Mama Thai Cooking Club offers real hands-on Thai cooking classes best for all Thai food lovers!
Students will learn about the main basic ingredients in Thai cooking that you should have in
your kitchen so that you can simply recreate delicious Thai meals for your friends and family.
Learn new techniques, knife skills, culinary theories and how to adjust the flavors and spice
level to suit you. You’ll also learn how to cook Thai with no MSG, low sodium, gluten free, and
100% vegetarian and vegan are also friendly. We carefully hand picked all of our ingredients.
All of our meat & produce are MSG free, organic, and GMO - free, from our oil to our sauces
and even to our seafood like wild caught fish and fresh river shrimp. Learn how to use holistic
nutrition in Thai cooking. Everyone will make their curry paste from scratch for all curry dishes.
Each person will have their own cooking station, apron, utensils, and recipes to take notes on.
Each person will prepare their own meal, with a total of 3 courses, so that you can adjust the
flavors or spicy level the way you like it. After each course, you have the luxury of sitting down
and enjoying your hot meal that you've just made for yourself, so come in hungry!
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.
Barbara Kaufman created her first painting in 1980. It was in a process class where she sat in front of a blank sheet of paper and felt “A push. And this fear. And all this possibility and absolutely nothing at the same moment.” So she began scribbling, and something happened. “Something always happens,” she says. “That white paper never remains white.” It was an exhilarating feeling––an infectious feeling she hasn’t lost in more than 30 years as her paintings have accumulated and signposted her life as an artist, a teacher, a mother, and a cofounder of The CCE Painting Studio.
Barbara wasn’t born with a brush in her hand––she came to painting later in life––yet she'd carved a path straight toward it without realizing. She had nurtured a teacher's patience as a certified speech therapist, played with ingredients and recipes while running a vegetarian restaurant in Europe, and found the joy of a journey when hitchhiking to San Francisco. These seemingly disparate events form, as she describes, a relationship with creativity—with life—that focuses on the exploration rather than on the product. It’s a relationship that she carries into the studio, where she encourages students to play with their own creative energy rather than work with visual prompts or technical advice. In a talk she gave entitled “Stepping Into the Unknown” at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she acknowledges that “the process doesn’t listen to me.” But then adds that the key to her unprocessed method is, in fact, “the letting go of control––the kicking and screaming.”
Since her first painting kicked and screamed its way onto a blank piece of paper in 1980, Barbara has helped “ignite the creative desires” of students from diverse stations in life. And above all else, her workshops are adventures, though without the typical treasure map and jetpack. Together, she and her students spend time exploring a life that is nothing but their own.
Dancing with the Stars cast members Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska, whose 2007 wedding with each other was celebrated in People magazine, opened up Genesis Dance Sport Studio to share their expertise with kids and adults. Before stepping into the role of business owner, Sliwinska found success on the international dance circuit and in TV commercials in her native Poland before meeting the Russian-born Mazo at a ballroom-dance competition in England. The duo danced together for years at national and international events before skyrocketing to fame on the popular ABC dance show where Mazo won the first season's competition with General Hospital star Kelly Monaco. Sliwinska has twirled with a slew of celebrities—including Evander Holyfield and Joey Lawrence—during her 10 glamorous seasons with the show. The husband-and-wife team has also produced the instructional DVDs “Dancing like the Pros” and “Fitness with the Pros," which help people improve their moves and become agile enough to solve a Rubik's Cube with their feet.
Sliwinska currently acts as both an instructor and the creative director of the studio, which is a welcoming, down-to-earth space that Mazo's parents originally opened in 1994. Here, she and the other experienced instructors boost students' self-confidence and social skills as they teach them the cha-cha, rumba, and swing. Many of their students have even gone on to garner accomplishments within the dance industry. The studio also offers courses for weddings and dance-based fitness classes that combine ballroom moves with plyometric training and yoga.
Five Things to Know About the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Since its founding in 1877, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco has served as a focal point for the Bay Area’s diverse Jewish population, with classes, cultural events, and fitness programs open to all. Here are a few things to know about the West Coast’s oldest Jewish center:
It’s a cultural nerve center. There’s always something going on at the JCCSF. The center regularly hosts lectures and performances from scholars, musicians, writers, and comedians, as well as eye-opening art exhibits and installations.
It’s a great place to learn. With three preschools and K-5 enrichment programs for kids, plus dance, art, and DIY classes for adults, the JCCSF helps students of all ages learn new skills and crafts.
It’s a great place to get healthy. In addition to its numerous cultural activities, the JCCSF is home to a four-floor, 45,000 square-foot fitness center. Members can take advantage of over 200 drop-in fitness classes a week, a 25-yard lap pool, basketball gym, and a full-service spa and sauna.
They’re always giving back to the community. Whether it’s through language classes for recent immigrants, resources for interfaith families, or charity drives with its Repair the World program, JCCSF members are hard at work making their city a better place.
They welcome all visitors Though the JCCSF has a mission to enrich Jewish identity and culture, membership has always been open to people of all ages, creeds, and backgrounds.
While students at Temple of Poi, , a school of movement and flow arts, perfect their fire-wielding skills, they also focus on channeling balance and harmony within themselves. Classes are designed to not only to help students develop techniques, but to also help them rejuvenate through performance and meditation and improve mind awareness, discipline, and self-empowerment. To keep these experiences safe, the staff stresses fire safety, and only encourages those who feel ready to dance with flames to do so. And those who are not yet ready can join the skilled dancers and perform at festivals and special events.
With students ranging in age from 9 to 82, crackling hot flames whizz by as dancers twirl their ropes of fire in mesmerizing circles. For these dancers, fire is a form of self-expression. They set hula-hoops and staffs afire, and perform duets with the fans of flames. Though they make it look effortless, these masters of the art were once novices, who learned their techniques at Temple of Poi.
Temple of Poi’s instructors teach fire-dancing classes with several props. In beginner and intermediate poi classes, students set fire to balls suspended from a handle, which create brilliant circles of flames when swung. Hula-hoop and staff classes also allow students to create a dazzling show with props doused in seemingly everlasting flames.