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April 2017
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#3768 at 10:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3769 at 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
2
#3428 at 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
Waiting List

#3614 at 2:00 PM
BREAD 101: Simple Breads from Scratch
Waiting List
3
#3643 at 10:00 AM
TEENS ONLY: DONUTS & FRITTERS
15 openings available

#3563 at 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
Waiting List
4
#3583 at 6:30 PM
DONUTS, DOUGHNUTS AND FRITTERS
10 openings available
5
#3457 at 10:00 AM
5 SIMPLE VEGETARIAN DISHES
10 openings available

#3695 at 6:30 PM
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
12 openings available
6
#3658 at 10:00 AM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
14 openings available
7
#3663 at 10:00 AM
INTRO TO FRENCH MACARONS: The French Method
4 openings available

#3665 at 2:00 PM
Modern Cake Decorating
10 openings available

#3564 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: SPECIALTY PIZZA
Waiting List
8
#3657 at 10:00 AM
CHOCOLATE DEMONSTRATION AND TASTING with REPUBLICA DEL CACAO
Waiting List

#3775 at 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
9
#3428 at 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
Waiting List

#3575 at 2:00 PM
RUSTIC FRENCH DESSERTS
4 openings available
10
#3572 at 10:00 AM
TEENS ONLY: Cream Puffs & Eclairs
14 openings available

#3635 at 3:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: Handmade Pasta and Fresh Sauces
14 openings available

#3563 at 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
Waiting List
11
#3690 at 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3637 at 3:00 PM
KIDS BAKING: Cream Puffs and Eclairs
1 opening available

#3630 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
12
#3771 at 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3639 at 3:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: Lunch in Provence
13 openings available
13
#3608 at 8:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves
9 openings available

#3640 at 3:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: The Taco Truck
8 openings available

#3516 at 6:30 PM
TAGINE, SPREADS AND MIDDLE EASTERN FLATBREADS
14 openings available
14
#3642 at 3:00 PM
Kids Baking: The Bake Sale!
Waiting List

#3698 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
15
#3770 at 3:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3566 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Southern Fried Chicken Dinner
Waiting List
16
#3428 at 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
Waiting List
17
#3563 at 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
Waiting List
18
#3691 at 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
19
#3605 at 9:00 AM
FOLLOW THAT CHEF: with Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse & Charcoal
Waiting List

#3546 at 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Classic Sauces
14 openings available
20
#3653 at 10:00 AM
CREAM PUFFS, ECLAIRS AND RELIGIEUSES
15 openings available
21
#3621 at 10:00 AM
CARAMELS AND CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
16 openings available

#3577 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Sushi 101
Waiting List
22
#3772 at 2:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3696 at 6:30 PM
A NIGHT IN MARRAKESH: Classic Moroccan Cuisine
10 openings available
23
#3619 at 4:00 PM
THE CHOCOLATE CLASS: How to Melt, Temper, Dip and Mold Chocolate
6 openings available
24
#3682 at 10:00 AM
MERINGUE CAKES
9 openings available

#3563 at 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
Waiting List
25
#3686 at 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
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27
#3617 at 10:00 AM
CREATIVE CAKES
13 openings available

#3587 at 6:30 PM
KOREAN BBQ
6 openings available
28
#3668 at 10:00 AM
HANDMADE PASTAS AND FRESH SPRING SAUCES
9 openings available

#3679 at 2:00 PM
SPRING PIES
14 openings available

#3582 at 6:30 PM
WHISKEY CLUB: Dinner and Pairings
2 openings available
29
#3773 at 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3777 at 3:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3776 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
30
#3428 at 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
Waiting List

#3659 at 2:00 PM
THE BUSINESS OF FOOD
10 openings available

#3667 at 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
15 openings available
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3768

Sat, Apr 1 2017 @ 10:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3769

Sat, Apr 1 2017 @ 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3428

Sun, Apr 2 2017 @ 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3

This 8-week series is designed for the frequent baker or confectioner looking to take classes from professionals in their respective fields.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 12 students.
 
These 8 workshops are crafted to teach you how to produce restaurant and bakery-quality pastries and confections with a focus on the plating and presentation of the finished products. We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 

CLASS MEETS FROM 830AM-130PM

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

Week 1: Advanced French Macarons.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window! We will master the Italian Method of making macarons and pair them with a variety of gelees and ganaches.

Week 2: Opera and European Cakes.  Master the impossibly even layers of genoise and buttercream for a stunning Opera cake and create a stunning Dobos torte, complete with caramel shards.

Week 3: Advanced Cake Decorating.  Learn to make a traditional stacked wedding or special event cake. Your instructor will teach you basic Fondant and Buttercream techniques as well as gum paste flowers as you bring you own design to life.

Week 4: Puff Pastry.  This introduction to laminated doughs will have you shunning the store variety! You will learn to make a mother dough, laminate and make a variety of products, from Napoleons to Palmiers and Vol au Vents.

Week 5: Brioche and Danish. Oh, butter! Make a stunning Brioche a Tete, a braided loaf and Bostock along with delicious Danish using the skills mastered in the Puff Pastry session.

Week 6: Baguette and Batards.  Grab your bicycle and beret- you're going to delve deep into bread! We will work with both sourdough starter and commercial yeast as you mix, knead, shape, proof and bake these gorgeous and delicious loaves.

Week 7: Caramels. Perfect the sweet simplicity that is a salted caramel. Each caramel and confection you create, from Apple Cider Caramels to Chocolate Caramels and Honeycomb, will feature a different base recipe for you to take and infuse with your own variations. This class wil conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

Week 8: Advance Chocolates: You've learned to temper and you're ready to go beyond barks and bars! It's time to make filled bon bons, impressive dipped truffles and infused chocolats. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection

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The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall. There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended. You can reschedule one of the classes from this series should you miss a date.

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. No cell phones in class, please.
Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3614

Sun, Apr 2 2017 @ 2:00 PM
BREAD 101: Simple Breads from Scratch
 
You can make homemade bread with very little work (and very savory rewards) with a few basic techniques. This entry-level bread baking class will cover the science of yeast, mastery of different wheats and flours- and a session on milling your very own.

Rye Focaccia

Classic Pizza Dough

Gougeres (savory cheese puffs)

Buttery Parker House Rolls

 

THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

Waiting List

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3643

Mon, Apr 3 2017 @ 10:00 AM
TEENS ONLY: DONUTS & FRITTERS
 

Behold the wonder of pillowy, glazed and powdered donuts.  Join us for four hours of sinful indulgence as we mix, fry, fill and dunk donuts of all kinds.

Yeast-risen Doughnuts
Old Fashioned Donuts
Boston Cream Doughnuts
Vanilla Pastry Cream
Classic Glaze
Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts
Maple glazed doughnuts
 

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  We ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 12-16 and up. 

This is a vegetarian class.

15 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3563

Mon, Apr 3 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
 

This 4-week series is designed to teach culinary fundamentals to establish your foundational cooking skills.  You will work at your own station under the guidance of our Chef Instructor who will teach classic techniques, and give you a great series of recipes to add to your repertoire.  Bring containers to class - you'll love your next day lunches!

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

For 4 weeks; 6:30 - 9:30pm

Day 1:Knife Skills: Soups & Salads. Sharpen your knife skills and learn to make four classic dishes that make perfect lunches and sides (while learning two awesome do-ahead dressings). Kale Salad, California Chopped Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup, French Onion Soup.

Day 2: Meat and Poultry: Learn to break down chicken and source a variety of meats while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous and Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Crispy Chicken Breasts, Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin with Sherry Au Jus, Smoky Tri-tip with Salsa Verde and Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Fish and Shellfish: It's time to get over your fear of fish!  Learn to work with a variety of seafood and how quickly you can put dinner together with the right fish.  Slow-roasted Salmon with Fennel and Rosemary, Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad, Brown Butter Sole with Crispy Capers and Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

Day 4: Grains, Pastas and Legumes: Grains don't need to take a backseat.  You're going to pack a protein and flavor punch with a variety of sauces.  Curry Quinoa with Baby Spinach and Beluga Lentils, Spaghetti Puttanesca, Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice and Lime Chipotle Crema.

Menu items subject to change.  If you need to substitute an ingredient, call the school to let us know. You can make up up to one class in the series should you miss one.

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This class takes place at our state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center.  There is plenty of parking in Parking Structure 7 off Broadway directly behind the school, best level to park on is Level 4 if possible.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your class or receive an account credit.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3583

Tue, Apr 4 2017 @ 6:30 PM
DONUTS, DOUGHNUTS AND FRITTERS
 

Behold the wonder of pillowy, glazed and powdered donuts.  Join us for four hours of sinful indulgence as we mix, fry, fill and dunk donuts of all kinds.

Yeast-risen Doughnuts
Apple Fritters
Boston Cream Doughnuts
Vanilla Pastry Cream
Classic Glaze
Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts
Maple glazed doughnuts
 

THIS IS A 3.5-4 HOUR CLASS 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

This is a vegetarian class.

10 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3457

Wed, Apr 5 2017 @ 10:00 AM
5 SIMPLE VEGETARIAN DISHES
 

Jazz up your weekly dinner meals with these flavor-packed, rich and healthy vegetarian dishes. We're sure they will fast become family favorites.

Creamed Kale with Porcini Mushrooms and Leeks
Gratin of Winter Root Vegetables
Shaved Brussel Sprouts Slaw
Farro Risotto with Roasted Cauliflower and Mint
Seasonal Fruit Crumble

THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

10 openings available

$95.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3695

Wed, Apr 5 2017 @ 6:30 PM
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
 

Come and learn the secrets of perfect dumplings with Chef May Hennemann. Chef May will teach you how to steam, fry and fill a wide array of her favorite dumplings and desserts from her wide background and travels.

Steamed Pork Buns
Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai
Chicken and Chive Potstickers
Steamed Buns with Red Bean Paste

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

12 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3658

Thu, Apr 6 2017 @ 10:00 AM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
 

Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class.  Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook.  Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them.  Watch, learn and practice your new found skills by putting together a delicious dinner menu!

Asian Chicken Slaw

Quinoa Taboule

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Country Fried Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Crumble

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS 

 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, otherwise we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

14 openings available

$85.00

Chef Gill Boyd

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3663

Fri, Apr 7 2017 @ 10:00 AM
INTRO TO FRENCH MACARONS: The French Method
 

Join us as we take a bite out of the myths of making these delicate Parisian cookies.  This class will focus on the technique of making macarons and how to create enticing flavor combinations.

Vanilla Bean Macarons

Green Tea (Matcha) Macarons

Espresso Macarons

Milk Chocolate Ganache

Mocha Ganache

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS  

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

4 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3665

Fri, Apr 7 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Modern Cake Decorating
 

Want to learn to decorate like pro?  Make the perfect cake like you see on tv?  Well you need to start with the basic fundamentals of cake decorating!  Join Clémence as she teaches you the right way to decorate, step by step, so that you can feel at ease learning to put together and decorating your first cake.  Bring only your appetite - we will provide each student with two 6" cakes to split, fill and decorate.


You Will Learn:

How to cut cake layers and fill
"Naked Cake" design

The perfect crumb coat
Filling a piping bag and use piping tips
Ombre effect cakes
How to properly use a turn table
How to make buttercream flowers

THIS IS A 3.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, otherwise we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

10 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3564

Fri, Apr 7 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: SPECIALTY PIZZA
 

It's time to rig your oven, get two great sauces under your belt and master fantastic toppings (including homemade burrata). You'll leave knowing how to toss pizza dough in the air. 

Classic Thin-Crust Pizza Dough and Garlic Knots
Whole Grain Pizza Dough
Pizza Bianca
Shallot Confit and Mixed Mushroom Pizza

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

**Priced per couple**

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3657

Sat, Apr 8 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CHOCOLATE DEMONSTRATION AND TASTING with REPUBLICA DEL CACAO
 

We're so excited to have Republica del Cacao and their new Couverture formulas here for a demonstration with our in-house Chocolatier Ruth Kennison! Meet the players behind this Central and South American chocolate company and their mission to create single origin, direct trade chocolates with outstanding flavors for baking, tempering (and eating). You'll learn about where the cacao and sugar are grown for each chocolate, where the dairy originates for their milk and white chocolates and how cocoa butter is pressed.

Chocolate Tempering Demonstration

Chocolate Tasting

THIS IS A 2 HOUR DEMONSTRATION ONLY DEMO. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.


 

REPÚBLICA DEL CACAO

THE MOST AUTHENTIC LATIN AMERICAN CHOCOLATE. HARVESTED AND PRODUCED IN LATIN AMERICA

www.republicadelcacao.com

AN AUTHENTIC STORY

10 Years Ago Gonzalo Chiriboga, an Ecuadorian entrepreneur passionate about chocolate traveled to Paris to visit La Maison Du Chocolat, a very famous chocolatier to taste their best chocolate. To his surprise, he was given a chocolate called Guayaquil’ – named after the Ecuadorian region with the finest cacao in the world. Gonzalo wondered why Ecuador wasn’t a leader in the chocolate producing world, catapulting his initiative to create
Republica del Cacao
bringing the most authentic chocolate from Latin America to the rest of the world.

Republica del Cacao is produced with pure Latin American ingredients, using fine cacao exclusively harvested in the region by farmers who have grown it for generations and who work closely with cacao collection associations. The milk comes from the Andes and the sugar cane from the coastal planes of Ecuador - all of which are non- GMO and Kosher certified.

EASY TO CHOOSE. EASY TO USE.

Republica del Cacao offers unique and accessible products to professionals.
Each variety of chocolate is unique and distinctly different from another, offering an intense flavor and aroma profile.
Republica del Cacao’s products are reliable & simple to use by all professionals.

CERTIFICATES:

- Non-GMO - Kosher OU

PRODUCT RANGE:

Food service providing 5 dark chocolates, 3 milk chocolates, one white, liquor and powder. Single Origins from Ecuador and Peru & Blends from South America and the Caribbean.

 


Waiting List

$0.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3775

Sat, Apr 8 2017 @ 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3428

Sun, Apr 9 2017 @ 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3

This 8-week series is designed for the frequent baker or confectioner looking to take classes from professionals in their respective fields.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 12 students.
 
These 8 workshops are crafted to teach you how to produce restaurant and bakery-quality pastries and confections with a focus on the plating and presentation of the finished products. We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 

CLASS MEETS FROM 830AM-130PM

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

Week 1: Advanced French Macarons.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window! We will master the Italian Method of making macarons and pair them with a variety of gelees and ganaches.

Week 2: Opera and European Cakes.  Master the impossibly even layers of genoise and buttercream for a stunning Opera cake and create a stunning Dobos torte, complete with caramel shards.

Week 3: Advanced Cake Decorating.  Learn to make a traditional stacked wedding or special event cake. Your instructor will teach you basic Fondant and Buttercream techniques as well as gum paste flowers as you bring you own design to life.

Week 4: Puff Pastry.  This introduction to laminated doughs will have you shunning the store variety! You will learn to make a mother dough, laminate and make a variety of products, from Napoleons to Palmiers and Vol au Vents.

Week 5: Brioche and Danish. Oh, butter! Make a stunning Brioche a Tete, a braided loaf and Bostock along with delicious Danish using the skills mastered in the Puff Pastry session.

Week 6: Baguette and Batards.  Grab your bicycle and beret- you're going to delve deep into bread! We will work with both sourdough starter and commercial yeast as you mix, knead, shape, proof and bake these gorgeous and delicious loaves.

Week 7: Caramels. Perfect the sweet simplicity that is a salted caramel. Each caramel and confection you create, from Apple Cider Caramels to Chocolate Caramels and Honeycomb, will feature a different base recipe for you to take and infuse with your own variations. This class wil conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

Week 8: Advance Chocolates: You've learned to temper and you're ready to go beyond barks and bars! It's time to make filled bon bons, impressive dipped truffles and infused chocolats. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection

------------
The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall. There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended. You can reschedule one of the classes from this series should you miss a date.

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. No cell phones in class, please.
Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3575

Sun, Apr 9 2017 @ 2:00 PM
RUSTIC FRENCH DESSERTS
 

Take a moment to be transported back to Provence as we use locally source ingredients to create these time-honored desserts.

Apple Tarte Tatin
Chocolate Mousse with Candied Almonds
Profiteroles with Caramel Ice Cream and Silky Ganache


THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

4 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3572

Mon, Apr 10 2017 @ 10:00 AM
TEENS ONLY: Cream Puffs & Eclairs
 

The star of this class is the Pate a Choux, a versatile dough that is used to make Cream Puffs, Eclairs, and Gougeres (savory cheese puffs).
This class is for teenagers only- you've got to be 12 to 16 years old to take this course.

 Cream Puffs
Eclairs
Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
Bittersweet Ganache
Herb and Cheese Gougere
Churros

 THIS IS A 3 HOUR ClASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 12-16. Classes BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

14 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3635

Mon, Apr 10 2017 @ 3:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: Handmade Pasta and Fresh Sauces
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Fresh Pasta Dough
Seasonal Pesto
Homemade Ricotta
Fresh Tomato Sauce

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

14 openings available

$65.00

Chef Christianne Winthrop

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3563

Mon, Apr 10 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
 

This 4-week series is designed to teach culinary fundamentals to establish your foundational cooking skills.  You will work at your own station under the guidance of our Chef Instructor who will teach classic techniques, and give you a great series of recipes to add to your repertoire.  Bring containers to class - you'll love your next day lunches!

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

For 4 weeks; 6:30 - 9:30pm

Day 1:Knife Skills: Soups & Salads. Sharpen your knife skills and learn to make four classic dishes that make perfect lunches and sides (while learning two awesome do-ahead dressings). Kale Salad, California Chopped Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup, French Onion Soup.

Day 2: Meat and Poultry: Learn to break down chicken and source a variety of meats while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous and Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Crispy Chicken Breasts, Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin with Sherry Au Jus, Smoky Tri-tip with Salsa Verde and Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Fish and Shellfish: It's time to get over your fear of fish!  Learn to work with a variety of seafood and how quickly you can put dinner together with the right fish.  Slow-roasted Salmon with Fennel and Rosemary, Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad, Brown Butter Sole with Crispy Capers and Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

Day 4: Grains, Pastas and Legumes: Grains don't need to take a backseat.  You're going to pack a protein and flavor punch with a variety of sauces.  Curry Quinoa with Baby Spinach and Beluga Lentils, Spaghetti Puttanesca, Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice and Lime Chipotle Crema.

Menu items subject to change.  If you need to substitute an ingredient, call the school to let us know. You can make up up to one class in the series should you miss one.

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This class takes place at our state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center.  There is plenty of parking in Parking Structure 7 off Broadway directly behind the school, best level to park on is Level 4 if possible.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your class or receive an account credit.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3690

Tue, Apr 11 2017 @ 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3637

Tue, Apr 11 2017 @ 3:00 PM
KIDS BAKING: Cream Puffs and Eclairs
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Cream Puffs
Pastry Cream
Eclairs
Chocolate Glaze

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

1 opening available

$65.00

Chef Christianne Winthrop

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3630

Tue, Apr 11 2017 @ 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3771

Wed, Apr 12 2017 @ 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3639

Wed, Apr 12 2017 @ 3:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: Lunch in Provence
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Roasted Tomato Salad
Loup de Mer (Sea Bass Baked in Parchment)
Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
Tarte Tatin

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

13 openings available

$65.00

Pastry Chef Jamie Ginsburg

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3608

Thu, Apr 13 2017 @ 8:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves
 

Gather 'round as we knead, stretch, fold and proof our way to great, round hand crafted loaves.  Bring containers or paper bags with you to transport your breads home (beret and bicycle optional).  You'll also learn to make your own sourdough starter.

Learn the Science Behind:
Wild Yeast
Fermentation
Hydration and Extraction

Make:
Wild Yeast Culture
Sourdough Starter
Sprouted Wheat

Bake:
Classic Whole Grain Sourdough Bread
Sprouted Wheat Boule
Hazelnut Fig Loaf

THIS IS A 6 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

9 openings available

$225.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3640

Thu, Apr 13 2017 @ 3:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: The Taco Truck
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Homemade Tortillas
Carne Asada
Grilled Guacamole
Pico de Gallo
Churros

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

8 openings available

$65.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3516

Thu, Apr 13 2017 @ 6:30 PM
TAGINE, SPREADS AND MIDDLE EASTERN FLATBREADS
 
Enrobe your kitchen with the aromas of the Middle East. We'll make a tagine, prepare homemade breads and dips and bake up the most extraordinary Baklava.

Chicken, Olive and Preserved Lemon Tagine

Flatbreads with Olive Oil and Za'atar

Tahini-Beet Hummus

Housemade Pita Bread

Pistachio Baklava

THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

14 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3642

Fri, Apr 14 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Kids Baking: The Bake Sale!
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Perfectly Fudgy Brownies
Big & Rich Oatmeal Cookies!

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Waiting List

$65.00

Chef Christianne Winthrop

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3698

Fri, Apr 14 2017 @ 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3770

Sat, Apr 15 2017 @ 3:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3566

Sat, Apr 15 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Southern Fried Chicken Dinner
 

Grab your honey or BFF and learn to make the BEST fried chicken this side of the South.

Fried Chicken with Hot Pepper Vinegar Sauce
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Southern Style Cornbread with Honey Butter
Long Cooked Mixed Greens with Bacon
Classic Banana Pudding

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

*PRICE IS PER COUPLE*

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3428

Sun, Apr 16 2017 @ 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3

This 8-week series is designed for the frequent baker or confectioner looking to take classes from professionals in their respective fields.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 12 students.
 
These 8 workshops are crafted to teach you how to produce restaurant and bakery-quality pastries and confections with a focus on the plating and presentation of the finished products. We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 

CLASS MEETS FROM 830AM-130PM

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

Week 1: Advanced French Macarons.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window! We will master the Italian Method of making macarons and pair them with a variety of gelees and ganaches.

Week 2: Opera and European Cakes.  Master the impossibly even layers of genoise and buttercream for a stunning Opera cake and create a stunning Dobos torte, complete with caramel shards.

Week 3: Advanced Cake Decorating.  Learn to make a traditional stacked wedding or special event cake. Your instructor will teach you basic Fondant and Buttercream techniques as well as gum paste flowers as you bring you own design to life.

Week 4: Puff Pastry.  This introduction to laminated doughs will have you shunning the store variety! You will learn to make a mother dough, laminate and make a variety of products, from Napoleons to Palmiers and Vol au Vents.

Week 5: Brioche and Danish. Oh, butter! Make a stunning Brioche a Tete, a braided loaf and Bostock along with delicious Danish using the skills mastered in the Puff Pastry session.

Week 6: Baguette and Batards.  Grab your bicycle and beret- you're going to delve deep into bread! We will work with both sourdough starter and commercial yeast as you mix, knead, shape, proof and bake these gorgeous and delicious loaves.

Week 7: Caramels. Perfect the sweet simplicity that is a salted caramel. Each caramel and confection you create, from Apple Cider Caramels to Chocolate Caramels and Honeycomb, will feature a different base recipe for you to take and infuse with your own variations. This class wil conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

Week 8: Advance Chocolates: You've learned to temper and you're ready to go beyond barks and bars! It's time to make filled bon bons, impressive dipped truffles and infused chocolats. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection

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The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall. There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended. You can reschedule one of the classes from this series should you miss a date.

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. No cell phones in class, please.
Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3563

Mon, Apr 17 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
 

This 4-week series is designed to teach culinary fundamentals to establish your foundational cooking skills.  You will work at your own station under the guidance of our Chef Instructor who will teach classic techniques, and give you a great series of recipes to add to your repertoire.  Bring containers to class - you'll love your next day lunches!

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

For 4 weeks; 6:30 - 9:30pm

Day 1:Knife Skills: Soups & Salads. Sharpen your knife skills and learn to make four classic dishes that make perfect lunches and sides (while learning two awesome do-ahead dressings). Kale Salad, California Chopped Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup, French Onion Soup.

Day 2: Meat and Poultry: Learn to break down chicken and source a variety of meats while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous and Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Crispy Chicken Breasts, Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin with Sherry Au Jus, Smoky Tri-tip with Salsa Verde and Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Fish and Shellfish: It's time to get over your fear of fish!  Learn to work with a variety of seafood and how quickly you can put dinner together with the right fish.  Slow-roasted Salmon with Fennel and Rosemary, Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad, Brown Butter Sole with Crispy Capers and Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

Day 4: Grains, Pastas and Legumes: Grains don't need to take a backseat.  You're going to pack a protein and flavor punch with a variety of sauces.  Curry Quinoa with Baby Spinach and Beluga Lentils, Spaghetti Puttanesca, Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice and Lime Chipotle Crema.

Menu items subject to change.  If you need to substitute an ingredient, call the school to let us know. You can make up up to one class in the series should you miss one.

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This class takes place at our state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center.  There is plenty of parking in Parking Structure 7 off Broadway directly behind the school, best level to park on is Level 4 if possible.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your class or receive an account credit.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3691

Tue, Apr 18 2017 @ 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3605

Wed, Apr 19 2017 @ 9:00 AM
FOLLOW THAT CHEF: with Chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse & Charcoal
 

Have you ever wondered what all those chefs are going to make with all that fresh produce they buy at the Farmers Market?  Here's another chance to follow Michelin-starred chef and local favorite Josiah Citrin through the famous Santa Monica Farmers Market, meet his favorite farmers and vendors and walk back to Gourmandise to watch a demonstration and sample dishes.  The Follow That Chef classes are are free of charge and require RSVP.  


Menu

TBD


Josiah Citrin is a culinary expert and veteran of Los Angeles’s gourmet dining scene, with more than 25 years of experience. He is a two-star Michelin chef and owner of Santa Monica California’s highly-acclaimed Mélisse, Charcoal Venice, and Dave’s Doghouse in the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. His culinary philosophy, “In Pursuit of Excellence” sets the standard for all of his concepts, whether fine-dining or casual. He visits the weekly Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where he selects produce from purveyors he’s worked with for years. His ability to remember, define, and pinpoint nearly everything he sees, tastes, touches, and smells has created an almost encyclopedia-like knowledge of all things food related.

Meet Chef Josiah and our staff at 3rd st. and Arizona, in front of Stefano’s Pizza in the middle of the Santa Monica Farmer's Market at 9am sharp.  This walk will then move on to The Gourmandise School on the third floor of Santa Monica Place for a demo and tasting

 

Waiting List

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3546

Wed, Apr 19 2017 @ 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Classic Sauces
 

Learn the secrets of a perfect pan sauce, as well as a variety of make-ahead sauces to enhance poultry, meat, fish and vegetables dishes in this three hour class.

Romesco Sauce with Grilled Shrimp
Aioli with Roasted Potatoes
Tapenade Toasts
Chicken with Balsamic Port Reduction Sauce
Salsa Verde with Polenta

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, otherwise we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

14 openings available

$85.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3653

Thu, Apr 20 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CREAM PUFFS, ECLAIRS AND RELIGIEUSES
 

The star of this class is the Pate a Choux, a versatile dough that is used to make Cream Puffs, Eclairs, and Gougeres (savory cheese puffs).

 Cream Puffs
Eclairs
Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
Bittersweet Ganache
Herb and Cheese Gougere
Churros

 THIS IS A 3 HOUR ClASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

15 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3621

Fri, Apr 21 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CARAMELS AND CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
 
Are you obsessed with caramel and chocolate? Join us as we master the basics of making caramels, from killer sauce to the now ubiquitous fleur de sel variety.  Chocolatier Ruth Kennison will guide you through the science of sugar and caramelization and teach you how to infuse your caramels with different flavors for creative custom caramels and teach you how to melt, roll and cover chocolate truffles.
 
Beer and Pretzel Caramels
Fleur de Sel Caramels
Classic Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
Soft Caramel Filled Truffles

THIS IS A 4 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

16 openings available

$95.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3577

Fri, Apr 21 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Sushi 101
 

Join Chef May for a delicious introduction to Sushi! You'll learn to make and season rice, pick and cut fish like a pro, master tempura and shape the perfect rolls.

Asparagus and Spring Onion Roll
Avocado and Cucumber Roll with Pea Sprouts
Shrimp Tempura Roll
Salmon Nigiri

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS  

PRICE IS PER COUPLE

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3772

Sat, Apr 22 2017 @ 2:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3696

Sat, Apr 22 2017 @ 6:30 PM
A NIGHT IN MARRAKESH: Classic Moroccan Cuisine
 

Uncover how to make a classic Tagine and traditional Couscous with Chef May. Leave room for the orange and almond cake!

Citrus, Mint and Olive Salad
Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons

Classic 7-Vegetable Couscous and Harissa
Orange & Almond Cake


THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

10 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3619

Sun, Apr 23 2017 @ 4:00 PM
THE CHOCOLATE CLASS: How to Melt, Temper, Dip and Mold Chocolate
 

It's time to get your Willy Wonka on! Chocolatier and renowed chocolate expert Ruth Kenninson will take you through a chocolate tasting, then have you tempering using the Tabling, Seeding and Direct methods. You will be dipping, pouring and spreading the tempered chocolate into a variety of custom confections. Each student will leave with an impressive array of handmade chocolates.

Elegant Mendiants (Piped and Embellished Chocolate Discs)
Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bark
Crispy Rice Rochers
Chocolate Dipped Seasonal Fruits

THIS IS A 4 HOUR CLASS 

 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, otherwise we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

6 openings available

$125.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3682

Mon, Apr 24 2017 @ 10:00 AM
MERINGUE CAKES
 
These naturally gluten-free wonders are packed with texture, flavor and do-ahead strategies. You'll whip, pipe, bake and decorate your cakes and take home two decadent creations.

Marjolaine (Halzenut Meringue Cake)

Swiss Buttercream

Mirrored Chocolate Glaze

Concord Cake (Chocolate Meringue Cake)

Chocolate Mousse

 

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible in case there are any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

9 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3563

Mon, Apr 24 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
 

This 4-week series is designed to teach culinary fundamentals to establish your foundational cooking skills.  You will work at your own station under the guidance of our Chef Instructor who will teach classic techniques, and give you a great series of recipes to add to your repertoire.  Bring containers to class - you'll love your next day lunches!

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

For 4 weeks; 6:30 - 9:30pm

Day 1:Knife Skills: Soups & Salads. Sharpen your knife skills and learn to make four classic dishes that make perfect lunches and sides (while learning two awesome do-ahead dressings). Kale Salad, California Chopped Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup, French Onion Soup.

Day 2: Meat and Poultry: Learn to break down chicken and source a variety of meats while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous and Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Crispy Chicken Breasts, Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin with Sherry Au Jus, Smoky Tri-tip with Salsa Verde and Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Fish and Shellfish: It's time to get over your fear of fish!  Learn to work with a variety of seafood and how quickly you can put dinner together with the right fish.  Slow-roasted Salmon with Fennel and Rosemary, Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad, Brown Butter Sole with Crispy Capers and Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

Day 4: Grains, Pastas and Legumes: Grains don't need to take a backseat.  You're going to pack a protein and flavor punch with a variety of sauces.  Curry Quinoa with Baby Spinach and Beluga Lentils, Spaghetti Puttanesca, Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice and Lime Chipotle Crema.

Menu items subject to change.  If you need to substitute an ingredient, call the school to let us know. You can make up up to one class in the series should you miss one.

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This class takes place at our state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center.  There is plenty of parking in Parking Structure 7 off Broadway directly behind the school, best level to park on is Level 4 if possible.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your class or receive an account credit.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3686

Tue, Apr 25 2017 @ 9:30 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3617

Thu, Apr 27 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CREATIVE CAKES
 

Learn to master the art of making a simple, beautiful birthday or occasion cake. You'll learn two deliciously light cake batters, two fillings and two frostings. We will cut cakes into even layers, learn to crumb coat and create simple, stunning buttercream patterns. We will also fill and decorate cupcakes.

Honey Graham S'mores Cake:

Whipped Chocolate Filling

Handmade Marshmallow Decorations


Chocolate Bar Cake:

Impossibly Light Peanut Butter Cake

Homemade Peanut Caramel

Chocolate Glaze

THIS IS A 4 HOUR CLASS  

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

13 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3587

Thu, Apr 27 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KOREAN BBQ
 

Book this class with your favorite Korean BBQ fans! Chef May will share her favorite recipes and at-home grilling techniques.

Beef Galbi
Dak Galbi (Chicken with Gochujan Cabbage & Sweet Potatoes)

Pa Jeon (Vegetable Pancakes)
Marinated Cucumbers with Sesame Garlic & Korean Chili


THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

6 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3668

Fri, Apr 28 2017 @ 10:00 AM
HANDMADE PASTAS AND FRESH SPRING SAUCES
 
Mangia! Spend three hours learning how to mix, knead, roll out and cut handmade pastas and pair them with seasonal sauces. We'll show you how to do it all by hand or with your choice of hand cranked or KitchenAid attachments.

Farfalle with Fennel and Pea Sauce

Tortellini with Housemade Ricotta

Fettucine with Pistachio and Artichokes

 

THIS CLASS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. 

9 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3679

Fri, Apr 28 2017 @ 2:00 PM
SPRING PIES
 

Dust off the aprons and break out the tins- it's time to shake out your fear of making pie crust from scratch! Learn to blind bake, make decorative borders and lattice work and create some new family favorites with two of our best-loved recipes.

Best Flaky All-Butter Crust
Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie
Blueberry Pies

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

14 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3582

Fri, Apr 28 2017 @ 6:30 PM
WHISKEY CLUB: Dinner and Pairings
 

Fly off with us as we explore whiskeys from near and far with pairings for each dish we prepare. Bring just your appetite- we will provide the rest!

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
Southern Style Flank Steak
Honey-glazed Carrots
Chocolate Souffles

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 21 and up. 



2 openings available

$125.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3773

Sat, Apr 29 2017 @ 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3777

Sat, Apr 29 2017 @ 3:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3776

Sat, Apr 29 2017 @ 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3428

Sun, Apr 30 2017 @ 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3

This 8-week series is designed for the frequent baker or confectioner looking to take classes from professionals in their respective fields.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 12 students.
 
These 8 workshops are crafted to teach you how to produce restaurant and bakery-quality pastries and confections with a focus on the plating and presentation of the finished products. We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 

CLASS MEETS FROM 830AM-130PM

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

Week 1: Advanced French Macarons.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window! We will master the Italian Method of making macarons and pair them with a variety of gelees and ganaches.

Week 2: Opera and European Cakes.  Master the impossibly even layers of genoise and buttercream for a stunning Opera cake and create a stunning Dobos torte, complete with caramel shards.

Week 3: Advanced Cake Decorating.  Learn to make a traditional stacked wedding or special event cake. Your instructor will teach you basic Fondant and Buttercream techniques as well as gum paste flowers as you bring you own design to life.

Week 4: Puff Pastry.  This introduction to laminated doughs will have you shunning the store variety! You will learn to make a mother dough, laminate and make a variety of products, from Napoleons to Palmiers and Vol au Vents.

Week 5: Brioche and Danish. Oh, butter! Make a stunning Brioche a Tete, a braided loaf and Bostock along with delicious Danish using the skills mastered in the Puff Pastry session.

Week 6: Baguette and Batards.  Grab your bicycle and beret- you're going to delve deep into bread! We will work with both sourdough starter and commercial yeast as you mix, knead, shape, proof and bake these gorgeous and delicious loaves.

Week 7: Caramels. Perfect the sweet simplicity that is a salted caramel. Each caramel and confection you create, from Apple Cider Caramels to Chocolate Caramels and Honeycomb, will feature a different base recipe for you to take and infuse with your own variations. This class wil conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

Week 8: Advance Chocolates: You've learned to temper and you're ready to go beyond barks and bars! It's time to make filled bon bons, impressive dipped truffles and infused chocolats. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection

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The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall. There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended. You can reschedule one of the classes from this series should you miss a date.

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. No cell phones in class, please.
Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3659

Sun, Apr 30 2017 @ 2:00 PM
THE BUSINESS OF FOOD
 

This seminar will focus on all the steps needed in order to open a small food business. You will learn the ins and outs of getting permits, working in a commercial kitchen space, incorporating, trademarking and more.  We will give you the tools you'll need to get started and be there to answer questions along the way.

Please bring all your questions and ideas- we will also cover converting recipes into formulas, what to expect in a commercial kitchen space and how to start selling both wholesale and retail. Other topics will include (but are not limited to, so bring your questions).

Learn more about our alumns and clients on our Business of Food web page here.


Cottage Food Industry Act:  The new rules, and what it means for you
Commercial kitchen design
Equipment
Cost of maintenance
Start-up costs
Renting commercial kitchens
Farmer's markets and festivals
Turning recipes into formulas
How to figure out food costs
Finding wholesalers to purchase your ingredients
Packaging and shipping
UPC codes and nutritional labels

This is a 3 hour class

 Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up.

10 openings available

$200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3667

Sun, Apr 30 2017 @ 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
 

Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class.  Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook.  Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them.  Watch, learn and practice your new found skills by putting together a delicious dinner menu!

Asian Chicken Slaw

Quinoa Taboule

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Country Fried Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Crumble

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS 

 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, otherwise we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

15 openings available

$85.00

Chef Gill Boyd

Santa Monica Place