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Are there any special requirements for holding a Zoom cooking class from my home?
Kate’s cooking classes online are interactive fun sessions where you can mingle with other guests while preparing and enjoying the end result – a delicious meal, homemade brown bread or vegetarian pizza.
You will need a reasonably good quality internet connection for a live streaming cooking class, as you would for any Skype video call or Zoom session. To maintain a smooth video call your home internet connection should be able to maintain a minimum download and upload speed of at least 1.5Mbps. Slower internet speeds may still work but the video call could be choppy or subject to frozen video stills and/or poor quality sound.
If you want to check the quality of your internet connection, visit the speedtest website using any web browser. When you hit the ‘Go” button, just wait for the results. Results may vary depending on the time of day or evening you run the test. You could run the speed test at different times of the day to get a better idea.
If you want to ensure the online cooking class has a smooth quality Zoom connection during the cooking demonstration, it would be a good idea to ensure no one else in the home is consuming internet bandwidth during the session. You could switch off listening devices such as Alexa, make sure movies are not being downloaded from Netflix and similar providers and pause any games and game consoles.
Are you making any Valentines Day gifts this year?
Yes we make a very special St Valentines Day gift box for delivery anywhere in Ireland.
Show your partner that you love them now as much as you did when you first met with our Valentine’s Day gift boxes. Give the gift of a Kate’s Valentine’s Gift box which includes delicious heart shaped cookies, cherry topped cream cupcakes and more. Visit the online shop for details and pricing.
Can you cater for dietary restrictions or food allergies?
If you are interested in joining one of our cookery classes or cooking courses but you have a dietary restriction or a food allergy, please let us know in the booking form.
Most of our recipes are very adaptable and once you let us know beforehand, we should be able to accommodate your dietary needs with a delicious alternative or adjustment to the recipe.
Please let us know if your food allergy is life threatening such as a peanut allergy or similar. If so and if you are attending one of our Kate’s Place Cafe classes in person, you must bring an Epi-pen. Our cafe classes are held in a busy restaurant environment and while every care will be taken to provide a safe and enjoyable cooking experience for all our students, the food allergen or allergins you are affected by may have been handled or used in recipes at some point before your arrival and there is always the risk of cross-contamination.
Can you hold in-person group events or group tours?
Yes, we can once again offer in-person events at Galway Cookery Classes. We welcome small groups or small tours for live, hands-on cooking events and cooking demonstrations. Our staff have been vaccinated and we follow strict Covid-19 safety protocols. If your group or tour party prefer to cook from your own home, or your team is still working remotely, we would be delighted to host your virtual cooking event also.
Can your virtual cooking classes cater to multiple time zones?
Yes, our virtual classes can cater to more than one time zone. In fact, we have held virtual cookery classes with people from the USA and as far away as Japan at the same time. Our virtual cooking classes are also very flexible and we can alter times if needed to accommodate special requests from different time zones.
Do you deliver your treat boxes to Co Limerick and how much are they?
Yes, we are only delighted to ship our gift boxes to any county in the Republic of Ireland. For shipping information and pricing please visit the online shop.
Do you hold Irish cookery courses during the year?
Yes, we regularly hold live stream or on-site Irish cookery courses and individual classes to meet the demand of our students. We have returning students and many new students joining our classes during the year. In our cookery courses, we cater for varying levels of cooking skills, background and experience, as well as visitors from around the world and many locals.
Do you hold vegetarian cookery classes?
Yes, we provide vegan and vegetarian cooking classes. Just browse our list of cooking classes or cooking courses and choose the vegan or vegetarian category of your choice.
Do you make any St Patrick's day gift baskets?
Yes we make a special St Patrick’s Day gift box for delivery anywhere in Ireland. If you are looking for Saint Patrick’s day gift ideas then this is a perfect choice.
Kate’s St. Patricks Day Gift Box is packed with only the best handmade Irish bread, porter cake, Irish pastries, Irish organic jam and Irish organic honey.
This Saint Patricks day, why not send your family, friends, relations or colleagues in the Emerald Isle a delicious and healthy Irish gift hamper to enjoy on the big day. Or send the rest of the world a taste of home and help them celebrate St Patrick’s day in style, with Kate’s delicious St Patricks Day gift basket.
Visit the online shop for more details and pricing.
Do you run any team building events for businesses or organisations?
Yes, we run hands-on team-building activities for associations, businesses, clubs, groups, organisations, tour groups etc. In fact, a cooking party is a fun and effective way to bond with colleagues and group members. And to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette party, hen party or other celebration, It doesn’t get much better than cooking with friends, colleagues and family all around the pot! Smaller group? No problem. Just send us your requirements in the Event Request form and we’ll be in touch.