Best of Bay: Nopalito
$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.
About This Class
There is a lot of Mexican food in San Francisco but Nopalito is exceptional. Cooking from scratch (as in grinding their own masa!) is their ethos and leaning how to emulate this outstanding cuisine from chef/owner Gonzalo Guzman is an amazing experience.
Chef Gonzalo will bring in some Nixtamal and show you how to use it to create tortillas, chilaquiles, and tamales. You’ll pair them with a variety of salsas and sides to create an authentic Mexican menu. You’ll learn what fills a Mexican pantry, how to find the best ingredients for these dishes around the Bay Area, and a few chef’s secrets for making the prep and cooking of them adaptable to your home kitchen.
Ceviche, Hand-made Tortillas, Chilaquiles, Tamales, Beans, Salsas, and more
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Suitable for vegetarians
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Chef Gonzalo came to San Francisco in the early 90’s. After spending 12 years working in the restaurant industry, including restaurants such as Kokkari and Boulevard, he landed at Nopa where he eventually hatched the idea to open Nopalito with Nopa’s chef/owner Laurence Jossel. They now have two locations, a thriving catering business, and an upcoming cookbook as well.