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Pastry making/Bread making classes in the Bay Area?

amishad Feb 3, 2013 11:19 PM

HI all,

I am looking for pastry making and bread making classes, that are not more than half a day long, in the bay area. I did find some classes in the city, but they are either a week long, or last for 2 days(over a weekend). I work full time, hence am looking for something on a weekend.

Thanks for your feedback in advance. Appreciate it!


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    amishad Feb 8, 2013 01:01 PM

    thank you all so much for your replies! I will review all the ones mentioned in this thread, and see which one I can take! so excited! :)

    1. maria lorraine Feb 5, 2013 12:33 AM

      San Francisco Baking Institute would be my first choice:
      480 Grandview Drive
      South San Francisco, CA 94080
      (650) 589-5784

      "Baking classes in the Bay Area"
      from examiner.com:

      Baking Classes in San Jose / Silicon Valley / Bay Area

      Kitchen On Fire
      1509 Shattuck Avenue # A
      Berkeley, CA 94709

      Professional Culinary Institute of California
      700 W. Hamilton Ave.
      Campbell, CA 95008

      Draeger’s Cooking School
      4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
      Danville, CA 94506

      Sur la Table
      23 University Avenue
      Los Gatos, California 95030
      (408) 395-5576

      Draeger’s Cooking School
      1010 University Dr.
      Menlo Park, CA 94025

      Sur la Table
      Town & Country Village
      Palo Alto, California 94301
      (650) 289-0438

      Pans on Fire
      310-B Main Street
      Pleasanton , CA 94566
      (925) 600-7267

      Baking Arts
      542 Brannan #410
      San Francisco, CA 94107
      (415) 706-7112

      Cooks Boulevard
      1309 Castro Street
      San Francisco, CA
      (415) 647-2665

      Sur La Table
      Union Square
      San Francisco, California 94108
      (415) 732-7900

      Tante Marie’s Cooking School
      271 Francisco Street
      San Francisco, CA 94133
      (415) 788-6699

      Draeger’s Cooking School
      222 East 4th Ave.
      San Mateo, CA 94401

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        NapaSpy Feb 4, 2013 05:55 PM

        Check out the Napa Valley Cooking School: napavalley.edu/CommEd/Documents/food enthusiast spring 2013 Final.pdf

        We had two bottles of Screaming Eagle at one class. Last year we had Chef Eric Lee, a contestant at one of the Foodnetwork shows, teach a class. Chef Barbara Alexander can easily do stand-up comedy, except that she is serious about the class.

        Make sure you can navigate those country roads after all the wine pairings!

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          pcdarnell Feb 4, 2013 12:28 PM

          Kitchen on Fire in Berkely has weekend and evening classes. I took a pie making class this summer that was alot of fun. Check out their website for the class calendar. They offer series and one-time classes. I think they do bread making classes. They also do some cool theme classes like different ethnic cooking, cooking for a dinner party, etc.
          I would most defintiely go back, I just haven't had time.

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            amishad Feb 4, 2013 10:55 AM

            thanks all. If you do know of any pastry making classes as well, that would be great.


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            1. re: amishad
              Bigshadetree Feb 5, 2013 06:45 AM


              Sur la Table is adverising an Intro to French Pastry class this month - Palo Alto and Santa Rosa are the only Bay Area sites.

            2. BernalKC Feb 3, 2013 11:44 PM

              I attended the starter workshop at Sour Flour bakery at La Victoria and can recommend it. The workshop on dough development sounds really good too. http://www.sourflour.org/workshops/

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              1. re: BernalKC
                Ruth Lafler Feb 4, 2013 10:44 AM

                Not only that, but there are often deals for it on Living Social, so it's very reasonable!

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