Get Inspired in the Kitchen by Some Pros


Photo from Elizabeth Falkner’s website.

Who better to learn from than the pros who do the food thing every day for a living? Some upcoming classes are offering just that, check it out. Rachel Saunders, founder of the Blue Chair Fruit Company and author of Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, will be talking about fruit preserving at the Tyler Florence Shop on Wednesday July 27th (Napa) and Thursday July 28th (Mill Valley), 6pm-8pm both days. Two more perks: there’ll be wine pairings by John Anthony Vineyards, and you get 20% off your other purchases the night of the event (excluding antiques and gift cards) when you buy a copy of Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. Call or email to RSVP with the store location. 59 Throckmorton Ave. at Miller, Mill Valley, 415-380-9200; and 710 Main St. at 4th St., Napa, 707-254-9977.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner is teaching a series of classes Saturdays 3pm-6pm in the private dining room at ~ORSON~. On July 30th, learn why air is important in desserts like mousses, marshmallows, and soufflés. On August 13th, focus on doughs and dumplings and how to get the right texture for flaky pastry, biscuits, and meatballs. On August 20th, it’s an Ice Cream Social with several types of sweet and savory ice creams. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at all classes, in addition to what’s made in class. $100 per person per class. Contact Christina Glenn at 415-488-3747 or by email to book a class, and be sure to mention any dietary restrictions.

On Saturday August 6th, join author Aliza Green at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ for a class with the masters featured in her book The Fishmonger’s Apprentice: The Expert’s Guide to Selecting, Preparing, and Cooking a World of Seafood. They’re teaching old-world, classic skills for the modern food enthusiast, and sharing insights on how the fish get to your table. 3pm-4pm.