What To Expect at a private cooking class


To ensure the best experience during your cooking class, here’s what you can expect:

  • First, you will choose the date + time of your class, followed by your menu: homecookingny.com/sample-menus has a list of good menus to consider, and all are customizable.
  • Each class is about 2 ½ hours and culminates in a sit-down meal for you to enjoy.
  • A week before the class: A detailed shopping list will be emailed to you and will include a basic list of cooking equipment needed, but we can always improvise if you do not have exactly what is listed.
  • The day before your class: Your chef-instructor (John, Erica, Susan, or Jennifer) will be in touch by phone to introduce themselves and see if there is anything you need them to bring to the class. They can bring difficult-to-find ingredients or any small piece of cooking equipment that you do not have.
  • Grocery shopping: Please plan ahead, so you can make the most of your cooking class. We recommend shopping ahead of time, as opposed to the hour before the class. This always adds unnecessary stress to what should be a fun and relaxed experience.
  • Cleaning: Please make sure your kitchen is clean before the start of class. We strive for a “clean-as-we-go” policy during the class, to keep your kitchen in order. .
  • Gratuity: It is always appreciated if you have had an excellent experience. Cash or Venmo are both great options.


We make sure the atmosphere is fun, relaxed, engaging, and chock full of culinary information because that those are the personality traits of our head chef-instructors (Jennifer, John, Erica, and Susan).

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    You will choose the date + time of your party, followed by your menu: homecookingny.com/sample-menus. Please let us know ahead of time if there are any dietary restrictions, so we can make accommodations. Our events run about 3 hours and include a hands-on cooking class and a full sit-down meal.

  • 1 week before: Make wine arrangements with HCNY. Classes are BYOB and you can send wine ahead or bring in hand. Finalize your headcount.
  • Day of event: Just show up! Once everyone is ready to start cooking, usually 15 minutes after you arrive, we’ll gather everyone for an informal discussion about the menu we’ll be preparing so everyone knows what to expect. The classes are geared to be hands-on, but we acknowledge that some people will want to be in on all the action, while others will prefer to mingle and watch.  Both scenarios work for us.
  • Set up: You will all work together if you have a group of 10 or less. Groups of 11+ will have a second chef joining in and the class will be split into 2 groups, cooking side by side.
  • Hors d’oeuvres: We’ll start by preparing an hors d’oeuvre recipe and pass it around to the group during the class to snack on, assuring that no one is distracted by an empty stomach during the cooking class.
  • Dinner time: Once the food is ready to eat, we will set up a buffet. The dining room will be set and ready for you to sit down and enjoy your meal. We’ll serve you dessert after we clear your dinner dishes, and you are welcome to linger as long as you like (although we do have a 10:30pm curfew for all parties).
  • Recipes will be emailed to the host after the event, to share with guests.


Thank you!