Start Your Culinary Journey at Our Texas Hill Country Cooking School

Here at The Blair House Inn, we offer a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Our passion for cuisine and the 100% natural ingredients that go into every dish spills out into each of our Texas Hill Country cooking school classes. We strive to create a fun and welcoming environment where hands-on experience, proper cooking principles, and professional culinary techniques provide you with the skills and confidence needed to become an expert in your kitchen. We even send you off with a recipe book filled with delicious dishes that your family and friends will love. Just make sure you bring sturdy (athletic shoes), casual clothes, your sense of creativity, and of course, an appetite!

 

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Discover Your Love of Cooking in One of Our Three-Day Classes

We offer a Three-Day Texas Hill Country Cooking Classes to our guests once or twice a month, featuring a variety of exciting cuisines served with local flair! Whether you are passionate about cooking or want to learn, this class is for you.

16 hours of hands-on fun await you through three days and six classes (two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners) filled with all of the necessary skills and techniques needed for you to be the culinary champ of your kitchen. We use fresh, hand-picked ingredients from local farmers as well as our Inn’s herb garden, creating an authentic Texas Hill Country cooking school experience. Of course, after each lesson, you get to enjoy your creations with your fellow students in our beautiful dining room with a complimentary wine pairing.

Whether you want to be a barbeque guru or a seafood expert, our Texas Hill Country cooking school provides you with an incredible getaway and a collection of culinary secrets that will help you become the head chef of your household!

Note: We are more than welcome to accommodate any food allergies with advanced notice. Our Texas Hill Country cooking school classes have a limit of eight guests, so book ahead to secure a spot.

Students at Blair House Inn Cooking School
Couple at Cooking School

Typical Three Day Texas Hill Country Cooking Classes Schedule

  • Arrival at the charming Blair House Inn by 3:00 pm.
  • Your first demonstration will begin with our Executive Chef in our commercial kitchen at 4:00 pm.
  • After dinner, you participate in a short discussion with our Chef. This will include an itinerary and recipe assignments for the next two days.
  • The chef will await you at 7:45 am and your first lab will begin by preparing breakfast.
  • After enjoying your meal you will have a short break to explore the Hill Country and return to the kitchen by 10:00 am. At this time you will receive instructions and break off to prepare you assigned recipes for lunch.
  • An afternoon break will be after lunch and at 3:00 pm you start to prepare your evening dinner.
  • Once complete you will have a feast of the finest foods to enjoy and top the evening off.
  • You will once again report to the kitchen at 8:00 am and begin breakfast preparation.
  • A small break will be allowed and then you will enjoy preparing a picnic lunch to be taken on a Hill Country outing to a local Texas Winery or Farm.
  • This will conclude your three day course at approximately 2:00 pm.

Cooking School Themes

BBQ

BBQ Camp

You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Avocado Salsa, Glazed Baby Back Pork Ribs, Smoked Beer-Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream.

 

March 23 - 25, 2020    June 15 - 17, 2020     September 14 - 16, 2020


BBQ with Fresh Herbs

Learn the secret of preparing tasty dishes by incorporating fresh herbs into your cooking. Using herbs that you harvest straight from the Blair House Herb Garden, you will be amazed by the difference these little seasoning gems can make as you prepare Garden-Fresh Carrot Soup with Mint Chiffonade & Edible Flowers, Maple & Herb Brined Pork Roast with Sauce Moutardè, Herb infused Oils, Cilantro Pesto, Jalapeno Mint Sorbet, and French Lemon Basil Cream Sauce. Plus learn to create your own signature vinaigrette!

 

May 18-20, 2020

Join us as we celebrate good fortune, happiness and longevity for 2020 at our Chinese New Year Cooking School! This class will include such delectable dishes as Life Long Noodles, Lions Head Meatballs and Tang Yuam (Glutinous Rice Balls). We will also dive into the cultural significance of each dish and the myths & customs surrounding the Lunar New Year. Come join us around the Hot Pot!  

January 20-22, 2020

Classic French Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Creme Caramel. Our Executive Chef Instructor will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.  

February 3-5, 2020     July 13-15, 2020


Country French Our Executive Chef Instructor will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleè. Plus Sauces Francias 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!.  

June 1-3, 2020     November 16-18, 2020


Last Meal of the Titanic (French Flavors) We pulled straight from the Titanic’s first class menus to deliver this unique culinary and historical experience. Learn how to cook dishes that were popular in the Pre-World War 1 era including Filet Mignon Lily, Waldorf Pudding, Consommè Olga and Plum Pudding.  

October 26-28, 2020

Join us for this highly beneficial and educational class on Heart Healthy Cooking! Our Executive Chef Instructor will teach you how to make delicious and healthy dishes including Butternut Squash & Tumeric Soup, Avocado Ice Cream and Seared Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower! This class will also cover gluten free dishes such as No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Icebox cake and Sweet Potato Kale Frittata.  

September 28-30, 2020

Get in the mood for the Holidays. Learn a variet of ways to cook turkey and side dishes. Make holiday dishes such as Mesquite Smoked Turkey, Chocolate Truffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger Cookies, Classic Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Brulee, Pecan and Sage Cornbread Dressing, and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Port Glaze! Make this holiday traditional, but with a twist!  

November 9-11, 2020     December 7-9, 2020

Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco alla Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara & Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.  

April 20-22, 2020     June 29 - July 1, 2020    August 10-12, 2020

Let the Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus, Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.
 

April 6-8, 2020     July 27-29, 2020

Celebrate Mardi Gras – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills and celebrating Mardi Gras! This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.
 

February 24-26, 2020     August 24-26, 2020

The Texas Hill Country has a long tradition of German culinary influences. Experience Oktoberfest with Blair House Inn and learn some classic dishes such as, German Pot Roast known as Sauerbraten, Pork Schnitzel, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Potato Pancakes, and Braised Red Cabbage. End your meal with rich German Black Forest Cake and Apple Strudel for dessert. I’m sure we will find some room for a German beer or two. Proust!
 

October 12-14, 2020

This class will teach the technique and history of Spanish cuisine. Traditional favorites like paella and arroz con pollo will serve as a backbone for the flavors that make up Spanish style cooking. Enjoy potato and chorizo trinxat, tortilla espanola, salmorejo, and a traditional favorite- cocido, a stew made with chicken, pork, chick peas, vegetables, and smoked paprika. Discover the influence and taste of Spanish cuisine around the world.
 

May 4-6, 2020

A new class this year inspired by the desire for healthy living and adding a new spin on vegetarian cuisine. Learn to make vinaigrettes, marinades, and flavored oils to enhance your experience in making your vegetables more flavorful and delicious. Squash Chowder, Charred Broccoli, Eggplant Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash, Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Onion Jam and Smoked Mushroom are some of the dishes that will help elevate the traditional vegetarian fare. Finish up your meal with some of our special desserts: Sweet Potato Tart with homemade Cinnamon Marshmallow and Basil Lemon Sorbet.
 

March 9-11, 2020


Texas Hill Country Cooking School Deals and Options

You can make the most of your visit to our Texas Hill Country cooking school weekend by extending your stay at The Blair House Inn. If you stay for a minimum of three nights with us, you’ll receive 10% off of the published nightly room rate.

  • Our Three-Day Cooking Classes are $309.00 plus tax and a $65.00 chef gratuity per person.
  • Rooms and the Saturday evening dinner are additional.

The Blair House Inn also offers a “Tag-A-Long” option for guests staying with a registered cooking school participant. This allows the guest the chance to enjoy each of the meals created by the students without all of the preparation. You’re free to get out and explore the beauty of Texas Hill Country or relax on our gorgeous grounds!

  • Our “Tag-A-Long” option is $170 plus tax and a $34.00 gratuity.

If you would like to add this deal to your reservation, give us a call at 512-847-1111, and we can book your cooking school today.

2020 Cooking School Schedule

January 20-22: Chinese New Year
February 3-5: Classic French
February 24-26: New Orleans
March 9-11: Vegetarian
March 23-25: BBQ Camp
April 6-8: Mediterranean Cuisine
April 20-22: Italian Cuisine
May 4-6: Spanish Cuisine
May 18-20: BBQ with Fresh Herbs
June 1-3: Country French
June 15-17: BBQ Camp
June 29 – July 1: Italian Cuisine
July 13-15: Classic French Cuisine
July 27-29: Mediterranean Cuisine
August 10-12: Italian Cuisine
August 24-26: New Orleans
September 14-16: BBQ Camp
September 28-30: Heart Healthy / Gluten Free
October 12-14: Oktoberfest German Cuisine
October 26-28: Last Meal of the Titanic (French Flavors)
November 9-11: Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking
November 16-18: Country French
December 7-9: Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking


Start Your Culinary Journey at Our Texas Hill Country Cooking School

Trust us, a Texas Hill Country cooking school getaway is second-to-none. We look forward to welcoming you to our Inn with open arms and great food.

 

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