Wine Country Cooking Classes
Up your kitchen game with these classes.
Cooks and Books and Corks
Tucked away on Howell Mountain, DJ and Kent Nielsen welcome you into their home for hands-on cooking at Cooks and Books and Corks. Working in their professional-grade kitchen, you’ll cook side by side with the Nielsens, who share tips and techniques, to create a meal using local ingredients. At the end, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor in their cozy dining room. $285 per person, Angwin, (707) 965-9409, cooksbookscorks.com.
Foraging for Fungi
Relish Culinary Adventures
Lace up your hiking boots, and hit the hills with Relish Culinary’s certified naturalist to hunt for mushrooms. Both educational and culinary, your excursion starts with digging in the dirt and scanning trees as you learn about the edible varieties of fungi. Postforaging, the Relish kitchen will prepare a mushroom-inspired lunch that ends with a surprising dessert made from maple-flavored candy cap mushrooms. $134 per person, 14 Matheson St., Healdsburg, (707) 431-9999, relishculinary.com.
Pizza Chef for a Day
Discover the art of dough tossing and other pizza-making skills in Oenotri’s kitchen. This class takes you through all the steps of the process, including mixing and rolling the dough, tossing and shaping the pizza, building your creation, and cooking it in an authentic Italian wood-fired oven. $150 per person, 1425 First St., Napa, (707) 252-1022, oenotri.com.
The Epicurean Connection
Get your hands in the action during a cheese-making class with Sheana Davis through The Epicurean Connection. You’ll taste fresh curds as the crème de ricotta, made from local cows milk, begins to form. When it’s ready, your group will enjoy the two-to-three pound wheel that you’ve made. Bring the kids to this class, which is good for all ages and culinary levels. $75 per person, 400 W. Spain St., Sonoma, (707) 935-7960, theepicureanconnection.com.
Butcher for a Day
Sonoma County Meat Company
Sharpen those knives, and head over to Santa Rosa’s Sonoma County Meat Company for a hands-on half hog butchering class. The head butcher will teach you basic knife techniques and have you breaking down the half hog on your own or with a partner. The best part: You’ll go home with almost 50 pounds of fresh meat to roast, BBQ, or smoke yourself. $225 per person, 35 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa, (707) 521-0121, sonomacountymeatco.com.
Going to Market
Cooking With Julie
A perfect day in a chef’s world includes shopping for the best produce and goods, and then turning them into a beautiful meal. Napa’s Cooking With Julie will give you just this experience—plus a wealth of recipes, cooking tips, and other chef’s secrets. Start by shopping at Oxbow Public Market, then head over to the kitchen for a hands-on class, where chef Julie will show you how to create the entire fabulous meal. $235 per person, Napa, (707) 227-5036, cookingwithjulie.com.