Surfas Culinary District
3 locations: Culver City, Hot Springs, and Costa Mesa

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Make a Ghost and Ghoul Halloween Showpiece Cake (Culver City)

Sat, Oct 25 2014

Make a Ghost and Ghoul Halloween Showpiece Cake (Culver City)
Saturday October 25 from 11-1pm
In the Test Kitchen Culver City (map)

This is a FREE DEMO

On Halloween night Ghosts and Goblins will rule your party when you prepare a showpiece Halloween cake. Join the Mistress of Halloween Pastries Judy Deutsch as she shows you how to make this heartstopping showcase cake. Four layers of spice cake filling and covered icing and dancing gingerbread ghouls and goblins your guest will talk about this cake for years!

For the past 25 years, Judy has thrown themed Halloween parties at home that were recently written up in the Chicago Tribune and syndicated nationally. Her dream is to one day open a tea room or a bed and breakfast.

As a transplanted Chicagoan, there is a lot to be said about snow days, big kitchens, and weekends at
Grandmother's house. Judy learned to bake during those hot, humid summers and cold, windy winters-a love she brought to California at age 10 and satisfied with summer school classes in gourmet cooking the rustic way- the school was being remodeled and had no running water. A sympathetic neighbor gave nine budding epicureans water privileges every day for six weeks.
Judy graduated Beverly Hills High School with six months to spare and traveled Europe and the Middle East with a friend and the indispensable traveling companion of the 70s, "Europe on $5 a Day." They learned a lot about foreign cuisines and eating inexpensively as the locals do.

She graduated UCLA with a bachelor's degree in art history and emphasis on drawing, painting, and sculpting. Cooking became an extension of the Arts. Judy spent five years on staff in art conservation at the J. Paul Getty Villa before taking a master's degree in education at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. There she experimented with southern cuisine.

When Judy returned to California, she became a fundraising executive on the staffs of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Southwest Museum, City of Hope, and UCLA. She mixed creative and successful major gift solicitation with lavish home entertaining and colorful events.

This is a FREE event. Samples and recipes will be given

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Moroccan Cuisine (Culver City)

Tue, Oct 28 2014

Moroccan Cuisine
Presented by Silver Fork Productions
Tue, Oct. 28, 2014 from 11-2pm

Come sip Moroccan tea while we make spiced olives, Moroccan chicken, and couscous with apricots, raisins and almonds. Bake Moroccan baklava and cardamom cake for dessert.

Class is 11am-2pm at Surfas Culver City. No cancellations please. Classes may gladly be switched for any other three-hour SilverFork Productions class.

Please call 323-487-COOK with any questions.

To sign up:

(This is event is not presented by Surfas)

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Tasting Art: Dia de los Muertos (Culver City)

Sat, Nov 1 2014

Tasting Art: Dia de los Muertos
Saturday 11/1 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Presented by ArtBites

For more information or to register click here

In honor of the Day of the Dead, explore the myths, stories and foods related to the afterlife while touring LACMA’s collection of Latin American art. Then head to the Surfas Test Kitchen to prepare a traditional southern Mexican meal. Please note that through this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized. ($100 includes museum admission, tour, all ingredients and wine. Cost excludes museum parking).

(This event is not a Surfas presented event)


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Festive Fall Flavors from Side Chef: Sides & Beverages FREE DEMO (Culver City)

Sat, Nov 1 2014

Festive Fall Flavors from Side Chef: Sides & Beverages
Saturday November 1 from 11-1pm
In the Test Kitchen Culver City (map)

For us “sides” are the stars of the Thanksgiving dinners. But, creating the perfect dishes can be daunting, particularly if you’re new to the kitchen. But fear not, Side Chef to the rescue!  Meet Michelle Wagner of www.thecuriousfig and Meagan Westerby who will be joining us in the Test Kitchen to add new delicious side dishes and beverage options to your Thanksgiving strategy.
Michelle and Meagan are here from Side Chef the step by step cooking app that guides you through the entire cooking process from start to finish.

On the menu:
Butternut Mac & Cheese
Roasted Delicata Kale Salad & Sage Dressing
Skillet Candied Pecans
Ginger Shrub Beverage
Cranberry Shrub Beverage

This is a FREE DEMO! Seating is limited, be sure to arrive early!

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Valrhona Chocolate Demonstration (Costa_Mesa)

Sat, Nov 1 2014

Saturday, 11/1/14
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Free Cooking Demonstration
Test Kitchen, Surfas Culinary District 3309 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa (map) 

Learn chocolate making techniques from Chef Derek Poirier, corporate pastry chef of Valrhona. Consider to be one of the world's best chocolates, Valrhona is also the leader in education. Enjoy this rare opportunity to meet and learn from the best! Seating is limited so please arrive early for the best seats.

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A Trip to England (Culver City)

Thu, Nov 13 2014

11-2pm in the Surfas Culinary District Test Kitchen
$100 per person

Come sip English tea and bake very British scones. Make delicious chicken pot pie, enjoy wine and bake bread pudding for dessert.
For more details about the class:

Class is 11am-2pm at Surfas Culver City Thursday, November 13.

No cancellations please. Classes may gladly be switched for any other 3-hour Silverfork Productions class with 48 hours notice. Please call (323) 487-COOK with any questions or visit

This is not a Surfas presented class

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Private Event (Costa.Mesa)

Sun, Dec 21 2014

Private Event
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ask about renting our Test Kitchen

Our Test Kitchen is outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipment. Our space may be used for chef demonstrations, cooking classes, book signings, and team building workshops.
Think of us for your next group party, meeting, or filming.

Contact Stacy Horn at 714-453-COOK(2665) for renting our Costa Mesa location and John Pitblado at, (310) 559-4770 Ext 223 for renting our Culver City location.