarian offerings. Together you will make Leek, Potato & Goat Cheese Galette; Mixed Greens with Pears and Toasted Walnuts, and then Lime Scented Quinoa With Soy & Ginger Roasted Butternut Squash, Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce. Two meals in two hours to add to your eveyday repetoire.

 

COOKERY 101: PA Day Kids Lunch In Mexico For Ages 8 To 12

Friday, November 17th, 2017, 9 am to 12:30 pm, Hands-On, $89.  Book Now!

Chef Janet takes kids through a wide range of culinary skills in this healthy and fun menu of South-of-the-border-favourites. Together they will make Individual Nachos With Guacamole & Pumpkin Seed Crema; Baked Chicken Enchiladas, and Churros With Spicy Chocolate Dip. A full morning of learning and eating with delicious snacks & new friends. What better way to spend a PA Day? Vamos niños!

 

Global Getaway: Latin America

Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 7 to 9:30 pm, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

It might be almost winter here, but it's spring in the southern hemisphere! Chef Joyce Singh warms you up with these Latin American favourites. You will make Tostones with Pumpkin Seed and Hearts of Palm Salsa; Chilli Rellenos, Rice and Beans, Walnut Herb Sauce, and for dessert Tres Leches Cake with Pineapple Flambee. Add a selection of new world wines and you are in for a treat.

 

COOKERY 101: All About Choux With Mardi Michels

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 7 to 9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

In this class, Mardi Michels will show you how to create great choux pastry for ÉclairsProfiteroles & Savoury Cheese Gougères . Fillings of crème pâtissière, fondant and chocolate glazes add to these classic sweet & savoury variations. You will learn new skills and techniques perfect for upcoming holiday entertaining. Discover the secrets of perfect choux pastry and impress your friends with these “looks-harder-to-make-than-they-actually-are” French treats! 

 

WEEKDAY GOURMET: Vegetarian Italian

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 7 To 9 pm, Hands-On, $89. Book Now!

Chef Sasha Gaponovich presents a twist on a pair of Italian classics. In two hours you will make and enjoy Hearty Vegetarian Minestrone as well as Farotto (Farro grain cooked in risotto style) with Autumn Vegetables & Garlic Confit. A duo modern vegetarian meals to lighten and inspire your everyday cooking!

 

GLOBAL GETAWAY: Spanish Tapas Party

Thursday, November 30th, 2017, Hands-On, $119. Book Now!

A menu of small plates featuring Spanish Tapas to enjoy with your friends; accompanied by Spanish wines, of course!! Chef Paula Bambrick will guide you while you make Spicy Garlic Shrimp; Mashed Potato Croquettes; Grilled Wild Mushrooms; Piquillo Peppers Filled With Goat Cheese; Serrano Ham With Green Olives & Oranges; Chorizo Filled Dates Wrapped In Bacon. Enjoy exotic recipes made with local products and some great take-home skills and inspiration.