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Host: Nancy and Don

Chicago, United States

USD
$75-$90 per person

Deep dish pizza making class in Chicago

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

Meet Nancy and Don

Nancy has been cooking for as long as she can remember. She loves cooking for friends and entertaining and is excited to share her cuisine and culture with guests from around the world. Having lived in Europe for many years, the idea of having travelers dine with her and her friend Don in his gorgeous Chicago apartment is very thrilling to Nancy! Recently retired, Don is a foodie who loves to cook - intelligent, funny and very accommodating, he has a great love for travel and looks forward to providing guests with an evening of food, laughter and, hopefully, new friendship. Don and Nancy have tried a large variety of pizzas in Chicago and know what makes for a good pie - they are eager to share their knowledge of Chicago's famous deep dish style and prepare it with you!

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: (1-4 guests) Begin your Chicago culinary adventure with an appetizer of cheeses, meats, crackers and nuts as you enjoy a spectacular view from the 9th floor deck of an incredible location in Chicago, surrounded by beautiful architecture. After relaxing on the deck and getting to know each other, head to Don’s apartment to start making some delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizzas. Learn how the sauce is made, how to combine meat and vegetables to top the pizza, and construct your pies. Please note that the dough will already be prepared since it needs time to rise. Once the pizzas have started baking in the oven, Don and Nancy will show you how to put together a delicious salad, a combination of fresh vegetables on a bed of crisp lettuce. This will be followed by making a fresh, smooth tasting dressing for your salad. Your Chicago-style deep dish pizza making class lasts about 1.5 hours after which you will enjoy the fresh salad and dig into the pizzas you helped prepare. Share your meal with Don and Nancy while seated at Don’s beautiful wood dining table and take in the beautiful views of Chicago. Your meal concludes with a dessert (that will have been prepared in advance) and tea or coffee. Your Chicago cooking lesson includes printed recipes that you can take with you so you can recreate your pizzas back home.

Notes: Guests are welcome to bring their own wine or beer.

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.
  • Appetizer of a platter of meats, cheeses, vegetables and dips
  • Chicago-style deep dish pizza
  • Fresh salad with a homemade vinaigrette
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies
  • Tea or coffee
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Friends for many years, Don and Nancy love meeting new people, sharing interesting stories, and good food and wine. Don is a wealth of information about Chicago and its history and Nancy knows Chicago like the back of her hand. These two Chicago friends teamed up to give me a fun and delicious in-home meal experience in the windy city! I started my experience in Don’s 30th floor downtown condo, nestled in the heart of Chicago, surrounded by skyscrapers and just a walk from the Hancock Building. I got to know some of Chicago’s stunning architecture by relaxing on the upscale chic 5th floor terrace while enjoying a glass of wine (optional) and a scrumptious charcuterie tray featuring schinken (a 35-day cured ham), hand sliced pepperoni, along with several fresh cheeses such as: sharp and aged white cheddar, goat, and herb & garlic to create a mix of both bold and mild flavors to melt in your mouth. These were paired with an assortment of selected roasted nuts and tasty breadsticks. I slipped into a cozy patio lounger while enveloping myself among skyscrapers and historical buildings. Absolutely breathtaking. Following the appetizer, we returned to Don’s home on the 30th floor to take in more gorgeous views of the city. Nothing says Chicago like deep dish pizza! Don and Nancy gave me a cooking lesson on how to make the native Chicago pie – a fusion of immigrants’ ingredients representing the city’s rich history. We started the cooking lesson by preparing a flavorful red wine vinaigrette salad. Don and Nancy showed me how to put together a fresh fusion of romaine lettuce, oven roasted vegetables, roasted peppers, fresh seedless Persian cucumbers, provolone, fresh carrots, artichokes soaked in olive oil, fresh radishes, hearts of palm, and fresh tomatoes, all combined to create an “unusual forkful of flavor every time!” The perfect accompaniment to pizza. Part II of my cooking lesson was a personal deep dish pizza. Nancy and Don showed me the secrets to creating the infamous pie! A fresh tomato sauce and the infamous “butter crust” dough were both prepared ahead of time but the creative license was mine when it came to building the pie. I chose from a variety of roasted vegetables, pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, green olives and banana peppers. And then there was what they have coined “The Big Reveal” of the pizzas! Suffice it to say, you are in for a treat.

Arlene, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (2)
Fantastic experience, wonderful hosts! We came across this fantastic activity whilst searching for something a bit different to the ordinary touristy excursions, via British Airways experiences. Don and Nancy were wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome and relaxed. Nancy had contacted us via The Travelling Spoon beforehand to ask if we would prefer a breakfast type snack rather than the charcuterie, as our experience started at 10.30am, which was great, so our day started with coffee, delicious homemade granola bites with fresh fruit and yoghurt and getting to know our hosts. The pizza making itself was excellent, picking up key culinary tips, constructing the pizza, personalising the tomato sauce and the extra ingredients (we went for spinach and sausage) whilst getting to chat about Chicago and travel! We were really pleased with how our pizzas turned out and tasted. After eating pizza with a Chicago skyline view, the experience ended with a delicious homemade lemon curd pie and liqueur. Getting to take home the recipes too was brilliant, so we can now attempt to re-make the pizza, salad and granola. A really enjoyable and unique foodie experience in the heart of Chicago and something that we highly recommend!! Thank you Don and Nancy for such a wonderful day and for teaching us how to make proper pizza!
- Vogueidea16 February 24, 2020
This was such and enjoyable evening. Company was great, experience was so much fun and food was delicious. I would recommend this to anyone.
- 5863kal February 10, 2020
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Nancy and Don

$75-$90 USD

per person
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm

Meet Nancy and Don

Nancy has been cooking for as long as she can remember. She loves cooking for friends and entertaining and is excited to share her cuisine and culture with guests from around the world. Having lived in Europe for many years, the idea of having travelers dine with her and her friend Don in his gorgeous Chicago apartment is very thrilling to Nancy! Recently retired, Don is a foodie who loves to cook - intelligent, funny and very accommodating, he has a great love for travel and looks forward to providing guests with an evening of food, laughter and, hopefully, new friendship. Don and Nancy have tried a large variety of pizzas in Chicago and know what makes for a good pie - they are eager to share their knowledge of Chicago's famous deep dish style and prepare it with you!

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: (1-4 guests) Begin your Chicago culinary adventure with an appetizer of cheeses, meats, crackers and nuts as you enjoy a spectacular view from the 9th floor deck of an incredible location in Chicago, surrounded by beautiful architecture. After relaxing on the deck and getting to know each other, head to Don’s apartment to start making some delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizzas. Learn how the sauce is made, how to combine meat and vegetables to top the pizza, and construct your pies. Please note that the dough will already be prepared since it needs time to rise. Once the pizzas have started baking in the oven, Don and Nancy will show you how to put together a delicious salad, a combination of fresh vegetables on a bed of crisp lettuce. This will be followed by making a fresh, smooth tasting dressing for your salad. Your Chicago-style deep dish pizza making class lasts about 1.5 hours after which you will enjoy the fresh salad and dig into the pizzas you helped prepare. Share your meal with Don and Nancy while seated at Don’s beautiful wood dining table and take in the beautiful views of Chicago. Your meal concludes with a dessert (that will have been prepared in advance) and tea or coffee. Your Chicago cooking lesson includes printed recipes that you can take with you so you can recreate your pizzas back home.

Notes: Guests are welcome to bring their own wine or beer.

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.
  • Appetizer of a platter of meats, cheeses, vegetables and dips
  • Chicago-style deep dish pizza
  • Fresh salad with a homemade vinaigrette
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies
  • Tea or coffee
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Friends for many years, Don and Nancy love meeting new people, sharing interesting stories, and good food and wine. Don is a wealth of information about Chicago and its history and Nancy knows Chicago like the back of her hand. These two Chicago friends teamed up to give me a fun and delicious in-home meal experience in the windy city! I started my experience in Don’s 30th floor downtown condo, nestled in the heart of Chicago, surrounded by skyscrapers and just a walk from the Hancock Building. I got to know some of Chicago’s stunning architecture by relaxing on the upscale chic 5th floor terrace while enjoying a glass of wine (optional) and a scrumptious charcuterie tray featuring schinken (a 35-day cured ham), hand sliced pepperoni, along with several fresh cheeses such as: sharp and aged white cheddar, goat, and herb & garlic to create a mix of both bold and mild flavors to melt in your mouth. These were paired with an assortment of selected roasted nuts and tasty breadsticks. I slipped into a cozy patio lounger while enveloping myself among skyscrapers and historical buildings. Absolutely breathtaking. Following the appetizer, we returned to Don’s home on the 30th floor to take in more gorgeous views of the city. Nothing says Chicago like deep dish pizza! Don and Nancy gave me a cooking lesson on how to make the native Chicago pie – a fusion of immigrants’ ingredients representing the city’s rich history. We started the cooking lesson by preparing a flavorful red wine vinaigrette salad. Don and Nancy showed me how to put together a fresh fusion of romaine lettuce, oven roasted vegetables, roasted peppers, fresh seedless Persian cucumbers, provolone, fresh carrots, artichokes soaked in olive oil, fresh radishes, hearts of palm, and fresh tomatoes, all combined to create an “unusual forkful of flavor every time!” The perfect accompaniment to pizza. Part II of my cooking lesson was a personal deep dish pizza. Nancy and Don showed me the secrets to creating the infamous pie! A fresh tomato sauce and the infamous “butter crust” dough were both prepared ahead of time but the creative license was mine when it came to building the pie. I chose from a variety of roasted vegetables, pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, green olives and banana peppers. And then there was what they have coined “The Big Reveal” of the pizzas! Suffice it to say, you are in for a treat.

Arlene, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (2)
Fantastic experience, wonderful hosts! We came across this fantastic activity whilst searching for something a bit different to the ordinary touristy excursions, via British Airways experiences. Don and Nancy were wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome and relaxed. Nancy had contacted us via The Travelling Spoon beforehand to ask if we would prefer a breakfast type snack rather than the charcuterie, as our experience started at 10.30am, which was great, so our day started with coffee, delicious homemade granola bites with fresh fruit and yoghurt and getting to know our hosts. The pizza making itself was excellent, picking up key culinary tips, constructing the pizza, personalising the tomato sauce and the extra ingredients (we went for spinach and sausage) whilst getting to chat about Chicago and travel! We were really pleased with how our pizzas turned out and tasted. After eating pizza with a Chicago skyline view, the experience ended with a delicious homemade lemon curd pie and liqueur. Getting to take home the recipes too was brilliant, so we can now attempt to re-make the pizza, salad and granola. A really enjoyable and unique foodie experience in the heart of Chicago and something that we highly recommend!! Thank you Don and Nancy for such a wonderful day and for teaching us how to make proper pizza!
- Vogueidea16 February 24, 2020
This was such and enjoyable evening. Company was great, experience was so much fun and food was delicious. I would recommend this to anyone.
- 5863kal February 10, 2020
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 Not offered
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm
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