Ms. Butterbeans' is an after school program and cooking school for kids ages 7-17 in Marin County, California. The school is focused on important life skills such as gardening, cooking and social skills. We also offer private classes & parties and open classes at Whole Foods Markets in Napa and Sacramento.
Ramekins offers cooking classes from award-winning chefs in a beautiful, European-style villa in the heart of wine country. During each three-hour cooking class, up to 12 fledgling gourmands prepare and eat a multicourse meal under the careful tutelage of a crack team of expert chefs using essential culinary techniques, such as meat seasoning, soup simmering, and chopping thrown tomatoes cleanly in twain.
Edible Arrangements' fresh, artful fruit baskets and boxes combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. Enjoy the fruity deliciousness of en elegant box of chocolate-dipped tree candy in a plethora of varietals including strawberries, Anjou pears, apples, oranges, pineapple daisies, and bananas. All the fresh, juicy slices are hand dipped in Edible Arrangements' gourmet semisweet chocolate blend. Receiving a box of dipped fruits can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
Nutritional counselor Gary Appelsies wants his clients to succeed. That’s why he forgoes standard techniques of strict dieting and food deprivation in favor of designing personalized lifestyle plans for better health. He possesses knowledge of more than 100 dietary theories, has a quarter-century’s worth of experience as a natural-foods chef, and received the Health Leadership Award from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, one of his alma maters and an important player in the health industry. With this wealth of nutrition-oriented knowledge and experience at his disposal, Gary transforms unhealthy habits into helpful ones that clients can maintain long-term, or at least until their next hot-dog-eating championship.
He does so through variations of health coaching that may take the form of one-on-one sessions, family meetings, or in-home cooking classes. Gary focuses on more than just the physical effects of food; he directs attention to the emotional and mental power of certain eats and helps his clients better understand their cravings. To curb them and boost energy without prescribing intravenous shots of coffee, he overhauls diets with new foods and healthy, easy recipes.
Julianna Freed developed a love of putting dinner on the table early on, helping her dad fish along the West Coast. Back at home in the kitchen, she watched her mother turn the catch into new dishes and fresh takes on familiar recipes. And when she visited her grandfather’s house, she got to wander among his garden’s vegetable plants and fruit trees. Though she spent years working as a middle-school teacher, this food-focused upbringing and the enthusiasm of independent producers at her local farmers’ market eventually spurred her to create Chef Julianna, which provides catering, cooking classes, and personal-chef services.
Julianna and her chefs adhere to strict standards of farm-to-table dining; in catering and cooking, they use local and sometimes organic meat, produce, and cheese harvested from local farmers’ markets. Before each private cooking class, Julianna’s chef-instructors meet with customers in their kitchen for a consultation, during which they survey the existing amenities and check for poltergeists hiding in the cabinets. At class time, they arrive with their own ingredients and cookware to coach students in common cooking methods and recipes for the customer’s chosen culinary style. Personal and private chefs carry the personal attention even further, planning meals, shopping for groceries, and cooking in customers’ preferred styles.
Napoli Culinary Academy founder and international chef Hassi Sadri—whose infinite pizza knowledge earned him the head judge position at the international pizza competition in Las Vegas—leads culinary initiates along with his staff during fun-filled cooking classes and social etiquette classes, whether for fun or to achieve a culinary-arts diploma. During hands-on classes, groups of students learn useful tidbits on how to cook a variety delectable dishes. Academy students along with professional executive chefs serve lunch and dinner in the Napoli Culinary Academy Café and cater special events while showing off skills crucial to their future careers as gourmet chefs, from carving meats to plating entrees.