Best of Bay: Californios

$190 per person

Our Best of Bay classes bring notable, local food talents into our teaching kitchens to share their expertise in a hands-on cooking class.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Learn how to build a basic Mexican pantry
  • Begin to refine your ability to season dishes like a pro
  • Know how to make the staples of Mexican cuisine that can be adapted for any occasion

About This Class

Born as a pop-up, the Michelin-starred Californios is a petit spot offering fine dining based on classic Mexican cooking. Chef Val Cantu has an incredibly deft hand when it comes to seasoning and this class will focus not only how to make the key components of his stellar dishes: Sauces.

The class will focus on the foundational sauces and salsas that can be used and applied to any occasion. Like the mother sauces of French cuisine, we’ll focus on fine-tuning salsas, understanding moles, and how to prepare aguachiles. With these skills down pat, you’ll learn how to apply the techniques to improve your own cooking and broaden your culinary horizons.

Menu

Hamachi Aguachile, Tomato and Chicken Broth, Fresh Tomatillo and Roasted Tomato Salsas, Handmade Duckfat Masa Tortillas, and Crispy Chicken Thighs

Details

  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Ages 18+

FAQ

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.

When should I arrive for my class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

 

Do I need to eat before class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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