Local Date Night Idea :: Take a Group Cooking Class at Red Stick Spice Co.

Date Night or Girls Night or Just a Fun Time

We recently went to Red Stick Spice Co. for a group cooking class. We booked this class in the summer the day after the cooking class schedule debuted for the fall because these cooking classes book up FAST! Our class was on a Tuesday night, however, their test kitchen offers weekday afternoon classes that usually have openings.

I like to think I am comfortable in the kitchen. I follow many recipe developers and my favorite thing to watch on television is cooking shows. I experiment in the kitchen and absolutely love baking with my children. That being said: I have never done a private or group cooking class up until this point. My husband and I wanted to do one with some friends, so we picked a few that interested us and ended up landing on an Ina Garten inspired menu. If you know Ina Garten, you know that homemade is best but “store bought is fine.” This cooking class was all homemade. Our menu consisted of a cauliflower starter, a farro salad, cheddar biscuits, Parmesan and pine nut broccoli, potato purée, lemon chicken, with Ina’s brownies as a dessert.

Note: you’ll want to get there a little earlier if you’d like to choose your station.

We were among some of the last guests, so we didn’t get much of an option in terms of dishes to cook. Luckily, we got exactly what we each wanted to cook! Our friends cooked the lemon chicken as well as the broccoli and we prepared the starter.

When you get to your station, all of the ingredients are pre-measured, so you need only to prepare the food that is in front of you and cook it. It was a joy to work with the knives, which made me want some new ones, and we were given a mini knife cutting instruction. We were asked to step away from our stations for a moment while our teacher gave us a lesson on olive oil. Then we took a taste of the olive oil and were walked through what we were tasting. This was quite the experience, I learned that olive oil should not be smooth and is rated on how many coughs after you taste. I coughed a few times and even teared up. I’m not too sure sampling olive oils is for me.

While the food is cooking, there is time to browse the store. As a perk, you receive a 10% discount to shop! We opted to purchase the olive oil we used on our cauliflower as well as a delicious seasoning blend used on the broccoli.

Once all of the food was ready, we each served ourselves and delighted in a meal with our friends and fellow cooks. It was a delicious meal and it left us wanting to come back for more! I highly recommend for a date night or night out with girl friends!

Author’s Note :: This post is not sponsored. I had a great time at our group cooking class and wanted to share it with all of you!

Nicki Hood
I am a wife and mom to 3 boys. In my free time you'll find me weight lifting or reading. I love going to a good farmer's market on the weekends and traveling is my absolute favorite! I was born in Miami, grew up in Atlanta, went to high school in Texas, and went to college at LSU where I majored in Communication Disorders. After a stint working as an SLP-A, I now focus my energy on raising our sons.


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