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Cooks on call
Give Me Some Sugar’s traveling kitchen queen shows you how to wield that rolling pin.
If you’ve ever tried cooking in somebody else’s kitchen, you know that finding everything takes extra time. And baking in a different oven? That can be vexing. But Alekka Sweeney, the founder of Give Me Some Sugar in-home cooking classes, thrives on it.
“I love to go into people’s kitchens and show them that they can do all the fancy-schmancy stuff with the kitchen utensils they already have,” says Sweeney, who prefers the moniker Chef Alekka. Though she started Give Me Some Sugar only nine months ago, she’s been teaching culinary skills for six years at places such as Sur La Table and the Wooden Spoon.
Sweeney travels from her Logan Square residence to meet her clients in their home one week before class time to familiarize herself with their kitchen and plan a menu. Depending on the menu her clients select and the cookware they already own, she brings additional utensils, along with all the necessary groceries, on class day. Prices vary according to how many people are cooking, and how many will be eating.
She teaches individuals, but Sweeney often works with small groups; her most popular class so far, she says, is couples cooking, which includes a customized menu of appetizer, entrée and dessert, all made from scratch. Befitting any business called Give Me Some Sugar, two popular choices are cake decorating and candy-and-chocolate making. Best of all, at the end of each 2.5-hour instruction, Sweeney does all the cleanup so her clients can enjoy their meal.
“People think that cooking or baking is this technically difficult thing,” she says. “I really get the most joy out of showing people how easy it is to do this.” $250 for food and instruction for two people, plus $15 per person for each additional meal. For details, go to givesugar.com.
— Web Behrens