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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Art of the Meal?

We are a unique culinary venue where our guests come to learn, cook, eat and have fun! We offer one time cooking classes for beginners and advanced cooks alike, everyone is welcome. We also host kids cooking camps, birthday parties for all ages, corporate team building and private dinners.

Are your classes hands on?

All of the classes both for adults as well as kids at Art of the Meal are hands-on. You will be preparing your own recipes and dishes. Our classes work in groups of 4 most of the time, unless it is a private event and as such will be structured accordingly.

What should I wear to class?

We recommend that students wear closed-toe shoes to class and to dress appropriately for a cooking environment. Open-toed shoes, and flip flops are not allowed to be worn during class. We also ask that long hair be pulled back for adults as well as children. We will provide an apron during the cooking class.

Do you send out reminders before a class I’m signed up for?

Yes! You will receive a reminder the day before your class

Do you serve wine/alcohol?

We do not have a liquor license, as such you are welcome to bring your favorite wine/beer/liquor. We have glassware, openers, plenty of ice and we do not charge a corkage fee.

Food Allergies

We do our best to accommodate everyone. We only ask that you let us know when you reserve your space in the class in the comments section. You are also welcome to call the kitchen at 713-933-8241.

What can I expect during a typical class?

We usually have a snack ready as you come in to enjoy while we wait for everyone to arrive and give you time to meet and greet and open your wine. Then we wash up, don our aprons and get to work. Sometimes we prepare the entire menu and sit down and enjoy the meal, other times we may stop and eat a dish right away depending on the menu. There is teaching, laughing and learning in abundance. You will prepare enough for a full meal for everyone at your table. The classes are 2-2 ½ hours.

What is your cancellation policy?

Events

When you reserve one of our kitchens for an event (adult parties, team building, bachelorette parties, custom workshops), we require a $150 deposit at the time the reservation is made. The remaining payment is due when we call for the final guest count the day before the event. If you cancel at least 30 days prior to the event, your full deposit will be refunded. If you cancel within 30 days of the event, all monies paid will be forfeited unless the kitchen is booked for another event.

Kid’s Birthday Parties

When you reserve a kitchen for a birthday party we require a $150 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable (meaning rescheduling the event) within 30 days of the party date. We will refund or reschedule only if we can rebook the kitchen.

Kids Camp Cancellations and Change Policy

Deposits and Payments:

When you are booking camp online the system will charge the full payment amount.

Change Policy:

Changes and charges are at the discretion of AOTM. Changes made less than 2 weeks before the camp may not be refunded, or at the minimum will incur a $75 charge.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Before May 1, we will issue a full refund.

After May 1st and up to 30 days before the camp start date, we will charge a $75 cancellation fee and refund the balance to you.

Within 30 days of the camp start date, we will charge a $75.00 cancellation fee and the remaining balance will be refunded ONLY IF WE CAN FILL THE SEAT with another camper.

Cancellation Policy for All Classes and Workshops:

Cooking classes are like theater tickets: the show must go on, so we encourage you to send a substitute if you are unable to attend. When you reserve a spot for a cooking class, full payment is required at the time the reservation is made. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.

If you cancel at least 7 days prior to the start of classes: Your payment will be refunded in full.

If you cancel less than 7 days before the class: No refunds, transfers, gift cards or credits will be issued for cancellation within seven calendar days of the class date. While it is not in our nature to say no, we are not able to offer credit, transfers or refunds for last-minute illnesses or work-related conflicts, personal emergencies or events beyond our control. However, you are always welcome to send someone in your place, because we understand these things do happen.

If we cancel a class due to low enrollment, all payments and deposits will be refunded in full.

If AOTM Must Cancel a Class:

If AOTM cancels a class due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances you will have the choice of receiving a refund or a credit for that particular day towards other offerings. If a class is canceled, we will make every attempt to notify you by phone or email using the information you provided to us upon registration. We encourage you to check your email.  If we do choose to notify everyone via phone and we are not able to speak with you in person, we will leave a message. We will assume that you listen to your phone messages on a regular basis.

Weather Related Cancellation:

We will make a determination no later than 2 hours prior to a class and in the event of a cancellation of a class due to inclement weather, we will make every attempt to notify you by phone or email using the information you provided to us upon registration. We encourage you to check your email.  If we do choose to notify everyone via phone and we are not able to speak with you in person, we will leave a message. We will assume that you listen to your phone messages on a regular basis. We encourage you to call us if you are in doubt. Unless you hear from us either via email or phone based on the information provided to us at registration, the class will be held.

Are gift certificates refundable?

Gift certificates are nonrefundable, but you can transfer them to someone else.

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