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TOMATOES....Simplifying This Complex Fruit

Wednesday Sep 11, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Chris Kennedy Aken

Trefethen Winery Chef Chris Kennedy Aken will demonstrate the versatility of the heirloom, cherry, green, & canning tomatoes. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as he guides you through a soup that can be served warm or chilled. You will learn the most simple and delicious heirloom tomato salad with just a few ingredients. Perplexed by the green, unripe tomato? Chef Kennedy will teach you not one but two great options. Learn a new technique to preserve those abundant canning tomatoes that just seem to keep coming from your summer garden. Last, but not least, conclude your chef led demo with a feast of all your tomato creations. Come join us for everything tomato! Pre-registration required by September 3.
Demonstration and Dinner - Cost: $80 - #75390 - (Register Online)

All Things Pickled and Preserved

Wednesday Oct 09, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chef Chris Kennedy Aken

How does a fruit or vegetable become a pickle? Can you really pickle anything? In this class, Trefethen Family Vineyard Winery Chef Chris Kennedy Aken breaks down the art and science of food preservation, teaching you how to use pickling and preserving techniques to enjoy that seasons best offerings during any season of the year. You will learn the basic steps for home canning, which you can use to preserve pickles, jams, and other high-acid foods for shelf storage. If you're like us, you always have an abundance of garden cucumbers and tomatoes at the end of summer. So, come join chef as he leads you through what to do with that bounty and demystifies the complex world for food preservation. Chef Demo with some Hands-on and Take-home. Pre-registration required by October 4.
Hands On - Cost: $80 - #75395 - (Register Online)

Popsicles & More

Saturday Jun 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Join Chef Derek Corsino for a very COOL class exploring these quintessentially favorite juicy (and sometimes optionally boozy) treats of the summer: POPSICLES! From fresh fruit to the deliciously infused, you'll leave this class with more than a few frozen delights sure to be enjoyed by your friends at all of your HOT summer gatherings! Pre-registration required by June 21. Class limited to 12 students, so don't wait to enroll.
Hands On - Cost: $80 - #75385 - (Class Full)

Beyond Ice Cream

Saturday Jul 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Want to learn more about a "secret" ingredient to liven up your special occasions and celebration meals this summer? Try ice cream! From hand-churned to cakes and pies, we all know that ice cream is THE "it" ingredient of every happy summer, so why not learn some new ice cream tricks? Working with Pastry Chef Derek Corsino, this class will teach you how to make and use this delightful ingredient in scrumptious hand-crafted desserts and treats guaranteed to delight your friends and family all summer long. Pre-registration required by July 9. Class limited to 12 students, so don't wait to enroll.
Hands On - Cost: $80 - #75386 - (Register Online)

Cake Fundamentals: Piping Techniques

Saturday Aug 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chef Derek Corsino

Looking to step up your cake decorating skills? This fundamentals cake decorating and building class with our awesome Pastry Chef Derek Corsino will focus on piping techniques: from cake borders all the way to inscriptions. Learn everything from piping shells and pearls to the perfect buttercream rose. Focusing not only on piping flowers, many other integral piping skills for cakes and pastries will be covered as well. Pre-registration required by August 5. Class limited to 12 students, so don't wait to enroll.
Hands On - Cost: $95 - #75387 - (Register Online)

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop

Saturday Nov 02, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos at the Upper Valley Campus with this hands-on workshop led by Pastry Chef Derek Corsino where you will learn about calaveras and decorate your own calavera (sugar skull) to take home. Pre-registration is requested (but not required) by October 29.
Hands On - Cost: $40 - #75398 - (Register Online)

Friends and Family Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

Saturday Dec 07, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Want a fun way to celebrate the season with your friends, family, and work associates? How about a little cooperative gingerbread house decorating? Working together and in teams, students in this festive afternoon workshop will learn the secrets to assembling and decorating exquisite and unique gingerbread houses from our pastry chef extraordinaire Derek Corsino whose world-class pastry skills will ensure that the end product - not to mention the whole process - of today's workshop will put you and yours in great holiday spirits. Pre-registration is requested (but not required) by December 2.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75401 - (Register Online)

Cuisine as Culture: Vegetarian East Asian-Full Three-Part Series

Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Nov 09, 201910:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Chef Elena Sirignano

In this three-part Cuisine as Culture/Heritage Kitchen series of hands-on classes led by Executive Chef Elena Sirignano, you will take a virtual journey to three countries -- India, Thailand, and Japan-all noted for their rich histories of vegetarian cuisine. On September 7, you will travel to India with the flavorful spice of kormas, flatbreads, and fresh made cheese. Your culinary travels on October 5 will take you to the produce rich waterways of Thailand's rice noodles and coconut based Thai curries. Concluding your culinary "journey" on November 9, you will experience the elegant tradition of Japanese Shojin Ryori cuisine, where balance and harmony are the keys to interacting flavors. Each of these classes can be taken individually or as a full three-part complementary series. Full Three-Part Series includes additional cookbook.
Hands On - Cost: $225 - #75391 - (Register Online)

Cuisine as Culture: Vegetarian East Asian- India- Dharmic Cuisine

Saturday Sep 07, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Elena Sirignano

In this Cuisine as Culture/Heritage Kitchen hands-on classes led by Executive Chef Elena Sirignano, you will take a virtual journey to India-noted for their rich history of vegetarian cuisine. You will travel to India with the flavorful spice of kormas, flatbreads, and fresh made cheese. Each of these classes can be taken individually or as a full three-part complementary series. Pre-registration required by September 3.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75392 - (Register Online)

Cuisine as Culture: Vegetarian East Asian-Thailand - Jay Cuisine

Saturday Oct 05, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Elena Sirignano

In this Cuisine as Culture/Heritage Kitchen hands-on classes led by Executive Chef Elena Sirignano, you will take a virtual journey to Thailand-noted for their rich history of vegetarian cuisine. Your culinary travels will take you to the produce rich waterways of Thailand's rice noodles and coconut based Thai curries. Each of these classes can be taken individually or as a full three-part complementary series. Pre-registration required by October 1.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75393 - (Register Online)

Cuisine as Culture: Vegetarian East Asian-Japan-Shojin Ryori Cuisine

Saturday Nov 09, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Elena Sirignano

In this Cuisine as Culture/Heritage Kitchen hands-on classes led by Executive Chef Elena Sirignano, you will take a virtual journey to Japan-noted for their rich history of vegetarian cuisine. In your culinary journey, you will experience the elegant tradition of Japanese Shojin Ryori cuisine, where balance and harmony are the keys to interacting flavors. Each of these classes can be taken individually or as a full three-part complementary series. Pre-registration required by November 4.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75394 - (Register Online)

It's Your Turn To Cook!

Monday Sep 09, 2019
Monday Sep 16, 20196:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 Greg Miraglia

If you aren't the cook in your house or are just tired of eating everyone else's food, join us for this two-part basic skills class and learn how to cook dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Led by master educator Greg Miraglia, this class includes basic food and kitchen safety plus pantry essentials. You will learn basic egg cookery, how to create several basic sauces, and how to braise and roast. We'll even throw in a couple of delicious desserts! You will learn how to plan and portion for a small dinner party. These hands-on classes will each create a meal for you to enjoy with your fellow new cooks. Pre-registration required by September 4.
Hands On - Cost: $175 - #75389 - (Register Online)

Biscotti and Scones

Saturday Oct 19, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 Greg Miraglia

Back by popular demand and with something new, it's Greg Miraglia and his beloved biscotti and scones! Come and get your hands in some dough and learn how to make the perfect scone and delicious biscotti at home in this fun hands-on class. Sweet or savory, you will impress your family and friends when you make them from scratch and with your favorite flavors. After you learn the techniques, you will have a buffet of flavors and ingredients to use while creating your own personalized batch of scones or biscotti. Pre-registration required by October 14.
Hands On - Cost: $65 - #75396 - (Register Online)

Feast of the Seven Fishes - "Festa dei sette pesci"

Saturday Dec 14, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 Greg Miraglia

Come learn a multi-cultural version of this traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast that you can prepare for your family and friends at home. Celebrate a wonderful Italian culinary tradition with Greg Miraglia's favorite uses of seafood based on traditions from around the globe including Oysters Rockefeller, Fish Tacos, Tuna Poke', Thai Prawns, crab cakes, shell fish pasta, olive oil poached salmon, and, of course, a tasty dessert. Pre-registration required by December 9.
Hands On - Cost: $125 - #75402 - (Register Online)

"Chopped" with Pat Burke

Saturday Oct 12, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 Pat Burke

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.

Where everyone is a winner and goes home with a belly full of delicious meat chops! Join your fellow "Chopped" enthusiasts in an all-win class as Chef Pat Burke returns to the kitchen and opens his basket of culinary tricks to show you multiple ways to prepare delectable lamb chops, pork chops, and beef chops. This "hands-on" class will also feature wonderful sides that complement each unique chop. Bring your appetite as you'll then enjoy a lunch while critiquing all of the winning meats! Pre-registration required by October 7.
Hands On - Cost: $90 - #75413 - (Register Online)

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

Monday Jun 24, 2019 - Jun 27, 20199:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chef Savanna Duchala

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 a full lunch 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 Savanna Duchala, 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. Students are required to be on their best behavior or parents will be called to retrieve them. Pre-registration is required by June 17. Camp Location: Upper Valley Campus, St. Helena.
Hands On - Cost: $300 - #75349 - (Class Full)

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

Monday Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 25, 20199:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chef Savanna Duchala

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 a full lunch 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 Savanna Duchala, 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. Students are required to be on their best behavior or parents will be called to retrieve them. Pre-registration is required by July 15. Camp Location: Upper Valley Campus, St. Helena.
Hands On - Cost: $300 - #75350 - (Class Full)

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

Monday Jul 15, 2019 - Jul 18, 20191:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chef Savanna Duchala

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 Savanna as she leads young chefs in a hands-on exploration of this delicious summer treat. From the science and technique of hand-churned ice cream to the production of ice cream cakes and ice cream sandwiches, students will learn how to master ice cream in all of its delicious forms and flavors. Bring an apron. Students are required to be on their best behavior or parents will be called to retrieve them. Preregistration is required by July 8. Camp Location: Upper Valley Campus, St. Helena.
Hands On - Cost: $150 - #75351 - (Register Online)

Hawaiian Luau with Chef Savanna

Saturday Aug 31, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Savanna Duchala

Life gets busy, why take a trip across the pacific to enjoy some amazing Hawaiian cuisine? Come hang loose with Chef Savanna while you learn about different cultures that help make up the ultra-diverse Hawaiian cuisine. Wear your favorite Hawaiian themed shirt and come ready to cook up some food "Aloha Style" while listening to some island reggae. Pre-registration required by August 26.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75388 - (Register Online)

Pizza and Pinot with Chef Savanna

Saturday Oct 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Savanna Duchala

Using the Cooking School's fabulous wood-fired pizza oven, Chef Savanna will teach you how to create and pair delectable homemade wood-fired pizzas with different noted Pinot Noirs. Learn how to make crispy, chewy pizza dough with a few different sauces to go with it. Toppings galore will entice your creativity. Best pizza and Pinot pairing wins a prize! Pre-registration required by October 21.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75397 - (Register Online)

Fiesta Mexicana with Chef Savanna

Saturday Nov 02, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Savanna Duchala

Salsa dance your way into the Mexican culinary culture using the big bold flavors, colors, and spices widely used across the beautiful country. In this class you will learn different techniques used to create dishes that you love, giving you the confidence to recreate them back at home on your own. Come play with your food in this fun class that ends with one of the most flavorful lunch buffets! Pre-registration required by October 28.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75403 - (Register Online)

Seasonal Pies with Toni Chiapetta

Saturday Nov 23, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pastry Chef Toni Chiapetta

Just in time for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays! Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the most beloved bakers in the Napa Valley, founder and owner of Sweetie Pies in Napa, Pastry Chef Toni Chiapetta, as she guides you through her time tested secrets of making the perfect pie crust and shows you how to make your very own pecan pie and sweet potato meringue pies that will be the scrumptious "pies" de resistance of your upcoming winter holiday celebrations. Pre-registration required by November 15.
Hands On - Cost: $95 - #75399 - (Register Online)

Cookie Exchange Ideas with Toni Chiapetta

Saturday Dec 07, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pastry Chef Toni Chiapetta

Who doesn't love holiday cookies? From tradition-bound standards to innovative stand-outs, cookies exchanged during the holidays make the perfect heartfelt (and delicious!) gift. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to grab a pal or family member and spend the morning together with Pastry Chef Toni Chiapetta, founder and owner of Sweetie Pies in Napa, enjoying one of the greatest simple pleasures of the season, making holiday cookies to share. We will prepare Russian Tea cookies, basic chocolate chunk, pinwheel cookies (chocolate & pecan) & shortbread. Pre-registration required by December 2.
Hands On - Cost: $95 - #75400 - (Register Online)