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Sep 16, 2011 07:40 AM

Cooking Classes in San Francisco/Bay Area


I have some girlfriends flying in to visit and I wanted to plan cooking classes as part of their visit. Their visit will be short, so we were hoping to stay in the San Francisco area for the cooking classes. It would be ideal if I could find California style cooking and using local produce/ingredients, etc.

I have checked Cavallo Point and they don't have anything available for the weekend that I am looking at. Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Cavallo Point
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

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  1. I would suggest Eat Whole Life (SOMA). They're new and are supposed to be quite good.

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      1. I realize that you did say the San Francisco area but some great classes are available at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. I have taken the 5 day Basic Training Boot Camp as well as a Saturday Soup For All Seasons class. I took both of these classes at their San Antonio campus. The instructor was a Certified Master Chef. The instructor understood that the classes were comprised of enthusiasts and adjusted his presentations (down to our skill levels) to make it fun for all of us. He had a lot of great stories to tell.

        The Saturday course was a 5 hour hands on course where each participant made his/her own soup from the CIA's course material on soups. I made a surprisingly clear chicken consumme...something I probably would not have accomplished on my own.

        Check out this url for the classes:

        Breakfast in the Napa/Sonoma Valley, a cooking class and an afternoon of wine and cheese tasting would be a great way to spend a fall afternoon.

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          1. You might check Sur La Table - they do classes in Palo Alto and elsewhere and also Whole Foods Los Altos - their calendar is online. Lots of variety offered at reasonable prices. Draegers also offers classes in both the San Mateo and Menlo Park locations

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            1. re: takuhead

              Thank you for all the replies. I'll check all these suggestions and let you know how it goes!