How Our Cooking Classes Work

A League of Kitchens instructor – an immigrant who is an exceptional home cook and inspiring teacher – welcomes you and 5 other people into their home.
You cook together, eat together, learn together, and share culture and stories. You go home with a packet of their family recipes and an in-depth shopping guide.
Had fun? Sign up again and go somewhere new! Learn new skills, meet new people, and experience a new cuisine and culture.
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How Our Tours Work

League of Kitchens tours give you the chance to see immigrant communities and specialty stores through the eyes of our instructors, all of whom are expert home cooks and neighborhood regulars. Our tours make 3-4 stops at a combination of shops such as markets, butchers, bakeries, spice shops, and home good stores. All tours include food samples and insider tips throughout the day, a family-style feast, and a shopping guide.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

How are the workshops structured?

Immersion Workshops:

— Light lunch and drink/orientation/intros
— Hands-on cooking instruction
— Break
— Hands-on cooking instruction
— Start dinner
— Dessert, clean up
— Depart

"Taste of" Workshops:

— Welcome snack and drink/orientation/intros
— Hands-on cooking instruction
— Eat
— Depart

How much do the workshops cost?

4.5-hour immersion workshops are $175/person. 2.5-hour "taste of" workshops are $125/person.

How much do tours cost?

Tours are 2.5 hours and are $95/person.

How frequently do you add new workshops and tours?

We generally post workshops and tours 4-6 weeks in advance. Join our mailing list to be notified when we post new workshops.

If you have a group of six and would like to schedule a private workshop for your group, we can schedule it many months in advance.

I want to sign up with five friends (and fill a workshop or tour). Can you schedule a workshop or tour specifically for us?

Yes! We can work with you to schedule a private workshop or tour of your choice on the date of your choice (so long as the instructor is available).

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! You can purchase gift certificates for workshops or tours here. Shortly after your order we'll email you a customized gift certificate (see example) that you can email or mail to the recipient.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel two weeks before your workshop or tour you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another workshop or tour. After that, you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). In the rare event that an instructor needs to cancel last minute, students will receive a full refund. We do not otherwise offer refunds.

Can I return a gift certificate and get a refund?

Gift certificates are non-refundable.

I have food allergies and/or am on a special diet. Which workshops can I take?

All our workshop menus include detailed descriptions of ingredients and list the most common food allergens to help you choose a workshop that works for you. You can also email us to confirm anything specific that’s not listed. However, the menus cannot be altered in any way to suit personal preferences, and participation is at your own risk.

On a tour, the instructor will offer tastes of various ingredients and snacks, and order for the group at a restaurant. It’s up to you to decide what you would like to eat.

What is the skill level of your workshops?

Each workshop is designed to offer something for all levels—from beginner cook to professional chef.

Some of the cuisines we offer (like Greek, Lebanese, and Georgian/Armenian) are generally based on using fresh ingredients in straight forward preparations, while others (like Indian, Bengali, and Afghan) are much more complicated when it comes to techniques, spices, etc. You may want to take that into account when choosing your workshop.

No matter what your level, you will learn something new in every workshop and go home inspired.

I'm having trouble choosing between an Immersion Workshop and a "Taste Of" workshop. Which type of workshop is best for me?

Consider choosing an immersion workshop if you would like a 4.5 hour immersive cultural experience that focuses on in-depth culinary instruction and covers a wide variety of recipes and techniques (4-5 different dishes). Immersion workshops include a light lunch and beverage, 3 hours of hands-on cooking time, a full dinner, and a recipe packet and shopping guide.

You may prefer the shorter, 2.5 hour "Taste Of" workshop if you are seeking less in-depth culinary instruction and are most interested in the eating, cultural, and social aspects of our workshops. “Taste Of” workshops include a welcome snack and beverage, 1.5 hours of hands-on cooking time (covering 2-3 dishes), a small meal, and a recipe packet and shopping guide.

I’d like to attend with my teenage daughter/son. Is this possible?

Yes! We welcome students ages 11 and up. If a student is under 18 they must be registered along with an adult.

How do I find the location of my workshop or tour? What if I get lost?

Once you register for a workshop or tour, you will be sent an email with the exact address of your workshop or tour, along with transportation directions. There will also be a League of Kitchens staff member on-call whom you can contact if you’re lost or otherwise need help.

Who are your instructors? How do you find them?

All our instructors are immigrants who are exceptional home cooks with a deep knowledge of their cuisine. They are warm and generous hosts and enthusiastic and inspiring teachers. All our instructors are carefully chosen and thoroughly vetted and trained. We work closely with community and cultural organizations to find them.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us..

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we offer a limited number of partial scholarships. Please contact us for more info.

Do you do customized programs for companies and organizations?

Yes! We would love to work with your company to plan a unique event. Please see our private events page for more information.

Are you currently hiring new staff?

The best way to stay up to date is to follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook. We'll always post new job openings there, as well as on Good Food Jobs.