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Pampered Chef: Bookings Looking for Spring/Summer Cooking Class Ideas

  1. Michael Serrano

    Michael Serrano Novice Member Silver Member

    Hi everyone,

    I've been reading through a lot of the older posts on cooking classes and I'm thinking of starting this for March and April. I just finished up a 6-month contract with my employer so I'm kind of out of work and would like to do PC Full-time until my next contract starts mid-April. I've been with PC for about 2 months now and I'm struggling a bit to get more bookings.

    I think this cooking class could really work, I know a few people who are paying big bucks to go to these types of things. I especially like the "Kids in the Kitchen" shows. I'm looking for class ideas and product combos. I'm planning to have people pre-pay when they register. I found one flyer, but it had super bowl and valentines day ideas.

    I'm thinking of scheduling 3 classes a week. maybe 2 for adults and one for parent/child. I have a large kitchen and would be able to fit about 5-6 adults comfortably.

    This forum is full of creative people and I thought I'd ask everyone here for some ideas and tips.

    Thanks guys,

  2. DebbieSAChef

    DebbieSAChef Senior Member

    Cooking class is a great idea!

    I am doing something like this next school year. I just had a baby 3 months ago so I wasn't able to get it started sooner. It is a home school co-op cooking class for kids. I am going to have them pre-pay for the Cookie cutter kids set and the cost for food for one semester of classes once a week. Of course the chef's hat and the apron are not required but optional. After my classes I plan to sell alot more stuff to both parents and their family members.
    Anyway as far as your cooking classes I think you should concentrate on certain types of foods. Here is an example:
    Italian theme shows would highlight pizza, calzones, and the cucina italiana recipes we have recently recieved. You could put together packages based on the tools you will be using most of the time and for them to practice at home. The Large stone, rack, large serving spatula and stoneware sensations cookbook is one of the packages we offer in our catalog. You could also highlight the woven baskets, PC pizza crust mix, and other stones.
    You could do the kids cooking class the same way mentioned above and highlight the kids cookbook, cake stencil set, creative cutters, safe cutters, and other kid friendly gadgets. The prep bowls make cute small cakes that are easy to decorate.
    You could also do some tasty dishes using the cookware and make up a package that would benefit your class. Executive and Professional cookware with it's lifetime guarantee and special features will sell themselves. Stir fry pans, pull apart bread in saute pan, turtle skillet cake in family skillet, delicious french toast (for brunch theme) on grill pan.
    Be creative and have fun. Be sure to make the cost cover product kits, food, and your time. I have attached a flyer, you can change or add anything you want. Hope this helps you and good luck!!

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    Feb 23, 2006
  3. janel kelly

    janel kelly Advanced Member

    I would try the new celebrations recipes for the spring- the Italian ones. There are several different recipes you could try and after your "students" learn one then the next time they come they can do the little more advanced recipe and then the advanced recipe for the 3rd class. Sign people up for the Italian appetizers, main dish, and dessert. So in all thats potentially 9 classes you could do.
    Feb 23, 2006
  4. Debbie,
    Wow thanks for the great flyer and ideas! I am going to try this for kids, as I also run an in home daycare, and in the summer will have special programs. (Like Cooking Class!!)

    Feb 23, 2006
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