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Host: Lynne

Detroit, MI, United States

USD
$68-$96 per person

Fresh Mediterranean inspired cooking class in a unique Detroit home

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Lynne

An avid cook and entertainer, Lynne was inspired by her parents who were both excellent cooks, and has been in the specialty food and wine industry for decades. Lynne prefers eating at home than going out on most occasions as she finds home cooked food to often taste better than restaurant food. Lynne has fond memories of her family’s Sunday food tradition of eating duck or pheasant that her father hunted. Her mother learned to cook by watching Julia Childs & Jacques Pepin on PBS and perusing an assortment of cookbooks. Lynne says that she has been cooking farm to table meals before it was a thing. She has always had a small herb and vegetable garden and shopped at local farmers’ markets. Fresh and high quality ingredients are essential to her cuisine. Lynne offers Mediterranean inspired cuisine that is flavorful and simple – she tends to use 12 or fewer ingredients in her meals as she is keen to showcase the fresh taste of each ingredient. Lynne and her husband live in a great space in Detroit that they enjoy sharing with friends. The best part of hosting for her is meeting new people from all over the world.

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.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Meet your host Lynne at her home in Detroit, a unique residence that used to be a bank built in the 1920s with a lovely patio. Sip on a refreshing drink as your host shares stories about living in Detroit before joining her in her kitchen, a wide open contemporary space. Learn to cook a Mediterranean inspired seasonal meal. As much as possible, Lynne uses fresh, local produce from her vegetable garden or that she purchases from farmer’s markets. Detroit has the oldest, largest continuously running farmers’ market that she is a regular at. Lynne has subscribed to cooking magazines for decades and uses those recipes as inspiration but tends to puts her own creative touch on the dishes that you will be cooking. During your hands-on cooking class, learn to knead, roll and grill flatbread, create a delicious salad and learn techniques involved in making sauces that accompany your main dish. A very encouraging and confidence-inspiring cook, Lynne encourages people to cook based on what you taste, see and smell. She is great with showing you how you can substitute ingredients. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch during your cooking lesson that lasts about 1.5 hours. After cooking, sit down at the table to share the fresh, seasonal meal you helped prepare with Lynne. Your menu might include dishes such as sautéed summer corn with shitake mushrooms and garlic, trout from Lake Huron with a cilantro chimichurri and grilled flatbread with a yoghurt and cucumber sauce. Your meal concludes with a dessert such as a fresh fruit crumble or tart or panna cotta.

Lynne is in the wine business and can offer a natural wine pairing with your food for an optional add-on cost.

Languages spoken: English

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.
  • Sautéed summer corn salad with shitake mushrooms and garlic
  • Lake Huron trout in a cilantro chimichurri
  • Grilled homemade flatbread with a herb tzatziki
  • Fresh berry tart
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

The whole experience was great. The food was outstanding and the space was very interesting. Lynne is a great host. It was a fun and memorable experience and I would recommend it to others. This experience brings you fresh, simple, highly flavorful food in a modern, yet cozy, loft space. Lynne is a kind, welcoming host that believes in preparing high quality home-cooked meals with ingredients from the local farmer’s market and her backyard garden. An appetizer, a main course, and dessert, made with fresh, local, organic, non-gmo ingredients, paired with a natural wine, prepared perfectly. Not only was it a gourmet dining experience, it was an accessible cooking class as well. One could certainly bring back the knowledge of how to prepare this meal at home for their friends and family. The rehabilitation of the building transforms an old bank into a modern, yet cozy, domestic dwelling that doubles as a well-curated gallery space with authentic artwork from the host’s travels. The music was soothing and worldly, diverse and enjoyable. If the weather allows, the private patio serves as a great space to dine in, with a long dining table, comfy couches, lounge chairs, fresh herbs and flowers, and a large fire pit to keep guests warm. The home is located on a main road in a semi-industrial area. It may not appear as safe to people unfamiliar with the area as there is a vacant building in disrepair on the opposite side of the side street. I felt safe while there, however I would advise guests to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions as you would in any unfamiliar setting.

Julie, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (3)
I took my son out for his birthday as we are doing experiences as gifts. Lynn (the chef) was wonderful. The food was delicious and she uses fresh herbs (from her garden) and she also uses local markets. My son has seafood allergies so she was able to accommodate us. I would definitely recommend this experience.
- Belinda October 09, 2020
What a fun and memorable cooking experience we had. My son, his girlfriend and I went to this very unique home in Detroit and our Host Lynne couldn’t have been accommodating and experienced .
- Klg48348 August 30, 2020
Great cooking! What a fun and memorable cooking experience we had. My son, his girlfriend and I went to this very unique home in Detroit and our Host Lynne couldn’t have been accommodating and experienced.
- Karen August 01, 2020
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Lynne

$68-$96 USD

per person
100% VETTED
Learn more
  • 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
Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $76 $68
Alcohol
$14 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $76 $68
Alcohol
$14 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Lynne

An avid cook and entertainer, Lynne was inspired by her parents who were both excellent cooks, and has been in the specialty food and wine industry for decades. Lynne prefers eating at home than going out on most occasions as she finds home cooked food to often taste better than restaurant food. Lynne has fond memories of her family’s Sunday food tradition of eating duck or pheasant that her father hunted. Her mother learned to cook by watching Julia Childs & Jacques Pepin on PBS and perusing an assortment of cookbooks. Lynne says that she has been cooking farm to table meals before it was a thing. She has always had a small herb and vegetable garden and shopped at local farmers’ markets. Fresh and high quality ingredients are essential to her cuisine. Lynne offers Mediterranean inspired cuisine that is flavorful and simple – she tends to use 12 or fewer ingredients in her meals as she is keen to showcase the fresh taste of each ingredient. Lynne and her husband live in a great space in Detroit that they enjoy sharing with friends. The best part of hosting for her is meeting new people from all over the world.

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.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Meet your host Lynne at her home in Detroit, a unique residence that used to be a bank built in the 1920s with a lovely patio. Sip on a refreshing drink as your host shares stories about living in Detroit before joining her in her kitchen, a wide open contemporary space. Learn to cook a Mediterranean inspired seasonal meal. As much as possible, Lynne uses fresh, local produce from her vegetable garden or that she purchases from farmer’s markets. Detroit has the oldest, largest continuously running farmers’ market that she is a regular at. Lynne has subscribed to cooking magazines for decades and uses those recipes as inspiration but tends to puts her own creative touch on the dishes that you will be cooking. During your hands-on cooking class, learn to knead, roll and grill flatbread, create a delicious salad and learn techniques involved in making sauces that accompany your main dish. A very encouraging and confidence-inspiring cook, Lynne encourages people to cook based on what you taste, see and smell. She is great with showing you how you can substitute ingredients. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch during your cooking lesson that lasts about 1.5 hours. After cooking, sit down at the table to share the fresh, seasonal meal you helped prepare with Lynne. Your menu might include dishes such as sautéed summer corn with shitake mushrooms and garlic, trout from Lake Huron with a cilantro chimichurri and grilled flatbread with a yoghurt and cucumber sauce. Your meal concludes with a dessert such as a fresh fruit crumble or tart or panna cotta.

Lynne is in the wine business and can offer a natural wine pairing with your food for an optional add-on cost.

Languages spoken: English

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.
  • Sautéed summer corn salad with shitake mushrooms and garlic
  • Lake Huron trout in a cilantro chimichurri
  • Grilled homemade flatbread with a herb tzatziki
  • Fresh berry tart
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

The whole experience was great. The food was outstanding and the space was very interesting. Lynne is a great host. It was a fun and memorable experience and I would recommend it to others. This experience brings you fresh, simple, highly flavorful food in a modern, yet cozy, loft space. Lynne is a kind, welcoming host that believes in preparing high quality home-cooked meals with ingredients from the local farmer’s market and her backyard garden. An appetizer, a main course, and dessert, made with fresh, local, organic, non-gmo ingredients, paired with a natural wine, prepared perfectly. Not only was it a gourmet dining experience, it was an accessible cooking class as well. One could certainly bring back the knowledge of how to prepare this meal at home for their friends and family. The rehabilitation of the building transforms an old bank into a modern, yet cozy, domestic dwelling that doubles as a well-curated gallery space with authentic artwork from the host’s travels. The music was soothing and worldly, diverse and enjoyable. If the weather allows, the private patio serves as a great space to dine in, with a long dining table, comfy couches, lounge chairs, fresh herbs and flowers, and a large fire pit to keep guests warm. The home is located on a main road in a semi-industrial area. It may not appear as safe to people unfamiliar with the area as there is a vacant building in disrepair on the opposite side of the side street. I felt safe while there, however I would advise guests to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions as you would in any unfamiliar setting.

Julie, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (3)
I took my son out for his birthday as we are doing experiences as gifts. Lynn (the chef) was wonderful. The food was delicious and she uses fresh herbs (from her garden) and she also uses local markets. My son has seafood allergies so she was able to accommodate us. I would definitely recommend this experience.
- Belinda October 09, 2020
What a fun and memorable cooking experience we had. My son, his girlfriend and I went to this very unique home in Detroit and our Host Lynne couldn’t have been accommodating and experienced .
- Klg48348 August 30, 2020
Great cooking! What a fun and memorable cooking experience we had. My son, his girlfriend and I went to this very unique home in Detroit and our Host Lynne couldn’t have been accommodating and experienced.
- Karen August 01, 2020
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $76 $68
Alcohol
$14 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $76 $68
Alcohol
$14 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
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