Cook the Book: Bouchon

$165 per person

Our Cook the Book classes celebrate some of our favorite chefs and restaurants through their cookbooks. We select a signature dish from their cookbook, adapt it for the home kitchen, and build a menu around it to bring the book to life. These events are less instruction-based than our other cooking classes and make for an enjoyable night out.

About This Class

Taking inspiration from the bistros in Paris, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant executes classic French dishes to perfection. In the Bouchon cookbook, Keller walks through, with a fine attention to detail, dishes that will transport you out of Napa and straight to France. To create these dishes yourself, it helps to have a guide, and we’ll do just that in this event.

After walking through some classic French techniques, your class will create a menu of Bouchon-inspired dishes, breaking each one down into steps, and talking about what can be prepared in advance to make a menu like this doable again. Your instructors will show you how to cook a steak to a perfectly pink medium-rare, how to create mac and cheese like none you’ve ever tasted, and how to channel your own inner-Thomas Keller.


Smoked & Steamed Salmon Rillettes, Clams Marinières with Soffritto, Chilled Salad of Haricot Vert and Tomato, Skirt Steak with Caramelized Shallots and Red Wine, and Almond Cake with Strawberry Raspberry Compote.


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


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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