Staff Instructors

See individual bios for:

Kara Robinson
Saira Paulose
Ashley Tobin
Jennifer Vanatta
Janice Wacha
Aubrey Winfield


  • BASICS: Knife Skills
    Menlo Park
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    How to Dice, Julienne, Mince, Chop, Chiffonade and Concasse
    Knife Safety and Handling Techniques
    Overview of Knife Maintenance and Steeling
    A light snack will be provided.
  • BASICS: Steak Dinner
    Blackhawk
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Herb and Mustard Coated Steak
    Twice-Baked Potatoes
    Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
    Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Garlic

  • BASICS: Handmade Pasta
    Menlo Park
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Fresh Egg Pasta Dough
    Bow Tie Pasta in Rustic Tomato Sauce
    Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
    Butternut Squash Ravioli in Brown Butter Sauce
  • Cocktails & Cooking: Mardi Gras!
    Blackhawk
    Saturday, February 1, 2020, 5-7 pm
    handson
    $75.00


    Enjoy a scaled-back, hands-on cooking experience while socializing and mingling.
    French 75 Champagne Cocktail
    Vegetarian Jambalaya
    Shrimp Po’ Boy Sliders
    Oysters Rockefeller
    Beignets

  • BASICS: Chicken Dinner
    Blackhawk
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Demo of Chicken Breakdown
    Roasted Chicken with Harissa
    Fluffy Rice Pilaf
    Wilted Spinach with Garlic and Olive Oil
  • BASICS: Winter Desserts
    Menlo Park
    Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Pomegranate-Poached Pears with Creme Fraiche Gelato
    Italian Zeppole—fried puffs with a touch of lemon zest
    Rich Chocolate Mousse
    Mini Spiced Date Cakes with Tamarind Glaze

  • BASICS: Winter Desserts
    Blackhawk
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Pomegranate-Poached Pears with Creme Fraiche Gelato
    Italian Zeppole—fried puffs with a touch of lemon zest
    Rich Chocolate Mousse
    Mini Spiced Date Cakes with Tamarind Glaze
  • Cocktails & Cooking: Mardi Gras!
    Menlo Park
    Friday, February 21, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm
    handson
    $75.00


    Enjoy a scaled-back, hands-on cooking experience while socializing and mingling.
    French 75 Champagne Cocktail
    Vegetarian Jambalaya
    Shrimp Po’ Boy Sliders
    Oysters Rockefeller
    Beignets

  • BASICS: Brunch 101
    Menlo Park
    Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11 am
    handson
    $125.00


    Blood Orange Mimosas
    Mushroom, Leek and Fontina Frittata
    Warm Goat Cheese Salad
    Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes
    Strawberry-Almond Cornmeal Cake
  • BASICS: Knife Skills
    San Mateo
    Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    How to Dice, Julienne, Mince, Chop, Chiffonade and Concasse
    Knife Safety and Handling Techniques
    Overview of Knife Maintenance and Steeling
    A light snack will be provided.

  • BASICS: Handmade Pasta
    Blackhawk
    Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Fresh Egg Pasta Dough
    Bow Tie Pasta in Rustic Tomato Sauce
    Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
    Butternut Squash Ravioli in Brown Butter Sauce
  • Literary Lunch: Searching for Family & Traditions at the French Table
    San Mateo
    Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11am-1 pm
    demo
    $45.00


    Enjoy conversations with the author along with demonstrations and tastings of recipes inspired by Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One, a culinary memoir that includes traditional family recipes from the kitchens of French families compiled as the author traveled throughout the French countryside.

    Tarte Flambee—thin Alsatian flatbread with bacon, pear and fromage blanc, served with baby greens
    Hearty “Laundry Day” Stew—with beef, vegetables and potatoes
    Cream and Almonds Tart—with a touch of Kirsch

  • BASICS: Steak Dinner
    San Mateo
    Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Herb and Mustard Coated Steak
    Twice-Baked Potatoes
    Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
    Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Garlic
  • BASICS: Knife Skills
    Blackhawk
    Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 am
    handson
    $125.00


    How to Dice, Julienne, Mince, Chop, Chiffonade and Concasse
    Knife Safety and Handling Techniques
    Overview of Knife Maintenance and Steeling
    A light snack will be provided.

  • BASICS: Seafood
    Menlo Park
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    The Best Crab Cakes
    Market Fish Baked in Parchment
    Coconut Shrimp with a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
    Provencal Stew with Mussels and White Beans with Garlic Toast
  • BASICS: Seafood
    Blackhawk
    Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    The Best Crab Cakes
    Market Fish Baked in Parchment
    Coconut Shrimp with a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
    Provencal Stew with Mussels and White Beans with Garlic Toast

  • BASICS: Chicken Dinner
    Menlo Park
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Demo of Chicken Breakdown
    Roasted Chicken with Harissa
    Fluffy Rice Pilaf
    Wilted Spinach with Garlic and Olive Oil
  • BASICS: Souffles
    San Mateo
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Classic Gruyere Cheese Souffle
    Spinach Souffle Casserole
    Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle
    Blood Orange Souffle

  • BASICS: Souffles
    Blackhawk
    Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:30 pm
    handson
    $125.00


    Classic Gruyere Cheese Souffle
    Spinach Souffle Casserole
    Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle
    Blood Orange Souffle
  • BASICS: Brunch 101
    Blackhawk
    Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11 am
    handson
    $125.00


    Blood Orange Mimosas
    Mushroom, Leek and Fontina Frittata
    Warm Goat Cheese Salad
    Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes
    Strawberry-Almond Cornmeal Cake