Date Night: Mardi Gras
$300 per couple
Our Date Night classes are one part cooking class, one part happy hour, and the perfect alternative to restaurant reservations. Designed with couples in mind, we'll have you laughing, cooking, and creating together. These classes are less cooking-intensive than our other offerings, giving you plenty of time to mix and mingle while preparing dinner.
What You'll Learn
By the end of this class, you will…
- Learn how to build rich layers of flavor by starting with the classic ‘holy trinity’ of vegetables
- Know how to cook head-on shrimp for a peel-and-eat feast
- Know how to create a stovetop caramel and bake a tender and flavorful cake
About This Class
Let the good times roll as we get in the Mardi Gras mood and build a menu around a killer pot of Jambalaya.
You and your date will roll up your sleeves and learn to make this spicy New Orleans classic stew, chock full of Andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp. There will be New Orleans style ‘bbq’ shrimp, Maque Choux (which you’ll learn cook and pronounce like a pro!), and even our take on Bananas Foster. Let’s drink a toast and do this celebration proud!
NOLA BBQ Shrimp, Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya, Maque Choux, and Upside-Down Bananas Foster Cake
- 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.
Alie is an alum of the professional culinary program at San Francisco Cooking School. She spent her externship in the kitchens of the legendary Chez Panisse where she’s still known to pop up every once in a while. She’s a data analyst during the week, but enjoys coming back to SFCS to teach whenever she can. When not working or teaching, Alie can be found in her backyard garden or cooking for her family and friends using her home-grown produce.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sean Chow has spent over a decade working as a startup consultant and social entrepreneur. While attending SF Cooking School, Sean’s passion for food and social impact inspired him to found Oakland Bloom, a nonprofit food business training program that helps refugee and immigrant chefs in Oakland start their own food businesses. He’s also worked as a cook for Bay Area favorites like Nopalito, Hawker Fare, and Pizzaiolo. As a self-proclaimed workaholic, when Sean isn’t cooking, he actively works on various business and community-based projects in Oakland, including opening a new bar and restaurant in Old Oakland as its Executive Chef and Co-Owner.