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How to Start a Cooking Club

Cooking Clubs are one of the latest trends, but do you know exactly what they are all about?

Let’s start here: What is a cooking club?

Simply put, a cooking club is a small group of friends (usually about 3 or 4 people), that get together on a semi-regular basis to either take on a large cooking project (like weekly meal prep) or explore an unfamiliar cuisine or cooking technique (like global cuisines).

What are some of the benefits of a cooking club?

The benefits are many, but here are some of the most valuable:

  1. Sharing Labor- Weekly meal prep can be a daunting task but add a friend or two and before you know it, your fridge is stocked with pre-cut veggies, cooked rice, and marinating mains for days.
  2. Sharing Cost- A cooking club is a great way to tackle a new cuisine without the added cost of re-stocking your pantry with new ingredients you may only use once. No one wants to spend $5 or more on a bottle of seasoning or oil they’ve never tried when the recipe only calls for a tablespoon. When that cost is shared among a cooking club, everyone gets to experience the new flavor without breaking the bank.
  3. Education- A cooking club creates a fun atmosphere for you and your friends to learn from each other. From the basics like “how to chop an onion” to more difficult tasks, like “how to cook scallops”. It really can be that simple. At the start of the cooking club determine what your focus will be. Will everyone come with a technique they’d like to share, or will you cue up a YouTube video and learn together?

     

Who do I invite?

Consider your kitchen size and the goal of the club before sending out that mass text to friends. We recommend 3 or 4 people per club, but if you have more space and a bigger menu feel free to invite more people.

How often should we meet?

The choice is yours! Weekly, biweekly, monthly? It really comes down to your goals. If you’re tackling meal prep, then weekly or biweekly is likely for you. If you’re learning a new cuisine, meeting once a month is great!

Have we convinced you yet? 

Give it a try with a themed cuisine night like Italian, Japanese, or Caribbean! Check out the related recipes to spark some ideas.

Italian Night

Homemade Pizza Dough

You can’t get any easier than pizza! Learn how to make your own right at home.

Arugula Salad with Beets

Serve this fresh salad with a crunch next to any rich Italian dish!

Biscotti-Taramisu Cups

Nothing says traditional Italian like biscotti’s and taramisu. Don’t be intimidated by the recipe. This is really easy!

Japanese Night

Veggie Potstickers

Although they look complicated, this recipe makes Potstickers look easy. You’ll be making them for all your dinner parties! 

Sweet Soy Dumpling Sauce

Now that you have the Potstickers, you need to make the sauce! 

Spicy Marinated Edamame

Learn how to step up your edamame game, but making them a little spicy. 

Caribbean Night

Jamaican-Style Beef Patties

These patties pack huge flavor and use store bought dough to make the process fast, so you can get to eating them faster.

Jamaican Rum Punch

Flavors of pineapples and coconut will make you think you are on the beach!

No-Bake Banana and Coconut Cream Pie

No-oven necessary? You’ll have to make it to believe it. 

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