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Cooking Classes-Hands On Participation

The classes take a hands-on approach to cooking, combining a relaxed, congenial atmosphere with personal instruction that guides you through every stage of recipe preparation. Julie and her special guest chefs provide a thorough overview of each recipe. In addition to learning recipes and techniques, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of theories that will create a strong foundation for your culinary repertoire. Learning the basic cooking techniques provides you with the confidence you need to tackle a recipe successfully. Teaching technique is important to me, once you understand the techniques it will allow you to cook with greater pleasure and success.

Whether you’re a veteran cook or just learning your way around the kitchen, these classes will help you develop your skills – and you'll have a great time doing it.

Garden to Plate-Tour de Olive

Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Class Time: 3:00pm to 7:30 pm
Class Price: $125

Garden to Plate-Tour de Olive

Join me for a special visit to an organic olive estate in Napa, with views to the San Francisco Bay. We will spend the afternoon with owners Jim and Patricia, walking among the olive trees in the gentle rolling hills of the Carneros region on their beautiful estate. They will provide an introduction to olive oil and unveil some of its mysteries as we taste their award-winning, handcrafted oil made from Tuscan varietals.

After the tasting, we will enjoy an aperitivo at their beautiful home, and take in the sweeping views of San Pablo Bay and the rolling hills of Los Carneros region, while Jim prepares dinner for us. The three-course dinner that follows will be paired with Napa wines. The meal will feature produce from their garden and (naturally!) olive oil in every course.

Tour de Olive Menu
Fettunta and Pinzimonio with Talcott olive oil
Fettunta is Tuscan for naked bruschette. Bruschette grilled rubbed with garlic and drizzled with Talcott Olive oil. Pinzimoni is an Italian vegetable platter from the garden served with Talcott olive oil mixed with a splash of wine, sea salt and black pepper.

Gazpacho
Silky smooth cold tomato soup with a splash of basil oil.

Mediterranean Roast Chicken with Talcott olive oil infused with Napa Valley Herbs

Aioli
A new technique yielding a lighter version

Goat Cheese Marinated in Talcott olive oil and Herbs with a Garden Salad

Olive Oil Ice Cream with Spiced Apple Olive Oil Cake
You've got to try it. Michel Rolland told me it was one the best things he ever ate!

Garden to Plate-Napa Family Farm Tour

Date: Monday, August 4, 2014
Class Time: 9:00am to 2:30pm
Class Price: $225

Napa Family Farm Tour
tour, tasting, cooking class and lunch

In the morning we will visit a small family farm in the center of the Napa Valley. Their fruit tree orchard provides most of the fruit they use to produce their artisan preserves. In addition to the orchard they grow a wide variety of produce and raise chickens. We will have a guided tour of the garden as we select some of the most perfect fruits and vegetables. We will then prepare our lunch which will be paired with Napa wines.

Napa Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene. You start the morning browsing the market with Julie, selecting sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

Napa Farmers Market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found at farmers markets. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

Then on to the kitchen, for a hands-on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast.

Includes tour and tastings, hands-on cooking class, recipes, three-course lunch with Napa wines, and logo apron.

St. Helena Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene and learn the delicious secrets of Napa. Enjoy the morning at the market with Julie browsing through the stalls of sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

St. Helena farmers market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found here. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

On to the kitchen, for a hands on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast. After our labors, we will sit down and savor it together.

Includes tour and tastings; hands-on cooking class; recipes; 3 course lunch with Napa wines; and logo apron.

Napa Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene. You start the morning browsing the market with Julie, selecting sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

Napa Farmers Market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found at farmers markets. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

Then on to the kitchen, for a hands-on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast.

Includes tour and tastings, hands-on cooking class, recipes, three-course lunch with Napa wines, and logo apron.

St. Helena Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene and learn the delicious secrets of Napa. Enjoy the morning at the market with Julie browsing through the stalls of sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

St. Helena farmers market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found here. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

On to the kitchen, for a hands on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast. After our labors, we will sit down and savor it together.

Includes tour and tastings; hands-on cooking class; recipes; 3 course lunch with Napa wines; and logo apron.

Napa Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene. You start the morning browsing the market with Julie, selecting sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

Napa Farmers Market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found at farmers markets. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

Then on to the kitchen, for a hands-on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast.

Includes tour and tastings, hands-on cooking class, recipes, three-course lunch with Napa wines, and logo apron.

Napa Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene. You start the morning browsing the market with Julie, selecting sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

Napa Farmers Market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found at farmers markets. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

Then on to the kitchen, for a hands-on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast.

Includes tour and tastings, hands-on cooking class, recipes, three-course lunch with Napa wines, and logo apron.

St. Helena Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene and learn the delicious secrets of Napa. Enjoy the morning at the market with Julie browsing through the stalls of sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

St. Helena farmers market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found here. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

On to the kitchen, for a hands on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast. After our labors, we will sit down and savor it together.

Includes tour and tastings; hands-on cooking class; recipes; 3 course lunch with Napa wines; and logo apron.

St. Helena Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Class Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Class Price: $225

Step off the beaten path and join Julie for an insider's tour of the Napa Valley culinary scene and learn the delicious secrets of Napa. Enjoy the morning at the market with Julie browsing through the stalls of sparkling fresh produce from local farmers.

St. Helena farmers market offers the season's finest and freshest products. Learn how to select and cook the unique vegetables and fruits usually only found here. Next we visit a winery for a private tasting to select wine for our meal.

On to the kitchen, for a hands on cooking class where we will turn our bounty into a wonderful wine country feast. After our labors, we will sit down and savor it together.

Includes tour and tastings; hands-on cooking class; recipes; 3 course lunch with Napa wines; and logo apron.