The coronavirus has kept most people at home, but this can be a good opportunity to try something new or to revisit something that you used to have more time to devote to. Why not use your time at home to master a skill or pick up a new hobby? For those who are looking to spice up their at-home cooking, virtual cooking classes offer easy, entertaining lessons to fill your time and create something delicious. Here are five virtual cooking classes this week.
Join ArtBites for an aperitif hour, discovering the café culture of 19th-century Paris while preparing summer drinks like a Lillet Spritz and classic hors d'oeuvres like sautéed mushrooms with sage. The virtual class will use stores, letters, paintings, and photographs to give an interesting and immersive historical dive into Parisian drinking culture. The class takes place on Thursday, July 9, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and costs $25. The Zoom link will be sent three hours before the class starts. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
On Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. local time, the Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles is presenting a virtual cooking lesson as a part of its health and wellness initiative. Join two-time Super Bowl Champion-turned-chef Jarvis Green and BPRS-LA president Tashia DeVeaux for some easy recipes and laughter. The free event is sponsored by Jarvis's own Oceans97 and Austin Winery, so there will be butter, seafood, and wine. facebook.com/events/282909559619893
Make a difference while you make food with this virtual cooking class hosted by Forkin' Plants to benefit Danielle's Soul Kitchen, black- and LGBTQ+ owned Los Angeles eatery dedicated to food justice and farm-fresh meals. All proceeds will go to support the restaurant and Danielle's #WeStillGottaEat initiative, a program that offers free, lovingly made, farm-fresh meals to black residents in L.A. for nourishment and healing in this time of stress during the national moment of increased violence against black communities. The class will show you how to make your own dressing, build a mason-jar salad, and create no-bake granola bars. For the cost of $15, you can improve your kitchen skills and also provide one delivered meal to someone in need. The class is this Thursday, July 9, from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. local time, but if you can't make it then, registration also gives you permanent access to the recording. facebook.com/events/622877248330113
This Saturday, July 11, join Jocelyn from acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant Todo Verde for a virtual cooking class to learn recipes from her new cookbook, La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor. As the restaurant and chefs adapt to a working environment changing under COVID-19, they are expanding to share food recipes in an interactive and safe way via Zoom. Tickets are on a sliding scale, from $10 to $25, so choose what tier best fits what you are able to contribute at this time. facebook.com/events/697166334166195
On Sunday, July 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., start your new week off right by making a delicious soul-food meal, including garlic fried chicken, collard greens, brown-butter mashed potatoes, and skillet cornbread. Led by the intention-driven culinary arts firm Chef Amanda & Co., this will be a casual, fun, and super-informative cooking class that will leave you with a final product you can really enjoy. The class is donation-based, and the suggested donation is $33. Pay with Venmo to @chefamandaco with your email address included, so that you can be sent the grocery lists and recipes at least 72 hours in advance of the class. facebook.com/events/751368589025063