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Thu, Jan. 25, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING A 6-WEEK SERIES FOR THE SERIOUS COOK
 

FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING

January 25 through March 1, 2018

If you're serious about learning or deepening your understanding of cooking, then there's nothing like Foundations in Cooking. We strive to expand your knowledge and confidence in the kitchen and help you on your journey to "intuitive cooking."

In this 6-session program, you'll learn about

  • knife skills
  • meat, poultry, fish, and sauces
  • how to build a basic cook's pantry and tool kit
  • timing a meal
  • nutritional insights
  • how to utilize various cooking techniques like braising, sauteing, poaching and steaming, even sous vide

Each class includes lecture and printed reference materials, then everyone dons their own chef's coat (to keep) and prepares a multi-course meal that employs the principles reviewed that evening. 

Class is limited to 8 students to ensure plenty of personal attention.  (4.0 hrs per class, some a little longer)

Note: If you've taken our Knife Skills class previously, we have a special accommodation for you.  Please contact the store for details.   

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FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING I, THURS, 1/25:  

This first installment of Foundations in Cooking covers knife skills--selection, maintenance and cutting techniques.  Afterwards, enjoy a quick potato-caramelized onion soup, salad with citrus basil vinaigrette, chicken roulade, and apple strudel.  (Menu subject to change.)

Series-only pricing; classes start Thursday, January 25th.

FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING II, THURS, 2/1:

This second installment of Foundations in Cooking covers soup basics along with pantry and tool kit essentials.  Afterwards, enjoy a quick and hearty chicken soup with homemade noodles, clam chowder, chive and cheddar scones and from-scratch chocolate pudding.  (Menu subject to change.)

Series-only pricing; classes start Thursday, January 25th.

FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING III, THURS, 2/8:

This third installment of Foundations in Cooking covers meats and poultry--selection, cuts and optimal cooking techniques.  Afterwards, enjoy grilled steak with creamy poblano sauce, cilantro pepita caesar salad, Cuban-style beans and Mexican chocolate sundaes.  (Menu subject to change.)

Series-only pricing; classes start Thursday, January 25th.

FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING IV, THURS, 2/15:

This fourth installment of Foundations in Cooking covers the world of fish and seafood--how to select and what cooking methods bring out the best flavors.  Afterwards, enjoy a tuna melt pizza, Shrimp Louis, fresh fish entree(s), and an old-fashioned cream roll.  (Menu subject to change.)

Series-only pricing; classes start Thursday, January 25th.

FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING V, THURS, 2/22:

This fifth installment of Foundations in Cooking builds on previous lessons and covers roasting and braising cooking techniques.  Afterwards, enjoy roast chicken, braised veggies and roasted apples in spiced walnut oil. We'll spend part of the lecture portion on nutritional insights and fielding your questions on food trends. (Menu subject to change.)

Series-only pricing; classes start Thursday, January 25th.

FOUNDATIONS IN COOKING VI, THURS, 3/1:

This sixth and last installment of Foundations in Cooking covers the gentle, healthy cooking techniques of steaming and poaching.  Afterwards, dine on an Asian-inspired meal of sesame fish in parchment, Chinese pearl balls, potstickers, foil-wrapped chicken, and mango mousse.  (Menu subject to change.)

Series-only pricing; classes start Thursday, January 25th.

The $595 fee covers all six sessions of lecture, hand-on cooking, meals, materials and a voluminous take-home reference guide with recipes and a Pans on Fire chef's coat.

Additional Information:

  • Sometimes life gets in the way of a schedule, so if you have to miss a Foundations class, you will be notified of the next Foundations series and take the missed session at that time.
  • You will be in a class with others with different levels of experience, some with very little, some with more. Over the years, we have time and time again found that everyone is supportive of each other and committed to learning together despite their skill level. So, if you're more of a novice, don't worry, and if you're an experienced cook, you'll be delightfully surprised at all you'll learn.

$595.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2152

Fri, Jan. 26, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
ALL ABOUT CRAB
 

It's crab season in Northern California. Dungeness will partner with other crab in this tasty hands-on class. You'll learn how to crack and pick the meat from a crab then make a whiskey crab bisque with crab toasts, shaved fennel, orange and crab salad, crab cakes with tarragon tartar sauce, sushi roll with steamed crab and avocado, a chef-prepared dessert and a hand-picked wine to enjoy with your meal.  (3 hrs)

$80.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2157

Sat, Jan. 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
3rd ANNUAL PARENT-CHILD SOUPER LUNCH
 

Back for it's third year--a parent-child souper meal.

How about a shared cooking adventure with your child (age 8-14)?  Sarah will guide small working groups in preparing 3 different soups along with a quick baked bread and a fruity dessert.

Hands-on instruction (geared to the parent who assists their young sous chef), full meal, and take-home recipes. (About 2.5 hours)

Pricing is bundled for the two of you (just select one seat at checkout)

$89.00

Chef Sarah

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2166

Sun, Jan. 28, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
LUNCHTIME PRESSURE COOKING WORKSHOP
 

Today's pressure cookers are airtight, safe, practical and fun--and fast! It's time to demystify this ingenious device. In this class, learn the differences between stovetop and electric pressure cookers and how to convert traditional recipes into pressure cooker ones. You'll use the popular multi-cooker and a stovetop pressure cooker for the meal. Mexican shredded-chicken for tacos, brown rice pilaf and chocolate pots du creme.  

This is a great class for someone who's thinking about investing in this important piece of cookware, as well as for folks who already own a stovetop unit or multi-cooker.

Hands-on instruction with full meal and take-home recipes. (About 2 hours)

 

$49.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2167

Fri, Feb. 2, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
GROUNDHOG DAY EGGROLLS
 

If you've ever seen the movie "Groundhog Day" you know that Bill Murray has to relive the same day over and over until he gets it just right. 

Tonight's class is a play on the same theme. It's all about eggrolls. You'll start out with a traditional style Asian eggroll, but then make another with corned beef this time around (almost like a Reuben sandwich), and another that will be a play on Caesar salad. Lastly, you'll get to create your own dessert eggroll with a mystery main ingredient to help you challenge your inner chef (don't worry we'll have a recipe for you to follow if you're short on inspiration). 

This is about a 3-hour hands-on class and you'll have enough food to make a whole meal. Have lots of fun in this class with the creative fillings and learn a ton of tips and techniques.

No open toe shoes please.

$69.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2159

Mon, Feb. 5, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
FOR MEN ONLY: COOKING LIKE CASANOVA
 

Casanova had a hidden passion for cooking and food in general and he would woo his lady-loves with stunning dishes. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, here's a cooking class where you too can cook up a delicious, no-fail dinner for that someone special in your life.

In this hands-on class, you'll learn how to make:

*  Pizza margherita crostini

*  Steamed shrimp on butter lettuce with lemon vinaigrette

*  Baked, dijon-crusted salmon with roasted prosciutto wrapped asparagus

*  Butterscotch budino with homemade chocolate sauce

This is about a 3-hour class and includes a full meal of the dishes you and your fellow classmates prepare.

$79.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2160

Tue, Feb. 6, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
GIRLS NIGHT OUT - PIZZA AND PINOT
 

Ladies, let's get a little saucy, spicy and robust tonight--because that's just what pizza and pinot pairing is all about. You'll make some handmade pizza and test out three California pinots to see which makes the best pairing.

* soppressata, red onion and mozzarella pizza

* wild mushroom with rosemary and fontina pizza

* tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil pizza on a cauliflower crust

* pear, caramelized onion and balsamic pizza

Finish your meal (and the wines) with a chocolate hazelnut mousse. 

This is a hands-on class which will run about 3 hours and includes a full meal, tons of tips and techniques and take-home recipes. Adults only. Closed-toe shoes, please.

$69.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2164

Wed, Feb. 7, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
SEOUL FOOD - PUB STYLE
 

Celebrate the opening of the Winter Olympics with pub grub Korean style. Bring some new flavors to "small dishes" that are easy to make and great to share with family and friends. Tonight, you'll make salmon and scallion skewers with miso-honey glaze, mandu (dumplings) with jalapeno ponzu, bulgogi sliders, Jeon shrimp cakes, chicken curry turnovers, and smoky-spicy roasted sweet potatoes. Enjoy your bites (enough for a full meal) with Korean-style sangria. (about 3 hrs)

 


$79.00

Age 21 or older

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2172

Fri, Feb. 9, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
CHEF'S TABLE: A FRENCH VALENTINE'S DINNER
 

Ooh, la la! Love is in the air. Start the weekend with a relaxing, delicious chef-prepared dinner with a decidedly French theme.

With your champagne cocktail, enjoy a brie and pear crostini, followed by a salade Lyonnaise. Your entree is steak a la poivre with a brandy cream sauce, gratin of potato and fennel and grilled asparagus along with a suitable red wine. Is there dessert, you ask? Mai oui! A souffle du chocolate with creme Anglaise. Tres magnifique.

Enjoy this 2.5 to 3 hour class with a fully narrated demonstration meal prepared right in front of you. Ask questions, review the recipes, dine of delicious food and leave inspired to create some French foods of love at home for someone special. 

$69.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2168

Sat, Feb. 10, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
DATE NIGHT: COOKING WITH CUPID
 

Celebrate with your cooking partner tonight--start out with a woodsy mushroom flatbread, then indulge in a Roquefort salad while your herbed rack of lamb roasts in the oven with root veggies, and finish your meal with a salted chocolate mousse. A ginger-lime cooler accompanies your appetizer and a glass of wine is served with dinner. 

3 hours, hands-on instruction, full multi-course meal, and take home recipes.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR TWO SEATS.


$89.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2169

Sun, Feb. 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
ROMANTIC SUNDAY BRUNCH
 

Begin Valentine's Week with a romantic Sunday brunch.  Using ingredients with purported aphrodisiac qualities, you'll prepare a luscious leek and asparagus frittata, scrumptious short-cut sticky buns, strawberry parfait and enjoy it all with a mimosa (or coffee). Bring a partner and share the fun! 

This is a 2.5 hour hands-on program with lots of tips and techniques, a full meal, and take-home recipes. A store shopping discount is included for today's class. Please, no open-toe shoes.

$55.00

Age 21 or older

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2174

Sun, Feb. 11, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: VALENTINE'S DAY COOKIE DECORATING
 

Hey, kids! Valentine's Day is just about here. Learn how to decorate heart-shaped cookies in this class. Chef Sarah will have pre-baked cookies for you to decorate and she'll show you a lot of different techniques and styles so you can make them in the style you'd like. Take home your creations, although rumor has it there will be a few cookies to taste as well. This class is suitable for kids 8-14 who have an interest in learning or refining the skills of decorating cookies. A healthy snack before class is recommended. (Hands-on, 1.5 hours)

Please register as early as possible so we can plan and coordinate this class. Last-minute registration fees may be higher.


$30.00

Chef Sarah

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2162

Tue, Feb. 13, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
MARDI GRAS DINNER
 

Celebrate "Fat Tuesday" with an authentic New Orleans feast. Make a barbecue shrimp starter, then whip up a Creole seafood bisque, chicken sausage and okra gumbo, hushpuppies and beignets. We'll find a sassy wine to go with your meal, too.

This is a 3-hour hands-on cooking class with lots of tips and techniques, a full meal and take-home recipes. Please, no open-toe shoes.

$79.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2170

Wed, Feb. 14, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
COUPLES DINNER: VALENTINE'S DAY
 

We’re putting on the Ritz! Share this fabulous cooking experience with a special someone. You’ll begin the meal in style—a cream of brie soup starter and green goddess salad. Move on to a garlicky sous vide and seared steak (or butter-roasted Cornish game hen) with asparagus and roasted potatoes. Complete your meal with a decadent chef-prepared chocolate dessert, and enjoy it all with a prosecco toast and red wines. Be sure to register for two! (3 hrs) 

Please use the "comment" box in your registration to select steak or game hen for your entree. Please no open-toe shoes.

$99.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2175

Sun, Feb. 18, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN - PIE IN A JAR
 

Catch a delicious new trend - pie in a mason jar!

Kids (Grades 2-5) will enjoy baking up a selection of tasty individual serve pies, both sweet and savory, with Chef Sarah. Class includes instruction in measuring, knife skills, safe food handling, and cooking techniques as well as a full lunch and recipes before the kids head home. (2.5 hrs.)

Parent or guardian must be present to register child at the start of class; please call the store if other arrangements are required. Please, no open toe shoes.

$60.00

Grades 2-5

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2173

Sun, Feb. 18, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
KNIFE SKILLS
 

Cooking is far easier if you learn or bone up on how to select, use and maintain the most important tool in your kitchen--the knife!

After a thorough review of knife fundamentals about how knives are made, how to select, store and maintain your knives, you'll learn various cutting techniques essential for building the confidence needed to slice, dice and mince your next masterpiece! (about 3 hours; about half the time is spent on hands-on activity and snack preparation)

No matter how ugly, old or dull, we recommend you bring your own chef's and paring knives to the class to see how well they can perform for you. We offer fee-for-service knife sharpening once a month, usually on the 4th Thursday. Please consult our class calendar for the next visit from Perfect Edge.  

This class is a pre-requisite for Culinary Assistant. If you would like to find out about our Culinary Assistant program, information will be provided at the end of the class or you can contact the store anytime for information. 


$65.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2171

Tue, Feb. 20, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN - After-School Cooking Club
 

When we want jam we reach for a jar. Butter comes in a stick. Crackers are packaged in a box. Everything, though, can be made from scratch and it's a proud moment when you taste the first bite of cheese you made, or spread your own butter on a biscuit.  This four week session of our after-school cooking club is going to focus on making foods from scratch.  We'll make cheese and crackers, jam and butter, and other foods.

This four week program begins Tuesday, February 20 and runs through Tuesday, March 13 from 4 to 5:30 pm. The program is designed for children in Grades 5 through 8. (Future programs may be offered for different age/grade groups.)

Each 90-minute session includes food preparation and a light meal, in addition to skill development and discussions/activities focusing on healthful food choices, meal planning, and more.

Kids should arrive on time and wear closed toe shoes. An apron will be provided during the class session.  

See our brochure for the program:  click here.  

$149.00

Grades 5-8

Food Studio

 
Event/Date Description Price/Location
2165

Sat, Mar. 3, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
PRE-OSCARS DINNER PARTY
 

The Oscars air Sunday night but this evening let's have a pre-Oscars dinner. This description will be updated once the nominations are released, but the plan is to make all of the dishes themed to the best pictures.

We think that at least two movies, Dunkirk and The Post will be in the running, so we'll have a French entree or appetizer along with a dessert featuring graham crackers. If Shape of Water hits the list, we'll do something with hard-cooked eggs.  Stay tuned for more.  

We'll also have a ballot for your vote for best picture, best actors and best supporting actors, with prizes to be awarded after the Oscar results are in.

This will be a 3-hour program. BYOB if you'd like. Lots of tips and techniques, discussion of the Oscar contenders, a full meal and take-home recipes.

$79.00

Chef Linda

Food Studio