Private Event

with Chef Christina Erdman

Lonsdale Cooking School

Chef Christina Erdman is available on the above dates for any the following menus:

Pasta Fundamentals: Spring/Summer Kitchen Party

Join our Cook Culture Chef as they shop and cook with the season featuring the best of the West Coast farms. This class is full throttle, hands on artisan pasta making with sauces and garnishes to challenge and inspire you in the kitchen.



Add on for an additional $10/guest: Charcuterie Board – Selection of cured meats with house-made pickles, grainy mustard and rustic bread.

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Spanish Tapas and Paella: Kitchen Party or Chef’s Table

Sharing food with friends and family is a huge part of Spanish culture, so it’s no wonder their cuisine is dominated by tapas (small plates for sharing) and family-sized one-pot wonders like a classic Paella. Spanish flavours celebrate local ingredients, and the bounty of the sea and land: you’ll taste plenty of garlic, smoked paprika, flavourful meats and seafood, nutty Manchego cheese, zesty tomatoes, and bright herbs. When it comes to authentic Spanish tapas, the plates may be small, but the flavours are always big! You’ll also learn how to make Paella, the famous rice dish from Spain’s eastern coast. Make sure you bring your favourite bottle of Spanish wine so you can cheers to your cena Española!

  • Pan con Tomate
    • Crusty Spanish-Style Grilled Bread spread with Garlic and juicy Tomato, topped with Sherry Vinaigrette dressed Seasonal Greens and Shavings of Manchego
  • Gazpacho Andaluz
    • A Creamy Andalusian-Style Cold Soup made with Tomato, Cucumber, Peppers and Aromatics and emulsified with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Tortilla de Patatas
    • Spanish Omelette with Potato, Manchego & Fresh Rosemary
  • Gambas al Ajillo
    • Spicy flambéed Shrimp with brandy, garlic, olive oil, chilli and parsley
  • Paella de Pollo, Alcachofas, Chorizo, Guisantes y zafferano
    • Colourful Valencian-Style Saffron Chicken & Chorizo Paella with Artichokes and Green Peas

Add on for an additional $10/guest: Sangria – Fresh orange and lemon, orange juice, simple syrup and soda.  Served over ice with slices of fresh orange.  You provide the brandy and Spanish red wine.

*Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests that do not eat eggs or onion with this menu. Please note: there is also wheat/gluten, dairy, pork, and shellfish in this menu, which can be replaced, if we are given notice.

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Tasty Taqueria Soul Food: Kitchen Party or Chef’s Table

“Soul Food” means, simple, home cooking, made with love and tradition. Our delicious, West-Coast inspired Taqueria Soul Food menu was created by our chefs with authentic Mexican culinary culture in mind. You’ll use simple cooking techniques with fresh ingredients to create a taqueria feast completely from scratch. Press your own corn tortillas for loaded tacos, create a comforting soup made from homemade stock, and a make an easy and healthy dessert inspired by spicy Mexican Chocolate. We serve dinner family style, meaning you can decorate your tacos, salad, and soup exactly how you like, with an abundance of bright, fresh, and perfectly spiced toppings.

  • Fresh Latino Salad
    • Spicy Green Apple, Sal y Limon Purple Cabbage, “Buttery” Avocado, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, with Balsamic Vinaigrette and optional Feta
  • Crispy Cod Surfside Taco
    • with Avocado Smash, Pickled Red Onion & Jalapenos on home-made corn tortillas
  • Smoked Chipotle Chicken-Tortilla Soup
    • Made with home-made chicken stock
  • Dark Chocolate Avocado Mexican Truffles

Add on for an additional $10/guest: Paloma Cocktail – Fresh lime, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, soda,  served with salted rim. Served over ice with slice of ruby grapefruit.  You provide the tequila.

*Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests that do not eat corn or avocado. Please note: there is also dairy, fish, corn, chicken, and chicken stock in this menu, which can be replaced, if we are given notice.

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Chopped Lonsdale

In this deliciously fun class format you will go head to head against others in your group and create delicious appies using mystery ingredients. The best appetizer will be safe, but the other will be chopped. Do you have what it takes to go up against your peers, friends or family? The bonus…you’ll have Cook Culture Vancouver’s Chef Christina to take pointers and advice from to help your appetizer make the cut. Delicious mystery ingredients may include…

  • Cod, Mussels, Tuna
  • Chorizo, Chicken Breast
  • Cheddar, Fresh Goat Cheese, Manchego
  • Black beans, Kidney Beans, Red Lentils
  • Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds, Walnuts
  • Avocado, Leeks, Potatoes, Sweet Peppers
  • Perfectly Seared and thinly sliced Rosemary-Red Wine Marinated Steak; or Roasted Provençal Tapenade Portobello Mushroom (V)
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Crispy Braised Brussel Sprouts with Smoked Bacon; or Balsamic-Reduction drizzled Crispy Brussel Sprouts (V)
  • Honey-Black Pepper Sauteed Carrots
  • Seasonal Pie with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice cream (losing team has to churn the ice cream!)

*Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests that do not eat dairy, eggs, or nuts. Please note: there is also pork, shellfish, fish, red meat, and corn in this menu, which can be replaced if we are given notice.

Please confirm the number of vegetarians (V) in your party, upon registration.

*Please note: adjustments may be made to this menu, based upon what is in season.*

This class format has a maximum capacity of 16 guests.

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French: Summer

Join our Cook Culture chef for a delightful and delicious French Summer meal. All menu items are perfect for casual entertaining or transporting for a picnic! We will start with the traditional salad from Nice, featuring local seared tuna and salty, plump olives. Next, a Rustic Galette will highlight the local bounty of tomatoes and basil. We will then create a tasty and simple Chicken Marbella. The evening will be finished off with a Seasonal Fruit Clafouti that will leave you satiated and content.

Bring some ice-cold white wine, bring some friends, and expect to toast to the Summer!

  • Salade Nicoise
    • The ultimate Summer salad of seared albacore tuna, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, boiled egg, bacon and mustard vinaigrette.
  • Heirloom Tomato Galette 
    • A rustic savoury pie consisting of buttery pastry topped with juicy tomatoes, marinated goat´s cheese, basil, and balsamic vinegar.
  • Chicken Marbella
    • Simple but delicious marinated chicken thighs with prunes, olives, capers and white wine. A perfect balance of sweet and salty. A great make ahead dish for effortless entertaining or taking to the park for picnics.
  • Seasonal Fruit Clafouti 
    • A creamy fruit flan highlighting the best fruit of the season, topped with crème fraiche.

*Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests that do not eat wheat/gluten, chicken and dairy. 

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Book this Private Event at Our Lonsdale Cooking School

We look forward to hosting your party! Please complete this form to send a request to our event planning team. We will be in touch to confirm all details and finalize the deposit.

The Fine Print:

The standard price for any private party is $1050 (+tax) for the first 10 people and $95 (+tax) per person after that. The minimum charge for a private event is $1050 (+tax). The 3-hour event, which typically runs from 6-9pm, includes the chef, food costs, and staff. Any beverages would need to be supplied by you, for a self-service bar. If you prefer bar service (we serve you), we would need to take out a special occasion license, at an additional cost to you. Groups larger than 20 guests, will require additional rentals.

Private Party Cancellation Policy:

  • A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, and is fully refundable up to 30 days before your event. The balance is due 48 hours prior to your event.
  • Half of the deposit is refundable, up to 14 days before your event. The deposit is non-refundable less than 14 days prior to your event.
  • If you need to change the date of your event you may do so once, for free, up to 14 days before your event. Any additional date changes will have a $100 charge. We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate date changes less than 14 days prior to your event.
  • Final number of guests is required 48 hours before your event (with no changes allowed following this time - if a guest is unable to attend within this period, please send somebody in their place)
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