Crafting Delight: Your Journey to Top 8 Culinary Classes in Calgary

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Mar 11, 2024

Step into the flavorful world of Calgary, and discover a culinary journey like no other. Get ready to explore the magic of crafting delicious treats in some of the best cooking classes in Calgary!

From whipping up homemade ice cream to mastering the art of coffee brewing, bread-making, and crafting cocktails, these workshops are designed to be more than just learning experiences – they're a celebration of taste and creativity.

Whether you're a kitchen pro or just testing the waters, these classes promise a good time and a chance to savor the joy of creating unforgettable culinary memories. Come along as we dive into the heart of Calgary's food scene, where every class is an opportunity to connect, learn, and, most importantly, indulge in the pleasure of making something truly special.

1. Coffee Making Classes

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Espresso Brewing Class

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Calgary's coffee scene is getting a fresh jolt of energy with Monogram Coffee's Espresso Brewing Classes. Perfect for those looking to refine their coffee brewing techniques or step into the world of espresso for the first time, these classes offer a deep dive into the art and science of coffee.

Monogram Coffee takes you through the intricacies of espresso extraction theory, allowing you to brew, taste, and diagnose your espresso like a pro. The beauty of these classes is their open arms to all - no prior experience with coffee or as a barista is needed. This makes it a fantastic option for anyone looking to gift a unique experience or to embark on a personal journey toward coffee mastery.

Location: Monogram Coffee - Google Maps

Milk steaming + Latte Art Class

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Stepping into Monogram Coffee's Milk Steaming + Latte Art Class feels like unlocking a new level in your coffee journey. It's about transforming your morning cup into a canvas. Understanding the basic chemistry of milk sets the foundation, as you learn the secrets behind steaming milk to velvety perfection for your latte or cappuccino. But the magic doesn't stop there. You'll also dive into the graceful world of latte art, where every pour becomes an opportunity to create something beautiful.

This class is designed for anyone with a love for coffee, from complete beginners to those looking to add a creative twist to their coffee-making skills. It's an ideal surprise for a friend, a loved one, or even a treat to yourself, offering not just skills but also an enriching experience. To keep the momentum going, each participant is gifted a bag of Monogram's carefully chosen coffee, perfect for practicing those newly learned steaming and pouring techniques at home.

Location: Monogram Coffee - Google Maps

Barista Level 1

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Calgary coffee aficionados, get ready to elevate your coffee game with the Canadian Barista Institute's Barista Level 1 course. This immersive 3.5-hour journey into the world of specialty coffee is tailored for coffee lovers of all stripes, from eager beginners to more seasoned brewers looking to polish their skills. The course is meticulously designed to guide you through the essentials of coffee preparation, ensuring you gain the confidence and knowledge to create consistently excellent coffee.

Diving into the course, participants are introduced to the foundational pillars of espresso, the nuances of working with different grinders, and the rich history and theories that have shaped coffee culture globally. 

Location: Canadian Barista Institute - Google Maps

Intro to Latte Classes

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Dive into the creamy world of milk and coffee with Phil & Sebastian's Intro to Latte Art & Steaming class in Calgary. This 90-minute session is your golden ticket to mastering the silky art of milk steaming and the creative flair of latte art pouring. Hosted in the iconic Simmons Building headquarters, this class is more than just a learning experience; it's a gateway to becoming a part of Calgary's vibrant coffee culture.

Phil & Sebastian stand out for their commitment to coffee excellence, believing that great coffee comes from a blend of time, dedication, and education. This class embodies that philosophy, offering coffee enthusiasts a hands-on opportunity to learn the secrets behind creating the perfect micro-foam—a crucial component for both taste and those Instagram-worthy latte designs.

Location: Phil & Sebastian - Google Maps

2. Ice Cream Making Classes

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Ice Cream Making Class

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Ever dreamt of crafting your very own ice cream flavor? Made by Marcus in Calgary turns that dream into a creamy reality with their Ice Cream Making Class. it's a 1.5-hour session led by Marcus Purtzki himself, where the worlds of culinary art and scientific precision blend into the creation of ice cream like you've never tasted before.

With a background in food science and nutrition, Marcus brings a unique approach to ice cream making, combining the science of flavors with an artistic touch. This workshop invites you into a world where sweet meets salty, and sour, bitter, and umami come together in perfect harmony. It's an experience that goes beyond the basics, diving deep into the craft of flavor experimentation and taste perfection.

Location: Made by Marcus - Google Maps

Craft Your Own Gelato Flavour

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Dive into the delicious world of gelato with Righteous Gelato's unique Craft Your Own Gelato Flavour Class in Calgary. it's a creative journey that invites you to become part of the gelato-making process. From the moment you step into Righteous Gelato's headquarters, you're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour that reveals the magic behind their beloved frozen treats. You'll learn about the production process and the cultural and historical stories that have shaped this local gem.

But the real fun begins when you roll up your sleeves for the hands-on gelato making session. Paired up with a partner, you're given the rare opportunity to let your imagination run wild as you craft your very own gelato flavor.

Location: Righteous Gelato - Google Maps

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3. Cocktail Classes

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Step into the vibrant atmosphere of Shelter Cocktail Bar in Calgary, where the art of cocktail crafting comes to life. Perfect for both budding mixologists and cocktail aficionados, these classes offer a hands-on approach to mastering the craft of cocktail making.

Over the course of the session, you'll have the chance to concoct three unique cocktails, diving deep into the mixology world.

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They're a deep dive into cocktail and spirit theory, providing insights into the history and stories behind your favorite beverages.

The importance of choosing the right glassware, a detail often overlooked, is also covered, ensuring your creations are not just delicious but also visually appealing.

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Under the guidance of experienced mixologists, you'll refine your techniques in muddling, stirring, and shaking, becoming adept in the use of professional bar tools.

One of the highlights includes mastering the use of egg whites to achieve the perfect texture and froth for your sours, elevating your cocktail game to new heights.

Location: Shelter Cocktail Bar - Google Maps

4. Bread Making Classes

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Unlock the secrets of artisan bread making with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery's engaging Bread-Making Classes in Calgary. Under the expert guidance of head baker Chloe Lomas, enthusiasts embark on a flavorful exploration of sourdough bread, a staple of culinary artistry.

These classes offer a deep dive into the process of creating your 'mother' starter, the heart of sourdough, and guide you through the steps to bake bread that boasts a perfect crust and soft, airy crumb.

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Sidewalk Citizen Bakery doesn't just teach you to bake bread it invites you into the soulful world of sourdough, from kneading and shaping to understanding the subtle nuances that make sourdough a beloved favorite.

This hands-on experience is enhanced by the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the bakery, where learning is paired with enjoyment.

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The experience is rounded off with delightful extras that turn bread making into a celebration. Enjoy a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage as you learn, indulge in tasty snacks, and conclude the session with a pizza dinner.

Plus, participants receive a voucher for a drink at the cozy Park by Sidewalk, inviting you to extend your culinary adventure.

Location: Sidewalk Citizen Bakery - Google Maps

5. Pizza & Pasta Classes

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Step into Lina's Piazza in Calgary and immerse yourself in the delightful world of Italian cooking with their Pizza & Pasta Classes.

These workshops are not just about learning; they're about experiencing the joy of creating culinary masterpieces from scratch. 

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The Pizza Class is a journey through the heart of Italian pizza-making traditions. Guided by experts, you'll learn the secrets of dough shaping, the art of selecting the perfect toppings, and techniques to bake your masterpiece in any oven.

Accompanied by wine and a charcuterie board, this class elevates your pizza-making skills, transforming your kitchen into the next best pizzeria.

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Dive into the world of pasta with the Gnocchi and Ravioli Classes, led by the skilled Chef David Nickerson. These sessions demystify the pasta-making process, from rolling out the ideal dough to crafting delectable fillings.

Learn to shape your gnocchi and ravioli with precision, bringing the elegance of Italian dining right to your home.

Location: Lina’s Market - Google Maps

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6. Macaron Making Classes

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Nestled in the bustling streets of downtown Calgary, Ollia Macarons & Tea offers a delightful escape into the delicate world of French macarons with their acclaimed Macaron 101 class.
 
This 2-2.5 hour evening course is a dream come true for those looking to master the art of these colorful confections. With a blend of history, technique, and flavor exploration, the class offers a comprehensive journey from the origins of macarons to the final, delightful creations.
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Ollia's expert instructors guide you through the critical steps of macaronage, ensuring you perfect the technique needed to achieve those iconic smooth tops and ruffled feet.

But it’s not all about following recipes; you’re encouraged to let your imagination run wild as you dive into flavor creation, making about 25 macarons in two rotating, delicious flavors.

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The class is designed to be a complete experience, providing all materials and ingredients, and even includes aprons to make you feel like a true pastry chef.

During a cozy tea break, indulge in three macarons and a soothing cup of tea, a perfect moment to relax and savor the fruits of your labor.

Location: Ollia Macarons & Tea - Google Maps

7. Cooking Classes

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Embark on a culinary adventure right in the heart of Calgary with The Cookbook Co. Cooks.

Their diverse range of Cooking Classes is like a passport to global flavors, offering you the chance to master dishes from around the world in the comfort of their Bistro Kitchen. 

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Dive into the art of Spanish cuisine with the "Perfecting Paella" class, where you'll learn the secrets to creating this iconic dish, brimming with flavors and tradition.

Or, if you're intrigued by the aromatic spices and vibrant tastes of Southeast Asia, the "Thai Classics" course will guide you through the process of crafting authentic and delectable Thai dishes.

Location: The Cookbook Co. Cooks - Google Maps

8. Chocolate Making Courses

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Discover the sweet art of Chocolate Making with Master Chocolat by Bernard Callebaut, Calgary's premier destination for chocolate enthusiasts. Dive into a world where organic meets gourmet, with courses designed to cater to all, including those with specific dietary preferences.

Using 95% organic ingredients, Master Chocolat ensures a pure, unadulterated chocolate experience free from preservatives or artificial colors.

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During the captivating three-hour course led by the renowned Bernard Callebaut, you'll journey through the rich history of chocolate, distinguishing between mere "candy" and true chocolate bars.

The course delves into the crucial role of cocoa content in defining the flavor profile of chocolate, providing insights into the craft of creating distinct and memorable tastes.

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At the core of the chocolate-making process is the technique of tempering, a skill every aspiring chocolatier must master. This course demystifies the science behind tempering, teaching you how to perfect this art using tools you already have in your kitchen.

From crafting your own chocolate bars to creating hot chocolate bombs, lollipops, and hand-molded salted caramel truffles, you'll leave with not just knowledge but also a collection of chocolate creations made by your own hands.

Location: Master Chocolat - Google Maps

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To Sum It All Up

And there you have it, folks – a little sneak peek into Calgary's treasure trove of culinary and crafting classes that are sure to spice up your weekends and evenings.

Whether you're kneading the dough to perfection in a bread-making class, swirling designs on top of a laté, or tempering chocolate to just the right snap, there's an adventure waiting for every taste and talent in this vibrant city. These experiences aren't just about picking up a new hobby; they're about creating memories, making friends with similar interests, and maybe even finding a new passion. Each class offers a unique blend of hands-on learning, expert guidance, and the joy of sharing your creations with loved ones.

So, why wait? Dive into the delicious, aromatic, and utterly delightful world of culinary and crafting education in Calgary. Whether you're gifting a class to a friend, sharing the experience with someone special, or treating yourself to some me-time, these workshops promise fun-filled learning and a chance to bring a piece of Calgary's culinary excellence into your home.

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