Five Fun East Bay Cooking Classes
This year, resolve to step up your game in the kitchen with these specialty food classes.
Learn the finer points of latte art at Blue Bottle Coffee
By Clay McLachlan
For the Coffee Snob
Blue Bottle Coffee
Step behind the curtain of Blue Bottle’s Oakland storefront to enter the Tech Department, where you can takes classes on milk texturing, latte art, and espresso-extraction techniques. With coffee drinks running upward of $4, investing in an espresso machine might just pay off. Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., free, bluebottlecoffee.com/experiences.
For the Persistent Pickler
Happy Girl Kitchen Co.
Citrus is the star of Happy Girl Kitchen Co. owner Jordan Champagne’s first class in January, which takes place in an 1890s Queen Anne Victorian in Oakland. You’ll learn how to make everything from Moroccan pickled lemons to honeyed oranges. January 16, $135, happygirlkitchen.com.
For the Amateur Beer Brewer
From the mashing to the sparging, More Beer’s four-hour all-grain class takes you through each step of the brewing process. After you complete the advanced class, stock up on supplies at this Concord store. First and second Saturdays of each month, $20, morebeer.com.
For the Chocolate Addict
Rachel Dunn Chocolates
“I’m excited to bang the door open on the industry and truly teach people how to make chocolate confections at home,” says Rachel Dunn, about the chocolate workshops at her Concord store. After crafting English toffee, truffles, marshmallows, and peanut butter cups, you’ll definitely leave a little heavier: You get to take home one pound of your chocolate creations. Workshops resume on January 22, $55, racheldunnchocolates.com.
For the Busy Parent
Chef Lauren Mahlke’s Walnut Creek classes feature easy weeknight meals and dishes for entertaining inspired by We Olive’s stock and seasonal ingredients. Think lemon olive oil–drizzled bruschetta, grapefruit and grilled shrimp salad, and blood orange panna cotta. Although the cooking demonstration is hands off, it’s interactive—especially for your stomach. Class dates vary, $45, weolive.com/walnut-creek.