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Host: Suzy

Ghent, Belgium

USD
$28-$72 per person

Authentic Belgian cooking class in a beautiful home in Ghent

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Suzy

A creative cook who makes her own sambal with peppers from the garden, Suzy is an incredibly warm, wonderful and delightful host with a lovely sense of humor. Her home (which is the house she was raised in) is a beautiful and peaceful haven filled with beautiful Flemish art inherited from her family and surrounded by gorgeous rambling gardens. Suzy learned to cook through experimentation and from her mother who was a great cook. Suzy's favorite memories of growing up always involve the dinner table, where she remembers enjoying healthy, delicious food and delightful conversations with family. She is now excited to create new memories hosting travelers over food and engaging conversation at her table. Suzy is particular about cooking with high quality ingredients - she gets her meat from a local butcher that personally sources from a local farm. A retired high school teacher, Suzy hosts along with her husband, Bob, who is a genetics professor at the university. In her retirement, Suzy presides over social organizations, travels a lot and is currently taking art lessons at the Academy of Fine Art.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Begin your culinary adventure with a walk around Suzy's lush garden dotted with fruit trees and several varieties of herbs. Then sit down with Suzy and Bob to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine that will be served either indoors or at any of Suzy's many outdoor dining locations, depending on the time of day and season. You will start with a first course of salad or a seasonal soup like sorrel or pumpkin. For an appetizer, you might try courgettes stuffed with spiced beef or white asparagus a la Flamande - Suzy gets her white asparagus (only available in May and June) from a special farm in Holland. Your main course includes a fish or meat dish that Suzy procures from a butcher that raises his own cattle. You might try stoverij (juicy chunks of beef stewed in beer), vol au vent (chicken and mushrooms in a bechamel sauce), witloof (Belgian endive with cheese and ham) or Suzy's creation roast chicken with fresh garden vegetables and homemade bread. You can expect Suzy's dishes to have a wonderful touch of spices and fresh garden herbs. Your Belgian meal will conclude with Dame Blanche, homemade ice-cream with Belgian hot chocolate sauce or Belgian chocolate mousse in the summer, frisse rabarberglaasjes (sweetened rhubarb from the garden with fresh Belgian cheese) or apple tart in the fall. Coffee/tea is served upon request.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Suzy in her modern kitchen and learn to cook three Belgian dishes that might include a soup or dessert, appetizer and main. You can expect the cooking experience to last two hours before you sit down and share the meal you helped prepare with Suzy and Bob. Please note that some parts of dishes requiring several hours to cook might be prepared in advance to save time during the lesson.

Languages spoken: English, Dutch

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Hors d'oevres of fresh vegetables with a seasonal dip
  • Seasonal soup or salad
  • Main of stoverij, stuffed squash, vol au vent or witloof
  • Dessert of Dame Blanche or seasonal tart with ice-cream

Traveler reviews

What an absolutely wonderful experience! Suzy and Bob were warm, inviting, and exceptional hosts. The home was beautiful, the conversation was rich, and the cooking experience was a lot of fun. If you want to really connect with the city and its people then cooking a meal and sharing it with individuals from the area is the way to go!
- Brad October 10, 2017

Suzy is your quintessential grandmother - warm, loving, kind, cheerful and fun! She and Bob host these big, wonderful dinners for friends and family that you wished you could attend. I could sense her deep passion for food just by the way she spoke about her produce and the care she takes into creating each dish. I loved visiting her home which is simply gorgeous - I especially loved her collection of art and the stunning gardens. It was a most memorable afternoon.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador July 27, 2017

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Suzy

$28-$72 USD

per person
100%
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  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Suzy

A creative cook who makes her own sambal with peppers from the garden, Suzy is an incredibly warm, wonderful and delightful host with a lovely sense of humor. Her home (which is the house she was raised in) is a beautiful and peaceful haven filled with beautiful Flemish art inherited from her family and surrounded by gorgeous rambling gardens. Suzy learned to cook through experimentation and from her mother who was a great cook. Suzy's favorite memories of growing up always involve the dinner table, where she remembers enjoying healthy, delicious food and delightful conversations with family. She is now excited to create new memories hosting travelers over food and engaging conversation at her table. Suzy is particular about cooking with high quality ingredients - she gets her meat from a local butcher that personally sources from a local farm. A retired high school teacher, Suzy hosts along with her husband, Bob, who is a genetics professor at the university. In her retirement, Suzy presides over social organizations, travels a lot and is currently taking art lessons at the Academy of Fine Art.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Begin your culinary adventure with a walk around Suzy's lush garden dotted with fruit trees and several varieties of herbs. Then sit down with Suzy and Bob to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine that will be served either indoors or at any of Suzy's many outdoor dining locations, depending on the time of day and season. You will start with a first course of salad or a seasonal soup like sorrel or pumpkin. For an appetizer, you might try courgettes stuffed with spiced beef or white asparagus a la Flamande - Suzy gets her white asparagus (only available in May and June) from a special farm in Holland. Your main course includes a fish or meat dish that Suzy procures from a butcher that raises his own cattle. You might try stoverij (juicy chunks of beef stewed in beer), vol au vent (chicken and mushrooms in a bechamel sauce), witloof (Belgian endive with cheese and ham) or Suzy's creation roast chicken with fresh garden vegetables and homemade bread. You can expect Suzy's dishes to have a wonderful touch of spices and fresh garden herbs. Your Belgian meal will conclude with Dame Blanche, homemade ice-cream with Belgian hot chocolate sauce or Belgian chocolate mousse in the summer, frisse rabarberglaasjes (sweetened rhubarb from the garden with fresh Belgian cheese) or apple tart in the fall. Coffee/tea is served upon request.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Suzy in her modern kitchen and learn to cook three Belgian dishes that might include a soup or dessert, appetizer and main. You can expect the cooking experience to last two hours before you sit down and share the meal you helped prepare with Suzy and Bob. Please note that some parts of dishes requiring several hours to cook might be prepared in advance to save time during the lesson.

Languages spoken: English, Dutch

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Hors d'oevres of fresh vegetables with a seasonal dip
  • Seasonal soup or salad
  • Main of stoverij, stuffed squash, vol au vent or witloof
  • Dessert of Dame Blanche or seasonal tart with ice-cream

Traveler reviews

What an absolutely wonderful experience! Suzy and Bob were warm, inviting, and exceptional hosts. The home was beautiful, the conversation was rich, and the cooking experience was a lot of fun. If you want to really connect with the city and its people then cooking a meal and sharing it with individuals from the area is the way to go!
- Brad October 10, 2017

Suzy is your quintessential grandmother - warm, loving, kind, cheerful and fun! She and Bob host these big, wonderful dinners for friends and family that you wished you could attend. I could sense her deep passion for food just by the way she spoke about her produce and the care she takes into creating each dish. I loved visiting her home which is simply gorgeous - I especially loved her collection of art and the stunning gardens. It was a most memorable afternoon.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador July 27, 2017

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
FAQ

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