Cooking Classes in SF
I am thinking of giving a gift certificate for cooking classes to my girl friend who has recently gotten interested in cooking. Looking for good recommendations for cooking classes in SF. Cuisine wise it would be great to focus on California cuisine, seafood, or vegetarian cooking.
I got a gift certificate once for a class at the California Culinary Academy, and I really enjoyed it. They have a whole range of classes, from more "basics-oriented" classes (like knife skills or basic sauces) to classes in specific cuisines, so your girlfriend would have a wide variety of choices.
When the classes are over, each class contributes what they made for a huge buffet spread for all the students, which was surprisingly good and gave everyone a chance to mingle and find out more about what each class learned.
First Class Cooking (www.firstclasscooking.com) is a great option for beginning and intermediate chefs. The groups are small and the atmosphere is really low-key. I never felt intimidated, asked lots of questions, and came away with some great recipes that I've duplicated for friends. Although I took an ethnicy class, the monthly schedule leans Californian and really focuses on fresh produce. Basic classes are $45 per session (an evening or afternoon), but some cocktail and wine pairing classes are a bit more. I'm certain gift certificates are available.
Hope you consider this; I'd definitely do it again!
Sur La Table offers classes as well. Be sure to read the details though as some classes are hands on and others are demonstrations only.