Spring 2017 classes are now sold out, but we will be releasing our Summer schedule at the beginning of June. To be notified when classes become available, please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
We offer a variety of hands-on classes on baking topics including Macarons, Pies, Tarts, Cakes, Pâte à Choux, Seasonal/Holiday Desserts, Cookie Decorating, etc. We also offer a few demonstration/tasting style classes, such as All About Tea, Chocolate Tasting, and All About French Pastries.
Our teachers have all worked in the kitchens at Duchess and are a diverse group ranging from home bakers to professionally trained pastry chefs. We are united in our desire to pass on our knowledge and help people gain confidence in their baking skills.
Our classes are single-session and are typically 3 to 4 hours in length. The majority of our classes can accommodate up to 12 people and are hands-on. This means that you will be putting on an apron, following instructions, and baking. Stations are often set up in teams of two, so if you signed up alone, you may be paired with someone else for the class. If you are hoping to attend with friends, please note that we limit the purchase of tickets in a given class to 4 per person, which ensures that lots of people get the opportunity to register. We also offer demonstration/tasting-style classes which are generally two hours in length, and may be better suited to people with less baking experience. Due to the demand for regular classes, we are not taking bookings for private classes at this time.
Our standard classes are designed to accommodate any baking level. We will do our best to make the class a success for you no matter your skill level. We will also offer advanced-level classes for more serious bakers who have already established a foundation in the skill being taught.
Please note: At this time we do not offer classes that are specifically geared towards children. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and we generally recommend a minimum age of 10 years old for even our simplest classes.
We currently run 3 to 4 classes per week, some on evenings and weekends and some during weekdays, but are always striving to offer more. We release a new batch of classes every 3 months, for purchase exclusively through our website.
To be notified when our next batch of classes will be released, please sign up for our newsletter by filling out the form at the very bottom of this page. You will then receive an email a week before classes are released, with the full class schedule, class descriptions, and prices. On release day, the classes tend to sell out very quickly, some within minutes, so it is important to visit the site as close to the time specified in the email.
We know that it can be very challenging to register given the amount of traffic on our website on release day, but we do have a waitlist option if you do not manage to secure a spot. Simply email us at email@example.com, stating which classes you are interested in, if you are interested in weekday, evening, or weekend sessions, how many spots you require, and your contact information. Then in the event of a cancellation, we will contact people on the waitlist in the order they signed up.
Due to the high demand for classes, and the speed in which they sell out on release day, we have found that it can be very difficult for the recipient of a gift card to successfully redeem it for a class. In order to avoid this potential disappointment we will no longer be offering gift cards towards classes. We still offer our in-store gift cards for in-store purchases.
Duchess Atelier is located on the north side of Holland Plaza at 10936–119th Street. Please use the Duchess Atelier door for classes. There is ample parking in front of Atelier and on 119th and 120th streets. We can be a bit tricky to find, so allow yourself a bit of extra time before your class. Refer to the map below for easier access.
We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes for our hands-on classes. And for all our classes, please refrain from wearing strong perfumes or colognes as a courtesy to the other students in the class.
Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Unfortunately, there will be no refunds on classes. You may cancel your registration in a class up to 48 hours in advance and credit will be issued towards another class. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, there will be no credit issued, but feel free to give your spot to someone else. If you fail to attend a class, there will be no credit issued and no make-up class offered. This is a strict policy and no exceptions will be made. To make changes to your registration prior to the 48 hour cut-off, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (780) 758-1162.
In exceptional circumstances classes may need to be cancelled. If this happens you will be offered a choice between a full refund or a transfer to another class. In addition, we reserve the right to change the class menu and instructor without prior notice.
If you are allergic or sensitive to particular ingredients, be aware that you may be required to handle all the ingredients used in the class, which may include dairy, nuts, flour, etc. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and recipe testing, our recipes for classes cannot be altered to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies. Allergy awareness is the responsibility of the student and not Duchess Atelier.