Back to the Kitchen! Sacramento Cooking Class Offerings

By Dawnie October 3, 2011

SUGAR & SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE PRIVATE  BAKING CLASS! Sugar & Spice Specialty Desserts –  1201 F Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
Just in time to learn how to create amazing desserts for the upcoming holidays. Want to learn how to make buttery soft croissants, brioche and fluffy cupcakes?  

Executive pastry chef and owner of Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts, Carissa Jones is opening her doors to private baking classes.  All classes are for a minimum of one hour and will include take home products and recipes!    Private instruction begins at $50 an hour plus products created.
Call (916) 952-5253 to book your private baking class today!

Thai Basil Cooking with Suleka2431 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 (916) 442-7690

Suleka is the chef and owner of Thai Basil in Sacramento. Her restaurant has been voted Best Thai Food in the city since 2001. Now, that is amazing. Suleka believes it is now a perfect time to begin sharing her mother’s recipes and secrets behind Thai Basil’s menu. Classes will be held at her J Street location and are $65 per class. If you would like to do a wine tasting as well, (and who wouldn’t?) the cost is an additional $10. Three classes are being booked as we speak; one is in October, November and December. Each instructional and hands on class will feature a different menu.  Tips and techniques will shared as well as recipes of Thai Coconut Soup, Spicy Grilled Beef Salad, Thai Green Papaya Salad, Mango Sweet Rice and many more! Classes are expected to fill up quickly so you better book today!

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Cooking Classes using Fresh and Local Ingredients

Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op
900 Alhambra Blvd
Sacramento CA 95816
(916) 455-2667

If you’ve ever stepped foot in the Co-Op in Sacramento you know that it instantly makes you feel healthier. The smell of the fresh fruits and vegetables and the organic grass fed meat and fish hanging in the butcher shop can have a physical effect on you. Little did I know, the Co-Op offers some amazing (and affordable!) learning center and cooking school classes. After navigating their beautiful website, I found a large calendar of upcoming events for this fall. (Note: For the month of October if you register for your classes online you receive 10% off!)
One that stuck out to me included an Oktoberfest Dinner (October 11, $49) with beer pairing… Um, yes please. Not only did that sound wonderful, Patrick Mulvaney’s (yes, owner and chef at Mulvaney’s restaurant on L and 19th)  is going to be cooking and pairing his food with Eel River organic beers. Can you say amazing? With each month the Co-Op features around 15 classes that will tickle anyone’s fancy. From a Gnocchi Workshop (November 12) to a Stuffing and Gravy Class (November 21) these classes will allow you to explore new ideas and old traditions possibly done in a new way. I will definitely be attending the Cookie Workshop (December 1) where I can learn new ways of giving inexpensive and beautiful cookies for the holidays. I’m already signed up for the Healthy Holiday Entertaining Class (December 12) because I know how much I can eat over the holiday season- so every little bit helps! These are just a few I picked out that look interesting, but please head to the Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op website and check out their calendar, there is a class or workshop for everyone!

(Note: If you are a Co-Op owner prices will be a discounted rate)

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Join World-Class Chef, Paulette Bruce in 4 hr cooking class!

East Bay Restaurant Supply
522 North 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 498-9804

Whether you are an infant in the kitchen or a world-class chef, Paulette Bruce would love you to attend her cooking classes that are held three times a month at East Bay Restaurant Supply. Paulette only asks you to bring an open mind and an empty tummy. Her classes include a 4 hour, hands-on instruction in a professional kitchen a beautifully prepared meal and even a recipe book to take home! Octobers cooking classes feature Pork Favorites: Pork Tenderloin with Portobello Mushroom Sauce, Brined Pork Chops with Aspargus and Wild Mushrooms and many more. Yum. November highlights all things Appetizers (too many to mention, but I will say: Prosciutto Wrapped Handmade Grissini Bread with Cheesy Meatballs in Caper Sauce!!!)  And if that isn’t enough, December will be featuring (ahem, my favorite) Italian food.  How about Ricotta Gnocchi with Sausage and Browned Sage Butter and Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushrooms. <insert drooling here> Each class is a flat rate $70, but I have to say, just by looking at the menu, your money is well spent.  Check out the website and see which class or classes, you want to try!

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Hands on Cooking Classes @Whole Foods Market

4315 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 488-2800

Whole Foods Market is known throughout the United States as the supermarket that is the Foodies Playground. Selling the highest quality specialty items, any one that enters a Whole Foods cannot leave empty handed. Whole Foods has quite a loyal following and now is offering cooking classes that range from 1 to 3 hours in length. Participants must be 18 years or older and classes consist of a brief lecture, hands-on cooking and (my favorite part!) eating.   Check out their online cooking class calendar.  Preview for October:  Friday, October 14th    Nuts!!! With Butternut    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm $40.00

It’s that time of the year to go nuts…. for butternut!  Do you love the sweet and savory taste of butternut squash?  You can make countless butternut dishes from appetizers/first course to sides/main to dessert.  Chef Kelly will give you a few ideas.


  • Roasted butternut,spiced poached pear and Pinoli salad
  • Lemon Herb Roasted Pork loin with Balsamic
  • Butternut squash Sage Gorgonzola Linguine
  • Baked Caramel Pecan Butternut Crumble

Can you say delicious? Whole Foods doesn’t stop there! Check out their culinary menu today and sign up for a class! You won’t be sorry!

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Kids in the Kitchen @ Pizza Rock!

Saturday, October 8 – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Pizza Rock
1020 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 737-5777

Have nothing to do on a rainy or chilly Saturday with your kids? Pizza Rock has a perfect solution: teach them how to create pizza! Kids get to create their own pizza using healthy toppings.  Learn to toss pizza with world famous pizza acrobats.  Fun activity for any family….Respect the Craft!

2 Sessions: 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Space is Limited, Must Call to Register


Williams-Sonoma Technique Classes Everyday!

Can’t find the time to break away for hours on end to attend a cooking class?  Why not stop, shop and learn!  Williams Sonoma offers DAILY culinary actitivies that tickle anyone’s palate with great daily recipes.  October Culinary Activities include a sampling of Autumn Favorites, Season’s Harvest, Halloween Favorites and Fall Treats.  Every Sunday the stores offer Technique Classes ranging from Pressure Cooking Basics to “My, Oh My, It’s Time for Pie!”    Who could pass up a short baking lesson on how to make the perfect Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.   Check out your local Williams-Sonoma kitchen store to check out their monthly culinary calendars and go have some “quick fun”.

In the Kitchen with Wendy VanWagner – Private Cooking Classes

In The Kitchen is a cooking school and community kitchen located in Nevada City, Ca. Looking for a fun day with your girlfriends, or even coworkers?  Private classes are hard to come by but no anymore thanks to Chef Wendy VanWagner who has created a foodies dream house.  In The Kitchen provides a unique experience in an intimate setting, striving to bring people together through cooking and breaking bread. Our classes are hands-on and held in a casual, and encouraging environment. The brand new kitchen is used and maintained at a very high standard to ensure that is is always sparking clean and fun to work in. We use delicious, yet uncomplicated recipes and feature organic, local, and seasonal ingredients.

In The Kitchen offers private classes for groups of 6 or more. Private classes are a great way to celebrate birthdays, bridal showers, team building events, or just getting friends together!

Some possible classes to choose from are

French, Indian, Sushi Making, Soups and Stews, Appetizers and Apertifs

Classes are $50/person and as always, include a meal at the end of class!

Feel free to bring you own wine to enjoy with dinner.

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