Expand your culinary skills, or begin them, at cooking classes in and around Sacramento. Taught by caterers, restaurateurs and professional chefs some classes are available year-round often in order to take advantage of the seasonal fruits, vegetables and nuts. Many cover ethnic foods reflective of our community’s many tastes. Children as young three years of age are welcome at some, while others accept tweens and teenagers.
Culinary adventures begin here.
Sacramento Food Co-op
1900 Alhambra Boulevard
The Sacramento Food Co-op provides the freshest of ingredients for cooking classes that 400 to 500 participants attend monthly. Running several times weekly the classes include many ethnic menus and also how to can vegetables and make cheese. Classes and a summer camp are available for children and teens. Local chefs, like Patrick Mulvaney, offer their expertise on a regular basis. Many businesses use the team building classes to let employees work together while making entrees like grilled chicken tikka.
2370 Maggio Circle #14
Lodi, CA 95240
Think of Gary DeGrande as your personal gastronomic go to guy for all things Italian and beyond. Armed with an arsenal of his Sicilian grandmother’s recipes and his own from 40 years in restaurant kitchens he does not offer classes on a regular basis. Instead he invites his clients to tell him their culinary wishes. He then creates a private class, in his restaurant’s kitchen, for a couple or groups such as preteens or bachelorette parties to learn the how-tos. Surrounded by the lush Lodi vineyards some chose to bring in their own wine to enjoy after creating appetizers, breads, pastas of all sorts or a scrumptious dessert.
Good Eats at the East Bay Restaurant Supply
522 North 12th Street
Monthly, Paulette Bruce welcomes students to the East Bay Restaurant Supply’s Culinary Center. Themed classes such as cooking with wine allow participants to make entrees like lamb chops with roasted root vegetables and red wine pomegranate sauce along with fennel apple hash with Alsace Riesling. During the first 30 minutes Bruce offers her expertise on ingredient buying and techniques before breaking the class into groups. Each group is responsible to create a dish while Bruce moves around offering suggestions and overseeing the overall process. An additional bonus is the 10 percent discount all students receive at the East Bay Restaurant Supply.
620 G St
Do you have a budding chef toddling around your house? Everything from Thai cooking to olive oil tastings and learning knife skills is taught at the Co-op’s modern kitchen. Co-op members receive a 10% discount on the class costs.
Location varies by class
Whatever you desire to cook it is likely the Learning Exchange offers a class in it. Candied cake pops, artisan breads, easy fall soups and holiday entrees are among the most favorites. Weeknight and weekend classes are available in several locations. One is the Steel Magnolia’s kitchen at the corner of 16th and G Streets. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts’ instructors teach at their facilities off Del Paso Boulevard in Natomas.
Chef Beth Sogaard
9393 Main Street
Many enjoy Chef Beth’s gastronomical wizardry at her Amador Vintage Market Wine Bar in Plymouth or at the hundreds of events she caters throughout the region – especially at wineries. During the winter and early spring the chef opens her kitchen to world-wide culinary trends. French bistro classics, tapas and secrets to great dinner parties are just a few of the offerings to tempt gourmands and those with a mild interest. Aside from a full dinner each participant also receives a cookbook and 10% discount at the Market.