Seasonal Shellfish

$165 per person

What You'll Learn

By the end of this class, you will:

  • Learn how to shop for, clean, shuck, and store various shellfish
  • Understand a variety of cooking methods for oysters, clams, and mussels
  • Build confidence to stray from recipes by understanding flavor combinations that pair well with shellfish

About This Class

Oyster, Mussels, and Clams, oh my! Break out of your shell and your boring weeknight meals. The world is your oyster once you understand these delicious mollusks. Shellfish is inexpensive, easy to prepare, and abundant here in the Bay Area.

These bivalves are at their peak in the Fall and Winter and this class will highlight different cooking methods of all three. Spectacular platters of raw, steamed, deep-fried, and broiled dishes will stun your next dinner party, yet are simple enough for any night of the week. And, yes, you’ll learn how to shuck too!


 Platters of Iced Oysters on the half shell, Clams Casino, Oysters Rockefeller, Fried Clams and Homemade Tartar Sauce, Beer-Steamed Mussels, and Linguine Vongole


  • 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 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.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

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?

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?

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.

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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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