Learn how to cook or bake directly from the pros

Sign me up! It is thrilling to see so many of our wonderful restaurants and food businesses deciding to share their passions with us. Not only fun, it is very exciting to learn tricks of the trade from the masters who live them.

Sign me up! It is thrilling to see so many of our wonderful restaurants and food businesses deciding to share their passions with us. Not only fun, it is very exciting to learn tricks of the trade from the masters who live them.

Want to learn to cook like an Indian Mum? Jas Dosanj, Mum and co-owner of Poppadoms—Taste India, is offering wonderful cooking classes at their popular restaurant. Her classes focus on how to cook simple, healthy, home-style Indian cuisine and participants get to enjoy the food she makes after the cooking demonstration.

For only $60, join one of their intimate classes (10 people maximum), running once a month for the year on Saturdays at 11 a.m. What a great idea for your book club or dinner club.

Calling the classes a “cooking experience,” vouchers are available at the restaurant. Email for more information: hello@poppadoms.ca. The restaurant is located on McCurdy Road beside the Grand 10 movie theatres.

Baking classes

How about learning how to make pastry and deliciously beautiful desserts from a chef from France? Sandrine Pastry and Chocolate is offering amazing hands-on classes in February and March.

Learn how to bake delicious cakes and desserts from Sandrine herself. In small groups of a maximum of six to eight participants, classes are held in their professional kitchen at their Dilworth Drive bakery. There you will be given all the tools necessary, including a chef’s jacket and a personal recipe booklet, to learn how to recreate these sublime creations at home.

The workshops are highly interactive making for an exciting experience. Private workshops are also available, again, a great idea for your dinner club. Phone 250-860-1202 to reserve your space.

Basics class:

Learn how to bake some of the basics of traditional French pastry like crème caramel, crème brulee, crème Anglaise and chocolate mousse. $95 plus tax.

Saturday, Feb. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. or Thursday, March 3 from 2 to 5 p.m..

Winter fruit tartes:

Learn how to bake from scratch tarte tatin, apple and raisin tarte, and pear/grapefruit tarte. An intense three and a half hour hands-on class. No experience is required. $115 plus tax.

Thursday, Feb. 10 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, March 19 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Chocolate tartes:

Three different chocolate tartes for chocolate lovers. Everything is made from scratch. No experience is required. $95 plus tax.

Saturday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Combo basics and tartes:

A two-session class to learn how to bake crème brulee, chocolate mousse, tarte tatin, apple and raisin tarte, and chocolate tartes . You will be ready to bake amazing recipes for any occasion. No experience required. $185 plus tax.

Thursday March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday March 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Winemakers

The Rotten Grape’s Winemaker Wednesdays are starting up again on Feb. 16 . Another fun way to learn about wine, these special evenings each feature one of our star winemakers on-site to answer questions while you taste your way through a trio of their wines.

The wines each come with a pairing bite—all for only $12. Feb. 16 will be a treat with winemaker/owner Sandra Oldfield from Tinhorn Creek Winery in da house.

Visit rottengrape.com or friend them on Facebook to keep you up to date with all of their fun events.

Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.

jennschell@shaw.ca

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