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.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Pierre Coste Room.
The patio seating at Pierre Coste Room is perfect for those warm summer days.
Take a break from the office and work from Pierre Coste Room, a local restaurant with cheap wifi.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Pierre Coste Room.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Pierre Coste Room tastes like pure heaven!
At Pierre Coste Room you can find great American food at any time of the day.
When pursuing a culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris isn't going to fit into your schedule, there's Sour Flour, a school dedicated solely to the preparation of one of San Francisco's most iconic foods: sourdough. Held in the Mission at La Victoria Bakery, its workshops draw aspiring home bakers fascinated by the serendipitous product of the Bay Area's ambient yeasts. Of course, Sour Flour breads also pop up in baskets at dozens of S.F. restaurants, and can be bought at most markets. But there's nothing more fulfilling than learning to bake your own delicious flatbread, then taking a starter home as a nucleus for loaves of chewy sourdough and excellent pizzas, indefinitely.
Nalini Mehta helms Route to India, where the world traveler and culinary expert taps into her cultural heritage and cooking experience to teach burgeoning chefs how to create their own Indian dishes. Mehta specializes in Ayurvedic cooking, an approach that focuses on the physical and spiritual benefits. In addition to teaching classes, Mehta leads parties on culinary journeys to India, where they’ll discover a bevy of spices and fortifying dishes alongside meditation and yoga sessions.
James Stolich wears two hats: that of a chef, and that of a host. He welcomes inquisitive cooks into his home for classes-turned-dinner parties built around Italian and Spanish dishes, including pastas, roasted chicken, and even quail. Every class also begins with an appetizer and ends with a Spanish dessert called la quesada.