Cooking Themes

Our cooking themes listed below are the basis for our Cooking Classes and experiences. Those themes below that have a GUEST CHEF are on those days only, all the others are available on the dates mentioned for scheduled classes and for private classes. Go to the COOKING CLASSES page to learn about how our themed classes work, and visit the PRIVATE GROUP CLASSES for all the details on how to create that special event for a group of friends!

Menus change weekly, depending on the season and availability of farm produce. The dishes are just suggestions of what might be prepared in the class. The dates listed underneath each theme are for cooking classes. Private groups get to choose their own theme and receive a customized menu a few days before their class. We will make all efforts to adapt recipes for Dietary restrictions when possible. Please make a note when filling out the booking form. 

Dinner with Julia Child

Dinner with Julia Child

Jan 27, Feb.10, Mar. 16, 30, May 11, Jun 15, July 18,20, Aug.17, Oct.05

Inspire your guests with the delights of a classic French meal. One of the most loved cuisines from around the world. Dishes could include homemade crepes, Ratatouille, Chicken Ballotine with Potato Gratin cups, and French Apple Tarte for dessert. Your meal will be a real crowd pleaser. Bon appetit! Note; February 10th is a special French Dinner for Two in celebration of Valentine's Day.
Middle Eastern & Mediterranean

Middle Eastern & Mediterranean

Feb 15, 17, Sept 7

Tabbouleh to stuffed grape leaves to Armenian pilaf. Mains could include beef Kuftas, lamb kebobs or chicken feta & lemon bundles. Create Baklava made with pecans and maple syrup or an almond orange cake. Fresh herbs & pure flavours are key to this cuisine.
Tuscan Farmhouse

Tuscan Farmhouse

Feb 24, Mar 2, 9, April 18, 20, July 4, Aug. 22,24, Nov. 9

Capture the Italian farmhouse dishes of the season. Make homemade Ravioli or Gnocchi, perhaps Mushroom Risotto and Roasted Pesto Pork, finishing with Lemon Almond Biscotti. You’ll never want to buy store bought again!
Tapas Party Delights

Tapas Party Delights

April 27, Aug 8, 10

Spanish-inspired small plates are a popular format for a casual dinner party. Learn to create a wide range of mouth-watering tapas from mini chorizo empanadas, stuffed mussels to potato croquettes. Get ready to impress your guests this summer or winter – it works all year around!
Spice it Up! Indian Curries & more

Spice it Up! Indian Curries & more

March 23

The aroma of toasted fragrant spices warms everyone hearts. Learn how to cook some Indian inspired dishes that are big on flavor like vegetable samosas, chickpea tikkis and more.
Asian Dim Sum & Dumplings

Asian Dim Sum & Dumplings

April 6, July 11,13

Dumplings, Dim Sum and more! Sticky rice bundles in lotus leaves to awesome spring rolls, shrimp & pork dumplings and pot stickers. Get your chopsticks ready!
The Ultimate Flavour Fix with Voula

The Ultimate Flavour Fix with Voula

May 4

Join cookbook author, and former in-house chef expert on CBC Television’s award-winning show Steven and Chris for this class dedicated to her favourite BBQ season ingredients and dishes. Voula Halliday will share recipes from her cookbook Eat at Home, and Flavour Fix recipes from her recent cookbook featuring easy-to-use seasonings, pastes, sauces, condiments, and spreads that will transform your meals into something sensational every time. Receive her cookbook, Flavour Fix Your Burger: Make Every Bit Count, as part of the class!  
Moroccan Magic Classics

Moroccan Magic Classics

May 25

Tagines, couscous and various phyllo delights make this a popular heart warming cuisine. Exotic spices and homemade Harissa help make these dishes magical for at-home dining.
Food Styling/Photography Workshop

Food Styling/Photography Workshop

June 1

Join us for a full day of photography and food styling and learn from these Masters. Ruth and Peter have years of experience creating mouthwatering photos for brands, magazines, cookbooks and pretty much everyone looking for luscious food and drink images of the highest order. The day is an opportunity to discover, learn and get hands-on shooting/styling experience. And you’ll be able to build you own lunch too! Suitable for creative or curious participants of various levels of experience with photography and food styling, all being comfortable using their own iPhone or SLR cameras/tripods. See PACKAGES & PROMOTIONS page for all the details.
Vietnamese Street Food

Vietnamese Street Food

June 8

Lemongrass Beef, Shrimp Rolls and awesome Peanut Sauce, to Classic Bun – rice vermicelli with grilled meats and carrot/daikon pickle. Sweet, sour, spicy and salty are the key flavors of this fresh & tasty cuisine.
Vibrant Flavors of Thailand

Vibrant Flavors of Thailand

June 20 and 22

One of my favorite cuisines! Pad Thai, to various curries, spring rolls and fragrant sticky rice. Learn to cook with tamarind, chilies and kaffir lime leaves – a real kitchen adventure.
Traditional Farm Country

Traditional Farm Country

Sept. 19, 21

Fresh from the fields, this summer/fall menu incorporates the best of the week’s produce. Recipes could include Maple Cheddar Corn Fritters, Grilled Pepper & Corn salad, Roasted Chicken rolls with apple & onion stuffing, buttermilk herb scones to Mennonite peach pie.
Indigenous Celebration Feast

Indigenous Celebration Feast

Sept 28

Join Paula Naponse Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishinawbek – artist, cook and co-owner of Beandigen Café in Ottawa in our kitchens and create together some delicious Indigenous dishes. Learn about the important stories and roots of the ingredients and community meal. From Bannock and Three Sister Soup to Wild Rice Salad, you will be preparing a full traditional seasonal meal.
Sweet & Savory Pastry

Sweet & Savory Pastry

Nov 16

Learn the “art of the pie” from one of the best – Amy Rensby, owner of C’est Tout Bakery & Bistro in Smith Falls. From Savory pies to a classic French Tarte dough, you’ll be ready to tackle all types of pies for the upcoming holiday season. (Photo Credit: CatWood Photography)
Decorating Holiday Cookies & Cocktail Appetizers

Decorating Holiday Cookies & Cocktail Appetizers

Nov. 30

Join professional custom cookie decorator, Lauren Shane, owner of Lyn Valley Bake Shop to learn the art of cookie decorating. Take your creations home to give to family and friends for the holidays. Plus, make some of Cynthia's tastiest cocktail appetizers. Enjoy them for lunch along with some other surprises. A fun day in the kitchen to kick off the Holiday season!
Plant Based Cuisine

Plant Based Cuisine

Private Classes

Want to incorporate a healthier cuisine into your diet? Create some tasty plant based dishes that everyone will enjoy at your table – internationally inspired from Indian sesame bean patties to mushroom dumplings and crispy sweet potato samosas. Learn to build flavor through herbs, spices and cooking techniques.