Recipe for a Great Date (Plus 5 Great Cooking Classes to Take in Calgary)

September 21, 2016 · by MeetCute Events

Take a moment. Close your eyes. Think of the best date you’ve ever been on. What words come to mind? Was it fun? Relaxing? Adventurous?

What do you think makes a great date? While there is no scientific formula, every great date has a few important ingredients that can help make it interesting, memorable and worthy of another. Here is our recipe for a great date, whether it’s your first date or you’ve been going strong for a while.


1 Part Activity

Choosing what to do or where to go on a date can be difficult. If it’s a first date, this can be especially challenging. Planning to go for a meal at a good restaurant is always nice especially if you’re interested in more focused conversation. However, if you are looking for something a little more engaging, or to break the ice, look for an activity that suits the two of you.

If you and your date want to make your outing an educational experience, head to the local science center or museum. If the two of you are more adventurous, try horseback riding or rock climbing.

Activity-based dates allow you to get to know your partner in a different way, too. This can start a new relationship in a memorable way or infuse an established relationship with some excitement. And if it’s the right activity, you may have the chance to show off a little!

1 Part Conversation

Conversation on first dates can be pretty awkward – You walk the line between impressing your date and learning about them. The good news is it generally gets easier as your relationship progresses. As you get to know each other, the range of topics you can discuss expands infinitely. Be open to different topics and ideas. You never know when a conversation will lead to a new opportunity or a great relationship.

And as a tip, read one or two articles related to a topic of interest (or even just random ones from a magazine) before heading out. If there’s a lull in conversation, having fresh information in your head can be very handy to open up a topic you like, or simply to get the ball rolling again. Good conversation is an art, so don’t feel weird planning a little.

A Dash of Spontaneity

Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. The restaurant loses the reservation or perhaps you forgot to make a reservation. Remember that it’s not the end of the world. If any issues pop up, it’s simply an opportunity to show off how easy going you are and that you are able to go with the flow/think on your feet.

10 Parts Good Attitude

Relationships enrich our lives, whether we’ve been married for 50 years or we’ve known each other for 50 minutes. Embracing the activity, conversation, and overall experience are what will help build a great date and maybe lead to embracing your date at the end of the night!


With quality ingredients, putting together a great date is simple. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way.

1. Schedule the date.

When you ask someone out, it’s good to propose an activity or two and date. For example, you could suggest dinner at LaBrezza’s before heading to the Science Centre or to go for a walk at McHugh Bluff and enjoy the gorgeous city view.

2. Make the necessary preparations.

If you’re planning a dinner, always make a reservation. While some places may not take them, still call to find out when a good time to arrive would be for a better chance at a seat.

3. Add in a surprise.

For a first date with someone you don’t know well this isn’t recommended, but when you have a sense of who the person is, a small surprise can really excite and make someone feel like you listen to and understand them. Avoid anything too sexy or suggestive as it may get taken as you just being interested in them physically and they may not respond well.

4. Go on the date!

Get yourself cleaned up, read a few articles, and go have some fun!


Here are our favorite cooking classes in Calgary to wow your date with and have a great time!

1. Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

If you are looking for a unique cooking experience, look no further than local restaurant, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. From cooking to wine tasting, their classes will be sure to create some memories for you and your date. For more information, visit:

2. Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas is not just an artistic experience. Classes at Raw Canvas are hosted by the Spice Chica, and include classes on making tiramisu, fresh pasta, gnocchi and more! And, keep an eye out for their hybrid event that combines painting AND cooking in one night! You begin the evening by painting a masterpiece and then move to the kitchen to craft a masterfully delicious dish. For more information, visit

3. SAIT Culinary Campus

The classes at SAIT’s Culinary Campus can teach you basic knife skills, how to make artisan bread or preparing a delicious culturally inspired meal. SAIT Culinary Campus also offers a Couples Cooking Class, designed to bring the two of you closer through food. For more information, visit

4. The Cookbook Co.

The Cookbook Co. offers some incredible classes where you can learn the art of French cooking or how to pair wines with your meals. You can also book at private cooking class or a dinner party. For more information, visit

5. ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen offers cooking classes to fit a variety of skill levels, budgets and schedules. The experienced chef instructor guides participants through a full course dinner. Classes allow you to experience new cultures or ways of cooking. For more information, visit


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