By Meghan Roberts
Sick of your diet consisting solely of the neon orange food group: KD, Cheetos, etc.? Ready to make the switch from student grub to grown-up meals? Me too. But the kitchen can be an intimidating place. Luckily, you have options outside of calling mom or surfing the net for unclear instructions. Vancouver’s thriving food scene includes instructional courses at all levels for those of us lacking in domesticity. There are more advanced courses for the sophisticated cook, and a number of ethnic options for those looking to delve into another culture. Before you know it you’ll be throwing chic dinner parties that will impress the pickiest of eaters. You can still keep your KD, though, we won’t tell!
Robert Lee YMCA – Turkey Cooking 101. This is the cheapest option on the list, by far. On Saturday, Sept 25th, the newly renovated Robert Lee YMCA is hosting a Thanksgiving cooking class for beginners. For $20 you’ll learn all you need to make a kick-ass turkey. Bonus: you get a $10 gift card for IGA, so the class is basically only $10.
Dirty Apron Cooking School is another success from the pros at Chambar. You can learn anything from basic knife skills to the techniques necessary to complete a Pacific Northwest menu. Dirty Apron also offers demonstration classes where you watch the chef do his/her magic and eat the results. Way more satisfying than an episode of Top Chef. http://www.dirtyapron.com/
Main Street’s Radha offers up a variety of courses focusing on local, organic food. Learn about vegan cooking, fermenting techniques, or Indian cooking from classically trained chefs and holistic nutritionists. Classes are held every Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30, with only 25 seats available. Check out the schedule for what’s coming up. http://www.radhavancouver.org/cooking-classes/
The Diamond– Alright, alright, this isn’t a cooking class. But amateur bartending classes? Yes, please. A well-made cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to a classy dinner. http://www.di6mond.com/school.html