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
All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.
We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.
The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 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. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.
Doors will open 10 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 to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).
Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.
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.
You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.
Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.
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.