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Thursday, September 20

Cheese Class: ACS Blue-Ribbon Winners
 

Trefethen Family Vineyards
1160 Oak Knoll Avenue
Napa, CA
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
707-265-0404
SOLD OUT

Which cheeses floated to the top in the 2018 American Cheese Society competition? Here's your chance to discover what the experts consider the epitome of American cheesemaking.

Saturday, September 29

Cheese Class: American Cheese Society Blue-Ribbon Winners
 

SHED
25 North Street
Healdsburg, CA
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
707-431-7433
Reservations

Which cheeses floated to the top in the 2018 American Cheese Society competition? Here's your chance to discover what the experts consider the epitome of American cheesemaking.

Friday, October 5

Cheese Class
Cabernet Country: Cheeses for the King of Reds
 

Ackerman Heritage House
608 Randolph Street
Napa, CA
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Reservations
855-AFV-WINE
$75

When you pull the cork on an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, you want to serve cheeses that help it shine. This evening I’ll draw from my checklist of best cheeses for the valley’s most esteemed variety.

Saturday, October 6

Greek Yogurt Workshop: Love It, Make It, Use It
 

Napa Valley College
1088 College Avenue
St. Helena, CA
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
707-967-2901
Reservations

The freshest, tastiest and most healthful Greek yogurt is the yogurt you make at home. (It costs less, too!) I'll demonstrate a foolproof method for making your own thick, creamy yogurt, then together we'll make this Mediterranean menu for lunch:

Rich and Creamy Homemade Greek Yogurt
Chicken Soup with Toasted Pasta, Chickpeas and Yogurt
Warm Grated Carrot and Yogurt Salad with Toasted Cumin
Lamb Meatballs in Warm Yogurt Sauce with Sizzling Red-Pepper Butter
Roasted Butternut Squash with Yogurt and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Greek Yogurt Parfaits with Warm Baked Figs and Candied Walnuts.

Wednesday, October 1o

Cheese Class: American Cheese Society Blue-Ribbon Winners
 

Draeger's
222 East 4th Avenue
San Mateo, CA
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
707-431-7433
Reservations

Which cheeses floated to the top in the 2018 American Cheese Society competition? Here's your chance to discover what the experts consider the epitome of American cheesemaking.

Thursday, October 11

Cooking Class: Ricotta Italian-Style: Make It and Use It
 

Napa Valley College
1088 College Avenue
St. Helena, CA
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
707-967-2901
Reservations

Learn to make creamy, fluffy fresh ricotta at home. (You can do it!) Then you'll leap in and prepare a dinner menu that puts this fabulous ricotta front and center. I'm the co-author, with Rosetta Costantino, of My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South, and I learned to make ricotta from Rosetta's mother. The evening’s menu:

Homemade Fresh Italian-Style Ricotta
Bruschetta with Ricotta and Sweet Peppers
Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni with Ricotta and Prosciutto
Arugula Salad with Shaved Fennel, Walnuts and Ricotta Salata
Raspberry, Ricotta and Chocolate Parfaits.

Tuesday, October 23-Monday, October 29

Culinary Tour: Join Me in Tuscany!
 


Itinerary and reservations

For this culinary week in beautiful Tuscany, I'm joining forces with chefs David Verzello and Marjorie Perotti Brewster. Cooking classes, market and winery visits, Tuscan cheese tastings with Tuscan wines...all in a splendid luxury villa. 

Friday, November 2

Cooking Class: Autumn in Wine Country
 

Ackerman Heritage House
608 Randolph Street
Napa, CA
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Reservations
855-AFV-WINE
$165

Join me for this demonstration class in the Ackerman Heritage House’s beautiful kitchen. You’ll enjoy generous tastes of all the dishes, with wine, and you’ll leave with detailed recipes so you can recreate the meal at home.

Warm Green Olives with Fennel Seed and Preserved Lemon
Butternut Squash and Saffron Risotto with Aceto Balsamico
Seared Spice-Rubbed Duck Breasts
Arugula, Fennel and Persimmon Salad
Creamy Pear Sorbet with Pear Brandy

Thursday, November 15

Cooking Class: Mastering Risotto
 

Napa Valley College
1088 College Avenue
St. Helena, CA
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
707-967-2901
Reservations

Getting risotto to turn out perfectly creamy and al dente every time can take practice and attention to detail. The result shouldn't be soupy, and it shouldn't be stiff. Learn to make a fail proof risotto you'll be proud to serve to guests. After this hands-on class, you'll be able to improvise with confidence.

Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash
Risotto with Tomato and Fresh Mussels
Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms
Autumn Chicory Salad with Persimmons and Pears

Friday, November 16

Cheese Class
Locavore Night: Northern California All-Stars
 

Ackerman Heritage House
608 Randolph Street
Napa, CA
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Reservations
855-AFV-WINE
$75

Taste the best from our California backyard as we explore what the most talented new cheesemakers are up to. I’ll introduce you to the most promising newcomers, but you will taste new and classic cheeses from established creameries as well.

Saturday, December 8

Cooking Class: Spanish Seafood Lunch
 

Ackerman Heritage House
608 Randolph Street
Napa, CA
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Reservations
855-AFV-WINE
$165

Join me for this demonstration class in the Ackerman Heritage House’s beautiful kitchen. You’ll enjoy generous tastes of all the dishes, with wine, and you’ll leave with detailed recipes so you can recreate the meal at home.

Spanish Garlic Shrimp with Sherry
Escarole Salad with Pomegranates, Walnuts and Mint
Halibut with Fennel, Chickpeas and Saffron Aioli
Olive Oil, Orange and Almond Cake with Kumquat Compote