Date Night: New England Clambake
$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 the class, you will:
- Know how to steam and break down a whole lobster
- Known how to make a clambake where each element is perfectly cooked (hint: don’t throw everything in the pot at once!)
About This Class
Wish you could escape the foggy San Francisco “summer” and head out to the beach instead? Skip your normal dinner-and-a-movie routine and treat your date to a fun evening in the kitchen. You and that special someone will cook side by side, along with other couples, to make a New England-inspired clambake that will make you feel like you’re in a clam shack on Cape Cod.
We’ll greet you with a refreshing cranberry spritzer and show you how to steam whole lobsters and turn them into delectable lobster rolls to munch on while we cook. After we get our clambakes going, we’ll throw coleslaw and blueberry cobbler together but leave you plenty of time to mingle. Our festive evening ends with dinner around the table with plenty of cold beer, digging into the feast you’ve just made.
Mini Lobster Rolls, New England Clambake with Clams, Shrimp, Corn, Potatoes, and Sausage; Coleslaw and Blueberry Cobbler
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Ages 18+
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, Christine moved to Boston to test recipes at Cook’s Illustrated / America’s Test Kitchen, to teach children how to cook, and to work for Chef Barbara Lynch at her newly opened demonstration kitchen, Stir. Upon a return to California, Christine became a food editor in the test kitchen at CHOW.com. She is now the food editor at The Kitchn and loves the process of cooking as much as she enjoys eating the finished product.