Private In-Home Demos & Classes

My classes/demos are interactive as you would like, so you will be invited to get involved and help prepare the meal by measuring, chopping, and mixing, or you can just sit back, sip some wine, and observe. My style is both fun and relaxed, and perfect for beginner cooks who would like to learn basic techniques that will allow them to cook on their own with more confidence and creativity.

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•keep calm & eat tacos – $80pp•

homemade tortillas

tacos three ways: chicken, fish, vegetarian

avocado cilantro crema

pico de gallo

• grab life by the meatballs – $80pp•

thai turkey meatballs with coconut and lemongrass sauce

beef and lamb keftedes with tzatziki sauce

broccoli & parmesan balls with smoked paprika aioli

•cooking by the seat of your pants $85pp•

ditch the recipes and learn how to prepare delicious meals from items that are probably in your fridge or pantry right now. learn basic techniques, how to use a variety of seasonings to create dishes with regional flavors.

bibb salad with classic french vinaigrette

pan seared chicken breast with maple mustard pan sauce

spiced sweet potato & roasted broccoli toasts

indian inspired quinoa and kale

•spanish inspired small plates – $85pp•

hot paprika shrimp

red wine braised chorizo

tortilla de patata (spanish potato omelet)

goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers

rosemary marcona almonds

warm marinated olives

•put the lime in the coconut – $85pp•

island ceviche

avocado grapefruit salad

caribbean “green seasoning” roasted chicken

coconut rice

•roll with it – $90pp•

vietnamese style summer rolls with shrimp & mango

carrot and ginger nori rolls

baked spring rolls

ginger peanut dipping sauce

nuac cham – sweet chili dipping sauce


Q. What is cancellation policy?

A. Don’t cancel.

Just kidding. A $100 deposit is required to hold the date for all classes. If you notify me at least five (5) days in advance that you are canceling the class altogether, your deposit will be returned in full. Classes are based on a per person fee as noted, but each class is a minimum of $500. Therefore, if you start out with eight people and wind up with three, it will still cost $500, plus applicable NY sales tax.

Q. How big are the classes?

A. Maximum number of guests/students is 10.

Q. Should I eat before demonstration?

A. No! Bring your appetite! Food will be prepared in a quantity sufficient for the number of guests to enjoy a generous meal together at the end of class.

Q.  What should I wear?

A. Your favorite comfy cooking clothes.

Q. What if I have food allergies?

A. If you are attending the class and have food allergies, please contact me directly as far in advance as possible so we can talk about it, and I can make any necessary and reasonable accommodations without changing the overall purpose of the class.

Q. How long is the class?

A. Approximately 3- 4 hours depending on the class.

Q. Are children allowed?

A. Depends. Teaching children to cook requires more attention and restrictions on technique and menu. Generally, smaller groups are better, and obviously with more supervision. If you are interested in cooking classes for children, please contact me so we can talk about it. You likely need a class designed especially for you. Let’s talk about it!

Contact Mary at for any other questions.

turkey meatballs

Lemongrass Turkey Meatballs in Coconut Broth from “Grab Life By the Meatballs”

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