Cooking Basics

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    Surf and Turf

    Nom if by land. Nom nom if by sea. Make history in your home kitchen thanks to this surf and turf workshop! Class takes place in a social kitchen environment that's a great place to learn and meet new friends. As you work, you'll build the skills necessary to recreate each dish on your own, and the confidence to take your culinary exploits in delicious new and amphibious directions! On the menu are: Lobster bisque shooters; Shrimp and red pepper ceviche on endive spears; Beef medallions with port wine glaze; Garlic confit scalloped potatoes; and Chocolate soufflés with salted caramel sauce. This is a culinary class with some beef to it. And some shrimp!
    Surf and Turf

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Master the art of the surf and turf meal during a culinary workshop
    • Work with an experienced chef to prepare each dish from scratch
    • Develop the confidence and skills to recreate each dish at home
    • Meet fellow foodies and enjoy a scrumptious meal you've prepared together
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    Dinner With Friends

    Up for a little eat and greet? Add a little more flavor to your social life during this "Dinner With Friends" event! Work under the guidance of an experienced chef in a bright, creative kitchen space, while you help to prepare a number of delicious dishes alongside fellow foodies. Not only is this workshop a great way to supplement to your culinary skills, but you might just make a few new friends to invite to your next dinner party! On the menu: Chicken Piccata with White Wine Sauce, Lemon and Capers; Homemade Pasta Strips with Pressed Herbs and Garden Herb Pesto; Stuffed and Slow Roasted Portobello Mushrooms and Tomatoes; and Pear Crisp with Balsamic Pear Reduction. With friends like this, who needs five-star restaurants?
    Dinner With Friends

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Pick up some new gourmet kitchen tricks during a social culinary class
    • Work under the guidance of a professional chef to prepare each dish
    • Make acquaintances with fellow foodies while working and eating together
    • Enjoy a delicious meal of your own making
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    Wine Lover's Dinner

    Enjoy a good vino with your meal? Then this prospect of this wine lover's dinner event ought to give you plenty of food (and wine) for thought! You enjoy a relaxed, social kitchen environment, where you'll learn to create several gourmet-style dishes under the guidance of a professional chef. Work alongside fellow foodies to prepare each recipe, and gain the skills and confidence to recreate them for your next dinner party! Each dish is also designed to perfectly match to an assortment of delicious wines, and you'll even pick up some tips on cooking with wine! Featured menu items include: Garden Herb Goat Cheese Mousse Crostini with Caramelized Shallots and Cabernet Caramel; Grilled Salmon with Corn and Sauvignon Blanc Butter Sauce; Mushroom Risotto; and Port Poached Pears with Chantilly Cream. If the food doesn't leave you spinning, the wine certainly will!
    Wine Lover's Dinner

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Learn to prepare several delicious dinner entrees designed to be paired with wine
    • Work with an experienced chef to prepare each dish from scratch
    • Develop the confidence and skills to recreate each dish at home
    • Meet fellow foodies and enjoy a scrumptious meal you've prepared together
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    Knife Skills

    Looking to sharpen your culinary skills? Get the edge you need to succeed in the kitchen during this "Knife Skills" workshop! Anybody who's ever gotten a cut knows that the knife can be an intimidating implement to work with. That said, it also ranks as one of a serious chef's most important tools. This class is designed to help you build confidence in your knife skills by mastering safe, effective practices for slicing and dicing. You'll use actual foods to accomplish this, as you work techniques on both veggies and meats. You also learn how to select the right knife for each job. Of course, all those "pointers" will probably work up quite an appetite. So, in the process of learning, you'll also prepare a delicious meal! On the menu: Matchstick Vegetable Salad; Hash Browns with Caramelized Onions; Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce; and Grilled Fruit Skewers. Looking sharp!
    Knife Skills

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Enhance your kitchen knife skills during a hands-on culinary workshop
    • Master safe and effective techniques while cutting vegetables and meats
    • Prepare a delicious meal to enjoy at the class's conclusion
    • Socialize with fellow foodies in a creative learning environment
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    Paleo Recipes

    Want to get back to the basics in your culinary routine? Like way, way back? Go paleolithic during this hands-on workshop! Just in case you've been living in a cave somewhere, the paleo diet is an approach to nutrition that emphasizes only eating the foods that were once available to our prehistoric ancestors. During this workshop, you'll learn to follow the fundamental precepts of the paleo diet without actually having to sharpen your own spears and hunt your own game, or get your hands all dirty foraging for edible roots and plants. The class instructor will cover both shopping and recipe preparation. In the process, you'll work alongside fellow foodies in creative kitchen environment as you create a delicious meal that will make pre-history! On the menu: Kale, Radish and Hard Boiled Egg Salad with Toasted Seeds and Citrus Vinaigrette; Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Fennel, Herbs and Lemon Infused Olive Oil; Orange Cashew Chicken; and Eggplant with Lamb or Beef, Mint, Pine Nuts and Tomatoes. Who knew cavemen had five star restaurants?
    Paleo Recipes

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Master several delicious recipes that adhere to a paleolithic diet approach
    • Work with an experienced chef to prepare delicious and nutritious meals
    • Develop confidence in your cooking skills and the ability to recreate each dish on your own
    • Meet fellow foodies and enjoy a scrumptious meal you've prepared together
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    Artisan Bread Workshop

    Tired of loafing around? Here's a class any serious bread lover "kneads" to check out! Say goodbye to packaged breads. Under the guidance of an experienced baker, you'll make deliciously aromatic and fresh breads that will become instant staples of your home kitchen. You'll learn about four different styles of dough will be featured, and professional techniques such as delayed fermentatinon. In the process, you'll handcraft braided challah, ciabatta, focaccia, and classic french baguettes! You'll even learn to make a chocolate babka. Plus, the creative kitchen setting maintained by PREP Kitchen Essentials is not only a great environment to learn in, it's also a great social setting to meet some new dough-eyed friends!
    Artisan Bread Workshop

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Learn to handcraft and bake artisan breads during a culinary workshop
    • Master 4 different styles of dough and various professional techniques
    • Make braided challah, ciabatta, focaccia, and french baguettes
    • Work alongside fellow foodies in a creative kitchen environment
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    Knife Skills

    Become a kitchen knife ninja with this class! Following the instructions of a trained gourmet chef, you'll learn the essential basics of proper knife usage, including a lesson on how to keep your knives in top shape and as sharp as ever. You'll use provided state-of-the-art knives or the ones from your very own home to learn the precise movements and measurements that will make you a kitchen star. You'll also have the chance to practice on fresh ingredients as you learn a variety of cuts, such as chopping, mincing, dicing, and julienning. But your hard work won't go to waste! You'll use your freshly chopped goodies to put together a few fabulous salads that will showcase your new skills. Bon appetit!
    Knife Skills

    3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa

    • Master the fine techniques of kitchen knives in a professionally-taught cooking class
    • Learn essential types of cuts, such as chopping, mincing, dicing, julienning, and more
    • Gain confidence in your culinary skills as you pick up professional tips and tricks
    • Get a fancy new skill that will impress anyone who steps into your kitchen
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    All About Sauces Cooking

    In this class, it's definitely okay to get a little saucy! Following the instructions of a trained gourmet chef, you'll go through the step-by-step process of creating smooth, flavorful sauces that will put the perfect finishing touches on your culinary masterpieces. You'll use provided state-of-the-art cookware and an array of fresh ingredients to learn the precise movements and measurements that will make you a kitchen star. Each class also features a rotating menu of delectable dishes, meaning you'll not only get a surprise as to what you'll be preparing but you can aso be assured that you'll be preparing something interesting and delicious. Bon appetit!
    All About Sauces Cooking

    3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa

    • Discover the art of skillful sauce making in a professionally-taught cooking class
    • Master a variety of sauces chosen by the chef to be prepared in class with provided equipment and ingredients
    • Gain confidence in your culinary skills as you pick up professional tips and tricks
    • Impress your friends and their stomachs at your next dinner party
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    How To Cook Fabulous Fish and Seafood

    Tired watching cooking shows? Sick of dreaming of delicious meals and then ordering chinese food? Stop torturing yourself and learn how to cook with the famed Chef Elizabeth Whitt. Dive into a deep sea adventure with your expert instructor as she shows you how to prepare four succulent seafood-based dishes. You will learn how to make a tuscan style oven-roasted white fish, seared scallops with mushrooms and balsamic glaze, pureed sweet potatoes, and Salmon Salad Niçoise. You don't always have to go to the coast to get a great seafood dinner -- cook it yourself at home! Stop dreaming about food you want and start eating it!
    How To Cook Fabulous Fish and Seafood

    12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

    • Learn to cook alongside Le Cordon Bleu's Chef Elizabeth Whitt
    • Dive into the essentials of how to make perfect restaurant-style fish at home by using expert methods, tools and ingredients
    • Pick up 4 recipes that are as subtle and provocative as the sea itself
    • Find your inner foodie and indulge in an educational day of cooking
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    Italian Cooking

    The true meaning of "amore" is fresh, homemade Italian food! Following the instructions of a trained gourmet chef, you'll go through the step-by-step process of creating a few authentic Italian dishes that will have your heart and tastebuds singing. You'll use provided state-of-the-art cookware and an array of fresh ingredients to learn the precise movements and measurements that will make you a kitchen star. Each class also features a rotating menu of delectable dishes, meaning you'll not only get a surprise as to what you'll be preparing but you can aso be assured that you'll be preparing something interesting and delicious. Bellies up!
    Italian Cooking

    3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa

    • Discover the art of authentic Italian cooking in a professionally-taught cooking class
    • Master a few true Italian dishes as chosen by the chef to be prepared in class with provided equipment and ingredients
    • Gain confidence in your culinary skills as you pick up professional tips and tricks
    • Give takeout menus a break by learning to make your own tasty treats
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