The Art of French Desserts

Arlington, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Michael

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
French cuisine
Includes food

What you'll do

A class on the Art of French Pastry.

....probably Pastry Codex's most popular class!

Enthusiasts will learn basic and advanced techniques on how to make a variety of classic and modern French desserts, including making a Creme Brulee, and layered desserts including building your very own Opera cake ( a sumptuous almond sponge layered cake made with a genuine French Buttercream and a Chocolate Ganache , Madeleines, and a delicate Pistachio Financier cake round out this comprehensive 3 hour class.

All classes will be hands on with a demonstration, and allowing students to have their own ingredients and equipment in a follow up modality of this interactive class offering.

Patrons finish up by torching their own Brulee, and caramelizing them along with decorating and finishing their very own individual Opera cake glazing it with a mirror Chocolate glaze. As a finishing touch they adorn the Opera with a fleck of edible gold leaf as decor adornment.
A class on the Art of French Pastry.

....probably Pastry Codex's most popular class!

Enthusiasts will learn basic and advanced techniques on how to make a variety of classic and modern French desserts, including making a Creme Brulee, and layered desserts including building your very own Opera cake ( a sumptuous almond sponge layered cake made with a genuine French Buttercream and a Chocolate Ganache , Madeleines, and a…

What's included

  • Food
    Assorted French Desserts.

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 20 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Chef Michael has been described as a "designer" Pastry Chef, with his experience encompassing wholesale, retail, fine dining restaurants, hotels, off-premise catering and country clubs. Chef Michael has studied in France and holds a certification in Baking Science and Technology from the American Institute of Baking. Chef Michael's approach to food taste philosophy is that the palate should be like a symphony, with no one taste being dominant, more of a wave of tastes, textures and temperature juxtaposed against each other whilst also working in harmony.
Chef Michael has been described as a "designer" Pastry Chef, with his experience encompassing wholesale, retail, fine dining restaurants, hotels, off-premise catering and country clubs. Chef Michael has studied in France and holds a certification in Baking Science and Technology from the American Institute of Baking. Chef Michael's approach to food taste philosophy is that the palate should be like a symphony, with no one taste being dominant, more of a wave of tastes, textures and temperature j…
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Sat, Aug 7
$109 per person
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
$109 per person
Tue, Aug 10
$109 per person
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$109 per person
Wed, Aug 11
$109 per person
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$109 per person
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Where you'll be

The Boardroom is an outstanding restaurant located in the downtown part of Arlington, Virginia. As a part of conducting the classes, guests can order appetizers, and drinks, making for an even more social event. The venue itself is hosted in their MS. PEACOCK’S CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE room" an intimate sprawling room, that offers enough space to spread out and adequately keep to 6 foot social distancing regulations for safety.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 20 reviews.

Tracey
July 2021
Super easy to book through the Airbnb app, which is where I found the class advertised. Mike was an excellent host and teacher and had a great ease during the class to prompt our questions. Highly recommend the class and I certainly aim to take another one with him!
Super easy to book through the Airbnb app, which is where I found the class advertised. Mike was an excellent host and teacher and had a great ease during the class to prompt our q…
Tony
July 2021
Very fun class! Michael has a great deal of expertise and knowledge related to dessert making. The class was a lot of fun and we learned a lot.
Kay
July 2021
If you live or visiting Arlington area make sure to take one of his classes. Relaxed and fun but totally hands on and informative
Tiffany
June 2021
ABSOLUTELY PERFECT experience!!! My girlfriend and I came down to DC for a quick getaway for the week. We signed up for this experience because my girlfriend’s dream trip is to Paris. Unfortunately those plans were cancelled due to the pandemic; but Chef Michael brought Paris to us through dessert. He explained EVERYTHING in a calm, patient—and at many times—funny nature. The class was small and intimate…in fact it was just me and my girlfriend, so it was definitely a private cooking experience! Well worth the cost…in fact I think we got a huge deal with this experience. Thank you, Chef Michael, for a magical experience!
ABSOLUTELY PERFECT experience!!! My girlfriend and I came down to DC for a quick getaway for the week. We signed up for this experience because my girlfriend’s dream trip is to Par…
Miranda
May 2021
Was a delightful anniversary activity that my boyfriend and I loved - and the take home basket was extremely more than I would have imagined
Mallory
May 2021
I got this as an anniversary gift for my non-baking parents. They had THE BEST time and raved about how delicious the desserts were. Definitely recommend !

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  • Sat, Aug 7
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Tue, Aug 10
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Wed, Aug 11
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Sat, Aug 14
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Tue, Aug 17
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $109 per person
  • Wed, Aug 18
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 3 other guests
    $109 per person
  • Sat, Aug 21
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    $109 per person
  • Tue, Aug 24
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $109 per person

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.

Things to know

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

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

A mask.