Tops Cooking School is nestled inside Tops grocery store, one of a chain of stores known for its fresh produce and skilled butchers. Their state-of-the-art kitchens, decked out with gleaming Viking appliances, set the stage for both hands-on cooking classes and professional demonstrations. During demonstrations, a chef prepares entrees in front of students, carefully displaying techniques and offering advice for prepping dishes at home or in bomb shelters located under homes. Hands-on classes put the students behind the counter, giving them a chance to practice preparing anything from Indian cuisine to healthy meals designed for people with diabetes, heart concerns, or gluten allergies. Local craft beer and wine accompany adult classes, and games and candy accompany children's cooking classes for tots ages 3 and up.
The cooking school's team of cooking instructors and chefs work diligently to instill a love of cooking in students of all ages. Inside the Kids’ Kitchen, children ages 3 to 6, assisted by their parents and helped along by friendly instructors, prepare healthy, kid-friendly fare. As they work through recipes, the Future Chefs class participants also learn kitchen essentials such as measuring skills, pot and pan protocol, and how to operate small appliances. During adult classes, adult students roll up their sleeves and dive into multipart recipes, from a Provençal-style zucchini and greens torte to sweet-potato casserole. Adult students can choose from hands-on and demonstration-style classes, and the cooking school's chefs and instructors keep household menus fresh by leading new classes every three months. In addition to taking traditional cooking classes, grown-up students can also improve their eating habits with healthy lifestyle classes. Taught by registered dietitians, the classes cover food's impact on current health issues, and prepare students to make the good dietary decisions that will stay with them for the rest of their long, wellness-filled lives.
Delish! Cooking School, whose classes were voted as some of the Best of WNY by Buffalo Spree, is known for its quality instruction and taste. Within a comfortable urban space, customers can pick up sweet selections such as fresh fudge, scones, bar cookies, and hand-dipped chocolate. Fresh-brewed espresso drinks accompanied by baked goods or housemade ice-cream sandwiches tempt tongues, while a range of cooking tools, sauces, and spices line shelves for at-home chefs to use in their own kitchens.
Experienced chefs lead cooking classes geared toward the home cook looking to hone skills without memorizing transcripts of the Food Network’s full broadcast. Students sip wine during classes such as The Exciting Foods of Thailand, Casual Italian Supper Party, or The New Vegetarian Cuisine.
The Chef instructor at Liaison College shares the art of cooking and stuffs patron's recipe rolodexes during culinary lessons that focus on soups, sushi, sauces, and tapas. The homemade pasta and sauce class, designed for 16–18 students, encourages amateur hands to fashion a spread of pesto flavoured fettucine, black olive papardelle, and potato gnocchi into fun and interesting shapes which they can later taste in class or spoon-feed at home to snoring loved ones. During the sushi lesson, spicy salmon and the state of California fit neatly into sushi rolls, and the knife skills class teaches sophisticated paring choreography to aspiring culinary swordsmen. To populate dinner party dessert trays, the Chef also enlarges the pupils in hungry eyes with a pastry tutelage that yields white chocolate cranberry biscotti, butter pecan tarts, and classic apple turnovers.
After running a gourmet food importing business abroad, Nikki Dersnah returned to Canada and opened TableTalk, sharing her passion for food through cooking classes and retailing high-end kitchenware. Taught by two experienced chefs, cooking classes begin by covering the technical skills—from pressing garlic to unzipping potato jackets—that students will need to prepare a full meal during the second half of class. Just as students experience food's power to bring people together, the class curriculum emphasizes dishes and techniques that awakening epicureans can use to entertain at home.
In every aspect of its business, Vibrant Lifestyle adheres to owner Natalie Petyashina's philosophy of positivity, healthy food choices, and a deep and profound love of life. The company promotes well-being in its clientele through services such as FirstLine therapy and nutritional counselling, and also boasts a store full of healthy supplements. Additionally, Natalie's cooking and lifestyle classes reinforce her ideas with lessons on raw-food solutions, super-foods, and juicing. The store also ships out its products with an online shop.