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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about our Chicago Cake and Cookie Decorating Workshops, check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you don't find the answer below, feel free to contact us!

All tickets are final sale, non-refundable, and non-transferable to another date. If you're unable to attend, you're welcome to transfer or gift the ticket to a friend.

Please keep in mind we are a very small business and cannot accommodate for last-minute cancellations. Regardless of the circumstances, our cancellation/refund policy still applies.

Can you add another seat to class?
No. Once the workshop is sold out, we will not be able to accommodate for additional participants. Our space is cozy and we like to keep the workshops small and intimate and so everyone can have the best experience possible.

Can I work on the same cake as someone else?
No. Everyone attending must buy a ticket, and everyone works on their own cakes.

Can I bring someone else to the workshop?
Everyone attending a workshop must have a ticket. Workshops are small, only 14 people, and the studio is cozy. It is our goal to create an environment that feels comfy, creative, and relaxed, so there is no room for any extra bodies!

Gluten Intolerance:
We can accommodate gluten intolerances by providing you with a gluten-friendly* cake. Anyone with a serious gluten allergy or Celiacs should be advised that there is gluten everywhere in our kitchen.

Cakes, cookies, and donuts are all nut free
. We use imitation almond extract in many of our recipes, including cakes, buttercream, cookies, and royal icing. It contains zero actual almond and is completely safe for people with nut allergies to consume.

HOWEVER: there are nuts in our kitchen, and nuts in many of our snacks. We will always indicate which snacks have nuts in them, but cannot provide any nut-free alternatives.

Dairy & Egg:
We are not able to accommodate dairy allergies or egg allergies.

We welcome participants ages 15+ for all cake and cookie workshops, and ages 21+ for our happy hour classes.

All of our in-person workshops are designed for folks with adult attention spans, motor skills and maturity levels-- meaning they are for adults and mature teens only, please!

If you're looking for something kid friendly, we offer an all-ages opportunity for cookie decorating in your home or at your event. Check out Offsite Events to learn more!

Our workshops have a maximum capacity of 14 people. If you are hoping to buy 8 or more tickets to a workshop, please reach out to us about hosting a private event.

Sadly, we cannot. Eggs and butter are an integral part of our buttercream, cookie and cake recipes and we can't substitute them.

We'll box it up for you nice and snug so that it travels safely home in your car, Uber or train!

There is paid parking outside of our studio on Spaulding Ave, as well as long our cross-street, Lawrence Ave.

Yes! We tag each class with one or more of the following indicators:
First Timers (Beginner), Returning Champions (Intermediate) or BVC Besties (Advanced).

Almost all of our workshops are built to be inclusive of all skill levels, but a few are best for those who have been to one or more workshops before!

Nope! Bon Vivant is now 100% workshops! While we aren’t taking orders any longer, there are tons of talented bakers in Chicago who will take great care of you.

Some of my cake faves are: ECBG Cake Studio, Flourish, Delabhe Studios, Love Sugar and Grace, Alliance Bakery, Kelly Dull, Lil's Cakes​, Sugar Moon, Half Birthday, Broken Tart, and Mindful Baking.

Some of our cookie faves are: Simply Sweet Caroline, Little Flour Shop, and Envy Design Cookies.

A typical snack spread includes a foccacia, a whipped cheese spread (contains nuts), the Best Kale Salad Ever, and a trifle.

If you're gluten free, we'll have some gluten free crackers to go along with the dip, plus a GF treat for you. We'll also have a complimentary cocktail or mocktail waiting for you.

Please note that we cannot accommodate nut allergies in the complimentary snacks.