Frequently Asked Questions About Our Cooking Classes
What is a recreational cooking class?
Art of the Meal specializes in hands-on participation cooking classes because we feel that students learn best when executing the technique or menu themselves, and as a result, leave with a much greater level of confidence to practice what they have learned in their own kitchen. Class sizes are limited to provide for an interactive learning experience, where all students have ample exposure to the instructor. We offer a wide range of class topics and cater to virtually every interest, age, and skill level.
Our mission is simple: to cook thoughtful and seasonally inspired food, to provide a technical foundation on which to build kitchen confidence, and most of all, to put fun back into the kitchen!
Why take a class at Art of the Meal?
Our classes are FULL PARTICIPATION providing for a HANDS-ON confidence-building experience.
We teach you by TECHNIQUE and not by recipe, making you a more intuitive and resourceful cook.
We teach you in TWO ways: first, we SHOW you how to do it with an instructor-led demonstration, and then we break you up into teams and you DO IT YOURSELF with the instructor guiding you through the process.
The class ends with students sitting down together to enjoy the fruits of their labor. After, you will receive an email with all the recipes from the class, as well as any leftovers, if they’re lucky enough to have any!
We provide EVERYTHING-ingredients, equipment, knives, aprons, and towels!
Our instructors are passionate about food AND teaching, and are eager to share their culinary knowledge, tips, and tricks with you!
- An appetizer ready when you arrive
- An introduction to the menu and ingredients to get you in the cooking mood
- Fresh and delicious seasonal ingredients
- A lovely kitchen atmosphere and hands-on cooking
- A light dessert
- An email containing all of the class recipes
- Culinary events are approximately three hours in length.
Do I need to bring anything to class with me?
For the classes, you will be provided with an apron, as well as a recipe booklet outlining the recipes used in class that day. The recipes are yours to keep! You may want to bring a pen and a small notebook to take notes. All other cooking equipment will be provided for you. Additionally, if you have a favorite bottle of wine you would like to bring to class, please do so-there is no corkage fee.
It is highly recommended that you also take care to wear long pants and comfortable, safe closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes.
What can I expect during a typical class?
Most classes last approximately 2.5-3 hours. Workshops are generally a bit longer because they are more in-depth.
Some of our classes may include wine, beer, and other cocktails that can be enjoyed in tasting portions or by the glass, depending on the class. The cost of these drinks is included in the price of the class unless otherwise noted.
You are also welcome to BYOB, there is no corkage fee and we have wine glasses and corkscrew in the kitchen. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start time of your class in order to check in and enjoy some pre-class refreshments! As we will be busy preparing the school for your class, please try not to arrive any earlier, thanks!
Do you send out reminders before a class I’m signed up for?
Yes, you will receive an email reminder the day before your class.
What is your cancellation policy for classes?
Cooking class reservations are like purchasing theater tickets. Because we are a 100% reservation-based business, we have to adhere to a very specific policy regarding cancellation.
- If you cancel up to three days (72 hours) prior to your class, you may reschedule your class or choose a refund.
- Within 24 hours prior to your class, we CANNOT ISSUE REFUNDS OR CREDIT under any circumstances as we have very limited space available and require advanced reservations for all classes.
- In the event that we have a waiting list and can fill your space, we may issue credit to you, but it is not a guarantee that we will be able to do so.
- Don’t forget, you can always send someone in your place if you can’t make it, simply let us know and we will make an adjustment to your reservation.
We reserve the right to cancel any class, at any time, for any reason. We make every effort to give as much advance notice as possible in the rare event we have to cancel a class. Your payment will be refunded in full or you may request credit or transfer of payment to another class.
The class that I want to take is full! Can I be placed on a waiting list?
If you’d like to be placed on the waiting list for a full class, please call (512) 998-9575 and we will place you on the list. If space becomes available we will notify waiting list names in the order they were placed on the list.
I missed out on a class that I’d really like to take. Will you be offering it again?
We reserve the right to cancel a class at any time due to insufficient enrollment, illness, or in case of an emergency. Cancelled classes may be rescheduled, or your payment can be transferred towards the purchase of a different class or refunded if you prefer.
Babies and small children are not allowed to attend classes that are not specifically designated for children or teens.
Our regular cooking classes are intended for those that are 16 years of age or older, although younger students may attend certain classes and workshops with a parent. Classes that include alcohol, wine or beer are intended for those 21 years of age and older.
What About Covid:
By signing up for a Cooking Class at Art of the Meal, you agree that you have read and agree to our COVID statement.
When you arrive for class, please sanitize your hands outside the door before you come into the venue. For the safety of all class participants, our employees, instructors and their assistants, you and all parties booked for this reservation we request that you wear an approved mask or shield when you are not at your assigned work area. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to the safety of yourself and others.
We will be sanitizing/ washing/ disinfecting all tools, workstations, seating areas and equipment before class and throughout class, as appropriate.
Understand the risks: Although we are doing everything in our power to keep you safe (frequent hand washing, cleaning all the surfaces before each class, requiring face coverings), any social activity is a risk given the current situation. If you are in a high-risk group, we strongly suggest you hold off on cooking classes until you feel comfortable joining us at Art of the Meal.