8 Cooking (and Mixology) Classes in Portland to gift for the Holidays

The holidays conjure up visions of cooking in the kitchen and eating at the big table while singing about sugar plums dancing in our heads (even though most of us don’t even know what sugar plums are!). Hanging out in the kitchen, catching up with the fam, shooting the breeze with the old friends who’ve stopped by. This is what the holidays are really about. For those who cook, you know the pleasure of being in the kitchen recreating those exquisite recipes or trying out new ones. For those who don’t, you miss out on some serious magic. So why not gift yourself or someone you love – or, heck, your whole family – cooking classes!  (Besides, doesn’t everyone have enough socks already?!)

Ready to gift?

We’ve got a rundown on nine of Portland’s best cooking and mixology classes.


Class Cooking 

What’s offered
Small group hands-on gourmet cooking classes

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Dim Sum
  • Spanish Paella
  • French Wine Pairing Dinner
  • Spanish Tapas
  • Taste of Thai
  • Moroccan Wine Pairing

Starting at $80



What’s offered
Hands-on Italian experience with Chef Matt, where you learn to cook a three-course Italian menu centered around Italy’s favorite comfort foods.

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Learn how to make soft gnocchi pillows flecked with fresh herbs
  • Create cavatelli for a hearty beef and mushroom ragout dish
  • Prepare and enjoy dunderi with homemade maple caramel sauce and roasted pecans

Starting at $95



What’s offered
A lot! Including Date Night Cooking Classes, Classes for Singles, Kids Club Cooking and more.

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Honey Baked Salmon Date Night
  • Ricotta Gnocchi Date Night
  • Aphrodisiac Date Night
  • Asparagus, Chicken, Saffron Oh My! Date Night
  • Steak Dinner
  • All Ages Cookin’ Classes (7+)
  • Budget Friendly : Sun Dried Tomato Pasta
  • Bibimbapidydo
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Gyros! Gyros! Gyros!
  • Pub Grub
  • Summer Picnic
  • Family Brunch (7+)
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Frattata Bar
  • Around-the-World Series (7+)
  • Greek Night
  • Mexican

starting at $ 85



What’s offered
Hipcooks has cooking classes that can be tailored to your needs, or they can send you classes with kits. You can attend live classes or, if you can’t attend, you’ll get a recording to watch with your kit.

Types of cooking classes available (seasonal)

  • Knife Skills and BBQ Sides
  • Homemade Cavatelli
  • Caribbean sip and nibble
  • Let’s do Brunch
  • Argentina and Steaks and Chimichurri
  • Garden Party and Tomato Tart

Types of kits available (seasonal)

  • Holiday Cookies & Eggnog Kits
  • “Let’s Go to Morocco!” Kits
  • Butternut Squash Risotto Kits
  • Spicy Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup Kits
  • Spiced Chocolate Cake Kits

Starting at $95


Italian Private Chef!

What’s offered
Lessons from an award winning teaching chef

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Pici with sausages and Porcini
  • Handmade Pirofiterols
  • Neapolitan Ragu
  • Traditional Carbonara
  • Zucchini boat stuffed with sausages and fontina
  • Potatoes stuffed with Gorgonzola and Mascarpone
  • Buffalo Milk Mozzarella caprese salad
  • Ragu’ Tuscan style
  • Pasta with squash and sausage
  • Pasta with Italian Red Gold Zafferano (the pistils)  from Abruzzo region
  • Pasta Carbonara, Amatricana, Pennette with fresh shrimp and zucchini, mixed vegetables, with meatballs (the real meatballs!)
  • Handmade Calzoni with prosciutto and smoked provolone

enquire at: [email protected]
(503) 956-4242



What’s offered
Authentic Thai fusion courses.

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Tom Kha Soup from scratch
  • The technique of how to whip up Pad Thai in a wok
  • The secret to making an amazing Vietnamese Pho

$90 a person – $45 now!!!

The Merry Kitchen

What’s offered
Fun, smart cooking for children of all ages

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Gingerbread houses: Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Italian Christmas Cookies (contains almond extract), Homemade Nutella.
  • Baking Camps:  Apple Crisp with Dried Cranberries, Cookies & Cream Cupcakes, Chai spiced sugar cookies, Cherry Chip Cake with Whipped Buttercream, Chocolate Fudge, Gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Starting at $30

Team Pasta

What’s offered
Learning to work with the simple ingredients of flour and water to make homemade past

Types of cooking lessons offered (seasonal)

  • Rustic pasta with sauces

6 people minimum class (including snacks and wine) – $330


Elemental Mixology

What’s offered

Everything from casual classes for home-mixers to continuing education for the most-veteran of bar-tenders.

Types of lessons offered

• count-pouring
• jiggering
• stirring-and-straining
• shaking-and-straining
• basic liquor sommellery
• juice-pressing
• syrup-making
• Advanced Liquor Sommellery, Unit I
• Layered Drink Production
• Hot Drink Production
• Rare Posset Production
• Flavored Syrup Fabrication
• Flavored Spirit Liqueur Fabrication
• Advanced Liquor Sommellery, Unit II
• Bitters Fabrication
• Rare Cocktail Production
• Rare Punch Production
• Rare Blossom Production
• Drink Genre Transformation
• Novel Drink Creation

starting at $90


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