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"Spring Dinner In Italy" : Pop-Up Italian Dinner

Saturday May 30, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 Greg Miraglia

Greg Miraglia is a longtime educator and food/restaurant blogger who brings his many years of culinary expertise and passion to the Napa Valley Cooking School gained from his time as a cook for the Napa Valley Wine Train and in the NV Cooking School Professional Chef Program. In addition his work in the culinary arts, Greg is also a radio program host and producer on Outbeat Radio, a weekly LGBT program on KRCB Radio.

A chef's table experience featuring some classic Italian favorites with a twist presented by Chef Greg Miraglia & Chef Elena Sirignano. Imagine a spring evening on a little farm in hills of Tuscany or maybe near the shores of Genoa. Join us for a demonstration dinner and learn how you can replicate these dishes at home for your family and friends. Arrive and enjoy an aperol sprtiz. Your 5-course dinner will include house made focaccia, a grilled caesar salad, house made linguine with arugula pesto and grilled tiger prawns, a lamb-cheta with risotto and spring peas; finished with a trio tasting of Italian specialty desserts. Pre-registration required.
Demonstration and Dinner - Cost: $135 - #75989 - (Register Online)

Coastal Shellfish: Raw, Roasted & Steamed

Saturday Apr 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Chef Elena Sirignano

This Demo-Tasting class, made possible by our friends at Osprey Seafood, will explore Oysters, Clams and Mussels of the East and West Coasts of North America. You'll learn the fine nuances in flavor and shell shape of oysters. You'll get to taste old-school Mid-Atlantic baked clams, as well as learn the diverse ways to steam and enjoy mussels. Wine tasting to accompany. Pre-registration required.
Demonstration Tasting - Cost: $95 - #75990 - (Register Online)

Divine Lumpia

Friday Feb 21, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Join Roline Casper of Roline's Uniquely Filipino, to learn about the many different variations of lumpia. They bring people together, forming, shaping and cooking these iconic delights of Filipino Cuisine. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $80 - #75981 - (Register Online)

Introduction to Mixology

Saturday Jan 25, 2020
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Join industry veteran mixologist and Sommelier Traci Dutton learning cocktail history, technique and trends. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75995 - (Register Online)

Wine Atlas Obscura

Saturday May 16, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Explore the world of wine from regions, producers and grapes that perhaps you've only heard of or might be completely new to you with Sommelier Traci Dutton. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75996 - (Register Online)

Citrus: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Beyond

Saturday Feb 01, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Elena Sirignano

Late Winter is made brighter by the sweet & sour tastes of citrus. This hands-on class will give students a chance to cook and taste numerous dishes, utilizing these diverse and ancient fruit. Some of the recipes will include Walnut Pancakes with Meyer Lemon Syrup, Blood Orange & Goat Cheese Salad, as well as marinades that will compliment fish, poultry and pork. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75979 - (Register Online)

Greek Inspired Brunch

Saturday Mar 21, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Elena Sirignano

Symbolized by fresh ingredients, a Mediterranean climate and the joy of life, Greek Inspired Brunch takes familiar Greek dishes and presents them in new ways, for your weekend brunch. There'll be variations on classics like Greek Lamb Sausage, Spanakopita and Gravlax retooled for a relaxing, late-morning meal. Join us as we welcome in Spring with this Saturday hands-on cooking class. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75987 - (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 - (Class Full)

Ultimate Paleo: Caveman Feast

Wednesday Feb 12, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chef Savanna Duchala

Whether you live the paleo lifestyle, or you are interested...this class is for you! Learn some paleo basics that focus on health, fitness and mindful eating by teaming up with others to create some delicious dishes that will make you question why they call it a diet in the first place! Finish with a buffet dinner a caveman would approve of! Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75980 - (Register Online)

Classical French Cuisine

Saturday Mar 07, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chef Savanna Duchala

Many classically trained chefs are trained with traditional French techniques. In this class you will learn about mother sauces, cooking methods and mise en place to help you elevate your skills in the kitchen. In teams, we will create a French feast that we will all gather around and share together while discussing the history of the dishes. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75986 - (Register Online)

Entertaining Like a Pro: Cocktail Party

Thursday Apr 16, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chef Savanna Duchala

Do you love to entertain, but never get to enjoy your party? In this class, you will learn how to make food ahead of time so you can mingle with your guests. In addition, Chef Savanna will teach you how to make timelines that will help you stay organized down to the last second before your party begins. Come be entertained while learning how to! Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75988 - (Register Online)

Pizza and Pinot with Chef Savanna

Thursday May 14, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 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.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75991 - (Register Online)

Frozen Desserts at Home

Saturday Feb 29, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

It might be a little chilly outside, but at the NVCS kitchen it's just the right temperature for "Frozen Desserts at Home". From Pastry Chef Derek Corsino, learn how to make versatile chilled desserts for any season and any occasions. In this hands-on class you'll get to work with some of our favorite dessert ingredients, such as berries, chocolate, cream and much more. Get out of the house and into our kitchen for this wonderfully decadant class. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #76016 - (Register Online)

Valentine's Desserts

Saturday Feb 08, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Grab your sweetie's hand and head over to our teaching kitchen for an unconventional early Valentine's Day date! Or come solo and meet some other sweet-toothed foodies! Chef Derek Corsino will cover how to make tasty confectionery treats that will knock your socks off and put an end your retail candy shopping. Truffles, French macarons, chocolate covered strawberries, and more will take you to new heights of deliciousness! After sampling, all students will head home with a goody bag of scrumptious delights. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $90 - #76015 - (Register Online)

Cake Decorating Three-Class Series

Saturday Mar 14, 2020

Chef Derek Corsino

Have you always wanted to show your friends and family up during holidays and special occasions with an over-the-top dessert? It always looks easier than it actually is, but FEAR NOT, Pastry Chef Derek Corsino has your home baked special occasion cake needs covered with this hands-on basics of layer cake building. Led by a highly accomplished professional pastry chef this series of classes will teach you cake leveling, fillings, piping, borders, roses, fondant, and icing for your very own perfectly flat topped cake! Birthday and holiday cakes in your house will never be the same again! Take one, two, or all three! Cake Decorating 1: Fundamentals. Slicing, Layering, Icing, Basic Borders-Sat, Mar 14, 12:00-3:00pm. Cake Decorating 2: Tier a Cake. Two-Tier Mini Cakes, Expanding on Borders & Roses- Sat, Apr 25, 9:00am-12:00 noon. Cake Decorating 3: Fondant Basics, Figure Making, Borders, & Modeling Chocolate Roses-Sat, May 9, 9:00am-12:00 noon. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $225 - #76013 - (Register Online)

Cake Decorating 1: Fundamentals. Slicing, Layering, Icing, Basic Borders

Saturday Mar 14, 2020
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Have you always wanted to show your friends and family up during holidays and special occasions with an over-the-top dessert? It always looks easier than it actually is, but FEAR NOT, Pastry Chef Derek Corsino has your home baked special occasion cake needs covered with this hands-on basics of layer cake building. Led by a highly accomplished professional pastry chef this series of classes will teach you cake leveling, fillings, piping, borders, roses, fondant, and icing for your very own perfectly flat topped cake! Birthday and holiday cakes in your house will never be the same again! Take one, two, or all three! Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #76010 - (Register Online)

Cake Decorating 2: Tier a Cake. Two-Tier Mini Cakes, Expanding on Borders & Roses

Saturday Apr 25, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Have you always wanted to show your friends and family up during holidays and special occasions with an over-the-top dessert? It always looks easier than it actually is, but FEAR NOT, Pastry Chef Derek Corsino has your home baked special occasion cake needs covered with this hands-on basics of layer cake building. Led by a highly accomplished professional pastry chef this series of classes will teach you cake leveling, fillings, piping, borders, roses, fondant, and icing for your very own perfectly flat topped cake! Birthday and holiday cakes in your house will never be the same again! Take one, two, or all three! Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $95 - #76011 - (Register Online)

Cake Decorating 3: Fondant Basics, Figure Making, Borders, & Modeling Chocolate Roses

Saturday May 09, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Have you always wanted to show your friends and family up during holidays and special occasions with an over-the-top dessert? It always looks easier than it actually is, but FEAR NOT, Pastry Chef Derek Corsino has your home baked special occasion cake needs covered with this hands-on basics of layer cake building. Led by a highly accomplished professional pastry chef this series of classes will teach you cake leveling, fillings, piping, borders, roses, fondant, and icing for your very own perfectly flat topped cake! Birthday and holiday cakes in your house will never be the same again! Take one, two, or all three! Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #76012 - (Register Online)

Wide World of Tarts

Saturday Apr 04, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chef Derek Corsino

Spring is the time we all think about the bounty of fruits coming into season, as well as those to come throughout the summer. In this class you will have the opportunity to explore the many different ways that berries, stone fruits and more, can be enveloped in varying crusts and doughs. After this class you'll have your recipes ready, as well as your inspiration, especially after you've visited the local farmer's market for supplies. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $80 - #76017 - (Register Online)

"Chopped" Revisited

Friday Mar 06, 2020
6:00 PM - 9:00 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.

The lights are back on....Due to a cancellation caused by Mother Nature, you have another opportunity sign-up for this class! 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, & 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.
Hands On - Cost: $90 - #75982 - (Register Online)

Cooking for the Raiders

Saturday Jan 25, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 Pat Burke

What better way to get ready for the Super Bowl, than with the Raiders Spring Training Personal Chef, Pat Burke. He will show you how to make smoked chicken nachos and other game day specials. Have fun no matter what team your rooting for! Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $80 - #75978 - (Register Online)

Pat's Apps!

Wednesday May 06, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 Pat Burke

Gotten vexed on what to bring to your next potluck? Thinking about that next party or family gathering you're throwing? Get inspired by Chef Pat Burke in this hands-on class how to make versatile appetizers for any occasion. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $75 - #75992 - (Register Online)

Breakfast Bakery with SWEETIE PIES

Saturday Mar 28, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pastry Chef Toni Chiapetta

Join Chef-Owner Toni Chiapetta of Sweetie Pies, as she teaches in this hands-on class of breakfast breads and pastries. Enjoy simple the comfort imparted by the smells of cinnamon and brown sugar, while learning how to make deceptively easy baked goods.Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $85 - #75993 - (Register Online)

At Home Bread Baking

Friday May 01, 2020 - May 02, 2020
Pastry Chef Toni Chiapetta

Lead by industry veteran bread baker, Toni Chiapetta, this 2-part class will begin on a Friday evening, then finish the on Saturday morning. You will review with Chef Toni, what best ingredients to use, & common bread terminology. You'll gain understanding of how to make focaccia and the importance of flavor development from pre-ferments, as used in numerous types of loaves. Fri, May 1, 6:00-8:30 pm & Sat, May 2, 9:00am-12:00 noon. Pre-registration required.
Hands On - Cost: $110 - #76014 - (Register Online)