Cooking Classes Schedule
2014 CLASS SCHEDULE
MONDAY JANUARY 20, TUESDAY JANUARY 21 - DUNGENESS CRAB FEAST COOKING CLASS 6:30 PM
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11 - WILD GAME - ITALIAN STYLE CLASS 6:30 PM
MONDAY MARCH 3, TUESDAY MARCH 4 - DINNER IN CREMONA LOMBARDY COOKING CLASS 6:30 PM
MONDAY MARCH 31, TUESDAY APRIL 1 – DINNER IN MESSINA SICILIA COOKING CLASS 6:30 PM
SUNDAY JUNE 15, 22, and,29 – SUMMERTIME GRILLING CLASS IN THE PERGOLA GARDEN KITCHEN 12 NOON TO 3 PM
For specific Class Details, click the brown box in the top right hand corner. Class menus will be posted about 6-weeks in advance of each class, along with registration details. For a description of classes in general, including private group classes and team-building classes, as well as background on our Chefs and our school, read below.
In 1987 Chef Ghilarducci and his wife Gia founded the DEPOT HOTEL RESTAURANT cooking school, Scuola Rustica, and have been teaching cooking classes here in Sonoma ever since. Chef Ghilarducci has continued to teach in Sonoma, Provence, Argentina, and Italy. In 2002, Chef Ghilarducci had the pleasure of joining Jacques Pepin for a week of joint cooking classes at Chateau Villette outside of Paris. In 2006 Chef Ghilarducci also began teaching a series of cooking classes on Crystal Cruise Lines. In 2008, the school staff was increased by their son, Chef Antonio Ghilarducci, a talented young chef who has already developed quite a following.
Each cooking class at SCUOLA RUSTICA in Sonoma is a light-hearted and relaxed event that includes a complete, lavish four or five course lunch or dinner with three or more vintage wines—–while you learn new cooking skills. The chefs teach techniques that will make cooks of any level more comfortable in the kitchen.
During class, Chef Ghilarducci will demonstrate each new dish and discuss its origins and the techniques used to prepare it. A complete recipe book will also be provided with all the recipes. We also offer hands-on grilling classes in the garden during the summer months.
Whatever the style of class, the focus is fun, with great food and wine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For those who want to improve their cooking skills—you will! For those who want a great meal with friends, and a lot of fun, we can make it happen!
GROUP COOKING CLASSES
Since 1987, we have been teaching classes to our students--primarily on Tuscan cuisine, but also on the cuisine of other Italian provinces, on country French cooking, and on the cuisine of the Mediterranean basin in general. We have also offered classes in open-air grilling, Southern barbeque, Oriental cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Mayan cuisine, and American regional cooking.
We keep our groups small, informal and friendly...you are close to the Chef and the action! In demonstration classes it is easy to see and comfortable to ask questions. In hands-on classes, you may participate as much or as little as you as you like...some of our student chefs really get in up to their elbows! Others want to work on a few skills, pick up a few tips, and then relax and just enjoy the party! Either way, we are happy to have you with us...
Do you love to cook and want to improve your skills or you store of knowlege about food? Do you just want to eat a great meal and drink some great wine? Do you have a spouse or a friend for whom you'd like to get a different and very useful gift? Call or email us for our current class brochure and a sign-up form!
PRIVATE GROUP COOKING CLASSES, TEAM-BUILDING, and CORPORATE EVENTS
Are you a corporate planner looking for something different for team building or a group meeting break-out event?
Are you looking for something different to do for a birthday party for a group? Would you like one of our Chefs to come to your home and do a Cooking Class party for you and your friends? Would you like to go to Europe with us and cook there in a private villa for a week?
We do private cooking classes for groups from 12 to 40. The Chef and kitchen are available anytime on Mondays and Tuesdays, and offsite by special arrangement. We can plan a special menu just for your group from one of the Italian provinces, from France, Morocco, Greece, Central or South American, or a class of all Spanish tapas.
Classes include a very generous four to ten-course lunch or dinner, three-to-six premium vintage wines (beer and soft drinks also if you like,) and all the recipes. Prices vary from $85 per person on up, depending on menu, wines, number of persons in the party, and distance.
Call Gia and make plans for a relaxed and entertaining Cooking Class event.