Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One

Learn Italian cooking techniques and make delicious dishes



3 hours Class size 1 to 16 (public classes), 10 to 70

label $89 - $155 (or 4 payments of $22.25 - $38.75 Afterpay)
($89 for Youth, $155 for Adult)

Italians are masters of understated culinary art. With this Italian cooking class in Brisbane, now is your chance to learn the techniques behind creating simple yet delicious dishes that will wow your friends and family.

Your cooking class begins with a heart-warming welcome where you make hand stretched olive and rosemary Focaccia over an introduction and chat with your fellow budding chefs. 

You will work in small groups as our Chef guides you step by step. In this class, you will learn the tricks and tips on how to make bread, pasta and delicious sauces. On top of that, you will also have the opportunity to learn an Italian sweet dish - the fabulously light and refreshing panna cotta, a versatile, delicious Italian dessert.

This is fun, informative and will teach you how to produce stunning authentic Italian dishes that are steeped in tradition and flavour!

During the cooking class you will:

  • Lose the fear of attempting how to make pasta from scratch ever again
  •  Follow the step by step, fail-safe recipes that will produce amazing pasta and bread every time 
  •  Learn the secret authentic Italian ingredients that really make an Italian dish and how to use them with ease
  •  Repeat every recipe at home whenever you want and create food that is better than your local Italian restaurant!
  •  Novice level and up - anyone can learn this!

Come alone, bring a friend or partner, or bring the whole family!  Children from 12yrs with a passion for cooking are welcome!

The Rustic Italian Menu:
  •  Signature lavender and rosemary focaccia  with pancetta and artichoke served with truffle olive oil and fig balsamic
  •  Hand made ravioli with either speck and sweet potato with goats cheese or ricotta and spinach with nutmeg fillings
  •  Panna Cotta loaded with Chef Mel's culinary bling

We can cater for vegetarian and vegan attendees; just let us know when you book in! We can't offer this class Gluten Free.

Please note:
  • The menu is based on available seasonal produce and is subject to change at the experience provider's discretion. This menu cannot be offered gluten-free. 
  • Pasta will always be included. You will work and cook together as a team, and shared workspace and the kitchen equipment with other participants. A group cooking session with partial group participation is the most effective and fun way to add to your cooking skills.
  • To ensure the class finishes on time some elements of the dishes are demonstrated.
  • The class is held in a fully licensed venue so you are unable to BYO. 

Note: Groups of four or more guests will get their own private table. Support Workers must book and pay to enter. Please book the Support Worker as a Youth ticket.


Add-ons available for this class
  • Chefs Toolbox ($59)
  • Culinary Quickies Recipe Book: 2022 edition ($25)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get
  • We supply everything you need, including your ingredients, aprons and recipes.
  • A fully licensed bar with gin cocktails, so if fancy going full-Italian, you can enjoy a glass of wine.
What to bring
Please wear closed-in shoes.
 
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


Vanilla Zulu adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Location

92 Commercial Rd, Teneriffe QLD (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

Your teacher
Vanilla Zulu
Vanilla Zulu

Brisbane's most loved cooking school!

4.8 (186)
12k

Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures is one of Brisbane's most loved cooking schools. Founded by global traveller and Afro-Australian chef Mel Alafaci, Vanilla Zulu is all about keeping cooking simple, fast and fresh. You will learn all of the basic skills you could ever need in the kitchen and leave with a bubbling enthusiasm to make easy gourmet meals at home.

Verified reviews

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Michael McCamley Jun 2022


We enjoyed the whole experience. All the staff were helpful and the teacher made the class fun and educational. We’ll be making raviolis like pros.

Cooking workshop review by Michael McCamley Sydney

Ann Bolster May 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


It was a great day. The teacher was very nice friendly informative and only too happy to help and answer all our questions. The venue was good clean and nicely presented. Our feast at the end was delicious. All the participants were friendly as well. A great day out with my daughter - a birthday present.

Sita Connelly May 2022


We had a great night. It was interactive and we got to work with others. We learnt so many tips to practice at home.
Mel was a wonderful Chef and she added some fun to the night. We thoroughly enjoyed the night. Can't wait to do another.

Cooking workshop review by Sita Connelly Sydney

Susan Wood May 2022


Andreas was lovely
The venue was very equipped and the class size was good.
Would of been great to see the filling for the ravioli cooked and see what went into it otherwise, timing was good.

Cooking workshop review by Susan Wood

Jack May 2022


Great teacher really friendly and won us all over quickly with good skills and great instruction. Lovely recipes and great facilities. Strongly recommend.

Millie Nakatsuka May 2022


My partner and I had a lovely night. Learnt great skills and had a lovely meal. Great value for money.

Cooking workshop review by Millie Nakatsuka

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Omar Nuhoglu May 2022


It was an excellent experience, all details thought out, very high quality ingredients, resulting in delicious, fresh food. Combined with the experience of cooking and learning something new, in a very sociable and fun environment.
The teacher (Elle) was very good, and made the whole experience even more enjoyable.
Definitely coming back for more classes.

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Omar Nuhoglu

Chelsea Grotjahn May 2022


The experience was fun and engaging. We also had a wonderful teacher who guided us through everything. The food was *chefs kiss*!

Rachel Perera Apr 2022


Super lovely, easy to approach and knowledgeable teacher. Great venue with easy parking and had everything we needed. Loved that everything can be pretty easily recreated at home Will definitely be back!

Tim Fitzpatrick Apr 2022


Excellent experience! Our chef Andrea was clear, demonstrated techniques well and gave us many professional tips throughout. We were a table of four, everyone had ample opportunity to get hands on and participate.
Just the right amount of pre prep and support provided meant we were readily able to keep up. Recipes worked well, all three of our courses were finished in time for us to sit and enjoy the delicious lunch with a glass of Rosé. The venue was well organised, plenty of space. There were 15 of us in our room on the day plus another class in the next room but it never got too noisy, ample support staff on hand to ensure everyone had a good experience. We will definitely do another class.

Cooking workshop review by Tim Fitzpatrick

Andrea Lam Apr 2022


I had a good time for my birthday and got to experience making ravioli which I had not yet done

Kirstine Wilson Mar 2022


Teacher was very helpful, calm and friendly. Instructions and demonstrations were very clear.
Food was delicious and so easy to make
Venue was great and cocktails even better :)
We will definitely be going again!

Helen Taylor Mar 2022


The teacher, ingredients and venue were all wonderful. The whole set up is like a well oiled machine.

Gill Ibbs Mar 2022


Excellent class, great teacher. It was a little hard to keep up with what was being said when busy getting the prep done. Might be an idea to use a microphone or have some pointers up on a screen for attendees to refer to.
All round though, the teacher was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Donna Fitzgerald Mar 2022


I attended by myself and enjoyed the other guests. Loved the whole evening Such a fun experience.

Cooking workshop review by Donna Fitzgerald

Mark Faletui Mar 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Fantastic class - had a really great time and the teacher was attentive, funny and knowledgeable. Well worth it and would recommend to anyone :)

Lachlan Erhart Feb 2022


Class was amazing, facilities were excellent, chef was brilliant and easy to follow and speak to. Food was amazing and I’m keen to do it again.

Cooking workshop review by Lachlan Erhart Sydney

Andrea Phillips Feb 2022


Ada was a fantastic teacher, easy to follow, gave some great tips and best of all made the class so much fun and enjoyable. oh and the food was amazing! will definitely love to do another class with Ada.

Andrea Pola Feb 2022


More teaching modelling and following the recipe this class is not for ndis participants too over whelming

Carly Brant Jan 2022


Chef was great! Loved her sense of humour.
Everything was provided so we could just arrive and get straight into. The food was amazing :)

Mitch Smart Jan 2022


The teacher was very knowledgeable and helpful with the food that was prepared. The ingredients that were provided seemed like good quality and the food came out high quality. Would definitely do it again

Thomas McPherson Jan 2022


Probably like most other people, I came here for a cooking class gift and not to improve my culinary skills - I was happily surprised! Chef Elle looked after us for the night and she clearly has a pedagogical gift. A lot of things were pre-prepared including the dicing and the sauce but we still had our work cut out for us because our recipes required focus, skill and taking the occasional risk. Fortunately, anything that went wrong was easily fixed by chef Elle and she gave us all great information along the way. The strangers that ended up on my bench were both really nice and we had lots of fun together. At the end we had made more food than we could eat so we packed it up into leftover plastic containers for further enjoyment. All the recipes for emailed to us at the end of the night (we had them on laminated pages during the cooking). I'd recommend this coming school to anyone of any coming ability - there are a huge range of different styles which would suit anyone's taste and interests.

Irene Stewart Jan 2022


We really enjoyed our night and certainly would now feel comfortable in trying out the recipes we cooked at home. There was a lot crammed into the three hour class so it was definitely an great experience. Our chef was friendly and helpful and had a broad wealth of knowledge. The facilities could have been better. There was another class in another part of the facilities and a large expel air nearby - this caused a bit of noise and there were times I struggled to hear our chef. A suggestion to help the smooth running of the class would be to have more of the ingredients required throughout the evening on the work benches - this would lessen the congestion of people in the small corner where items such as cream, milk and eggs were stored.
A good night and I would recommend it to others.

Susan Agnew Dec 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Chef Ella was bright and full of hints.
It did seem a little disorganized as the goals were not clearly stated and the location of the cooking implements was random. A run through of where to find things would have been good.
Maybe a longer period of time would allow a more organized experience.

Anthony Oar Nov 2021


Our host was excellent with a wealth of cooking knowledge. All the recipes were amazing.

Nicolette Brewer Nov 2021


Fantastic knowledgeable teacher! Venue was easy to locate. We were very lucky to have a small class so it felt like 1/1 training! Food was delicious

Cooking workshop review by Nicolette Brewer

Fiona Bruce Oct 2021


Our class was small, only 8 people but our teacher had time to move around to all of the groups to answer our questions and help us all out. Accomodations were made for those with dietary restrictions but the end result was delicious, simple food. Can’t believe I haven’t done this earlier.

Amanda Loftus Sep 2021


Our teacher was amazing. So lovely and super knowledgeable! She helped us cook such beautiful food and we left confident bring able to cook it at home.
The environment was great, it was a very relaxing and fun night.

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Amanda Loftus

Marta Newport Sep 2021


Following a slow start (it took a little while for us to understand the format and get used to the teacher's style), the class evolved into a fun and educational experience. I very much liked that Ada brought in some of her own experiences and ideas into the class (coloured pasta - awesome!)

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Marta Newport

Sally Parenti Sep 2021


The teacher was very friendly and helpful. The venue was also well organised and set out nicely. We joined with other people to make a group of 5 and it was so lovely. We still made pasta and Panna cotta separately so it was good value for money!

Nancy Gillam Aug 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


A most enjoyable class. Teacher obviously enjoyed sharing her knowledge. Saving up for next class

Kate Lindsay Jul 2021


Lucy was our teacher and she made the whole morning so fun! The class was really enjoyable and I learnt a lot. Our meal turned out so well. I would love to try another class at this venue.

Shayne Lindeman Jul 2021


Great fun and very encouraging staff made for a wonderful class experience for everyone. We all felt inspired to do more.

Melissa Walker Jun 2021

21 ClassBento workshops attended • 21 reviews


WOW! What a fantastic afternoon. Great venue and lots of fun.
We made Focaccia, Panna Cotta and Ravioli. All dishes were amazing. We
were also given many other recipes to try. Ada showed us how to plate up our dishes as well. I highly recommend this class.
Ada was amazing. So many hints and tips along the way and very encouraging.

Rustic Italian Cooking Class: Part One review by Melissa Walker

Claire Hassett May 2021


A truly wonderful afternoon. Instructor was amazing, venue fabulous, and I will definitely be using the recipes we learnt.

James Smyth Apr 2021


Hi the teacher was fantastic. Very informative. Many thanks I will definitely recommend this cooking course.

Cooking workshop review by James Smyth

Lauren Williams Sep 2020


A wonderful activity to do for our tree am building event. Ellie was so knowledgeable about the history of Italian food. The team at Vanilla Zulu ensured a fun night was had by all. We walked away with full bellies and happy hearts.

Cooking workshop review by Lauren Williams Sydney

Lynda Jordan Sep 2020


Lucy was lovely, great fun class, great vibe and great food, thank you, excellent value!
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