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Cooking for All

Grab a spatula, and get to work—no experience required.



For sisters Lisa Evaristo and Leslie Pease, there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. At Back to the Table, their cooking school in Lafayette, everyone from teens on up can play a part in making every dish. The goal is learning to prepare and share home-cooked meals with family and friends.

The Walnut Creek natives recruited several East Bay chefs to teach themed classes, including Indian Street Food, and Tacos, Tostadas, and Tequila. There’s plenty of eating going on, too: Classes culminate at a 14-seat alder table where the cooks-in-training dig in to the meal they just made. Here are a few classes to try.



Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Much more than a boiled dog on a premade roll, a homemade version of the ballpark favorite is lesson number one here, plus garlic fries and Cracker Jacks from scratch, and a chocolate malt to wash it down. July 10, 6–9 p.m.


Ultimate BBQ and Smoker Boot Camp
Master everything on the grill, from mains to desserts, including garlic- and rosemary-brined smoked chicken, Gorgonzola-filled burgers, and North Carolina pork roast—plus decadent gourmet s’mores. July 14, 12–5 p.m.


Cooking It Up in College
Arm young adults with kitchen skills beyond Top Ramen. This class covers essentials like making meals ahead of time, preparing a real breakfast, and scraping together an edible spread with what’s left in the fridge. Take classes individually, or go for all six weeks. July 15–August 19, 5–8 p.m.


Summer Harvest
Get a grip on the suddenly ripening tomatoes in your garden, with tips for new ways to jazz up summery, fresh favorites like caprese and panzanella salads. August 4, 1–4 p.m.


Night Out in Greece
Can’t quite swing that Mediterranean vacation? Learn how to make hummus, spanakopita, and baked shrimp with Feta and olives topped off by buttery baklava. July 26, 6–9 p.m.

For information, visit backtothetablecookingschool.com


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