What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
At HomeChef you will find everything you need to know about cooking, including info on kitchen appliances; food terms, methods & techniques, and classic recipes. With an array of class selections, HOMECHEF offers the novice or seasoned chef the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the kitchen.
What can a student expect in one of your classes?
...Sit back and get read for an entertaining, fun, and informative hands on experience.
We will go through step by step meal preparation together and after we finish our masterpiece, we will all sit and enjoy it together wit ha glass of wine!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
HomeChef Cooking School was established in 1970 by Judith Ets-Hokins, a passionate homechef and an expert home entertainer.
Judith followed her passion and created a chain of culinary boutiques combining retail appliance sales with hands-on cooking instruction.
What do you love most about your job?
The thing we love most about our job is all the different people that visit us...with so many different people and pallets, it never surprises us that we all share one thing in common...our passion for cooking!
When Jess Dang started Cook Smarts in 2011, she didn't entirely realize what she was getting into. At the time, she was working a corporate desk job by day and unwinding in the kitchen by night, mastering the skills she would soon introduce to the digital world. Her culinary hobby became a blog, then a catering service, and then a supper club for her friends. Cook Smarts was a way for Dang to make cooking a full-time gig, and started as kitchen lessons for home cooks and high-school students. But one thing became clear the more lessons she gave: most Americans simply don't have a firm grip on the fundamentals of the kitchen—from knife skills to food storage to making the most of a limited budget.
That's where meal plans come in. By designing simple, delicious, and healthy meal plans in week-long increments, Dang makes it easy for even beginner cooks to earn their kitchen legs. These plans take into account such lifestyles as vegetarianism, paleo, and gluten-free diets. Even better, the plans build off of each other by reusing ingredients and incorporating leftovers to simplify grocery shopping. Supplemented by Dang's informative online lessons, meal plans demystify the kitchen from the pantry to the broiler.
Casablanca Market brings its collection of leather ottomans, hand-painted tables, Berber pillows, intricate mirrors, Moroccan tea glasses and tagines as they arrive stateside straight from the hands of Moroccan artisans, many of whom learned their skills as a family tradition. Hand-painted chairs and hand-woven carpets enliven rooms with vibrant colors and boast unique designs, unlike template rugs sewn by unimaginative robots. Shoppers can further their knowledge of Moroccan culture by attending the shop's cooking classes, which feature traditional recipes and ingredients. The market follows fair-trade practices to ensure artisans receive good compensation for their work and have their pay in hand before their goods ship overseas.
For a flaky croissant or old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie, Petit Fleurs in Fremont's Mission Valley neighborhood is the best bakery around.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So if you're craving some cookies or pastries, head on over to Petit Fleurs and indulge in some bakery classics.
Both kids and adults can learn the art of cake decoration within the walls of Sugar 'n Spice. During classes, they fill bags with buttercream icing and pipe flowers, ruffles, and letters on the tops of cakes and cupcakes. Grown-ups can even learn to bake cakes and cake pops for upcoming birthdays, weddings, or mortgage closings. Those wanting to practice their skills at home can pick up the necessary accoutrements at the on-site shop.
Hands On Gourmet
Stephen Gibbs, the head chef and owner of Hands On Gourmet, admits that most of his students don’t walk out of his cooking classes as master chefs. That’s not the point, though. Gibbs aims for his classes to be interactive, memorable, delicious, and, above all—fun. “This is not work,” he says.
During classes, which last about three hours and accommodate anywhere from 10 to 100 people, Gibbs and his chefs help groups create custom dishes ranging from Cuban plates to Italian pasta to cupcakes. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, groups assemble the meal under the direction of staff chefs, then sit down to leisurely enjoy their creations. Hands On Gourmet hosts classes in its own kitchen, which boasts sweeping views of the Bay, as well as at wineries, restaurants, and private residences around the San Francisco area.