An experience you'll never forget...
TRANSPORT YOUR KITCHEN FOR THE DAY™
The Chef & The Dish offers private cooking classes via Skype and Zoom, video conferencing tools, accessible to people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Transport your kitchen and immerse yourself 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, great for birthdays and anniversaries.
To participate from your location in Pittsburgh, PA 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 Pittsburgh to Italy, Peru, Morocco or other country with the click of a button. Cooking classes are available for beginners to advanced cooks and unless otherwise noted, use standard kitchen equipment. Once you've picked a class and a date, our assistants will send you a shopping list with everything you need to get before your class time.
Shopping is part of the fun of our cooking classes. Below is a list of local markets in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Whether you're looking for Mexican ingredients or Asian produce, these markets are a great place to start. Once your cooking class is booked, your Kitchen Assistant provides your Shopping List. After you meet, simply select the appropriate market to find your groceries. High quality ingredients is where your kitchen creation begins.
Stamoolis is one of many icons in the Pittsburgh grocery scene. The Stamoolis Brothers Company has been a tradition since 1909. Five brothers immigrated to NYC from Greece and decided to open a shop importing foods from Greece and the region of the Aegean Sea. Years later, they moved to Pittsburgh and joined their brother-in-law who had a similar store. The rest is now history. When you visit Stamoolis, you're revisiting history. You'll find the very best in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods, from baklava to grape leaves, at Stamoolis.
Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
Steeped in rich history, the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company has been operating since 1902. What started as a pasta making company has become one of the best Italian markets in the country. This destination market imports over 5,000 Italian imports into their store for the Pittsburgh community. Carrying the best of Italian brands and a huge selection of their product lines you'll find Molisana bucatini, Rustichella D'Abruzzo orecchiette, the best of Italian DOP tomatoes, and a list of Italian cheeses from Asiago to Toma (and freshly made mozzarella!). You'll show up to your Italian cooking class with some of the best products available.
When they say Wholey Seafood, do they mean Holy Seafood! This seafood market is among the best in the United States. Walk in to find aisles of fresh fish and fish tanks. Take your kids and watch them be amazed while you find the freshest catch for your cooking class. We'd include a list, but it would be so long we'd run out of space. Just trust us, if you want seafood, go to Wholey Seafood, they have it. Now 110 years in operation, Wholey Seafood has become much more than just that. Twist and turn down the dim walkways to be surprised with the gourmet treats. They have huge selections of meat, produce and specialty gourmet items in the pantry section. Make a day of this visit!
Not far from the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is this gem of a market. Salim's is a Middle Eastern grocery store that's been importing some of the best and most authentic products into the Pittsburgh food scene. Having much media attention and local awards, Salim's is a great destination if you're craving a falafel, but is so much more. Find Bulgarian feta cheese, green cracked olives, pickled turnips, fava beans, cracked bulgur wheat, ingredients for Turkish coffee, and halal meat. Salim's is open 7 days a week.
Reyna Foods in the Strip District is a Mexican and Hispanic specialty grocer that is so much more than a market. Find a tortilla chip and explore their wall of hot sauce, stock up on dried chillies by grabbing what you need from a garbage can, and browse the aisles of exotic Mexican staples dodging the piñatas overhead.. Whether you're looking for a sassy sombrero or homemade salsa, Reyna Foods will carry it. If you're looking for a business venture, word on the street is this place is looking to sell. Who wouldn't want to make tortillas for a living?
Lotus Food Company
Another great market in the Strip District is Lotus Food Company. No matter what you're looking for, if it's of Asian decent, you'll find it here. This packed store has everything you need to make Thai green curry to Japanese gyoza and Vietnamese pho. Whether you need tamarind paste, ingredients for dashi, seaweed, Vietnamese mint, miso paste, soybean paste or freshly made tofu, you'll find it at Lotus Food Company.