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    Chocolate Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to make beautiful chocolates inside a real chocolate factory? Here’s your golden ticket! Come inside a real chocolate factory to experience a hands-on workshop where you'll make your very own delicious American and French chocolates with acclaimed Chocolatier Rachel Dunn. Using noble fresh ingredients and premium chocolate couvertures, you'll create much-loved classic and modern confections as you benefit from the master chocolatier’s decades of experience and passion for the art of chocolate. Your eyes, hands and sense of smell will be fully engaged while you dip and decorate a generous and delicious assortment of confections to take home to share...or just keep for yourself!
    Chocolate Workshop

    1021 Detroit Ave, Concord

    • Fully experience the chocolate making process during this hands-on workshop
    • Create American classics and traditional European confections under the guidance of a professional
    • Benefit from the master chocolatier’s decades of experience and passion for the art of chocolate
    • Fully engage your eyes, hands, and sense of smell as you dip and decorate your own assortment
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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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    Veggie / Vegan Thai Cooking

    Let’s be real: If you complied with your daily pad thai cravings and ordered in from the local Thai joint every night, you wouldn’t be in the best place, health-wise. But why practice self-restraint when you can get the best of both worlds -- holistic nutrition AND flavorful Thai cuisine? During this hands-on cooking class, you'll learn how to cook authentic and healthy Thai meals, using only organic, non-GMO produce. Plus, you'll also discover how to avoid MSG and gluten completely and use minimal sodium in your cooking. You'll pick up new techniques, knife skills, culinary theories, and recipes as you prepare a delicious three-course meal comprised of pad wun sen, coconut soup mixed mushroom with sprouted soybean tofu, and green curry eggplant served on rice noodle. And yes, you'll get to devour your meal at the end of the class, so it's best to come hungry!
    Veggie / Vegan Thai Cooking

    2665 Geneva Ave, Daly City

    • Learn how to cook authentic and healthy Thai meals using only organic and non-GMO produce
    • Pick up new techniques, life skills, culinary theories, recipes, and more
    • Support the fight against obesity by combining holistic nutrition with flavorful Thai cuisine
    • End class by indulging in a delicious and impressive vegan three-course meal, prepared by you!
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    Chocolate Tempering with Michael Dunn

    Are you loco for cocoa? Think candy is dandy? Then you might want to check out this artisanal class featuring yummy chocolate and the art of tempering. Tempering chocolate is the secret to producing professional looking candies, giving it that smooth, silky look, and oh-so-satisfying “snap.” You'll be working hands-on during this class under the guidance of a professional chocolatier, so that by the end of the session, you'll be able to create beautiful chocolate pieces all on your own. There are no losers in this class. Except for maybe the Easter Bunny, who might be out of a job.
    Chocolate Tempering with Michael Dunn

    1021 Detroit Ave, Concord

    • Learn to form and mold chocolate to produce gourmet candies just like a professional
    • Master tempering techniques under the instruction of acclaimed chocolatier Michael Dunn
    • Walk away from class with some delicious tempered confections, and the skills to produce more
    • Enjoy mastering an artisanal skill that will satisfy sweet tooths for years to come
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    Bagel Making Workshop

    Nothing beats the flavor and aroma of hot-from-the-oven bagels, made with a fermented, wild yeast starter! During this workshop, you'll learn all about maintaining your own wild yeast starter culture and using it to make fabulous bagels that you can boil and bake in less than 30 minutes, perfect for breakfast or brunch anytime. Be sure to arrive hungry, as you'll boil and bake bagels -- sesame, onion, poppy seed or everything -- to enjoy with cream cheese and jam during the class, and even go home with rising bagels, which will be ready to finish boiling and baking the next day at home. Yum!
    Bagel Making Workshop

    2937 24th St, San Francisco

    • Learn how to make your own deliciously fresh bagels during this baking workshop
    • Partake in a hands-on lesson that covers everything you need to know about using wild-yeast
    • Snack on your own fresh baked creations and enjoy professional instruction
    • Take home the bagels you made during the class which will be ready to boil the next day
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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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    Survivor Basics Cooking

    Pop tarts, hot pockets, and cake frosting might have seemed like great idea going in … but at some point you’re going to start missing the gentle comforts of a home cooked meal. If you’re lost when it comes to the kitchen, this class was built for you. You'll be presented with solutions to some of the common quibbles that turn many off from making use of their kitchen, including time, waste, and recipes that read like they were written in cipher. And, you'll be diving into cooking a meal yourself, getting hand-on practical experience that will teach you such skills as how to choose and handle a knife, what spices to use, and - the big one - how to turn on a stove. The dishes prepared in this class are the perfect starting point with which to work on a kitchen techniques that you will be able to use with a variety of different meals, and feature healthy ingredients. Don’t worry, the fast food industry will survive without you.
    Survivor Basics Cooking

    1509 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

    • Conquer your fear of cooking with a class designed for cooking rookies
    • Develop multiple culinary skills and acquire knowledge that will translate
    • Prepare a delicious and nutritious meal that will leave you feeling content and healthy
    • Build the confidence to cook meals that will impress your friends and family
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    South Asian Curries

    South Asian curries can be intimidating to cook because of all the spices involved, many of which you may or may not be familiar with. But have no fear! During this class, you'll be introduced to the amazing variety of South Asian curries, including regional variations. Become familiar with the different spices you'll use, such as cumin and turmeric. You'll also learn more about South Asian cooking and culture as you go along. At the end of the class, feast on a deliciously flavorful curry meal!
    South Asian Curries

    2701 8th St, Berkeley

    • Learn to make a variety of flavorful South Asian curries
    • Discover the regional variations of the curry recipes
    • Taste new spices that you can add to your kitchen and use to invigorate that recipe repertoire
    • Feast on a delicious meal at the end of the class
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    Risotto and Chocolate

    Risotto and chocolate? Sounds like an odd combination for a cooking class, now doesn't it? But have no fear! During this class, you'll learn how to create a tasty and creamy risotto that will have your family begging for seconds. Discover different types of rice and stock, which will affect the outcome of your meal. In addition, you'll incorporate chocolate into your cooking, including learning how to use chocolate in a savory application. Taste your own creations at the end of class for a filling, delicious meal!
    Risotto and Chocolate

    2701 8th St, Berkeley

    • Learn to make a creamy, hearty risotto that will make your mouth water
    • Incorporate rich, delicious chocolate into your cooking, including savory applications
    • Pick up tips and tricks for making perfect risotto every time
    • Improve your cooking skills and techniques
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