Wine Country Cooking Crash Course

February 27 - March 1, 2009
US $1,000.00*

Course Description

Pounding MeatIn this recipe-filled weekend “Wine Country Cooking Crash Course”, I’ll teach you how to prepare some of the delicious recipes from my new cookbook, Wine Country Cooking, in addition to some of my favorite winter dishes.  We’ll kick off the weekend with a cocktail reception at my house on Friday evening, and then on Saturday and Sunday we’ll have morning cooking classes followed by a late lunch featuring the recipes we’ve prepared together and some fabulous wine pairings. Some of the recipes you’ll be doing this weekend include a warm “Focaccia with Creamy Taleggio”, easy-to-prepare (but your guests will think you cooked all day!) “Caramelized Onion Ravioli with Thyme Cream”, and a hearty “Pot-Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Olives” to warm up those winter evenings, and a refreshing “Pineapple Sorbet Drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fleur de Sel” – my new favorite dessert!!


Each hands-on cooking class will include recipes designed to highlight the typical dishes of a particular region, theme and/or cooking technique. After reviewing the recipes together, students will divide into teams to work on recipes together.

When we are finished cooking each day, we'll sit down in my spacious dining room and enjoy hand-selected wine pairings with each of the dishes we've prepared.

Wine Pairings

You know how I feel about wine so a delicious meal is not complete without the perfect pairing of wine! At the end of each class and paired with the meal we have prepared, we'll taste a variety of wines whose flavors and acidity have been selected to match those of each dish, and we'll learn about the grape varietals and origin of each wine and discuss them together. Wine tasting notes will be provided. We will also have a very special guest(s) pouring wines at some of our meals!


After cooking during the day, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy San Francisco and all of its wonderful views and sights. We can provide a list of nearby hotels and bed & breakfasts to choose from for your stay. We can also arrange for car or taxi service from/to your hotel to Joanne's home. We are also happy to provide a list of Joanne's favorite San Francisco restaurants, cafes, wine bars, shops, and farmer's market locations. You can find some of her local favorites here.

Course Details

This weekend course costs $1,000 per person. The cost includes hands-on cooking instruction, copies of all recipes, an apron, and a multi-course lunch each class day complete with wine pairings. Full payment for the course must be included with your completed reservation form. Due to limited availability we cannot provide any refunds for cancellations.

*Note: Course fee does not include accomodations or transportation to the cooking school location.

Classes begin at 10am and finish at approximately 3pm. Classes are limited to 10 students so everyone gets lots of personal attention and a real hands-on experience. We recommend wearing closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothes for the cooking classes.

Questions? Contact us.