New Year, New Cook

I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions – I don’t think you need a new year to justify a change in your life. Instead, I’ve decided to focus my “new year, new mentality” energy on learning some much needed culinary skills.

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While I love eating out and trying new restaurants, it’s come time for me to experiment a little on my own. So, in an effort to appease both my hunger and thirst, I’ve set out in search of some of our city’s best classes – ones that will teach you how to cook (and speak!)  like a true chef.

For cheese lovers
The Milk Maid

This San Francisco based teacher hosts public classes through the SF Cheese School, City College of San Francisco, 18 Reasons and Urban Kitchen as well as private classes for special events. Some options? A class on mozzarella making or a 3 hour discovery on the deliciousness of brie. I’m going for the Buttery Burrata course first.

For region focused cooks
Tante Marie Cooking School

If you’re more akin to cooking authentic food true to a specific region, Tante Marie has workshops focused on anything from Mexican street food to Italian comfort cuisine to traditional Danish pastries.

Feel like you might need a crash course in the art of slicing and dicing? They also offer a class on the secrets of great knife skills!

For wine lovers
San Francisco Wine Center

For anyone looking to expand their knowledge of wine (or just their wine cellar!), the SF Wine Center offers not only a variety of courses but also a members network to meet, taste and learn with other local wine lovers.

For a weekend splurge
Cakebread Cellars Cooking Class

Ready for a weekend getaway? Take a quick trip to Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars where you can sign up for courses that run the gamut of cuisines. From truffle-making to pasta to a master class in fried chicken, there is something for everyone…you may even stumble upon a new favorite wine while you’re up there too!

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