Looking for a fun cooking school to host a party!
In San Francisco there is a fun cooking school called Tante Marie's where I have hosted dinner parties. A group of about twenty or so goes, split into groups (salad, main course, dessert, etc) and receive instructions on how to prepare the course. In the meantime, you drink wine, beer, have fun, then sit down to a nice dinner. Anything like that in the LA Area?
I don't know if they'd do a sit down dinner, but the cooking classes at Spaghettini Cucina in Long Beach are a lot of fun. You might call and ask Debbie if she'd do something like that for you. It's not really a restaurant; it's a gourmet take-out & deli with tables and patio for informal dining.
I AM INTERESTED IN STARTING A GROUP THAT WILL MEET TWO
TIMES A MONTH ON A WEEKDAY AFTERNOON TO SAMPLE SOME
OF L.A.s INTERESTING EATING SPOTS. PREFERABLY THE
LOCATION WILL BE THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, AND WEST
HOLLYWOOD, BUT I AM OPEN TO OTHER L.A. LOCALES. THIS
IS NOT A SINGLES GROUP. MY GROUP WILL IDEALLY CONSIST
OF THOSE WHO HAVE A FEW AFTERNOONS FREE PER MONTH AND
WHO LOVE GOOD FOOD AND RELISH NEW DINING EXPERIENCES.
Evan Kleiman, owner of Angeli Caffe on Melrose, hosts cooking classes, olive oil tastings, etc. and I'll bet she would be happy to set something up for you.
You can arrange private cooking events at any Sur La Table stores with cooking programs, but I'm not sure which ones in the LA area have them -- I know the Newport Beach store does, and I think the one in Santa Monica does too. Email me if you want more info -- I work at the SF Sur La Table and can get you a contact name if you're interested.
I suggest The Depot in Torrance, which has a cooking school in a separate building in back of the restaurant. Chef Michael Schafer is a real character and an excellent teacher.