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Private Event

with Chef Cosmo Meens

Victoria Cooking School

Chef Cosmo Meens is available on the above dates for any the following menus:

Greek Favourites

In this Greek Cooking Class, Chef Cosmo will show you how to make all of your Greek favourites! We will make spinach pie, flame grilled gyro pita bread wraps with all the fixings, vegetarian moussaka, vibrant Greek salad, and finish it all of with shortbread cookies! You will leave full, satiated, and ready to re-create this fantastic meal for your friends and family. Opa!

  • Spanakopita ‘spinach pie’ appetizers
  • Charbroiled Lamb and Bison Gyro
    • flame roasted sweet peppers, tzatziki yogurt sauce, walnut and garlic skordalia sauce & home made pita bread
  • Grilled Eggplant Vegetarian Moussaka
    • with horiatiki ´Greek´ salad
  • Kourabiedes ‘Greek shortbread’ made with almond, walnut, and orange blossom

*Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests that do not eat wheat/gluten, garlic, onions, lamb, bison, dairy, almonds, or walnuts.

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Thai Basic

Join us for our Thai Cooking Class. Many of us have traveled through the gorgeous part of the world that is Thailand. The smiling people, the vibrant landscape and the fantastic food! Until the day we are able to go back and feast, let’s recreate these easy-to-make; yet, complex tasting dishes right here, at home. You will learn where to source ingredients, how to adjust flavors to suit your palette, and what key pantry items you need to pull off this menu, even on a weeknight! No more take-out for you!

  • Green Papaya salad – Breakfast on the beach…made fresh in front of you as you direct the flavour profile to your liking…telling her what to add more or less of.  ‘Som Tom Thai’  (my si goong mi si pong shoo rots…tua yut yut)  This was for me….no dried shrimp, no msg, and lots of peanuts!
    Note: this dish includes fish sauce and dried shrimp
  • Pad Thai – The classic tourist dish no one could go wrong with…..
    Note: this dish includes chicken
  • Green Coconut Curry – One of my all time favourites……
    Note: this dish includes fish
  • Mango and Sticky rice – a classic Thai dessert…..

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests that are unable to eat coconut.

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Meals to Live By: Foods that Fight Cancer

Whether we have put our bodies through a lot of stress, have a genetic disposition, or are generally exposed to life on Earth these days, we have reasons to take preventative measures in regard to our health.  The food we eat has much impact on our overall health; as well as, our regular thoughts about ourselves…which is very commonly linked to the foods we eat.  We all already know how to eat meat, wheat, dairy, and refined sugar in excess; so, we will exclude these ingredients from this menu and present a few ways we can diversify our food choices and strive for better health!

  • Bright Morning Smoothie – with orange, pineapple, spinach, avocado, banana, matcha green tea, and ginger
  • Roasted Vegetable Lasagna – with squash, roasted mushrooms, and cashew cheese
  • Grilled Cabbage ´Pasta´ – with Puttanesca Sauce
  • Raw Chocolate Ganache with Citrus Walnut Crust

*This class is not meant to take the place of advice from your healthcare practitioner. You should seek advice from a professional regarding your individual dietary needs. This class will show you how to make delicious, healthy food that can then be adapted to your personal requirements.

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Chopped Challenge

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 Victoria’s Chef Cosmo to take pointers and advice from to help your appetizer make the cut. Delicious mystery ingredients may include…

  • Cod, Mussels, Tuna, Shrimp
  • Chorizo, Chicken Breast
  • Cheddar, Fresh Goat Cheese, Manchego
  • Black beans, Kidney Beans, Red Lentils
  • Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds, Walnuts
  • Avocado, Leeks, Potatoes, Sweet Peppers

Chef Cosmo will then prepare one of these menus for your group:

NOTE: Due to time restrictions, the entire group must chose the same menu.

1) Mushroom and Goat Cheese stuffed Chicken thighs with quick roasted shallot pan sauce 

Served with:

  • creamy mashed potatoes
  • roasted root vegetables
  • caramelized butternut squash purée


2) Slow Roasted Salmon with lemon dill beurre blanc

Served with:

  • blistered green beans with a hazelnut vinaigrette
  • roasted baby new potatoes

Dessert for both

  • French Apple Cake
    • A rich and creamy custard base with a cake top, studded with sweet apple and flavoured with dark rum

*Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests that do not eat wheat/gluten dairy, or eggs. There are nuts used in the salmon menu, which can be eliminated if we are given notice.

Please confirm the number of vegetarians in your party, upon registration, and we will confirm an alternative menu for those guests.

This class format has a maximum capacity of 16 guests. Note: the menu may be adjusted slightly based upon seasonality of produce.

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Book this Private Event at Our Victoria 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 $1250 (+tax) for the first 10 people and $95 (+tax) per person after that. The minimum charge for a private event is $1250 (+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. Please call us at 778-769-1978 or email us at:, to find out more!

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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