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Host: Erica

Dublin, Ireland

USD
$98-$154 per person

Learn to cook from a chef in Dublin

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Erica

Erica is a warm and fun host who has been cooking since she could speak. She credits her love for cooking to her mother who was the fundamental cooking influence in her life. Erica got her degree in hospitality management, was a chef (in Whistler, Canada!) for many years, owned a food truck and is now a general manager at a restaurant. Having grown up in Howth, a fishing village near Dublin, Erica loves cooking and showcasing regional seafood. Cooking and eating are Erica’s passions because cooking for others and bringing them joy through food makes her deeply happy. Erica is also passionate about encouraging and teaching people to cook dishes from scratch.

Curious to know more about Erica? You can read this article: http://www.thejournal.ie/erica-drum-food-envy-4150282-Jul2018/

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: (4-8 guests) Meet your host Erica, a fun and lively host at her Victorian red brick house in a leafy suburb on the south of the city, a 10-minute walk from some of Dublin’s top landmarks such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness storehouse and the Teeling's Whiskey Distillery. Her house hosts a spacious living room and open kitchen with high ceilings and many original features. Erica will welcome you with a canape and a drink in the living room before you join her at the dining table or at a table on her patio (weather permitting) to enjoy a gourmet, traditional, homemade Irish meal. You will enjoy a 3-course meal of a starter, main course and dessert. Your menu may include dishes such as a starter of crispy potato boxty (potato pancake) with local smoked salmon or seafood chowder with Guinness brown bread and a main of a traditional Dublin coddle (sausage stew) or pan-fried hake with cockles and mussels and a side of seasonal vegetables like tender stem broccoli with parsley butter. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of warm apple crumble with cream or Wexford strawberry cheesecake. On days that he is available, Erica’s boyfriend will join you at the table.

Cooking experience: (4-8 guests) Join your host Erica at her high-ceilinged kitchen to learn to cook a traditional Irish meal from recipes that she learned from her mother. Your hands-on cooking class will last about two and a half hours. You will learn to cook three dishes three dishes from scratch. Dishes you might learn to make are Guinness brown bread, a main like a stew or fish, and a dessert. Enjoy learning about the techniques involved in cooking Irish food from a professional chef before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with host Erica.

Notes: If you’re interested in a Mediterranean or Middle-Eastern take on local ingredients, Erica is happy to offer a more international menu. Please inform her when making your booking if you’re interested in a more creative, international menu. Erica is also happy to accommodate vegetarian and vegan requests.

Languages spoken: English, Gaelic

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.
  • Starter of crispy potato boxty (potato pancake) with local smoked salmon
  • Main of pan-fried hake with mussels and cockles
  • Side of tender broccoli with parsley butter
  • Dessert of apple crumble with cream
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Erica is a great cook who has been cooking since her hotel and restaurant days. She lives in an old red-brick semi-detached house in an old part of Dublin. The walls and fittings need painting / care by the landlord but this didn’t detract from the joy of the occasion. The food and experience were wonderful. The cooking seems effortless although it certainly isn’t and her enthusiasm is infectious. Highly recommended!

Cliff, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

There are not enough positive things I can say about Erica and the cooking experience she provided for us. From the amazing food, wine, conversation, and company, it was PERFECT! Erica is the sweetest host with the most fun personality. You can tell she has a true passion for what she does. Thank you for the best evening of our trip, Erica!
- Tiffany July 03, 2019

Having done cooking classes in the past in other European countries, we knew this would be a fun way to spend an evening in Dublin and enjoy a home cooked meal. Our host Erica was great. We exchanged emails in advance of our tour so we became comfortable with her and with visiting her home. She greeted and embraced us at her door and welcomed us in where we spent the evening cooking and visiting. The meal was outstanding and a nice change from the restaurant food we'd been eating while touring other countries. Erica entertained us all evening with her culinary knowledge and stories of her family and childhood in Ireland. We had a great time and I highly recommend this if you're looking for a great meal and something different than just going to a nice restaurant for dinner.
- Chris August 14, 2018

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Erica

$98-$154 USD

per person
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  • 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
Not offered $138 $98
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $154 $120
Alcohol
$32 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $138 $98
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $154 $120
Alcohol
$32 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm

Meet Erica

Erica is a warm and fun host who has been cooking since she could speak. She credits her love for cooking to her mother who was the fundamental cooking influence in her life. Erica got her degree in hospitality management, was a chef (in Whistler, Canada!) for many years, owned a food truck and is now a general manager at a restaurant. Having grown up in Howth, a fishing village near Dublin, Erica loves cooking and showcasing regional seafood. Cooking and eating are Erica’s passions because cooking for others and bringing them joy through food makes her deeply happy. Erica is also passionate about encouraging and teaching people to cook dishes from scratch.

Curious to know more about Erica? You can read this article: http://www.thejournal.ie/erica-drum-food-envy-4150282-Jul2018/

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: (4-8 guests) Meet your host Erica, a fun and lively host at her Victorian red brick house in a leafy suburb on the south of the city, a 10-minute walk from some of Dublin’s top landmarks such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness storehouse and the Teeling's Whiskey Distillery. Her house hosts a spacious living room and open kitchen with high ceilings and many original features. Erica will welcome you with a canape and a drink in the living room before you join her at the dining table or at a table on her patio (weather permitting) to enjoy a gourmet, traditional, homemade Irish meal. You will enjoy a 3-course meal of a starter, main course and dessert. Your menu may include dishes such as a starter of crispy potato boxty (potato pancake) with local smoked salmon or seafood chowder with Guinness brown bread and a main of a traditional Dublin coddle (sausage stew) or pan-fried hake with cockles and mussels and a side of seasonal vegetables like tender stem broccoli with parsley butter. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of warm apple crumble with cream or Wexford strawberry cheesecake. On days that he is available, Erica’s boyfriend will join you at the table.

Cooking experience: (4-8 guests) Join your host Erica at her high-ceilinged kitchen to learn to cook a traditional Irish meal from recipes that she learned from her mother. Your hands-on cooking class will last about two and a half hours. You will learn to cook three dishes three dishes from scratch. Dishes you might learn to make are Guinness brown bread, a main like a stew or fish, and a dessert. Enjoy learning about the techniques involved in cooking Irish food from a professional chef before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with host Erica.

Notes: If you’re interested in a Mediterranean or Middle-Eastern take on local ingredients, Erica is happy to offer a more international menu. Please inform her when making your booking if you’re interested in a more creative, international menu. Erica is also happy to accommodate vegetarian and vegan requests.

Languages spoken: English, Gaelic

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.
  • Starter of crispy potato boxty (potato pancake) with local smoked salmon
  • Main of pan-fried hake with mussels and cockles
  • Side of tender broccoli with parsley butter
  • Dessert of apple crumble with cream
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Erica is a great cook who has been cooking since her hotel and restaurant days. She lives in an old red-brick semi-detached house in an old part of Dublin. The walls and fittings need painting / care by the landlord but this didn’t detract from the joy of the occasion. The food and experience were wonderful. The cooking seems effortless although it certainly isn’t and her enthusiasm is infectious. Highly recommended!

Cliff, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

There are not enough positive things I can say about Erica and the cooking experience she provided for us. From the amazing food, wine, conversation, and company, it was PERFECT! Erica is the sweetest host with the most fun personality. You can tell she has a true passion for what she does. Thank you for the best evening of our trip, Erica!
- Tiffany July 03, 2019

Having done cooking classes in the past in other European countries, we knew this would be a fun way to spend an evening in Dublin and enjoy a home cooked meal. Our host Erica was great. We exchanged emails in advance of our tour so we became comfortable with her and with visiting her home. She greeted and embraced us at her door and welcomed us in where we spent the evening cooking and visiting. The meal was outstanding and a nice change from the restaurant food we'd been eating while touring other countries. Erica entertained us all evening with her culinary knowledge and stories of her family and childhood in Ireland. We had a great time and I highly recommend this if you're looking for a great meal and something different than just going to a nice restaurant for dinner.
- Chris August 14, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $138 $98
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $154 $120
Alcohol
$32 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $138 $98
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $154 $120
Alcohol
$32 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm
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