Cooking lessons as a wedding gift

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Cooking lessons as a wedding gift

A co-worker is getting married soon and a few of us want to go together on a gift. This particular co-worker has talked often about how neither he nor his fiance ever cooks because they never learned. Whenever the talk turns to cooking or food, he says things like how they'll probably starve to death if Trader Joe's goes out of business because they pretty much live on that store's prepared foods, they can handle boiling pasta but that's about it, etc. They are not registered anywhere that we've been able to find.

There is a cooking school nearby that offers evening & weekend classes. Some are "kitchen basics," like which knife to use for different jobs & how to use them, some are "cook the book," which feature local chefs cooking from their own cookbooks, some are "flavors of..." which highlight one country's or culture's foods, and all classes are hands-on, in-the-kitchen, and wrap up with a communal meal around a big table. The classes run about $150, so if four of us each pitch in $75, he can get two classes, or the two of them can take a class together.

Two of us think this is a good idea, two of us think it's tacky and we should just give him a gift card to a store we know he frequents. We are not invited to the wedding, if that makes any difference.

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I think it's a nice idea and can make a great night out. Cooking class is a hot date night around here.

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I think it is a great idea if you know the person well enough to know they would not be offended. If someone offered me cooking lessons now I would be offended, but if they offered them when I was a newlywed and could not cook at all I would have really appreciate it.

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I would say it depends on a few things.

What is the atmosphere at this place? Does it give of a 'gifty' type of feel?

Have they ever expressed that they have no desire to learn how to cook? Because some people really are just not interested in learning.

If the answer to the first is yes...or at least not a resounding no and the answer to the second is no, then i think it would be a neat gift.

Yes its riskier than a gift card, but a lot more memorable than one too if they end up liking it.

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I agree with Jessica - cooking classes are a trendy date thing around here, even for long married couples that know how to cook. So that aspect sounds great for newly weds; something fun but also useful that they can do together. But I also agree with Kim that you kind of need to know if they don't cook just because they don't know how, or if they don't know how because they have no interest.

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A lot of times when you give someone a gift like that they never use it. So while I think it's a fun idea, I'd make sure they're actually interested.

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I think that it sounds like a really creative and fun idea... especially if it offers the flexibility of allowing them to pick the class(es).

Another idea could be to buy cookware or a gift certificate that would allow them to purchase those items needed and create your own "coworkers cookbook" complete with step by step instructions (and pictures) if possible for some of your simplest family favorites dishes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner.)

Good luck!
~Missy

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Cooking classes are awesome! I've been to one with my department and it was a blast (though combining sharp knives with champagne probably wasn't the wisest idea). I can totally see how a couple would have fun and learn stuff at the same time. Like, I picked up the BEST technique for chopping onions, even though I cook all.the.time. Smile

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I think we've decided to go with it. The school does sell gift certificates, so they would be able to choose which class/day/time they wanted, it wouldn't be us picking something for them. He said they are the first of five weddings this year among their group of friends. So if they really don't want it, or don't like the idea, it would make a great re-gift for someone else. Blum 3

ETA: And I'm now on the waiting list for the next "fast, fresh, vegetarian" class. :drool:

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I think its a great gift! Very thoughtful.

My BIL and SIL do them together sometimes as a date night. I don't think that they have a lot in common and they are looking for something to do together. Although at the last one my brother almost cut off his fingertip. Oops Wink

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I've done a few with a friend, and one by myself. We did a pastry class (fun), a regular cooking class (fun to be in the class but it didn't make me like cooking), and then I did a baking ratios class myself, which was also a blast.

I would love to do one with my husband, actually.

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Wait- I meant my bro and sil. It would be SUPER weird if bil and sil were doing them as date nights eh? Hahahah

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"Potter75" wrote:

Wait- I meant my bro and sil. It would be SUPER weird if bil and sil were doing them as date nights eh? Hahahah

Just read this and wanted to point out that it wouldnt be if it was your husbands brother, and his wife. Then they would be your BIL and SIL right

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"ftmom" wrote:

Just read this and wanted to point out that it wouldnt be if it was your husbands brother, and his wife. Then they would be your BIL and SIL right

True but as I said it was my brother who cut off part of his finger it was clearly a typo. Smile