Looking for cooking school/classes in Bay area
One of my best friends is getting married, and I'd like to give her and her husband a gift certificate for a cooking class. They live in SF (I'm in NY), and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a school/institution, or maybe a private teacher.
I am quite naive about cooking classes in SF as I took my first one this last Saturday at Sur La Table near Union Square. I took a Spring Cupcake Class, which you can follow here: http://jobostonisafoodie.blogspot.com/2009/05/spring-cupcake-workshop-my-first-real.html
I looked at their calender and they have some interesting classes coming up. Each class is about 2-3 hours and about $69-79 a head. There are classes for couples as well. I saw one called "Date Night: Provence" which looked really cool.
You can find the calendar to the Union Square location here: http://surlatable.turnstilesystems.co...
I know it's a chain store, but I found the class to be really fun. There are usually 16 in a class, so I am not too sure if there are private classes available. But I guess the positive about a chain store is that they don't have to use the certificate at that particular store location.
I enjoyed my class greatly and look forward to my next class.
This is a great idea -- we did this for a couple of our good friends and they swear it's one reason they're still together!
If your couple likes thai food, Kasma's classes are EXCELLENT. She teaches a five week course and the food is incredible!
I don't yet have any personal experience with these, but am on e-mail lists and hope to check them out soon:
18 Reasons: http://www.18reasons.org/
Wine education, cooking classes, tastings, and other interesting stuff. Very reasonably priced - even more so if you make them members.
La Cocina: http://www.lacocinasf.org/
Organization that supports local food businesses. Cooking classes are more sporadic, but all sound great!
Tante Marie's http://www.tantemarie.com/
A previous thread with lots of ideas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/487242