California Thanksgiving Menu
$165 per person
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Build an extravagant celebratory menu for you and your friends and family
- Use seasonal produce, herbs and spices to breathe new life into traditional Thanksgiving dishes
- Leave with make-ahead tips for your own Thanksgiving meal
About This Class
Isn’t it about time you hosted your own Thanksgiving dinner? We’re here to take you through the entire meal from beginning to end, including a prep list to make it all manageable.
Our California-inspired menu takes some of your favorite traditional dishes and gives them a contemporary feel, using some of the best local and seasonal ingredients around. Your class will make an appetizer, first course, entree, and dessert. How to keep that turkey moist? What can you make ahead? Something for dessert besides classic pumpkin pie? We’ve got you! And, the best thing about it? You’ll leave with a step by step game plan for pulling the same meal off at home.
Roasted Parsnip Crostini with Wilted Kale and Blistered Grapes, Salad of Little Gems, Toasted Hazelnuts, California Dry Jack and Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, Roasted Spice Rubbed Turkey Breast and Mustard Braised Turkey Legs, Luxurious Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon and Leeks, Classic Pan Gravy, Fennel Braised with Butter, Oranges, and Honey, Cranberry Pecan Orange Relish, and Pumpkin Ginger Tart.
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Ages 18+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing up in the Bay Area, Kirsten was exposed to an extraordinary array of foods. This early exposure instilled in her a great curiosity and passion for regional cuisines. At 18 years old, Kirsten studied cooking under the tutelage of Catherine Pantsios before working in restaurants such as Mario Batali’s famous Babbo in New York’s West Village and Nancy Oaks’ Boulevard in San Francisco. Kirsten has worked in restaurant kitchens in Europe and traveled extensively in South East Asia, where she took cooking courses and hung out in the food markets of every city she visited. Kirsten is currently the chef-instructor of the Professional Culinary Program at San Francisco Cooking School.