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Host: Tania

Beirut, Lebanon

USD
$36-$100 per person

Lebanese cooking class in Beirut with a local family

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Tania

Tania is an agronomist and food safety specialist who loves singing, playing the piano, and traveling. Her parents will also be part of your Traveling Spoon experience and will help with the cooking and hosting. Her father is a former butcher and is very serious about his meats! Now he is retired and grows fruits and vegetables in their family garden on the outskirts of Beirut. He also enjoys making his own arak (the Lebanese national alcoholic drink made from grapes and anise seeds). Most of the produce for the home comes from the garden and is local, fresh and organic. Tania’s mother is a home cook who has been cooking traditional meals for the family all her life using family recipes. They are a family who enjoys gardening, talking about food, cooking and eating together.

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: (1-8 guests) Enter into Tania's home, a traditional, modest home with old world charm. Tania has immense knowledge about Lebanese food and ingredients and is happy to share that knowledge and passion with you. After chatting with the family, your meal will be served in their dining room. Enjoy traditional Lebanese dishes during your meal such as stuffed vine leaves, fasolia w riz (beans with rice), mujaddara (lentils) or Lebanese meatballs in tahini sauce or yogurt. End your meal with Lebanese coffee and a selection of fruits and homemade jams from the family garden.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Tania and her mother in their small but accommodating kitchen for a hands-on cooking class, which will last about 1.5 hours. Learn to make 3-4 authentic Lebanese dishes from scratch - everything from mezzes to soups to vegetable sides. Enjoy learning about traditional Lebanese cooking techniques as you cook together with your host. Tania and her mother will have prepared additional dishes that you will also enjoy together during your meal.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) After meeting at Tania’s home, drive together to her family garden where they grow their own fruits and vegetables. Tania will give you a tour of their family garden, explaining the different plants they grow and how those ingredients are traditionally used in Lebanese cooking. Please note, this is not a traditional market tour but instead a tour of Tania's family garden.

Notes: Please note that on days Tania is not available, her mother or brothers will host you. They are equally passionate about food! Please note that Tania's house is wheelchair accessible but her car is not.

Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic

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.
  • Sharab el ward (rose-flavored welcome drink)
  • Lebanese mezza - hummus, spicy eggplant dip, fasolia arida (kidney beans and rice) and sausages
  • Salads
  • Masheweh (grilled meat), djaj bil forn (baked garlic chicken with potatoes), or moughrabiyeh (couscous with chicken and lamb)
  • Homemade jam and sweets

Traveler reviews

We very much enjoyed our coking lesson and meal with Tania and her mother. Both of them were extremely welcoming & patient with us. They have a great dynamic, and we really appreciated working in their home. A couple of days before as well as at the start of the day, Tania asked us if there were any particular dishes we wanted to learn how to make. We were up for anything, so she suggested a mix of mix of traditional things (hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush) as well as home-style cooking that we were less familiar with (stuffed eggplants, potato salad, tumeric cake). It was a massive feast of food, and we were stuffed by the time that we left. One of the coolest parts of the experience was learning how families typically eat the food, not just how they cook it. I likely would never have learned that I should be eating tabbouleh in a lettuce leaf instead of with a fork or that each dish is eaten separately, not mixed together on a plate.
- Felicity June 03, 2019

Tania and her family are some of the warmest and friendliest people I have ever met. Her mom is a magician in the kitchen. My husband and I had a delightful time with them. It was like visiting family friends. They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome in their home. I felt like I was with my own family and siblings. Both Tania and her mom gave us some valuable cooking tips, and they laid out a spread like no other! A special mention to Tania's brothers - they were so funny and lovely. We will always cherish the time we spent with this wonderful family.
- Prasi May 24, 2019

It's rare nowadays to sit with large families and enjoy a good home-cooked meal together. I was very grateful to Tania and her family for letting me into their home for a leisurely afternoon of Lebanese dishes (with Lebanese - not Turkish - coffee)... Because Tania's father owns a farm/garden, a lot of the ingredients (including the meat) were farm-to-table... if I remember correctly, the family are Orthodox Christian and one of Tania's brothers is a pastor.. another brother (Tony) is a medical specialist and we had an amusing discussion on sibling complaints... he plans on restarting his hiking in spring (good way to work off the food)... Tania also conducts cooking classes in the kitchen
- Soon January 07, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tania, as well as her friend and family. Good conversation with genuinely nice people. The copious amount of food was beautifully prepared and well presented. I especially enjoyed an eggplant salad, and I appreciated Tania' s respect for my aversion to tomatoes, The homemade Arak was another very nice touch.
- Jane November 01, 2018

This was definitely one of the highlights of my recent trip to Lebanon. Tania was incredibly warm and welcoming, and her mother was amazing to watch in the kitchen. I picked up some great tips and techniques that I took home with me. We took a trip to some locals markets, and Tania tailored everything towards me as she made sure that I got to try a wide variety of Lebanese food. Several members of her family joined us for dinner, and they were all incredibly friendly and welcoming. After dinner, Tania showed me the correct way to make Lebanese coffee! I would definitely recommend this to anyone staying in Beirut who loves food.
- Brandon August 06, 2018

Tania and her family are fantastic and immediately make you feel as if you are one of the family. Her mom is a Lebanese cooking MACHINE. She did not stop and ever few minutes was churning out dish after dish of pure deliciousness. We took photos, took notes, chopped when we were told and tasted what was given us. In the end, I think we got a good sense of how to make some of our favorite dishes. Of course, the best part was sharing a meal with Tania's family. She invited her brother and some friends to join so we were a big group and everyone was comfortable and very much welcome. My daughter is five years old and she was immediate best friends with Tania's brother. They were laughing, playing the piano, signing and having so much fun together. Everything we ate was homemade. Even things that are normally purchased at the store, Tania's Mom was making from scratch. Even the alcohol we were drinking was distilled by Tania's Dad! I loved how personalized Tania made everything even reaching out to us a few days ahead of time to ask if we had any specific dishes we wanted to cook. Honestly, it was one of the highlights of our trip and my daughter cried when it was finally time to leave.
- David July 31, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Tania's home -- we learned a lot about local Lebanese culture, history, geo-politics and of course, the food was the main highlight. Lebanese mezzo's, sausages, beans, delicious salads and a chicken and chickpeas stew. We also got to try generous portions of home made arak. Would highly recommend this experience to our friends and fellow travelers.
- Kartha Family April 02, 2018

Tania was the loveliest host and knows everything about every dish and product. We had a lovely lunch with the whole family and some friends. The abu el hessen family are nice, sweet and very welcoming, also they are just good entertainers. We had a spread of mezze with tabouleh and 2 kinds of raw meat, everything was delicious and lovely. Assaad, Tania’s brother even did his own home made garlic dip to have with the raw meat, all accompanied by their home made arak. The main course was moulokhiyeh stew with rice, toasted bread and onion and vinegar sauce. It was all very tasty and fresh and well balanced.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador May

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Tania

$36-$100 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Tania

Tania is an agronomist and food safety specialist who loves singing, playing the piano, and traveling. Her parents will also be part of your Traveling Spoon experience and will help with the cooking and hosting. Her father is a former butcher and is very serious about his meats! Now he is retired and grows fruits and vegetables in their family garden on the outskirts of Beirut. He also enjoys making his own arak (the Lebanese national alcoholic drink made from grapes and anise seeds). Most of the produce for the home comes from the garden and is local, fresh and organic. Tania’s mother is a home cook who has been cooking traditional meals for the family all her life using family recipes. They are a family who enjoys gardening, talking about food, cooking and eating together.

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: (1-8 guests) Enter into Tania's home, a traditional, modest home with old world charm. Tania has immense knowledge about Lebanese food and ingredients and is happy to share that knowledge and passion with you. After chatting with the family, your meal will be served in their dining room. Enjoy traditional Lebanese dishes during your meal such as stuffed vine leaves, fasolia w riz (beans with rice), mujaddara (lentils) or Lebanese meatballs in tahini sauce or yogurt. End your meal with Lebanese coffee and a selection of fruits and homemade jams from the family garden.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Tania and her mother in their small but accommodating kitchen for a hands-on cooking class, which will last about 1.5 hours. Learn to make 3-4 authentic Lebanese dishes from scratch - everything from mezzes to soups to vegetable sides. Enjoy learning about traditional Lebanese cooking techniques as you cook together with your host. Tania and her mother will have prepared additional dishes that you will also enjoy together during your meal.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) After meeting at Tania’s home, drive together to her family garden where they grow their own fruits and vegetables. Tania will give you a tour of their family garden, explaining the different plants they grow and how those ingredients are traditionally used in Lebanese cooking. Please note, this is not a traditional market tour but instead a tour of Tania's family garden.

Notes: Please note that on days Tania is not available, her mother or brothers will host you. They are equally passionate about food! Please note that Tania's house is wheelchair accessible but her car is not.

Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic

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.
  • Sharab el ward (rose-flavored welcome drink)
  • Lebanese mezza - hummus, spicy eggplant dip, fasolia arida (kidney beans and rice) and sausages
  • Salads
  • Masheweh (grilled meat), djaj bil forn (baked garlic chicken with potatoes), or moughrabiyeh (couscous with chicken and lamb)
  • Homemade jam and sweets

Traveler reviews

We very much enjoyed our coking lesson and meal with Tania and her mother. Both of them were extremely welcoming & patient with us. They have a great dynamic, and we really appreciated working in their home. A couple of days before as well as at the start of the day, Tania asked us if there were any particular dishes we wanted to learn how to make. We were up for anything, so she suggested a mix of mix of traditional things (hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush) as well as home-style cooking that we were less familiar with (stuffed eggplants, potato salad, tumeric cake). It was a massive feast of food, and we were stuffed by the time that we left. One of the coolest parts of the experience was learning how families typically eat the food, not just how they cook it. I likely would never have learned that I should be eating tabbouleh in a lettuce leaf instead of with a fork or that each dish is eaten separately, not mixed together on a plate.
- Felicity June 03, 2019

Tania and her family are some of the warmest and friendliest people I have ever met. Her mom is a magician in the kitchen. My husband and I had a delightful time with them. It was like visiting family friends. They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome in their home. I felt like I was with my own family and siblings. Both Tania and her mom gave us some valuable cooking tips, and they laid out a spread like no other! A special mention to Tania's brothers - they were so funny and lovely. We will always cherish the time we spent with this wonderful family.
- Prasi May 24, 2019

It's rare nowadays to sit with large families and enjoy a good home-cooked meal together. I was very grateful to Tania and her family for letting me into their home for a leisurely afternoon of Lebanese dishes (with Lebanese - not Turkish - coffee)... Because Tania's father owns a farm/garden, a lot of the ingredients (including the meat) were farm-to-table... if I remember correctly, the family are Orthodox Christian and one of Tania's brothers is a pastor.. another brother (Tony) is a medical specialist and we had an amusing discussion on sibling complaints... he plans on restarting his hiking in spring (good way to work off the food)... Tania also conducts cooking classes in the kitchen
- Soon January 07, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tania, as well as her friend and family. Good conversation with genuinely nice people. The copious amount of food was beautifully prepared and well presented. I especially enjoyed an eggplant salad, and I appreciated Tania' s respect for my aversion to tomatoes, The homemade Arak was another very nice touch.
- Jane November 01, 2018

This was definitely one of the highlights of my recent trip to Lebanon. Tania was incredibly warm and welcoming, and her mother was amazing to watch in the kitchen. I picked up some great tips and techniques that I took home with me. We took a trip to some locals markets, and Tania tailored everything towards me as she made sure that I got to try a wide variety of Lebanese food. Several members of her family joined us for dinner, and they were all incredibly friendly and welcoming. After dinner, Tania showed me the correct way to make Lebanese coffee! I would definitely recommend this to anyone staying in Beirut who loves food.
- Brandon August 06, 2018

Tania and her family are fantastic and immediately make you feel as if you are one of the family. Her mom is a Lebanese cooking MACHINE. She did not stop and ever few minutes was churning out dish after dish of pure deliciousness. We took photos, took notes, chopped when we were told and tasted what was given us. In the end, I think we got a good sense of how to make some of our favorite dishes. Of course, the best part was sharing a meal with Tania's family. She invited her brother and some friends to join so we were a big group and everyone was comfortable and very much welcome. My daughter is five years old and she was immediate best friends with Tania's brother. They were laughing, playing the piano, signing and having so much fun together. Everything we ate was homemade. Even things that are normally purchased at the store, Tania's Mom was making from scratch. Even the alcohol we were drinking was distilled by Tania's Dad! I loved how personalized Tania made everything even reaching out to us a few days ahead of time to ask if we had any specific dishes we wanted to cook. Honestly, it was one of the highlights of our trip and my daughter cried when it was finally time to leave.
- David July 31, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Tania's home -- we learned a lot about local Lebanese culture, history, geo-politics and of course, the food was the main highlight. Lebanese mezzo's, sausages, beans, delicious salads and a chicken and chickpeas stew. We also got to try generous portions of home made arak. Would highly recommend this experience to our friends and fellow travelers.
- Kartha Family April 02, 2018

Tania was the loveliest host and knows everything about every dish and product. We had a lovely lunch with the whole family and some friends. The abu el hessen family are nice, sweet and very welcoming, also they are just good entertainers. We had a spread of mezze with tabouleh and 2 kinds of raw meat, everything was delicious and lovely. Assaad, Tania’s brother even did his own home made garlic dip to have with the raw meat, all accompanied by their home made arak. The main course was moulokhiyeh stew with rice, toasted bread and onion and vinegar sauce. It was all very tasty and fresh and well balanced.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador May

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-9:00pm
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