Don a chef’s apron and dive right into the world-class food scene of Napa and Sonoma with a hands-on cooking class. Prices range from around $60 to more than $200, depending on the amount of class time and what’s on the menu.
Students at the Silverado Cooking School can whip up—and then share—a four-course dinner, Sunday brunch using fresh eggs from the chef's own farm, or dishes such as beef with creamy Dijon mustard sauce. There's also a three-course “date night dinner” class for couples. Private group classes available.
One of the country’s premier training grounds for the pros, the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus also offers dozens of home chef classes that include Mediterranean Cooking, Seasons in the Wine Country, Holiday Cookies, and the Flavors of Asia.
Another professional institution offering public instruction is the Napa Valley Cooking School, part of Napa Valley College. Offered on evenings and weekends, classes might have you mastering Shanghai soup dumplings during dim sum instruction or perfecting your béarnaise in a session on classic sauces. Private group classes available.
Cooking With Julie lunch classes start with a morning shopping expedition to a farmers’ market or Oxbow Public market, followed by a tasting of wine options to accompany the meal. Then it’s off to the kitchen to cook and enjoy a seasonal, three-course menu that could feature a French-style fish stew or almond-hazelnut-pear tarts. Private group classes available.