Most weekends from February to December, the Ruth Pretty Cooking School shares recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for 40 participants amid the rural tranquility of Te Horo. 

Guest presenters - a range of top chefs and food personalities - complement Ruth Prettys own classes. They show participants how to prepare the dishes on that days menu in a relaxed environment, where stories are told and questions answered.

A long lunch on the verandah, under sun umbrellas, or even at the chefs benches, savouring every dish from the class (with matching wines) finishes off the day. Recipes are provided and participants only need bring their culinary interest and an appetite.
Preliminary coffee, teas and a tasty little treat is served in the Garden Room from 9.15am, and the class starts at 10am.  Watch and learn as the presenter takes you through each dish step by simple step.  You don't need to bring a thing: take-home recipes are provided and a pen for adding your own notes and all those extra little tips the presenters offer.  A late morning coffee break is also a chance to peruse the treasures of Ruth's Kitchen Shop, and the full menu as demonstrated is served for lunch with matched wines or other drinks about 2pm.  The class generally concludes about 4pm and experienced participants prefer not to plan on a big dinner that night!!
CLASS: Don’t fry for me Argentina
Class: don’t fry for me argentina
14 MARCH 2020. Eating “divine” beef at Buenos Aires’ top steakhouse recently was an OMG moment, says Ruth.So now she is busy planning her own version of that experience, perfectly timed for some smart yet relatively casual entertaining in the...


CLASS: Bubble bubble, no trouble at all
Class: bubble bubble, no trouble at all
7 MARCH 2020. The next in our "How to High Tea" series.He’s not called Mr Champagne in the wine trade for nothing –  Brett Newell of EuroVintage is following up his epic Rosé High Tea with a Bubbly High Tea....


CLASS: Kids in the Kitchen: Part 26, Happy Birthday Cakey McCake
Class: kids in the kitchen: part 26, happy birthday cakey mccake
16 APRIL 2020. Time for another party in our garden. Everyone only has one official birthday so a 2nd shared party is always appreciated. Aimed for 6 - 12 year-olds, the kids have free rein of our kitchen, wrapped up...


EVENT: Suckling Pig Party at Ruth’s Place
Event: suckling pig party at ruth’s place
3 APRIL 2020. Ruth would like you to enjoy an informal evening celebrating good food, company and wine at her house. Begin the evening with the all-important bubbly and canapés, followed by four courses to include Spit Roasted Suckling Pig...


CLASS: We're All Going on an Italian Staycation
Class: we're all going on an italian staycation
30 MAY 2020. Our summer has not been exactly summer and Ruth has been dreaming of long hot days preferably in Italy. She reckons by May we would all enjoy a gorgeous reminder of the simple pleasures of good food,...