The relaxation of lockdown has been embraced by the team at Food Sorcery, the friendly cookery school in Didsbury.
“We have made a few adaptations, but the layout designed when we launched in 2016 already has plenty of cooking and dining space,” say the team, who feel lucky to have a venue which makes distancing and enhanced hygiene measures easy to incorporate.
“All our events run for a select number of people, ensuring comfort and the ability to engage with our knowledgeable chefs and team.”
Also, as they point out, frequent handwashing is hardly a new concept to a cookery school: “There aren’t many pubs or restaurants with six sinks in the guest space!”
Food Sorcery’s events restarted in early July, with both new and repeat customers really enjoying the opportunity to get out of the house, learning some new skills and eating their delicious creations.
And now, it’s about to become better value than ever.
Alongside many hospitality businesses, Food Sorcery will be taking advantage of the £10 per person off during August using the innovative Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
The team have launched a special series of 90-minute cookery class and meal events, with tickets for two people offering chef tuition and hands-on cooking of a main course and side dish, with plenty of time to enjoy the meal.
There are lunch time, early evening and evening slots available.
“Usually our events run for three to four hours, but to fit with the scheme, we are running three short events per day at a competitive price point of £70 for two people, which becomes just £50 with the Eat Out to Help Out offer,” they say.
“We hope to see both returning customers and a new audience taking up the offer, with all welcome to come along.”
In addition to the scheme running throughout August, Food Sorcery are also running their usual collection of classes and Cooking Together events.
Cooking Together blends a meal out with a cookery class, usually on a Friday night, although Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch time slots are also available.
You get canapes and a welcome drink, followed by a chef demo. Then it’s time for the hands-on cooking of a starter and main course, with lots of sociable time in the dining space.
The team make the dessert and do the washing up, too, so it’s a great evening out.
And Food Sorcery is a unique private dining option for celebrations and get-togethers, too.
With their team’s guidance, you can decide on the menu, and whether you want to be hands-on cooking or just cooked for during your foodie experience.
So if you are looking for something different to do with friends and family who you haven’t been able to socialise with over the last months, get in touch and let them help you dine with your bubble.