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 of your choosing 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, learn how to make easy salad dressings and explore creative and interesting salad toppings.

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, work with one of our expert bakers from Dorie’s Bakery 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 usual — 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. In the kitchen, prepare a sumptuous dinner with our chefs as they teach 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 our chefs reveal the secrets that make our house-made pasta on our award-winning menu so delicious. We’ll make different types of pasta and a few classic sauces — they’re easier than you think! 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 recipes we spent months perfecting 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, learn how to make deceptively easy salad dressings, explore creative and interesting salad toppings, and taste which wines pair best with each dish.

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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