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Cooking Classes

Albany, NY

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Albany, NY

The Chef and The Dish offers private cooking classes via Skype and Zoom video conferencing tools, accessible to people in Albany, New York. Find yourself immersed in the cultures of Italy, Spain, Thailand, and many other international locations. The options are endless when you learn from the best chefs and this experience makes it the perfect stay-at-home date night.

To participate from your location in Albany, NY, is very easy. Simply select the cooking class you would like to attend, and book it online. With over 100 cooking classes Certified Tested by our team, your kitchen will be virtually transporting from Albany to Italy, Spain, Morocco or other country with the click of a button. Once you've picked a class and a date, our Kitchen Assistants will send you a shopping list with everything you need to get before your class time.

Below is a list of specialty markets and grocers in the Albany area. Once you receive your shopping list, find an appropriate store to purchase your ingredients. Authentic and high quality ingredients is where your amazing dish begins.

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Asian Supermarket

Located on Central Avenue, it's hard to miss this bright red building. Carrying an abundance of fresh fruit, hard to find vegetables, fresh seafood and a myriad of Asian pantry items this market is a destination for Asian food lovers in Albany. You'll find exotic ingredients and hard to find delicacies from Vietnamese to Chinese cuisine.

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Cardona's Market

Step back in time at Cardona's Market, an Italian specialty grocer that's been servicing the Albany and surrounding Capital area since 1945. Cardona's believes in bringing together families for dinner with the highest quality imported Italian ingredients. Visit their butcher for fresh hand cut steaks, browse their fresh seafood, pick up jarred tomatoes or antipasto, and don't leave without a cannoli!

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El Pilon Market

This teeny market may not look like much, but inside is a speciality market stocking hard to find Latin American and Spanish products. With they carry a variety of every day groceries, this is a good stop for anyone seeking out products like Masa flour, speciality beans, or Latin snacks. Their small restaurant is serving up authentic foods like empanadas and sweet plantains.

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Rolf's Pork Store

Since 1960, Rolf's Pork Store has been bringing a little bit of Germany to Albany, NY. Specializing in German style products, Rolf's is the place to go for house made bratwurst or bockwurst. But don't stop there. Their butcher carries every specialty cut of meat you could need making it a great choice for our cooking classes. Make sure to grab some sauerkraut to go.

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Euro Deli & Market

This little gem of a market is a great stop for anyone looking to bring a little bit of Eastern Europe home. Euro Deli & Market specializes in Polish and Hungarian imported ingredients. With a selection of pickles, jams, spices, sauerkrauts, and syrups, you'll have fun browsing the shelves. If you're looking for a sweet treat, don't leave without looking at their baked goods. The poppy seed roll is said to be one of the best in town.

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Fin Your Fish Monger

After spotting a major gap in the seafood selection in Albany, now owners Pete and Dora decided to take matters in their own hands. The rest is now history. Rated "Best Fresh Fish and Seafood in the Hudson Valley," Fin Your Fish Monger is your go to stop for everything fish and shellfish in your cooking class recipe. Selection varies daily, but expect to find everything from Chilean seabass to a selection of oysters. If hunger strikes, you can grab a lobster roll to go.