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The Magnificent 7 - Weekday Wonders

Wednesday Apr 25, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Barbara Alexander

Weeknight cooking - UGH! I know, chefs feel the same way, so join Chef B in an all-new class in how to spark up your weeknights with 7 (actually 8) new recipes that will take the hum-drum out of the drudgery of pulling together a tasty, healthy and simple-to-prepare weeknight meal. Light on the meat, hefty on the veg and grains - and you won't miss a thing! World -travelling flavors and simple do-ahead techniques will take the stress and the boredom out of your weeknights. Tonight's Menu incudes: Mediterranean Chicken and Rice with Yogurt, Mint and Smashed Cucumbers; Grilled Bulgogi Beef "Tostadas"; Poke "Bowl" with Coconut Rice and Ponzu Dressing; Lentil Stew with Charred Broccolini and Eggs; Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps; Dutch Baby with Sausage, Kale and Creamed Mushrooms; Grilled Eggplant with Creamed Feta, Sundried Tomato Pesto and Herby Couscous and Fava Bean Frittata with Sour Cream and Smoked Trout.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #73379 - (Register Online)

"Chef's Table" Pop-up Restaurant with Chefs Barbara and Lui - Mod-Latino Streets

Friday May 04, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Barbara Alexander

Executive Chef of the Napa Valley Cooking School, Barbara Alexander comes from a long background of restaurants and Cooking Schools. She has headed the culinary programs at the Napa Valley Cooking School for the last 10 years, expanding the culinary offerings considerably and is most proud of the wonderful variety of culinary experts that make up the faculty of the Food Enthusiast Program. Prior to her directorship at the Napa Valley Cooking School, Chef Barbara was an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and instructed for five years at the acclaimed Dubrulle Culinary Institute of Canada, after returning from a seven-year stint in award winning hotels and restaurants in Australia and England.

The perfect class for all you food enthusiasts to observe two professional chefs preparing a 5 course dinner for 20-and making it look easy! In this class--part demonstration--part reality cooking show, you will be In the midst of two chefs cooking together to make a 5-course dinner. You will receive recipes, preparation tips, and may be invited to join in the plating, or stir the sauce! Come alone or with friends and share an evening with fellow foodies, eating, tasting wines and dining on only the freshest, farm-grown, seasonal ingredients. You will be ready to pull this one off at home and make it look easy. Tonight's class is twist: modern fine-dining takes on Mexican Street Food! The menu includes: Fenix Fish Taco, Roasted Vegetable "Chili Verde" with Popped Lime Chili Corn, Halibut Crudo Agua Chile with Spring Herbs and Flowers, Coffee and Tamarindo Smokey Pork with Charred Pineapple & Frijoles Negros, and Chipotle Chocolate Tart with Horchata Ice Cream.
Demonstration and Dinner - Cost: $100 - #73376 - (Register Online)

Hey Cupcake!!

Saturday May 05, 2018
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Chef/Owner Marielle Fabie

Join in on this fun class with Chef Marielle, who will dazzle you with an array of scrumptious cupcakes. These creations "take the cake". Their unique flavors and decorations make them perfect gifts, served as elegant desserts or in place of traditional special occasion cakes for parties and celebrations. Cupcakes are "IN", so come and see why this rage is sweeping through the pastry kitchens of America and beyond. In this fun and easy to replicate class, Chef Marielle will share the secrets of her favorites: Old Fashioned Chocolate with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Double Lemon Meringue, Spiced Carrot with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, and a Jelly Stuffed PB&J. The class will learn creative fillings, frostings and decorations for the cupcakes, taking home a sample box of their work. Ages 14-100. Register early for this sure fire sell -out!
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #73384 - (Register Online)

Blade Master

Thursday May 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Preparing great food begins with a sharp knife and solid hand skills. None of us are born with great knife skills, but a good teacher can get you on the road to professional results! Knives are the tools of the trade and it's important to know how to use them correctly. We begin the class with a brief discussion of knife types, what to look for when purchasing, sharpening stones, how to sharpen, and honing with the steel. Next we all work in the kitchen under the watchful eye of Chef A to ensure proper hand movements while learning various important vegetable cuts that every serious food enthusiast should know. Spend a few hours with Chef A and let a professional show you the tricks of the trade.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #73382 - (Register Online)

Chef's Table Pop Up - Foods of the Sun & French Summer Rose-ALL NEW

Tuesday Jun 12, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Barbara Alexander

Another Pop-Up Restaurant night out from our chef duo! In this class--part demonstration--part reality cooking show, you will be in the midst of 2 chefs cooking together preparing a 6- course dinner. You will receive recipes, a complete prep timetable and may be invited to join in the plating or stir the sauce! Come alone or with friends and share an evening with fellow foodies, eating, tasting wines and watching 2 chefs prepare a modern Franco-Californian menu with a selection of southern French crisp and cold Roses from their favorite summer location-The Luberon.Tonight's Menu:Breakfast Radishes with Cultured Butter and Smoked Salt,Pissaladiere,Fresh Pea & Crab Soup,Carpaccio with Crispy Capers & Parmesan Emulsion,Olive Oil Poached Halibut with Black Olive Tapenade,Crispy Chicken, "Ratatouille" & Summer Herbs,Lavender Panna Cotta with Preserved Kumquats & Walnut Crisps.
Demonstration and Dinner - Cost: $100 - #73901 - (Register Online)

Napa Wine-"Taste and Evaluate Wine like a Pro"

Wednesday Jun 13, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sommelier Victor Orozco

This training requires good quality wine from any region of the world. Napa wines will be the perfect guide to understand one of the most popular tasting methods: Blind wine tastings. This method covers Horizontal and Vertical tastings. Wine tastings are designed to find wines that you will thoroughly enjoy. There's no right and wrong when it comes to wine tasting. This class will help you evaluate and find the wine that suits your taste and learn the importance of color, aromas and flavors that make wine so unique and highly sophisticated. Please bring three glass/crystal clear wine glasses to class. Must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required
Demonstration Tasting - Cost: $90 - #73606 - (Register Online)

Napa Wine: Taste, Service and Understanding 2-Class Series

Wednesday Jun 13, 2018
Thursday Jun 14, 20185:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sommelier Victor Orozco

Sign up for the both classes at a reduced fee. The series includes: Napa Wine - "Taste and Evaluate Wine like a Pro" and "The Keys to Serving Wine".
Demonstration Tasting - Cost: $160 - #73608 - (Register Online)

Napa Wine-"The Keys to Serving Wine"

Thursday Jun 14, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sommelier Victor Orozco

Whether at home or at your business place, how to store wine, or open a bottle, at what temperature should wine be served, and the kind of glassware to be used, are possibly the most important things you need to know to provide the perfect service. Basic wine knowledge plus other important facts such as decanting, the order in which a wine should be served and, very important, how to pair food and wine, will make your dinner or tasting an unforgettable and impressive experience. Please bring three glass/crystal clear wine glasses to class. Must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required
Demonstration Tasting - Cost: $90 - #73607 - (Register Online)

Learn to Cook: Junior Culinary Boot Camp (Ages 10-14)

Monday Jun 18, 2018 - Jun 21, 20189:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chef Lui Hussong

Are your tweens and teens ready to cook REAL FOOD for themselves and others? We are here to help and know that after this fun, four-day immersive culinary camp, your budding chef will have developed his/her abilities to take on the kitchen singlehandedly, mastering essential kitchen skills and the fundamentals of cooking which participants will learn alongside their peers. Camp includes full meals each day for our young chefs as they cook their way around the world and the United States through a wide range of healthy international recipes. Led by the Napa Valley Cooking School's own Chef Lui Hussong, students will prepare and eat different foods from different regions, always made with fresh, locally sourced, organic ingredients. Techniques of plating and garnishing are also covered, ensuring that the camp's final activity of a cooking challenge (similar to the TV series "Chopped") will showcase the techniques they have learned from the previous days. Bring an apron. Open to students ages 10-14. Pre-registration is required by June 11.
Hands On - Cost: $250 - #73835 - (Register Online)

Spanish Bar Food- San Sebastian Tapas For Entertaining

Tuesday Jun 26, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Lui Hussong

Sundrenched and served with dry sherry or white wine, these small plates of tasty spicy Spanish food are typically served in bars, but make the perfect simple entertaining feast for the summer weather around the corner. Join Chef Lui for a night of Spanish Tapas, perfect for al-fresco dinners and entertaining and summer festivities. Recommendations on Spanish Wines, Dry Sherry and of course a killer recipe for Sangria will all be a part of tonight's hands-on class!
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #73899 - (Register Online)

Main Course Summer Salads

Thursday Jun 28, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Barbara Alexander

Napa Valley summer is upon us with long hot days, marvellous produce and lots of outdoor eating. This class is tailored to simple cooking with the very best of local products, seasonal ingredients and earthy flavors of Californian Cuisine. These salads make perfect appetizers or main courses and are great for entertaining or just a simple home cooked meal. A dazzling array of salads: A Chef's Warm Potato Salad with Prosciutto; Artichoke Caponata with Grilled Prawns and Lemon Fritters; Moroccan Poached Chicken Salad with Chickpeas and Roasted Peppers; Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Dungeness Crab Cake; Nicoise Salad with Tuna Confit; and Garden Lettuces with Torn Croutons, Sweet 100 Tomatoes, Poached Eggs, Bacon Lardons and Green Goddess Dressing will change the way you look at the salad as a main course.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #73902 - (Register Online)

Just Say No To Feedlot Meat!!!

Monday Jul 02, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Be Your Own Butcher and Stock your Freezer for the 4th of July and beyond! --Back by Popular Demand!All fresh, premium farm-raised meats, you'll learn to cut and package for your freezer or home dry-aging. Tonight you'll take home over $400.00 of custom cut meats---the class is essentially FREE!Have you read the Omnivore's Dilemma, watched Food Inc. or simply wonder where you can buy quality, natural, pasture raised meat that actually is raised by a farmer with your health in mind? Well, this class is for you! Tonight's meats are purchased from some of the best producers in the area: Beeler Farms, Martin Emigh, Niman Ranch and Storm Hill farms. Spend the evening with Chef A and not only learn the basic butchery skills to break down pork, lamb and beef, but go home with a cooler full of high quality, naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic free meat.Tonight you will butcher:PORK: One whole rack of natural pork into delicious bone in and Boneless Chops, Cutlets & ScallopiniLAMB: French and portion 2 whole racks of pasture raised lamb into Racks, Chops & Medallions PRIME BEEF RIB: Cut tasty Steaks, Roasts & Carne Asada from one entire half of a prime-cut beef Rib EyePRIME BEEF NEW YORK: Trim and portion one entire half of a prime-cut beef Striploin into Steaks, Kebabs, Steak Sandwiches, Stir Fry etc. Please remember you need to bring a cooler and a sharpie to class, we'll vacuum package and label all meats so that you can easily access your favorite cuts at home!
Hands On - Cost: $450 - #73904 - (Register Online)

We All SCREAM for Ice Cream (and Gelato) (Ages 9-14)

Monday Jul 09, 2018 - Jul 12, 20189:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chef Lui Hussong

Summer is the perfect time to make (and eat) ice cream. Actually, as almost any tween or teen will tell you, any time is perfect to eat ice cream. Join Chef Lui as he leads young chefs in a hands-on exploration of the world of this delicious treat. From the science and technique of hand-churned ice cream to the production of ice cream cakes and ice cream sandwiches, with gelato in between, students will learn how to master ice cream in all of its delicious forms and flavors. Bring an apron. Open to students ages 9-14. Pre-registration is required by July 2.
Hands On - Cost: $175 - #73836 - (Register Online)

Teens in the Kitchen: Making the Perfect Summer Pie

Thursday Jul 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Lui Hussong

Who doesn't love a freshly homemade fruit or berry pie? Lemon meringue? Banana or chocolate cream? Key lime? We love those, too! Perfect as a mother-son, father-daughter, father-son, mother-daughter, or best friends "date," this hands-on workshop lead by Chef Lui Hussong is a fun interactive way to master the tricks of a perfect pie crust while learning to create the unique flavor and texture combinations in a summertime pie. Bring your apron. Open to students ages 12-16 and their parents/guardians. Pre-registration is required by July 16.
Hands On - Cost: $65 - #73837 - (Register Online)

Pat Burke Shows You How to BBQ like a Champion!

Saturday Jul 21, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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No doubt about it, summer is the time for BBQ. Learn from competitive BBQ champion and Napa Valley BBQ legend Pat Burke as he shares an outstanding BBQ meal he has prepared for you and then works with you to show you how to prepare your own award-winning BBQ feast. This hands-on meal and class will give you the basic techniques to be competitive on the BBQ circuit: from chicken to ribs, sauces to slaws, this delicious summer class is not to be missed. Bring your appetites and your aprons.Since 2001, Pat Burke has competed professionally in BBQ competitions in California, Tennessee and Virginia. With a passion for live fire cooking and a deep dedication to community, Burke can frequently be found BBQing for good at charity fundraising competitions throughout the Napa Valley and beyond. A member of numerous champion BBQ teams, including the Barnyard Roasters based in Columbus, Mississippi and The Vineyard Roasters from Napa, and most recently the Too Ashamed to Name BBQ from San Jose, Pat won back-to-back Reserve Grand Championships at Smoke on the River in Sacramento and at the San Francisco BBQ Festival in 2016. Pat has also competed several times at the World BBQ Championships at Memphis in May, finishing with a 5th place Whole Hog in 2003.Preregistration Strongly Encouraged (it helps us prep and order supplies)
Hands On - Cost: $100 - #73905 - (Register Online)

Salmon 5 Ways

Wednesday Jul 25, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Lui Hussong

For those of you who loved Ahi 5 Ways, here is an all new class from Chef Hussong, using our local wild salmon-learn how to choose the freshest Salmon, butcher and prepare into 5 delicious appetizer and main courses with global flavors. From Smoking and Tartare to Chargrilled, Cedar Plank , Pan-Seared and Olive Oil Poached, a whole new repertoire of Salmon dishes for your next dinner party.
Hands On - Cost: $95 - #73900 - (Register Online)

Bread 101

Friday Aug 24, 2018
Saturday Aug 25, 2018

Chef Barbara Alexander

Even with all the great bread available in the Napa Valley, there is little more satisfying than the smell bread from your own oven and the meditative feeling of shaping the dough with your hands. A brief discussion of flour, yeasts and the science involved in "the rise" and we will be on our way to making some great tasting organic loaves. On the Friday evening we will be hands on in the dough, making dough for an overnight "retard" to increase the flavor and dough development. Saturday morning, we will learn the art of shaping, scoring and baking. By the end of the class you will be making Caramelized Onion and Jack Cheese Boule, Rustic Ciabatta, Olive Oil Focaccia, Chef B's Famous Restaurant Rolls and a simple No Knead Bread all with confidence. A light supper will be served Friday night--Please bring a large paper or cloth bag to transport your loaves and note the early start time on Saturday morning! Friday August 24 6:00pm- 9:00pm, Saturday August 25 8:00am to 11:00am
Hands On - Cost: $100 - #73903 - (Register Online)