Charity Dining Club
Join our Charity Dining Club events for an evening of fine food, excellent wine and good company.
This is an informal fine-dining event where guests enjoy an exciting seven-course tasting menu with matched wines that has been designed to showcase the exceptional local produce in our region. All of the dishes are prepared by Ashburton Chefs Academy chef students in their final term of the Diploma in Culinary Arts.
As well as supporting future chef talent, proceeds from these events go to support local charities.
The event starts at 7.30pm with a glass of fizz served to your table upon arrival.
A delicious tasting menu with matched wine has been designed to showcase the culinary talents of the students with front of house service also provided by academy students.
These are popular dining events that book out fast, with only 30 tickets available for each night. You may book your tickets online or call us on (01364) 652784.
Tickets include a seven-course tasting menu meal with matched wine.
Special diets are catered for with notice at the time of booking. Carriages at 10pm. Dress code smart casual.
We will be making a number of changes to the way we run our dining club events to ensure we are Covid19-Secure.
Guests will no longer be seated at banquet tables but instead will be seated at tables of individual households (or social bubbles) across 2 dining rooms to ensure safe distancing between guests. We will send you further details on this but you can be assured of a wonderful evening of great food and wine in aid of a local charity.
To see some of the changes we have put in place to make our courses Covid-secure please click here
Customers in a Tier 3 region should not travel to us at this time. If you have a booking you should contact us to reschedule - you will not lose your booking and can reschedule to a suitable course date when the situation changes.
Customers in Tier 1 & Tier 2 can still take their course with the usual precautions. ie. Rebook if any symptoms, and observe the Hands, Face, Space protocols.
When you arrive at the cookery school you will check-in at the Arrival Station at the front entrance where you will be registered, asked to sanitise your hands, issued with a face mask and have a quick non-intrusive temperature check (a 2 second check with temperature gun that doesn't touch you). The same procedure is followed by all staff as well. You will then be shown to your own table in the dining room and will be served tea or coffee at your table.
When you arrive you will be issued with a comfortable face mask which you should wear when travelling around the building. In the kitchens you won't need to wear a mask when cooking at your workstation as these are fitted with perspex, but if you wish you can also wear a face visor or a mask - it is your choice. We have tested the visors in the kitchen and after a few minutes you really forget you are wearing them and they don't impede your cooking or enjoyment of the course.
When you are in the dining room, you will be seated 2m from others at your dedicated table and can drink and eat without a face covering., but when you leave this 'safe zone' you would be expected to put on a face covering to move around the building.
No. We have reorganised our kitchens so that if you come as an individual on a course you will have your own isolated workstation, equipment and ingredients to work with throughout the course.
If you are coming with someone from the same household you will be able to work together on a workstation, but again you won't be sharing anything with others outside of your household.
Certainly. If you book with someone from the same household or 'social bubble' you will be stationed at the same workstation so you can enjoy the course and the experience together. You will also be seated together in the dining room so will eat together.
We are providing a Reschedule Guarantee, so if you feel unwell or need to self-isolate contact us with 24 hours notice and you will be able to reschedule to another course date of your choice. You will have 12 months to decide.
You won't sit down for a meal with this course, but instead you will take away all the delicious items you have made.
All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.
This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.
The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.
You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of
booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and
accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.
We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.
You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs
to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also
recommend wearing trousers.
You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.
You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.
Yes, we have two kitchens that are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible.
All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.