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Please recommend intimate cooking classes

Hi,

Could anyone recommend a cooking class for the novice, non-vocational participant in the Bay Area that is intimate, truly helpful and fun? This is a gift for a friend...I don't live in your area, so I'm not up to date on schools that fit this profile. I am not looking for something akin to Sur La Table, where participants sit in folding chairs looking at a cook top reflected by a mirror. Something on the smaller side, with real participation, where the instructor is very knowledgeable and capable of teaching well.

Thanks!

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      1. Kasma is well-known and highly recommended in the Bay Area:
        http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/cook...

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        1. re: damyth

          I loved Kasma's weeklong beginner intensive class, but it or even the beginner evening series might be a bit much for a novice -- both in terms of the time commitment and the intensity.

          1. i went to draegers in san mateo and had a great time. Not to mention making a great meal and learning some skills at the same time.