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Wine Country Cooking Classes

Enjoy a dream day in Napa Valley with a demonstration cooking class with me in a lovingly restored Victorian mansion. The Ackerman Heritage House in downtown Napa is our magnificent setting, with period furnishings but modern conveniences, including a spacious state-of-the-art kitchen. I’m a Chez Panisse-trained chef and author of Fresh from the Farmers’ Market, Eating Local and more than two dozen other cookbooks. My cooking is casual, strictly seasonal and ingredient driven, inspired by California’s endless bounty. Comfortably seated in the kitchen, you’ll follow along—lending me a hand if you like—as I prepare a multi-course menu. You’ll enjoy generous tastes of each dish with Ackerman Family Vineyards or Lloyd Cellars wine, and you’ll leave with a folder of the day’s recipes so you can confidently reproduce the meal at home.

Guests’ dietary restrictions will be noted at the time of booking and I’ll make every effort to accommodate them. It may not be possible to accommodate dietary restrictions that are not mentioned at the time of booking. The classes are not suitable for vegans.

A demonstration cooking class is a fun and educational way to gather with friends and family to celebrate a birthday or a reunion and experience an unforgettable day in Wine Country. A private cooking class in one of Napa Valley’s showplace homes will be the highlight of your Wine Country visit.

  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch class)

  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (dinner class)

  • Price per person: $165

Includes generous tastes of each dish, equivalent to a light meal, with a glass of Ackerman Family Vineyards or Lloyd Cellars; additional wine available for purchase.

Please complete the Contact Form or call me at 707-265-0404 to discuss dates and menu preferences. I welcome groups of up to 14 but do have a minimum booking fee.


Sample Menu

Pistachio and Feta Dip with Cilantro and Dill
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Artichokes and Peas
Toasted Bulgur and Pasta Pilaf with Pine Nuts
Warm Apricot Upside-Down Cake with Mascarpone Cream