Appetite For Seduction

French may be the language of love, but when it comes to food, nothing will entice your sweetheart like Italian cuisine. How sexually potent a taste or smell is varies from person to person, but it’s called #foodporn for a reason. There has always been a correlation between food and sex because they’re two of the greatest pleasures known to mankind; and both appetites need to be fulfilled. When I got the opportunity to take a cooking class with Appetite for Seduction, cooking Italian, I was excited.

Appetite For Seduction Classes ©2015 HollyDayz

I have never taken a cooking class and Appetite for Seduction seemed like a great start. I like to cook and especially bake. It has always been a stress reliever and relaxing for me. Looking at their website made it seem very enticing. They have 4 different classes in New York City: Boozy Brunch, Insatiable Italian, From France with Love, and Mucho Mexicano. I love Italian food and thought that would be a great choice.

Although their goal is to teach couples that the main ingredient to any meal is love, you don’t have to go with a significant other to enjoy the class. You can go with one friend, a group of friends, as a bachelorette party, or even by yourself. The class is so much more than just learning how to cook Italian dishes and I would soon learn that.

Located in the East Village, classes are easily accessible by public transportation. There is also street parking, which we scored, and a parking lot nearby. The classes take place in an apartment. Upon arrival we were greeted by Kristen who would be leading the class for the night. She was so sweet and made sure everyone was comfortable. Kristen made it her business to know your name right off the bat. We had a choice of red or white wine which she poured into a glass with our names on it. Each guest gets one bottle to drink during the 4 hours class.

Table set up for a dinner party ©2015 HollyDayz
Table set up for a dinner party ©2015 HollyDayz

I realized it was so much more than a class, but a dinner party. A table was set and some great music was playing. I am typically a shy person, but as more people began to arrive I was excited to meet them and introduce myself. One girl ended up coming alone and I can tell she had a great time. She really got into her appointed role as bartender too!

Kitchen and cutting boards with knives ©2015 HollyDayz
Kitchen and cutting boards with knives ©2015 HollyDayz

Kristen had us all put on pink aprons. The wine and conversation were flowing. There were a bunch of cutting boards and knives. We all learned some basic, but professional ways to cut and chop. I have to admit it took me minute to really grasp one of the cutting techniques, but after trying a few times, I got it! We all took turns and the men really got into the cutting and chopping.

Preparing to make the Crostini's ©2015 HollyDayz
Making the Crostini’s ©2015 HollyDayz

The first thing we made was a Pizza Margarita Crostini. While we were making this we began to learn about different aphrodisiacs and histories behind certain food and why they were considered to be such. I love to learn and love history so this was right up my alley. Everyone pitched in to make everything. Afterwards we indulged, laughed, and talked as we ate.

Cutting and chopping ©2015 HollyDayz
Cutting and chopping ©2015 HollyDayz
Having fun cooking ©2015 HollyDayz
Having fun cooking ©2015 HollyDayz

Next up we started on the Penne Pasta with Baby Peas and Chicken which had Prosciutto Cream Sauce. We learned even more as we cooked. In the middle of it all we took turns blind folding our partners. Everyone had to use their other senses to tell what something was by touching, tasting, and smelling. That was a lot of fun!

Salad and wine yum ©2015 HollyDayz
Salad and wine yum ©2015 HollyDayz

We made a big salad together and sat down to eat right before some helped to plate the main course, the Penne. While we were eating Kristen showed us what was going to be used to make Fonduta di Cioccolato since earlier we chopped up dark chocolate. The chocolate had a spicy kick to it. We cut up some bananas, and had cookies, and other things to dip into the chocolate.

Penne with Chicken ©2015 HollyDayz
Penne with Chicken ©2015 HollyDayz

As we ate dessert we went around the table talking about food fantasies. It was a lot of fun listening to everyone’s thoughts. Some were relatable, some were x-rated, others were amusing. The 4 hours went by so quickly. It was so much fun to cook, learn more about yourself and your partner, and eat amazing food. Even more it was great to meet a bunch of people from all walks of life and have a good time with them.

Had a great group of people ©2015 HollyDayz
Had a great group of people ©2015 HollyDayz

There was supposed to be another 2 people, but they never showed up. We were all fine with that and the amount of people we had seemed like enough as the kitchen isn’t that big. I highly recommend Appetite for Seduction and it is something I would love to do again. They also send you the recipes for everything you made so you can recreate it at home. I am looking forward to receiving the recipes. Forget Cupid because when you’re armed with a couple of these recipes you will definitely be able to spice things up!

Have you ever been to Appetite For Seduction or a class similar? How was your experience?

Disclaimer: Thank you to Appetite For Seduction for hosting us. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced.

55 thoughts on “Appetite For Seduction

  • September 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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    That sounds like a lot of fun! I have never been to something similar, but would love to!!

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    • September 19, 2015 at 8:01 pm
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      It was a lot of fun. First time I ever did something like this.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 8:53 am
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    They have something similar here in Atlanta called something else I have wanted to go for the longest. I think the less people the better I am not a big fan of crowds. A great date night too

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    • September 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm
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      You should go! I think you would really enjoy yourself.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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    Wow, this sounds like a lot of fun! I think my husband and I would really enjoy something like this. I’m always looking for ideas for date night.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm
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      It would be a great date night for you and your husband. It is something different and fun then just going out to eat.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    What a fun date night. Looks like you two had a lovely time!

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    • September 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm
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      It was a lot of fun. I would do it again!

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  • September 18, 2015 at 11:51 pm
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    The last time I took a cooking class was back in high school. I think it would be fun to do that.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm
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      I didn’t even take home ec. I was the person who passed by and took whatever was made. The class was a lot of fun.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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    The Boozy Brunch sounds like it would be more up my alley. While the food sounds great I’d rather not have sexual conversations with strangers. I do want to improve my cooking skills so I will have to look for something like this in my area.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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      I am interested in trying the Boozy Brunch as well. Looks like some great food! There really wasn’t any sexual conversations except the one question that went around the room that wasn’t geared towards solely being sexual. Otherwise it was just normal convo such as where are you from, what do you do, etc. It is a lot of fun.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 12:11 am
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    That sounds so yummy! And yes, you’re absolutely right that Italian food is much better than French. More comforting, and just as yummy. And the photos of the food look fantastic!

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    • September 20, 2015 at 11:07 am
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      I love Italian food! It is one of my favorites. Thank you, the food was just as good as it looks!

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  • September 20, 2015 at 1:25 am
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    My husband loves cooking and would love to go on a class like this! Food looks delicious!

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    • September 20, 2015 at 11:07 am
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      Oh you have to go to a class like this then. You two would have a great time.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 2:25 am
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    What a lovely idea for a cooking class, I’ve never heard of it before!. We’re big fans of Italian food and we love to cook, would be great to attend a workshop like this!

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    • September 20, 2015 at 11:09 am
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      You would really enjoy this class then. It is a great idea. I love Italian as well.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 6:25 am
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    Looks like everyone had a great time. I love intimate settings for group classes.

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    • September 20, 2015 at 11:10 am
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      It had a good amount of people, especially since the other 2 people didn’t show up. It was fun!

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  • September 20, 2015 at 8:33 am
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    Sounds amazing! Italy was my favorite country in the world when it came to cuisine, so I totally agree with you that they have this absolutely covered. I would love to learn how to cook and recreate the Italian cuisine for myself – Pizza Margarita Crostini sounds AMAZING! Great way to spend a date night – thanks for the idea!

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    • September 20, 2015 at 11:11 am
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      I love Italian food and I loved when I visited Italy. The food was so good. The class was truly a good time and something different. I hope you take this class or one similar soon.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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    That’s so fun! I’ve looked into cooking classes a few times while traveling, but never actually booked one. This seems like a fun class and the food looks amazing!

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:33 am
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      It was fun. You should book one. I think you would enjoy it. It was a lot of fun and the food was good.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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    Boozy Brunch would have been my choice! Looks like you guys had fun. I always think about taking a cooking class and then I remember I’d rather be served than cook. Ha!

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:34 am
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      I would like to try that one as well. It was a lot of fun.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm
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    I’ve never been to a class like this but would definitely do it as a date with my Hubs. Love the setup.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:35 am
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      I think you two would enjoy it. Great fun and meeting new people, but still having time with him.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm
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    This class looks super fun! Not only do you get to enjoy food but you get to learn the techniques and recipes for future references!

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:36 am
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      It was fun and I liked learning different techniques to take back home. Plus they give you the recipes.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    Everything looks great! This definitely looks like a class I would love to attend. Italian food is babe’s favorite he would appreciate a new dish lol

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:36 am
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      It was very good. I love Italian food too.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:37 am
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      I agree and since he loves to cook this would be something great for you two to do.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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    Okay this looks absolutely amazing! I wonder if they have something like this in LA… and I love the name of it. Been taking to take a cooking class like this.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:37 am
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      I am sure they have something like this in LA.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:38 am
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      I am sure they would have something similar in DC or you can always take a mini trip to NY. You would enjoy.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 1:30 am
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    Taking cooking class sounds really fun! I did took it once in high school and still not a good cooker haha >.< I need to improve on my cooking and one of there reasons I don't cook is because I get bored of it – especially when it's a lot of work. However, I know taking a cooking class would be a lot of fun. That's a great looking salad and pasta by the way!

    I once tried making a pasta, something with pasta, I can't remember what exactly what it was. My roommate kept on laughing and laughing when it resulted looking a like a pile of dog food. OH man, haha, good memory.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:41 am
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      It was a lot of fun. Cooking can be a lot of work to only sit down for a little while and eat. The food was so good.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 10:43 am
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    I did one of these for Caribbean cooking with the League of Kitchens and it was so much fun! I’d definitely want to try another one. This would be cute for a date night. I love Italian food.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:42 am
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      That sounds like a good time. I would try another cooking class. Or even baking. I love Italian food too.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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    I love doing cooking classes, though it tends to be Gordon who shines in these lessons because I am too busy talking to everyone.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:42 am
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      This was my first one and I enjoyed it.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 5:36 am
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    Cooking classes are the best, thanks for sharing! Pasta is one of those dishes that you think anybody could make it, but it takes a real skill to make delicious pasta.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:43 am
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      It is a real skill. I learned a lot from the class all while having fun. That food was so yummy too.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:44 am
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      Try one if you get the opportunity. It is a lot of fun.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:44 am
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      It was a great time.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 7:56 am
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    I’ve always enjoyed group cooking classes. It really makes the whole experience so much more fun.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 11:45 am
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      It was a ton of fun. I really enjoyed it and would love to take another.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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    I’ve never been to a cooking class like that one. The food looks delish but it is the atmosphere that made the class so special.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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    I love the idea of food seduction. Sharing it with a group of new friends seems about perfect and unforgettable.

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  • February 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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    Wow, sounds like so much fun. 🙂 I haven’t been to anything like this, but I reckon it’d be great to organise one. Might just do that. Thanks for the inspiration.

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