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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Original Brownie Bake & 1893 Time Travel

Chicago, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Kelly

90 minsHosted in English
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Up to 10 people
French cuisine

What you'll do

Together we'll construct and bake the original brownie recipe from 1893 which is different from today's brownie. Using music, photos, quizzes and stories, we'll transport ourselves to 1893 to learn about the history of the chocolate brownie and how it was developed by the famous Palmer House Hotel in Chicago for the Columbian Exhibition, also known as the World's Fair of 1893. The recipe calls for common ingriedents that I'll forward in a list beforehand. (If you don't want to bake in tandem, that's perfectly fine, as I'll be forwarding the recipe for you to keep). While it bakes, I'll share memorable photos, drawings and stories about Chicago's world-famous fair, like inventions of Juicy Fruit Gum, Chicago Hot Dog, the zipper and the ferris wheel. Through this historical recipe, we'll better understand why Chicago truely is a global culinary desination. I'll be in my urban Victorian city apartment kitchen and you'll be in the comfort of your home. You're welcome to open a bottle of wine or beer or mix up a fun cocktail during our time together. Together, we'll travel back in time to 1893, learn something new, make international friends and "share" a delicious brownie. You'll find out why this gooey dessert has become a favorite across the globe. It may just become your new favorite too!
Together we'll construct and bake the original brownie recipe from 1893 which is different from today's brownie. Using music, photos, quizzes and stories, we'll transport ourselves to 1893 to learn about the history of the chocolate brownie and how it was developed by the famous Palmer House Hotel in Chicago for the Columbian Exhibition, also known as the World's Fair of 1893. The recipe calls for common ingriedents that I'll forward in a list be…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Kelly can host private groups of any size, up to 10 guests. Private group rates start at $100.

What to bring

  • 3/4 cup (125 grams) Semi Sweet Chocolate
  • 1/2 lb (226 grams) Butter
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) Flour
  • 4 Eggs

Meet your host, Kelly

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 7 Reviews
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I'm Kelly (a.k.a. ChiCitiGirl), mapgeek, history enthusiast, architecture admirerer and food fanatic. I'm a trained city walking, kayak and food tour guide (5-star rated tours!), Chicago Professional Tour Guide Member and Airbnb Superhost of the Urban Victorian Penthouse. The Windy City has been my home for 26+ years. I'm a self-trained chef that also teaches at a Chicago cooking school and enjoys creating and hosting friends. I also volunteer for the Chicago Artictecture Center Open House and as a Chicago History Museum member, use their library to research Chicago as well as the history of the 125+ year Victorian building I call home. I've traveled the world doing walking and cooking tours and know from personal experience how to make the best of our virtual time together. I try to make a new friend every day, let's bake together!
I'm Kelly (a.k.a. ChiCitiGirl), mapgeek, history enthusiast, architecture admirerer and food fanatic. I'm a trained city walking, kayak and food tour guide (5-star rated tours!), Chicago Professional Tour Guide Member and Airbnb Superhost of the Urban Victorian Penthouse. The Windy City has been my home for 26+ years. I'm a self-trained chef that also teaches at a Chicago cooking school and enjoys creating and hosting friends. I also volunteer for the Chicago Artictecture Center Open House and…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Amber
April 2021
We had a great time baking with Kelly! I learned a lot about Chicago and the World’s Fair; she’s a great ambassador for the city. Be sure to have some ice cream on hand to eat with the brownies!
Suzanne
April 2021
Baking brownies and learning history was a great combination. Kelly was so helpful and informative. She personalized the experience for us, we learned so much about the 1893 World's Fair and the brownies are fantastic.
Siân
March 2021
This was a lovely experience- Kelly is a great tutor, very patient and she made it special for the friend I gifted the session to for her birthday. The stories about Brownies and Chicago really added an interesting depth too. I’ve shared the brownies with neighbours and am now the most popular girl in the village 😃
This was a lovely experience- Kelly is a great tutor, very patient and she made it special for the friend I gifted the session to for her birthday. The stories about Brownies and C…
Gabrielle
March 2021
My work team met up to bake brownies with Kelly. It was fun and great bonding for us! Kelly customized the content to our group and everyone enjoyed the baking & history at the same time.
Ploy
February 2021
Kelly was a nice host. I really like that when we cooked and baked, we played some quizzes. I also learned a lot about history of Chicago! The brownie came out delicious like a lava chocolate! So good! Highly recommended!
Kate
February 2021
Kelly was prepared, fun and full of knowledge! The brownies were delicious, and the story that went along with this was so interesting. She shared a lot of knowledge about the city, her very own home in Chicago, and the World's Fair. She's lived in Chicago for years, so she's full of random knowledge that made this virtual tour extra interesting. I highly recommend it!
Kelly was prepared, fun and full of knowledge! The brownies were delicious, and the story that went along with this was so interesting. She shared a lot of knowledge about the city…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.