Cooking Basics

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    Mastering Knife Skills

    Ready to graduate past the butter knife? Knives are essential instruments for any would-be kitchen magician "... but boy, can they be scary. This workshop will give you both the knowledge and the confidence to handle a blade proficiently and safely. You'll be getting practical experience in selecting the right knife (yeah there more than one) for the task at hand, and work on proper handling, whether it be for slicing, dicing, mincing, or chopping. You'll practice these skills while preparing ingredients to make yummy pizzas, which will be your well-earned reward to cap the class off. If you're looking to sharpen your culinary skills, this one is for you.
    Mastering Knife Skills

    1509 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

    • Master the art of using knives in the kitchen to perfectly prepare ingredients
    • Learn about various knife types and what works best in several scenarios
    • Discover methods to properly care for your cutlery, including sharpening and honing
    • Prepare and consume delicious homemade pizzas that will hit the spot
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    Cooking for the Week

    When the take out guy starts calling you for your dinner order, you know you've got a problem. But how do you reclaim your kitchen while maintaining your fast-paced life style? This class will teach you the secrets to preparing nutritious meals in advance, preparing larger quantities that will keep while maintaining their deliciousness. You'll learn the process from start to finish, including shopping, cooking and storing. You'll get hands-on practice in building your culinary skills, and learn about mixing and matching ingredients, and shortcuts you can take when time is short. Best of all, you'll get to eat what you make, enjoying a delicious and eclectic menu that will open your eyes about what you can accomplish in the kitchen. Try to let the take out guy down easily, huh?
    Cooking for the Week

    1509 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

    • Master the art of whipping up easy-to-make meals that won't cut heavily into your busy life
    • Discover delicious and nutritious recipes that will store without losing flavor
    • Develop multiple culinary skills and acquire knowledge that will translate across many dishes
    • Prepare a manageable meals that will leave you feeling content and healthy
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    The Art of Pickling

    Finding yourself in a pickle with too many garden veggies on hand? Sometimes all you need is a can-do attitude! During this hands-on workshop, you'll receive expert instruction in the art of vegetable preservation. After learning the history of pickling, you'll get practical experience with delicious seasonal vegetables. You'll also receive advice on flavor combinations, how to experiment with recipes, and how to work your pickled delights into your meal plan. Plus, you'll learn to use the water-bath canning method to package your work for shelf storage. Classes are limited to just 10 students, meaning you'll receive plenty of personalized instruction to hone your skills. When the class is over, you'll have two types of pickled vegetables and a set of recipes to bring home with you!
    The Art of Pickling

    2962 24th St, San Francisco

    • Learn secrets to preserve your vegetables, like pickling methods and water-bath canning
    • Receive tips on recipe experimentation and learn how to incorporate delicious pickled veggies into your meals
    • Pick up the fundamentals of the perfect skillset to supplement your home gardening
    • Finish class with two types of pickled vegetables and recipes to take home!
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    Stews and Braising

    During the coldest months, what better comfort food is there than a warm, hearty stew? During this class, you'll be introduced to a world of new stewy recipes! Learn how to braise meat using the best cuts for tender, fall-off-the-bone results. At the end of the class, you'll also enjoy a dinner that consists of your day's creations. Get ready to learn how to make meat a bigger part of your meals and why the source of your meat matters!
    Stews and Braising

    2701 8th St, Berkeley

    • Learn to make great stews that will make everyone ask for seconds
    • Use the best cuts of meat for the braised dishes you'll learn to create
    • Take home new recipes that you can easily replicate in your own kitchen
    • Improve your cooking skills and techniques
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    Soups, Stocks, and Bone Broths

    Soups, stocks, and bone broths are at the core of many great dishes, from Vietnamese pho to French onion soup. During this class, you'll start from the ground up to learn how to make flavorful, quality soups, stocks, and bone broths. Discover the health benefits of stocks and bone broths, and why they should be a permanent part of your recipe repertoire. You'll also concoct delicious soups that can stand on their own as a meal! The best part? You will carry the fundamental techniques you learn during this class with you for the rest of your life.
    Soups, Stocks, and Bone Broths

    2701 8th St, Berkeley

    • Learn to make flavorful soups, stocks, and bone broths
    • Use the stocks and bone broths in creative recipes that you can take home
    • Pick up tips and tricks from a talented chef
    • Brush up on your preparation skills in the kitchen
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    It's All About Poultry

    Got problems with dry chicken? Never again after you take this class! You'll learn to butcher a whole chicken the proper way, then pick up on tips and tricks on how to cook it safely. Distinguish between various meats and cuts of poultry as you learn from a talented, knowledgeable chef. At the end of the class, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner that includes your self-made poultry dishes.
    It's All About Poultry

    2701 8th St, Berkeley

    • Learn how to properly butcher a chicken and cook it so it doesn't come out try
    • Pick up tips and tricks from a knowledgeable, talented chef
    • Enjoy a delicious dinner at the end of the class comprised of your own dishes
    • Take new recipes home to easily replicate in your own kitchen
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    Date Night Cooking Experience

    Why pay for dinner at an overpriced restaurant when you can have an intimate, delicious date night at home? In this hands-on class, you'll learn to make a tasty, 4-course menu from scratch. Whet your appetite starting off with an appetizer and a soup made with local, seasonal ingredients. Then it's time for a belly-warming, satisfying entree. And since no dinner for two would be complete without something sweet, you'll put together the perfect dessert to top it all off. There's nothing like sharing a meal with that special someone -- especially when you've made it together.
    Date Night Cooking Experience

    300 Turney St, Sausalito

    • Spend the night cooking a decadent dinner together
    • Create a delicious 4-course menu from scratch
    • Learn to pair seasonal ingredients for a menu that flows naturally
    • Discover new and useful cooking techniques
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    Date Night Couples Cooking Class

    No matter how much you love watching a movie and cuddling on the couch with takeout, sometimes you just have to spice up date night! Treat your special someone to a special Date Night with this romantic evening of hands-on cooking and delicious fun. Heat up the kitchen with your partner as you help make a meal that's sure to be both delicious and memorable. Your lead chef and instructor will feature tips and tricks while upbeat music sets the mood. As you break into teams and work together to prepare two recipes from the evening's small plates menu, savor the fruits of your labor hot from the oven while sipping on a glass of whichever wine you prefer to bring. Bon appetite!
    Date Night Couples Cooking Class

    1755 Rollins Rd, Burlingame

    • Treat your special someone to a romantic Date Night with this evening of hands-on cooking and delicious fun
    • Heat up the kitchen with your partner as you help make a meal that's both delicious and memorable
    • Savor the fruits of your labor hot from the oven while sipping a glass of whichever wine you bring
    • No cooking or kitchen experience necessary
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    Couples in the Kitchen (Shattuck Ave)

    There comes a time in any couple's relationship where they need to spice things up in the home's most important room - the kitchen! You'll be working with your sweetie to prepare a nutritious and romantic meal, often featuring international menus. This is a great way to enjoy a unique date that will not only be fun, but educational as well, as you'll be sharpening your culinary skills and discovering a host of new techniques you can bring to your home kitchen. Once you're finished cooking, you'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, making for a class that really hits the spot. And yup, sweetie pie is on the menu!
    Couples in the Kitchen (Shattuck Ave)

    1509 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

    • Enjoy a relaxing evening of cooking in a workshop designed for couples
    • Develop multiple culinary skills and acquire knowledge that will translate across many dishes
    • Prepare and consume a delicious and healthy meal that will tantalize your taste buds
    • Learn some new recipes that will be a highlight in your kitchen routine for years to come
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    Sonoma Culinary Retreat

    Enjoy a day of culinary exploration and excitement! Kick off your day with a tour of the herb and vegetable garden, followed by outdoor yoga and a cooking session, full of fresh gatherings from the farm. The marriage of food and healthy lifestyle is a core value for at the Sonoma Institute, and you'll understand why when you chow down on organic, healthful, and delicious meals that not only taste good, but make you feel good, too! Feel more full while eating less, and get inspired by great teachers who will introduce you to the wide and wonderful world of healthful eating.
    Sonoma Culinary Retreat

    15997 Wright Ln, Guerneville

    • Enjoy a day of Indian-inspired culinary exploration and excitement
    • Take a tour of the herb and vegetable garden, followed by outdoor yoga
    • Chow down on organic, healthful, and delicious meals that not only taste good, but make you feel good
    • Get inspired by great teachers who will introduce you to the wide and wonderful world of healthful eating
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