Cooking Classes

This season, join us at Rowland House for an immersive culinary experience! Typically available exclusively for whole house rentals, we’ve selected seven special nights to open the doors of Rowland House and share with you some of our best kitchen secrets. Each class offers two working stations — one in the kitchen of Rowland House and one elsewhere in the home — each staffed with members of our team who are experts in what they do. These classes are designed to be intimate and hands-on, so come with questions and experience or just be curious and open to adventure — all are welcome!

Each class includes overnight accommodations in a luxurious room at Rowland House. After settling into your room, gather in the foyer at 6:00 p.m. and get cooking! Once the instructional portion of the evening is over, take a seat around the dining room table and enjoy the meal you’ve just created. In the morning, you’ll find the recipes from the evening and a special gift waiting for you to take home.

Please call us at 315.364.8888 to place your reservation. These classes make excellent gifts to friends and family who already have everything they need — we’d be happy to put together a special gift presentation for you! With advance notice, we can accommodate almost all dietary requests and needs. All prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity.


Soups

Soups & Salads

Roll up your sleeves and join us in the kitchen as we learn the secrets of making perfect cream and broth-based soups. In the dining room, join us in welcoming F. Oliver’s for an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting, and learn how to make easy salad dressings and crudités dips. With four specialty food shops throughout the Finger Lakes, F. Oliver’s produces fresh, ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

After the meal is prepped, sit down with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

Thanksgiving Class

Thanksgiving Table

Hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner can be so easy — let us show you how! In the kitchen, we’ll make fresh cranberry relish, learn the secrets behind perfect pie crust, and discover the most delicious and fool-proof ways to roast a turkey. In the dining room, let us teach you tips and tricks on setting the perfect table, which wines to pour for each dish, and how to schedule your prep time for effortless entertaining.

After the meal is prepped, sit down with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

Cookies

Christmas Cookies & Decorating

This Christmas, impress your family and friends with a perfectly trimmed tree and exceptional homemade cookies. In the kitchen, learn to bake a variety of gourmet cookies — we’ll make it easy for you to replicate sparkling results over and over again! In the parlor, our very own decorator will teach you all the industry secrets on designing the perfect tree, mantle, and entryway.

After the cookies are frosted and the tree is twinkling, sit down with your classmates and enjoy a warm, casual meal made by our chefs. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

Spices Class

Spice of Life: Warming your Winter Table

Bring warmth to your winter table this January! During this class, guests will learn about the healing and warming power of spices both commonplace and unusual — from cardamom seeds to star anise. In the kitchen, prepare naan, roast vegetables, and plan your winter pantry for wellness. In the dining room, we’ll blend our own teas and chai mixes, and discuss the healing power of spice.

After the meal is prepped, sit down with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow. This class is the perfect add-on to our Winter Wellness Retreat at Rowland House the following Friday and Saturday!

Thursday, January 21, 2016 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

Table for Two

It’s date night in Aurora! This class will teach you how to execute the perfect romantic meal — just in time for Valentine’s Day. In the dining room, mix cocktails with local ingredients and learn the art of making a perfect cheese board. In the kitchen, prepare a sumptuous dinner with our chef as he teaches you tips and tricks to effortlessly replicate the same dishes at home.

After the meal is prepped, sit down with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow. This class is the perfect add-on to our Winter Wellness Retreat at Rowland House the following Friday and Saturday!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

Perfect Pasta

Join us in the kitchen as we reveal the secrets that make our house-made pasta so delicious. We’ll make different types of pasta and a few classic sauces — they’re easier than you think, and you don’t need a kitchen full of expensive equipment to replicate the results at home. In the dining room, dive into a lesson on arranging the perfect cheese board, and learn (and taste!) the best wine pairings for each. Cheese, pasta, sauce, and wine — sounds like perfection to us.

After the meal is prepped, sit down with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

pizza

Pizza! Pizza!

Did you know that our charming bakery transforms into a pizzeria every night? We’ve made a name for ourselves for pizza in this area — and now the tricks we spent months learning can be yours! Our chefs will show you how to make the perfect pizza dough and will open your eyes to new and creative toppings. In the dining room, take part in a fun and engaging tasting of different beers both local and international.

After the meal is prepped, sit down with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sleep soundly in one of our luxurious Rowland House guestrooms, and depart Aurora in the morning with the recipes from the evening and a special take-home gift in tow.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 — check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
$450 per couple, including instruction, dinner, take-home gift & overnight accommodations

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