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Discover your inner chef with Antsy Nancy’s cooking & baking classes

April 14, 2023
By Addie Ibarra
By Addie Ibarra

Antsy Nancy does it all … and so can you!

How many times have you pinned a recipe and never found the time to execute it?

Either you didn’t want to go shopping for all the ingredients you’d need or maybe you went out and bought all the ingredients — spending a small fortune. When you take a class at Antsy Nancy, all you need to do is register, show up, and have a great time learning something new.

This popular event space nestled off River and Craycroft Road is known for its exciting and innovative food classes and events, perfect for those who want to learn new skills and expand their palate. From hands-on cooking classes to themed dinners and wine tastings, Antsy Nancy has something for everyone.

Class at Antsy Nancy (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Heidi Yribar, the owner, officially opened Antsy Nancy in October 2021 and was inspired by Nancy Rutherford, AKA her Aunt Nancy.

“When I was a kid, Aunt Nancy was the fun, cool, and young Aunt,” said Yribar. “She’d lived all over the world, had multiple college degrees, took karate, jumped out of airplanes, and drove an Alfa Romeo convertible. She’s exceptionally artistic and creative too. Since retiring, she’s developed her quilting into an art form, made the cakes for at least a dozen weddings, and completed the Master Gardener Program with the University of Arizona.”

Heidi Yribar of Antsy Nancy (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Here is a small sample of events coming up:

  1. Cooking Around the World: Mexico – Carne Asada Street Tacos & Tableside Guacamole”: Enjoy a fun and festive cooking class focused on the spices and flavors from our neighbor, south of the border. You’ll make Guacamole and Pico de Gallo, Carne Asada street tacos and street corn, and Churros!
  2. “How to Make Tapas and Sangria”: Want to pretend you’re in Spain? Students will prepare a stunning menu of simple and delicious tapas such as Papas Bravas (crispy potatoes) with smoky aioli sauce, Chorizo-filled dates wrapped in bacon, garlicky shrimp with olive oil, and tomatillo toasts with prosciutto and manchego. You’ll wash it down with a delicious summer sangria.
  3. April Showers, May Flowers – Craft Cocktail and Charcuterie Board Class”: Each person will create their craft cocktail and own mini charcuterie board. Learn to make meat and cheese roses and cut apples, oranges, and berries into fruit shapes. Guests will enjoy the large demonstration board and can also enjoy their own board or wrap it to take home.
  4. Summer Camp: French Baking Week“: A great option if you’re looking for a summer activity for the kiddos. Kids will learn to bake these five French pastries: Palmiers, Madeleines, Croissants, Macarons, and Chocolate Eclairs.

No matter which event you choose, Antsy Nancy is sure to deliver a fun and educational experience that will leave you wanting more.

“My slogan is ‘Antsy Nancy does it all … and so can you!’”, said Yribar. “That’s how Aunt Nancy always made me feel and what I hope to replicate for our students in every Antsy Nancy class.”

Antsy Nancy is located at 5655 E. River Rd., #101. To learn more about classes at Antsy Nancy and to register, visit

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Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and food. Addie has her Masters in Legal Studies and hopes to one day apply that towards helping people (and animals) around the globe, while traveling and tasting along...

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