fish & shellfish

Fish & Shellfish Fundamentals (3 consecutive nights)

$445 per person

Our Fundamentals classes are designed to give home cooks a solid foundation of skills for everyday cooking and baking. They will build your confidence, equip you with techniques, and provide you with abundant inspiration in the kitchen.

What You'll Learn

(note: this session takes place over THREE CONSECUTIVE EVENINGS: 9/10, 9/11, and 9/12)

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Be able to determine if a fish is fresh and which fish to buy in each season
  • Have the confidence to fillet and prepare a whole fish
  • Be able to execute different cooking methods like poaching, roasting, pan-frying, plus much more

About This Class

Living in the Bay Area means we’re lucky enough to experience incredible fish and shellfish all year long. Meeting once a week over three consecutive weeks, this course will immerse you into what it takes to expertly select and prepare seafood at home. Knowing the essential cooking methods, from poaching and steaming to pan and deep frying, will help you produce appetizers, soups, and entrees with our local bounty.

We will have you filleting fin fish, deveining shrimp, and breaking down fresh local squid, as well as learning how to shop for the freshest seafood, how to talk to your fishmonger, and of course, what to do with it when you get home. You will shuck oysters and prepare whole ocean fish and filets in steamed, grilled, smoked, pickled and salt-cured dishes. We’ll discuss the importance of not only where that fish was caught, but how. You will also learn some simple tricks to achieve the proper sear and golden, crispy crust of flat fish and scallops.


Some of the dishes you’ll prepare in class include: Fish Stews and Chowders, Seared Scallops with Brown Butter Caper Sauce, Steamed Whole Tai Snapper, Salmon Gravlax, Salt-Baked Bronzino, Hawaiian Tuna Poke, and Smoked Trout Salad.





  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Three-session series
  • Ages 18+


Covid Policy

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.

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

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.

When should I arrive for my class?

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).

What do I need to bring with me to class?

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.

Do I need to eat before class?

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.

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 are required while in the building.

What happens if I can't make it to one of the classes in a series?

If you can’t make it to a class in a three, five or six-week series, you are welcome to send a friend in your place. Please notify us if a friend will be taking your spot.
Unfortunately, due to the small size of our classes, we do not offer make-up classes for missed sessions in a series.

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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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