8 Virtual Foodie Experiences (Starting at $8!) To Share With Your Loved Ones This Valentines’s Day

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Thankfully, technology makes it possible to do just about anything online these days, and that includes sharing experiences with loved ones. Zoom coffee dates, virtual cocktail hours, or simply calling mom to get grandma’s sauce recipe keep us together and connected even when we’re apart. So if you’re looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, skip the fancy gifts, and surprise your loved ones with some quality screen time together instead. We searched the web and found a ton of actually fun virtual culinary options that include everything from pasta making to wine tasting to coffee tasting. There’s something for every kind of food-obsessed Valentine or Galentine on your list, so go ahead, click the “join a meeting” button and get ready to celebrate love, virtually!

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If you’re going to take a class, why not learn from the best? Kitchn staffers have cooked with Gordon Ramsey (without getting yelled at!) and turned into virtual happy hour mixologists, thanks to MasterClass partnerships with experts in food and drink. How about the ultimate romantic gesture of French pastries, which you learn from top pastry chef Dominique Ansel? Monthly subscriptions start at $15 per month, so try your hand at the Cronut with Chef Ansel and then move on to wine appreciation, bread baking, and more!

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Sur La Table

Takeout is so unromantic! Why not try an online sushi class for date night and get spicier than wasabi in the kitchen. Sur La Table has a ton of online cooking classes to choose from, and they give you a prep packet and shopping list so you are ready to roll. For just $29, you get a fully interactive, live class to learn your dish. And that’s $29 per household, so if your kids want to join in on the fun or you have a curious roommate, it’s no extra charge. Whoever you can squeeze into that kitchen is welcome!

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Driftaway Coffee

Coffee dates are the best catchall idea, whether you’re just getting to know someone or spilling the tea with your closest friends. Now you can schedule a date without leaving your house, thanks to Driftaway, the sustainable coffee brand. Schedule a private virtual tasting party and learn all about what makes curated single-origin coffee so great. Prices start at $100 for two people, but the per-person cost drops as you invite more people, so the more the merrier!

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Miss your grandma? Same here. Travel to Italy virtually and get those warm family fuzzies by learning the art of pasta making from those who know best: grandmas! Fettuccine, ravioli, gnocchi, something different every night of the week to learn, cook, and (of course) eat. Thanks to Airbnb's online classes, you can say goodbye to jet lag and hello to some amazing virtual experiences at super affordable prices.

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The Chef & The Dish

Skype your way to a romantic dinner for two with a private cooking lesson from The Chef & The Dish. With cuisine options spanning the world, you can try your hand at Turkish, Spanish, Thai, and more, all without leaving the comfort of your own kitchen. Starting at $299 for two, you pick the country, the dish, and the time, and then you’re all set to cook your way to an authentic meal in just hours. Want more info? Check out our review for more details!

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In Good Taste

Perfect for budding wine enthusiasts, In Good Taste offers private virtual tastings for groups. The company specializes in tasting flights, making it easy to sample a variety of wines without having to invest in whole bottles. Each person purchases a flight, and then you all join in on the fun and learn the fundamentals of wine tasting, fun facts, and trivia from a trained sommelier. Classes start at $75 when you buy six or fewer kits, with separate larger group rates available.

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Ethel M Chocolates

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without chocolate, and Ethel M makes it even more romantic with a virtual chocolate tasting for two. It includes a custom assortment of their fresh, gourmet chocolates to sample while you learn. Chocolatier Mark will also suggest wines to pair if you really want to make it extra special.

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Got a kitchen newbie in your life? Learning how to cook is a vital (and awesome!) skill, and a Craftsy class is a great way to start. Memberships start at $7.99 per month, so you can be a thoughtful gift giver without breaking the bank. Once the basics are down, they will be free to explore a wide variety of other cooking classes to continue to hone their skills and fill their stomachs.