Moroccan, Italian, Seafood, One-Pot Meals and Plenty of Cakes, Cupcakes & Sweets! January Cooking Classes & Workshops!

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This is the whole she-bang for January so far!  I’m going to be splitting up the cooking classes into their own individual listings and pages, but for the time being, check out the massive array of options this month from Le Dolci, The Chef Upstairs, Nella Cucina, The Culinarium, Marni Wasserman, Aphrodite Cooks, and the LCBO!

Cooking Classes, Demonstrations, and Seminars

Cake Decorating & Design at Le Dolci, January 5.  1pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $129 +HST/person.  Learn the tricks of the trade at Le Dolci’s introductory class as you decorate your very own 6” vanilla cake with professional cake decorating tools, fondant, sugar paste, colouring, gels, and more!  Class participants will learn how to properly level, layer, and frost their cake while working with rolled fondant and sugar paste to create intricate designs and flowers.  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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An Introduction to Wine Appreciation at the LCBO Kingsway, January 7, 14, 21, 28.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  2946 Bloor Street West at LCBO Kingsway.  $100 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Are you interested in the wide and wondrous world of wine but know little about the worldly beverage?  This introduction to wine class at the LCBO will demystify all things wine as you explore four types (white, red, sparkling, and fortified),  learn about wine tasting and wine-making.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/winescourses_kingsway.shtml

An Introduction to Wine Appreciation at the LCBO Summerhill, January 7, 14, 21, 28.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  10 Schrivener Square at LCBO Summerhill.  $100 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Are you interested in the wide and wondrous world of wine but know little about the worldly beverage?  This introduction to wine class at the LCBO will demystify all things wine as you explore four types (white, red, sparkling, and fortified),  learn about wine tasting and wine-making.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/winescourses_summerhill.shtml

A Mid-Winter Day’s Feast at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 8.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Banish the winter blahs with Chef Chris Smythe of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake as you enjoy a delicious and comforting winter brunch using many local and seasonal ingredients.  Menu includes tangy hollandaise, smoked chili-glazed roast chicken salad, poached free-range eggs with Berkshire ham, and baked Niagara apple, walnut and cranberry crumble with crème-fraîche ice cream among other dishes!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

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Everyday Chinese – Aphrodite Cooks, January 8.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  201 Weston Rd.  $65 +HST/person.  Chinese food isn’t just popular take-out!  Learn the ins and outs of incorporating Chinese dishes into your everyday cooking routine.  On the menu: vegetable fried rice, Chinese steamed fish with fresh herbs, sautéed snow pea shoots with garlic, almond jelly with tropical fruit salad and more!  https://www.aphroditecooks.com/class.aspx?c_id=1864ee12-5b1d-4664-9385-d79e9ff1b028

Winter in Italy I – The Chef Upstairs – January 8.  6:30pm-9pm. 615 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $99 + HST/person or $149.50 for two.  Italian cuisine is delicious during any part of the year, so indulge in some great Italian food and cooking at this seasonally appropriate cooking class!  On the menu: warm Italian salad with fennel and pine nuts, minestrone soup, and winter risotto with garlic and leeks.  http://www.thechefupstairs.com/cooking_classes.html

An Introduction to Wine Appreciation at the LCBO Summerhill, January 9, 16, 23, 30.  6pm-8pm.  10 Schrivener Square at LCBO Summerhill.  $100 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Are you interested in the wide and wondrous world of wine but know little about the worldly beverage?  This introduction to wine class at the LCBO will demystify all things wine as you explore four types (white, red, sparkling, and fortified),  learn about wine tasting and wine-making.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/winescourses_summerhill.shtml

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Authentic Moroccan Menu at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 9.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Take a whirlwind trip to Morocco as you taste, smell, and savour Moroccan flavours with Chef Percy Canales of Toronto’s popular Moroccan haunt, The Sultan’s Tent.  Menu includes couscous, mint tea, carrot and orange salad, harira soup (tomato and lentil), and lamb tagine with apricots.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Perfect Parisian Macarons at Le Dolci, January 9.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Le Dolci’s team and other sweet tooths in this introductory class to macaron making heaven.  Learn about macaron ingredients, how to properly mix macaron batter, piping techniques, and bake your very own delicate macaron shells along with mouthwatering fillings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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An Introduction to Wine Appreciation at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 10, 17, 24, 31.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $100 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Are you interested in the wide and wondrous world of wine but know little about the worldly beverage?  This introduction to wine class at the LCBO will demystify all things wine as you explore four types (white, red, sparkling, and fortified),  learn about wine tasting and wine-making.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/winescourses_bayview.shtml

The Making of a Pastry Chef at Nella Cucina, January 12.  12pm-3pm.  876 Bathurst St.  $125/person.  As part of Nella’s “The Making of a Chef” series, this pastry chef class will delight baking and dessert lovers to no end!  Learn the ins and outs of creating delicious and beautiful desserts and the art of pastry as its own culinary empire.  On the menu: mini croquembouche (crunchy cream puffs with spun sugar), crème brûlée, mille-feuille and Napoleons, chocolate soufflé, and more!  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/31/254/-/-.html

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Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, January 12.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create snowmen, snowflakes, bows, animals, and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, January 13.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create snowmen, snowflakes, bows, animals, and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Hands-On Vietnamese Fusion Cuisine at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 14.  6pm-8:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $75 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Go on a global taste tour with Chef Brenda Kwong Hing as she guides you through a fusion of French and Vietnamese flavours and cooking techniques during this hands-on cooking class.  On the menu: asparagus spring rolls with lemon hollandaise, anise-flavoured pho with sliced beef tenderloin, pan-seared white fish, Vietnamese coffee, and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml    

Spanish Tapas at Nella Cucina, January 15.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  876 Bathurst Street.  $95/person.  Transport yourself to the warm and exotic land of Spain and sink your tastebuds in a world of rich Spanish flavour at this cooking class devoted to the cultural tapas style dining experience!  On the menu: pickled shrimp salad, Spanish tortilla, meatballs in spicy chorizo sauce, potatoes with capers and dill, stuffed peppers, and to end off on a sweet note, orange and caramel flan!  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/31/255/-/-.html

Winter in Italy II – The Chef Upstairs – January 15.  6:30pm-9pm. 615 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $99 + HST/person or $149.50 for two.  Part II of the “Winter in Italy” cooking class series featuring classics!  On the menu: caprese salad, oven-baked arancini (stuffed rice balls), and thin crust pizza with fresh homemade tomato sauce and pizza dough.  http://www.thechefupstairs.com/cooking_classes.html

Bourbon Street Blues at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 16.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Who says the cuisine of New Orleans is only celebrated during Mardi Gras in our neck of the woods?  Join Chef Comishen at this French Quarter and Bourbon Street inspired class where dishes burst with Cajun and creole flavour!  On the menu: Cajun-fried chicken breasts with spicy ‘dirty rice’, ham and smoked sausage gumbo with jumbo shrimp and okra, and warm apple and pear galette with vanilla bean ice cream.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

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Legumes, Soups and Stews – Delicious Knowledge by Marni Wasserman, January 17.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  Warm up this winter with Marni’s cooking class dedicated to yummy one-pot meals, whether it’s cooking up a giant pot of soup or making beans from scratch for that hearty chili!  On the menu: creamy black bean soup, carrot apple soup, split pea and sweet potato soup and more!  Marni’s classes are vegetarian and vegan-friendly, wheat-free, and in most cases gluten, soy, and nut-free. http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=104

Perfect Pies at Le Dolci, January 17.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $55 +HST/person.  Don’t be intimidated by the art of the homemade pie and pie crust – Michelle from the Parkdale Pie Princess teams up with Le Dolci to show you how at this introduction to pie making class!  Learn how to make the a great pie crust from scratch, use fresh fruit to make filling, and take home a pie and recipes!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, January 19.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create snowmen, snowflakes, bows, animals, and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Yummy Baby – Aphrodite Cooks, January 19.  11:30am-1pm.  201 Weston Rd.  $45 +HST/person.  A well-fed baby makes for a happy baby!  Make delicious and nutritious food for your baby or toddler with these simple foods and recipes!  On the menu: brown rice pudding, veggie spread, rice and bean stew, carrot cake and more!  https://www.aphroditecooks.com/class.aspx?c_id=2ad80d31-a436-4513-8c18-c100ddb148dc

Perfect Parisian Macarons at Le Dolci, January 20.  11:30am-1:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Le Dolci’s team and other sweet tooths in this introductory class to macaron making heaven.  Learn about macaron ingredients, how to properly mix macaron batter, piping techniques, and bake your very own delicate macaron shells along with mouthwatering fillings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Designer Cupcakes with Cat at Le Dolci, January 20.  3pm-5pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Walk the runway in true fashionable cupcake style!  In this introduction to cupcake decorating class, learn how to make stylish Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, Tiffany jewelry, and more with professional cupcake decorating tools, fondant, and frosting.  Be the sweetest, most stylish fashionista when you walk out of the student with 12 beautifully decorated vanilla cupcakes!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Delicious Dinner Party – Delicious Knowledge by Marni Wasserman, January 21.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  Be the hostess with the mostess with these delicious party-ready recipes!  On the menu: mango rice paper rolls, grilled tempeh skewers, wild rice and yam pilaf and more!  Marni’s classes are vegetarian and vegan-friendly, wheat-free, and in most cases gluten, soy, and nut-free. http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=92

Quick and Healthy Weeknight Meals at Nella Cucina, January 22.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  876 Bathurst Street.  $95/person.  We all know our weekdays pass us by in a whirlwind of a blur and part of that craziness comes from the fast and unfussy meal planning we try to do.  At this Nella cooking class, learn how to prepare simple and healthy weeknight dishes in a snap and learn how to best manage your time in the kitchen when you’re on the go.  On the menu: poached chicken and vegetable soup, steak fajitas with salsa verde, chorizo and kale pasta with pine nuts, and frittata with winter green salad.  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/31/256/-/-.html

Where’s the Meat?  Vegetarian Delights – The Chef Upstairs – January 24.  6:30pm-9pm. 615 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $99 + HST/person or $149.50 for two.  You don’t need to fill up on meat and starches to keep yourself fuelled in the winter!  This class is devoted to vegetarian mains and sides.  On the menu: eggplant parmigiana, beet and Granny Smith apple salad with feta cheese and lemon-mint vinaigrette, and curried lentil quinoa loaf with fresh tomato sauce!      http://www.thechefupstairs.com/cooking_classes.html

A Study in Swiss at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 23.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Take your tastebuds on a trip to Switzerland as Chef Jeffrey Marshall lets you experience so much more than cheese and chocolate!  On the menu (taken straight from the LCBO website description):  bunderfleisch (air-dried beef typically from the Canton of Graubünden); Gruyère salad (slivers of Gruyère cheese with mache lettuce and shallot vinaigrette); zürigschnätzlets (Zurich-style veal and mushrooms in a cream sauce with rösti potatoes); and bunder nusstorte (sweet walnut torte, also from Graubünden).  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Hearty and Healthy Italian – Delicious Knowledge by Marni Wasserman, January 24.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  Go vegetarian and dairy, wheat and soy-free with Marni’s healthy Italian-inspired menu!  On the menu: minestrone soup, pesto pasta, spelt pizza, veggie cacciatore and more!  Marni’s classes are vegetarian and vegan-friendly, wheat-free, and in most cases gluten, soy, and nut-free.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=6

Robbie Burns Night: Scotch, Cheese and Food-Pairing – The Culinarium, January 25.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  705 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $89 +HST/person with additional rates for multiple persons.  Raise a glass to the Scottish!  At this tasting and demo, down some Scotland Scotch, get acquainted with cheese tasting, and learn about the best food-and-Scotch combinations, all with a local and seasonal Ontario flair!  http://www.culinarium.ca/index.php?page=culinarium-events

Cookie Decorating Techniques at Le Dolci, January 26.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $40 +HST/person.  Break out the icing, candies, and chocolates for some good old fashioned sugar cookie decorating!  Learn how to work with royal icing, piping techniques like flooding, and decorating techniques with special tools to create yummy cookies to take home for yourself or to give as gifts!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Homemade Sweets for Your Valentine at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 26.  10:30am-12:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Beat the Valentine’s rush on the 14th of February and enjoy a delicious, decadent experience at this Valenetine’s-inspired class!  Led by pastry chef Jennifer McConnell, this class will indulge your every chocolate craving!  On the menu: raspberry heart shortbread cookies, rich mocha fondue, chocolate brownie cake pops, and tuxedo-dipped strawberries.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Knife Skills at Nella Cucina, January 26.  12pm-3:00pm.  876 Bathurst Street.  $125/person.  At this intensive three hour hands-on workshop, learn the basics of using knives in the kitchen.  Julienne and dice your way through the class as you utilize and experiment with different knives and tools and food textures, and learn about safety in the kitchen and proper knife handling, all the while “sharpening” your skills as a culinary guru!  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/31/258/-/-.html

Sugar Flower Artistry at Le Dolci, January 27.  12pm-2pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Break out your inner intricate artist at this special advanced sugar artistry class!  Learn how to work with mediums such as sugar paste to create gorgeous flowers that you can adorn on cupcakes, cakes, and sweet tables.  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, January 27.  3:30pm-5:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create snowmen, snowflakes, bows, animals, and more!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Raw Food at Nella Cucina, January 28.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  876 Bathurst Street.  $95/person.  Join Doug McNish at this interactive raw food workshop and demo and learn the pros of incorporating more raw dishes, food, and prep into your life and diet, as well as the nutritional benefits of going raw.  On the menu: zucchini spaghetti, homemade almond milk, chocolate chia seed pudding and more!  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/31/259/-/-.html

One Pot Meals – Delicious Knowledge by Marni Wasserman, January 28.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  Who needs to turn the kitchen upside down to make a fabulous meal?  One pot is all you need to create Marni’s fabulous hearty dishes, perfect for keep warm in the winter!  On the menu: vegetarian chili, coconut chickpea stew, mushroom barley soup and more!  Marni’s classes are vegetarian and vegan-friendly, wheat-free, and in most cases gluten, soy, and nut-free.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=94

Simple Fish & Seafood – The Chef Upstairs – January 29.  6:30pm-9pm. 615 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $99 + HST/person or $149.50 for two.  Get hooked on fish and seafood!  Fish, shrimp, squid, crab, lobster – the list goes on and at this class, there will be 3 different types of seafood for 3 dishes.  On the menu: warm Mediterranean salad, fresh fish with swiss chard and raisins, and calamari with Israeli couscous.  http://www.thechefupstairs.com/cooking_classes.html

Flavours of Portugal at the LCBO Bayview Village, January 30.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Transport your appetite to Europe at this class devoted to the rich and traditional flavours of Portuguese cuisine!  Chef Christine Tizzard will have on the menu (taken straight from the LCBO website description): Caldo Verde and Bacalhau (green broth with cod); Feijoada (bean stew with beef and pork); Piri-Piri Sauce; and Pasteis de Nata (custard tartlets).  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Winter French Fireside at Nella Cucina, January 30.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  876 Bathurst Street.  $95/person.  Take a break from the cold weather and warm up with some delicious, rich and hearty French food that will fill the tummy and make you feel warm and fuzzy from head to toe.  This Nella class will teach participants how to prepare 4 courses.  On the menu: broiled halved chicken with hot mustard, fennel potato gratin and steamed greens, provencal fish soup served with French rouille sauce (olive oil sauce with garlic, breadcrumbs, saffron and chili peppers), lemon soufflé, and more!  http://www.nellacucina.ca/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/31/257/-/-.html

Scrumptious Sea Veggies – Delicious Knowledge by Marni Wasserman, January 31.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  There’s more to the sea than just seaweed!  This class is devoted to healthy, nutritious vegetables straight out of the water and learning about their health benefits and how to incorporate more into your diet.  On the menu: baked kombu casserole, veggie nori rolls, arame salad and more!  Marni’s classes are vegetarian and vegan-friendly, wheat-free, and in most cases gluten, soy, and nut-free.  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=66

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