Most weekends from February to December, the Ruth Pretty Cooking School shares recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for 36 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. Classes start from $210 (incl GST) per person.
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!!
Lazy Rustic Linner
Lazy rustic linner
6 MAY 2017:  Everyone loves a lazy weekend lunch.  Start it late and call it linner so you can flag dinner. Think autumn colours, passing platters laden with rustic deliciousness to your friends and generally feeling life is pretty good....


To Mum with Love (How to High Tea for Mother's Day)
To mum with love (how to high tea for mother's day)
13 & 14 MAY 2017:  An ideal Mothers’ Day mix: fun demo with Ruth, light frivolous yet delicious food and relaxed time together. Maybe with your Mum, your sister or simply good friends. Happy memories like these don’t date, fade...


Summer How to High Tea
Summer how to high tea
2 APRIL 2017: The perfect present for yourself or for the person who has everything.  Summer High Tea with Ruth. Who doesn’t deserve a day out, some serious pampering and pretty cakes? Taking some delicious time out with your mother, daughter,...


Kids in the Kitchen, Part 14: Home Baking
Kids in the kitchen, part 14: home baking
20 APRIL 2017:  Every kid loves to find home baking in the tins. This is the grown-ups turn to get the kids doing the baking. Which mouth-watering Kiwi classics will it be … ANZAC biscuits? Chocolate slice? Banana cake? Afghans?...