Best of Bay: Foreign Cinema
$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 this class, you will…
- Know how to toast and grind spices to create a unique spice blend
- Master the creamy texture of a perfectly cooked creme brulee
- Prep like a chef! Learning what can be done ahead of time to make you more efficient in the kitchen
About This Class
It’s been almost 20 years since the iconic Foreign Cinema opened – it’s hard to imagine the SF dining scene without it. Chef/Owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark have culinary roots in some of the timeless dishes of Elizabeth David, Richard Olney, and Paula Wolfert, but their food is uniquely modern.
Join Chefs Gayle and John to cook up a menu from “The Foreign Cinema Cookbook”. We may not be showing a film on our wall, but we can assure you that these two chefs will let you in on plenty of tips of the trade. As you to cook through some amazing dishes, you’ll be guided by seasoned experts, and in true Foreign Cinema style, will all sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Salt Cod Brandade, Winter Caesar, Cocoa Ajwain Steak with Cabernet Beef Sauce & Horseradish Creme Fraiche, Moroccan Roasted Vegetables, Buttermilk Spoon Bread and Jasmine Creme Brûlée
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Ages 18+
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.
Gayle Pirie & John Clark
Gayle Pirie and John Clark are the chef-owners of Foreign Cinema. They’ve worked at the legendary Zuni Cafe and Chez Panisse and have received multiple James Beard award nominations. In 2010, Pirie was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International . The couple have two previous books; they live in Berkeley with their two children.