The Holidays are fun, but they’re done. If you’re ready to get out of town, or just to get out of a culinary rut, January has plenty to offer.
Blow out the glitter and refresh your kitchen with new techniques, new ideas and new energy at The Cheese School of San Francisco, the San Francisco Cooking School, Cavallo Point Cooking School, or at the Yosemite Chefs' Holidays.
It's a long month, you can do more than one.
Choose from eight three-or-four-day celebrity-chef sessions at the legendary Ahwahnee Hotel in pristine, snowy Yosemite National Park. Sessions include private receptions with celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, kitchen tours, and a gala chef’s dinner. Package pricing is very reasonable and includes accommodations for two. Refer to the website for details and reservations.
- Session 1: January 6 – 8 Visiting Chefs: Douglas Keane ~ Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA; Victor Scargle ~ Lucy, Yountville, CA; Peter Armellino ~ Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA
- Session 2: January 9 – 10 - Headliner: Mark Sullivan ~Spruce, San Francisco, CA; Demonstrators: Annie Somerville ~ Greens, San Francisco, CA; Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne ~ PlumpJack, Squaw Valley, CA
- Session 3: January 13 - 15 - Headliner: Joey Elenterio ~ Chez TJ, Mountain View, CA Demonstrators: Brian Streeter ~ Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, CA Jesse Cool ~ Flea Street Cafe, Menlo Park, CA
- Session 4: January 16 – 17 - Headliner: Mark Estee ~ Campo, Reno, NV; Demonstrators: Peggy Smith & Sue Conley ~ Cowgirl Creamery, Pt. Reyes & San Francisco, CA; Adam Mali ~ Brasserie S & P, San Francisco, CA
- Session 5: January 20 – 22 - Headliner: Matt McNamara ~ Sons & Daughters, San Francisco, CA; Demonstrators: Daniel Holzman ~ The Meatball Shop, New York City, NY; David Lentz ~ The Hungry Cat, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, Santa Monica
- Session 6: January 23 – 24 - Headliner: Suzanne Goin ~ Lucques, Los Angeles, CA Demonstrators: Ariane Duarte ~ CulinAriane, Montclair, NJ ; Nyesha Arrington ~ Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
- Session 7: January 27 – 29 - Headliner: David Bazirgan ~ Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA Demonstrators: Kim Alter ~ Haven, Oakland, CA; Laurence Jossel ~ nopa/nopalita, San Francisco, CA
- Session 8: January 30 - 31 - Visiting Chefs: Jonathan Waxman ~ Barbuto, New York, NY; Jimmy Bradley ~ The Red Cat & The Harrison, New York, NY; Joey Campanaro ~ The Little Owl, New York, NY
This popular hotel culinary school tucked under the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge offers a new slate of classes every month, ranging from very reasonably-priced skills classes ($35), to interactive and demonstration cooking classes ($65-85), and hands-on dinner and wine classes that will set you back about $125. Subscribe at the website for monthly announcements and class updates – sooner or later you’ll find a class you can’t resist.
- January 15, 6:30 – 8:30 - Knife Skills: demonstration class, $35 per person + tax
- January 16, 6:30 – 9:00 – Simple Plates: interactive, quick and easy supper dishes, $65 per person + tax
- January 17, 6:00 – 9:00 – The Italian Kitchen: trends and traditions in Italian cooking, hands-on class with dinner and wine, $95 per person + tax
- January 18, 6:30 – 9:30 –The Asian Melting Pot: a celebration of Malay cooking interactive class. Lots to learn and sample, $85 per person + tax\
- January 19, 5:30 – 9:30 – Cooking from the Farmers’ Market: hands-on class with dinner and wine, $125 per person
- January 26, 1:00 – 4:00 - Ravioli with Elena Fabbri: interactive class with tastes, $65 per person.
- January 31, 6:30 – 9:00 - Chowder: interactive class with tastes, $65 per person.
Taught in the same space where their professional culinary and pastry certificate programs are offered, these are classes for people who take their cooking seriously. Classes start at about $85, and cover basic skills as well as specialty classes. Subscribe for ongoing updates to class listings and upcoming events. Refer to the website for course details, and to register.
- January 7, 6:00 - 10:00: Cooking Fundamentals
- January 10, 10:00 - 2:00: Cooking Fundamentals
- January 12, 10:00 – 3:00: The Perfect Steak
- January 13, 10:00 – 3:00: Kara’s Cupcake Bootcamp
- January 14, 10:00 – 1:00: Make & Take: Dinner Prep
- January 18, 10:00 - 1:00: Whole Grains
- January 20, 10:00 – 3:00: Macaroons
- January 25, 10:00 – 1:00: Soup for Dinner
- January 26, 10:00 – 3:00: Pizzeria Pizza at Home
- January 29, 6:00 – 10:00: Pasta & More Series
These wide-ranging and reasonably priced classes are a wonderful opportunity for people who love cheese and want to learn more. Classes often sell out, so if you see something you like, register promptly. For the same reason, it’s a good idea to check class listings at least monthly as new classes are added.
- January 6, 1:00 – 4:00 - Cheesemaking: Kids in the Kitchen - Instructor: Louella Hill aka SF Milk Maid - $120 per one adult + one child, $40 per additional child, $80 per additional adult
- January 9, 6:30 – 8:30 - The Science & Microbiology of Cheese & Meat - Instructor: Ben Wolfe - $69
- January 16, 6:30 – 8:30 - Cheese & Wine of Burgundy – $69
- Fancy Food Show 2013: A Preview - Instructor: Laura Werlin - $69
- January 17, 6:30 – 8:30 - Cheese & Cider - Instructor: Andy Wild - $69
- January 18, 6:00-8:00 - Master Class: Affinage with Herve Mons - Instructor: Herve Mons & Laure Dubouloz - $55 cheesemongers/$69 general public
- January 19, 6:00-8:00 - Master Class: The Cheeses of Latteria Perenzin, Italian Innovation & Tradition - Instructor: Lee Smith - $55 cheesemongers/$69 general public
- January 20, 6:30-8:30 - Master Class: Parmigiano Reggiano, The King of Cheeses with Giorgio Cravero - Instructor: Giorgio Cravero | $55 cheesemongers/$69 general public
- January 21, 6:30-8:30 - Master Class: Milk, From Grass to Vat - Instructor: Zoe Brickley - $55 cheesemongers/$69 general public
- January 30, 6:30-8:30 - It’s Not You, It’s Brie: The Best Little Cheesemakers and Winemakers in America - Instructor: Kirstin Jackson - $69