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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 very special Valentines Day gift boxes 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.
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.
How will I receive confirmation of my cooking class booking?
When you book one of Kate’s cooking classes, either online through Zoom, at Kate’s Place Cafe or in Kate’s home kitchen, you will be sent a notification by email. The cookery class confirmation email is your class booking confirmation.
I would like to do a vegan class. Can you help?
We are doing more vegan cooking classes and vegetarian cooking classes each year. In fact, our Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Special is very popular. This year, our vegan cooking demonstartion included the following:
- Celeriac remoulade
- Comte cheese tart
- Vegan Christmas wreath with mushroom gravy
- Roast smoked potatoes
- Carrot roasted with orange
- Creamed kale with parmesan
- Chocolate pots with biscuits
Visit our cookery classes section to get more details on upcoming vegan cookery classes.
Is there a link to Kate's Airb&b Irish cookery classes?
Yes, you can get more information and book one of Kate’s AirBnb zoom classes through the following links:
What car parking facilities are available at Kate's Place Café?
Kate’s Place Café is conveniently located in Oran Town Centre, a popular shopping centre in the town of Oranmore just to the south of Galway city. Generally, there are ample car spaces available in the shopping centre car park at most times.
What Is Veganuary?
The term Veganuary (as a pledge and an organisation) was started in the UK around 2014. It has grown extremely popular ever since. More than 1 million people now pledge to go vegan or eat a plant-based diet during the month of January. Veganuary encourages and helps people, businesses and organisations switch to a plant-based diet as a way of improving their health, protecting the environment and reducing animal suffering. Try Vegan
The purpose of Veganuary is to encourage more people to eat only plant based foods during the month of January each year. A person who practices a vegan lifestyle consumes plant based foods and tries to use cruelty-free products as much as possible. This means avoiding animal exploitation by excluding dairy products, eggs, meat and anything of or from an animal.
In 2021, more supermarkets are promoting the vegan message. for example, Aldi has added a Veganuary webpage that not only highlights plant-based products but also makes the case for going vegan: animal welfare, personal health, greener lifestyle and more sustainability. The Aldi website also features dozens of vegan recipes, tips on vegan swaps and more.