Nella Cucina, Toronto
Toronto-based Nella Cucina is a part of Nella Cutlery & Food Equipment Inc., a knife-sharpening service established over 55 years ago. Nella has since expended its offering- and now invites students to join their kitchen for an evening in the cooking school, run by expert chefs from state-of-the-art kitchens and workstations.
There's an array of diverse classes on offer- a current selection includes Knife Skills, Stocks 101, Olive Oil Tasting, Mexican Cuisine, Taste Of Latin America, Beer & Food, Everyday Chinese, Moroccan Cuisine or Well Preserved. Classes take one of several formats- either involving students working independently, as part of a small team, or simply attending a tasting, talk by a guest speaker, or demonstration.
Hands-On Individual classes are for up to 16 guests. Students work independently during the class, coming together to share food with classmates at the end, whereas Hands-On Team events and require the group to work in teams of 3-5 on a set of 2-3 recipes. Team events have a maximum class size of 24. Beverages and a buffet meal is included in the average CAN$95- CAN$125.fee. Tastings, Guest Speakers, and Demonstration events are limited to 40 guests, with prices varying by event.