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Apr
20
Tue
Pasta e basta! @ La Cucina di Sandra
Apr 20 @ 18:30 – 22:30

What you will learn:

  • How to create, mix and match different types of pasta and sauces.
  • How to incorporate Australian ingredients into classic Italian dishes.

What you will get:

  • A three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes.
Apr
22
Thu
A night in Rome @ La Cucina di Sandra
Apr 22 @ 18:30 – 22:30

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare authentic authentic Roman dishes.
  • How to adapt Australian ingredients to Italian dishes.

What you will get:

  • A three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes.
Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 22 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Apr
23
Fri
Pizza making party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 23 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Learn to craft your own pizza dough from scratch. Taste a variety of topping combinations. Eat together at the end with a couple of glasses of wine.

Middle Eastern cooking @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Apr 23 @ 18:00 – 21:30

Learn about the flavours of Middle Eastern cooking. Try out recipes and cooking methods while preparing a three course menu. Stay and share your freshly prepared dinner with the group.

Indian cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 23 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary wine or beer. The menu: chicken tikka masala, prawn curry masala, naan, mint raita and palak paneer.

Apr
24
Sat
Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 10:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Chinese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 24 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary beer and wine. The menu: chao shuo, ganbian sijidou, mapo tofu, dong po rou and la yu.

Going native Australia @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 24 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Make a 3 course meal using local and native ingredients, including ,learning their health benefits, and then enjoy with complimentary wine or beer. The prepared dishes will have an Asian them and will include the ingredients quandong, lemon myrtle, mountain pepper, native thyme and kakadu plum.

Apr
25
Sun
Artisan bread making @ Abbotsford Convent
Apr 25 @ 08:00 – 14:00

What you will learn:

  • Experimenting with bread.
  • The bread baking process with each step explained.
  • How to replicate the process at home.

What you will get:

  • 1 kilo of organic flour to take home.
  • Savory calzone for lunch, which you make, eat and take home.

The focus will be on ciabatta and turkish breads.

Apr
27
Tue
The ultimate biscuit class @ Sissys Gourmet Delights
Apr 27 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Learn about flours and how they interact with other ingredients. Learn a variety of techniques and textures to create many different types of biscuits from shortbreads, to fancy petit fours, wedged with ganache and dipped in chocolate. They will cover shelf life, storage, freezing and nutritional input. They will include gluten free, dairy free and nut free recipes. You will take home 1kg of assorted biscuits made in the class plus their recipes.

A seafood feast @ La Cucina di Sandra
Apr 27 @ 18:30 – 22:30

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare seafood as an entrée, main course or as finger food.
  • Techniques for cooking seafood successfully.

What you will get:

  • A three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes.
Apr
28
Wed
Sourdough breadmaking workshop @ Balwyn Community Centre
Apr 28 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Learn how to make sourdough at home. Taught by Sandy Bennett. Participants will learn step-by-step, have the opportunity to ask questions and receive take-home notes.

Sourdough basics @ Work-Shop Melbourne
Apr 28 @ 18:30 – 21:30

In this class for beginners, The Fermented Mumma will teach you how to create your own tough-crusted and dense sourdough. Introduce yourself to a sourdough starter and explore its mechanics and proper care. This workshop will cover ingredient selection, starter care, and the processes of sourdough fermentation and baking. You will also take your fermenting dough home to bake in the morning.

Apr
29
Thu
Truffle and praline workshop @ Sissys Gourmet Delights
Apr 29 @ 18:00 – 22:00

Learn how to create handmade chocolates from start to finish using your creative influences to make unique flavours and shapes. They will cover flavour combinations, ganache based flavours, nut pralines, enrobing methods and finishes. You will take home all you make in the workshop along with the recipes and an instruction booklet.

Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 29 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Vegetarian cooking class @ La Cucina di Sandra
Apr 29 @ 18:30 – 22:30

What you will learn:

  • Vegetarian recipes with simple ingredients.
  • How to use leftovers to prepare creative and ingenious dishes.
  • How to cook delicious meals on a budget.

What you will get:

  • A three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes.
Apr
30
Fri
Japanese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 30 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary winer. The menu: makizushi, dashi, ramen and okonomiyaki.

Chinese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 30 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary beer and wine. The menu: chao shuo, ganbian sijidou, mapo tofu, dong po rou and la yu.

Japanese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 30 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary winer. The menu: makizushi, dashi, ramen and okonomiyaki.

May
1
Sat
Sourdough bread workshop @ Bee Sustainable
May 1 @ 09:00 – 11:30

What you will learn:

  • Ways to create and look after your own Sourdough starter culture, flour to use for the best nutrition and results.
  • Ways to knead sticky high hydration dough for a more authentic sourdough loaf, equipment needed to produce a great looking and tasting sourdough tin loaf at home.
  • Ways to bake sourdough bread using a bread tin in a home oven, bread dough looks and feels like at its various stages of preparation and development.

What you will get:

  • Comprehensive workshop notes.
  • Sourdough starter culture.
  • A discount on a professional quality bread tin.

Join Rick Lavender of The Life We Want as he demonstrates this age old process and introduces you to the equipment and skills required to get started baking at home.

Participants will be limited to 8 to maintain an informal interactive format.

Cheese making @ Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House
May 1 @ 10:00 – 14:00

Learn how to make ricotta, feta and halloumi cheese. You will make enough to take some home, and also to taste test at lunch. Take along an apron, a glass jar, and several plastic containers to take your cheese home.

Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 1 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Indian cooking @ CERES
May 1 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Indian cooking.
  • Improved culinary skills.

What you will get:

  • An Indian feast
  • Recipes to take home.

Presenter: Aditi Daware.

Wild fermentation class and edible forest tour @ Edible Forest Yarra Valley Estate
May 1 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Louise Ward will lead you through the techniques and importance of incorporating good gut health into your diet. You will sample and learn how to make fermented foods such as pickling, exploring the art of fermenting your own vegetables, and how to easily introduce these and other fermented foods such as miso into your diet for better gut health. After the class, enjoy a guided Edible Forest tour.

Choux pastry workshop @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
May 1 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Learn how to make traditional Parisian choux pastry. Fill with decadent flavours and glaze with specialised finishes to create six pastries to take home and enjoy.

Thai cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 1 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary wine. The menu: phrik nam plaa, kaeng khiao wan, kaeng phet, tod man khao pod, som tam, kaeng khiao wan kai and kaeng phed phet yang.

Street food of Asia @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 1 @ 18:30 – 21:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Prepare and cook a varied menu, utilising a wide range of techniques along the way. Finish the class by tasting all of your creations with a glass of sparkling wine or beer. The menu will include street food from Thailand, Vietnam, China and Japan.

May
2
Sun
Beginners bread making @ Abbotsford Convent
May 2 @ 08:00 – 14:00

What you will learn:

  • Experimenting with bread.
  • The bread baking process with each step explained.
  • How to replicate the process at home.

What you will get:

  • 1 kilo of organic flour to take home.
  • Pizza for lunch, which you make, eat and take home.
  • An embroidered apron made from 100% Fairtrade cotton.
Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 2 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Intro to fermenting at home @ CERES
May 2 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn:

  • The basics to successfully start fermenting vegetables at home.
  • Ideas about creating your own fermented condiments.
  • How to use fermented products in day to day life.

What you will get:

  • Vegetables that you will prepare in class and take home to ferment.
  • Samples of fermented products to taste in class.
  • Notes and recipes.

Presenter: Monique.

Vietnamese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 2 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary wine. The menu: nuoc cham, goi du du, pho ga, banh xeo and cha gio.

Japanese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 2 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary winer. The menu: makizushi, dashi, ramen and okonomiyaki.

May
5
Wed
Cook from the Siciliano book @ Mister Bianco
May 5 @ 19:00 – 21:30

Chef Joe Vargetto launched his first book Siciliano, which comprises Sicilian recipes, in November 2020 last year. This masterclass will see Joe demonstrate how to make a series of dishes from the book while guests get to enjoy a tasting dish of each of the courses accompanied with wine. A copy of Siciliano will also be available at a discounted price with your ticket.

May
6
Thu
Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 6 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

The mighty booch – DIY kombucha @ Work-Shop Melbourne
May 6 @ 18:30 – 20:30

The Fermented Mumma will discuss the process and benefits of fermentation, the problems with pre-packaged kombucha, and the endless flavour combinations for your custom booch. She will introduce you to a scoby (which stands for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast’), the low-pH ‘mother’ from which your kombucha will spring. First, black tea and sugar are brewed together to make the starter tea. This is then poured over the scoby, covered in a cheesecloth, and left to ferment. The yeast consumes the sugar, excreting alcohol, which is processed by the bacteria into vinegar, providing a natural carbonation and tangy zing. New scoby babies form in the process.

May
7
Fri
Thai cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 7 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary wine. The menu: phrik nam plaa, kaeng khiao wan, kaeng phet, tod man khao pod, som tam, kaeng khiao wan kai and kaeng phed phet yang.

Vietnamese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 7 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary wine. The menu: nuoc cham, goi du du, pho ga, banh xeo and cha gio.

May
8
Sat
Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
May 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Master Vietnamese finger food @ Under the Pickle Tree
May 8 @ 10:30 – 15:00

Facilitated by Kelly Meredith from Under The Pickle Tree. Learn how to dampen and roll rice paper so your rolls stay together and how to keep them fresh so you can make them ahead for parties. Learn how to dry out rice paper and use them to make deep fried spring rolls and how to ensure they can be frozen and re-heated. Acquaint yourself with a range of new Vietnamese ingredients and how to prepare and choose the best produce. Practice the art of char-grilling to give your grilled betel leaf with lemongrass beef its charry taste. Learn to pickle and store Vietnamese vegetables for daily use.

Cook from the Siciliano book @ Mister Bianco
May 8 @ 12:00 – 14:30

Chef Joe Vargetto launched his first book Siciliano, which comprises Sicilian recipes, in November 2020 last year. This masterclass will see Joe demonstrate how to make a series of dishes from the book while guests get to enjoy a tasting dish of each of the courses accompanied with wine. A copy of Siciliano will also be available at a discounted price with your ticket.