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 she says was a great cook. Growing up, dinner time was always her favorite memory because she enjoyed the healthy food and delightful conversations with family at the table. She is now excited to host 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. She is a retired high school teacher and 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

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 to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine with Suzy and Bob, either indoors or at a variety of tables outdoors, 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 the dishes need to cook for several hours and may be cooked in advance to save time during the lesson.

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

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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 she says was a great cook. Growing up, dinner time was always her favorite memory because she enjoyed the healthy food and delightful conversations with family at the table. She is now excited to host 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. She is a retired high school teacher and 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

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 to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine with Suzy and Bob, either indoors or at a variety of tables outdoors, 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 the dishes need to cook for several hours and may be cooked in advance to save time during the lesson.

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
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
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
Host Contact
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