Mastering Meatballs

$60 per person

Our live-stream classes each focus on a core skill and a variety of ways to master that skill, all based on our ever-popular Fundamentals series. These classes are designed for beginner level cooks looking to up their game. Upon registration, you’ll receive a prep sheet that includes a shopping list (with plenty of substitutions if you need them), an equipment list, and some tips on getting organized before class

What You'll Learn

  • How to keep meatballs tender and well seasoned, and one simple ratio with many variations
  • How to sear, roast, and braise meatballs
  • Which sauces pair well with different meatballs

About This Class

With one base recipe and a few core techniques, you can make meatballs from all over the world. In this class, we will take inspiration from Italy, Vietnam, and Greece as we show you how to create meatballs that are tender, flavorful, and simple.

This class will give you the confidence to take the flavors you love and build them into meatballs. We’ll guide you through three versions of our own favorite meatballs and cook them in a few different ways. And, what’s a meatball without sauce? We’ve got you covered there, too. Each of these meatballs can be made into an appetizer or a meal, and all of them freeze well so you will have dinner the night of class and plenty of leftovers to enjoy later.

We will build in time for lots of Q&A, stopping points to take some photos (gotta brag about those new skills), and time for you to show your work to the class along the way, too. Show up hungry as you’ll be able to enjoy these incredible meatballs as soon as class is finished, or use our tips to pack things up and eat later.


Classic Italian Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Vietnamese-Style Pork Meatballs with Nuoc Cham
Greek-Style Lamb Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt


What is the format of a typical cooking class?

Virtual: The average duration of our virtual cooking classes is 1 1/2 hours. Attendees will be cooking simultaneously with the instructor using items from the ingredients list provided at the point of registration. The instructor will share Pro tips and techniques while answering questions from the audience via Chat. The class will conclude with a Q&A session for any remaining questions and attendees can enjoy the food they’ve cooked, or save it to eat later based on instructor’s direction.

Note that spots purchased for a virtual class can be enjoyed by you or anyone else in your kitchen. However, the link you will receive to log into the class is unique so if you want your friends in other locations to join you, they too will need to purchase a spot.

In-Person: The average duration of our in-person 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. 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.


When should I arrive for my class?

Virtual: Attendees should log onto the webinar provided about 5 minutes before the start time. Virtual classes start promptly on time.

Please note: You must complete an additional registration link to enter the class on the scheduled date. The link will be sent to you via email one day before class.

In-Person: Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Virtual: You will be given a list of ingredients and necessary equipment at the point of registration. We’ve made a conscious effort to include common ingredients and equipment that are accessible to everyone while offering suggestions for substitutions where they may apply.

In-Person: 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. 

Do I need to eat before class?

Virtual: You will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of class but feel free to snack while you follow along or pour yourself a glass of wine.

In-Person: 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.

What should I wear to class?

Virtual: 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.

In-Person: Same as above. 

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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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