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Learn to cook with confidence by taking a hands-on cooking class! Whether you are a novice or a more experienced cook, you will have the opportunity to learn new culinary skills and improve your techniques, knowledge and know-how in the kitchen while having fun working with others in a small group.


All classes are approximately 3-4 hours and include a sit-down dining experience when participants can eat what they have prepared. Class size is limited to 6 participants.

Keep in mind that you will be standing, cooking and working for most of the class so please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Chef aprons will be provided to each participant for use during the class.

All classes are scheduled at a mutually agreed-upon time convenient for both the participants and instructor. 



Prices for a 3-4-hour class range from $95-125, depending upon the menu, beverages and amount of time and preparation needed during the class.


Choose from the following menus or work with Susan to design a custom menu.

Spring Al Fresco Supper

A meal that’s perfect for a warm spring evening, with recipes that capture the best of Southern California’s fresh produce.


  • Crostini with Ricotta and Oven-Dried Baby
      Roma Tomatoes

  • Grilled Rack of Lamb with Dijon Rosemary

  • Roasted Green Beans with Lemon and
      Marcona Almonds

  • Rustic Peach Tart with Crème Fraîche


Class is 3-4 hours -- $95 per person

Warm Weather Soup and Salad Lunch or Supper

The focus of this class will be on preparing a variety of soups, salads, and distinctive salad dressings.  We will cover all the secrets and tips for creating the perfect green salad, and versatile dressings that are delicious and easy to prepare. 


  • Chilled Pea Soup with Bacon and Mint

  • Carrot Soup with Ginger and Rosemary

  • Corn and Yellow Tomato Gazpacho

  • Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with White
      Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Classic French

  • Heirloom Tomatoes with Burrata and
      Balsamic Vinaigrette


Class is 3-4 hours -- $95 per person

De-Mystifying the Soufflé

This class will de-mystify and simplify how to make a soufflé with these delicious do-ahead recipes. Participants will learn the techniques of creating the soufflé base and also the correct way to fold beaten egg whites and bake the soufflé.


  • Mini Goat Cheese Herb Soufflés with Baby
      Greens and Sherry Vinaigrette

  • Spinach Gruyere Soufflé with Wild

  • Make-Ahead Chocolate Soufflés with
      Espresso Caramel Crème Anglaise

  • Meyer Lemon Soufflé with Raspberry


Class is 3-4 hours -- $85 per person

Classic Barbeque Menu

Warm spring weather signals the time for outdoor cooking…

  • Berry Port Compote with Chèvre and Basil

  • Chili-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs with
     Barbeque Sauce

  • Classic Coleslaw

  • Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Strawberry

Class is 3-4 hours -- $95 per person


Wine and Food Pairing Class

Whether you are just beginning to develop your wine palate or are an avid wine enthusiast, you’ll find this class to be both fun and informative. Learn the basics of wine pairing for both savory and sweet. We will prepare some simple dishes that can be paired with various wines. Class will be taught by Susan and a guest instructor and wine expert.


Class is 3-4 hours – price is determined by menu and wine selection but will range between $100 - 125 per person

Chocolate Tasting

Delve into the history of chocolate and its manufacturing process.  You will also experience a guided tasting of domestic, imported and “varietal” chocolates, using professional tasting techniques.  Educate your palate as you learn to recognize and appreciate the distinctive characteristics of premium domestic and imported chocolate. Also covered will be tips on handling, storing chocolate, as well as cooking and baking with chocolate. We will prepare 2-3 chocolate recipes from the list below:

  • Chocolate Ganache (and its many uses)

  • Truffle-filled Montezuma Molten Chocolate Mini-Cakes

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fresh Berries

  • French Chocolate Bark

  • Valrhona Chocolate Pudding


Class is 3-4 hours -- $85 per person

Baking Basics

This class will cover the fundamentals of baking, with great tips and techniques for perfecting pie crust, baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie and creating other delicious baked goods.

Class is 3-4 hours -- $85 per person


Consider a hands-on cooking class for a small group dinner party, date night, birthday, girls or guys night out, or any other special occasion. Menus can be created and tailored for a fun and memorable hands-on cooking experience.


Buy a gift certificate for cooking classes for someone special, whether for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, wedding present, or any other occasion. Classes can be arranged for groups of 2-6 and the menu can be customized.

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