Morel, egg, and spinach salad. Photo by Nick Vasilopoulos.
There’s nothing quite like having a chef show you the ropes and teach you some kitchen tips. Husband-and-wife team Christopher and Veronica Laramie of ~EVE RESTAURANT~ in Berkeley are launching a series of cooking classes to be held on one Saturday a month. The class will be limited to 10 students, and will include the option to meet at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market at 10am to pick out produce for the day’s lessons (or you can opt to just be at the restaurant from 11am-2:30pm). Following the cooking class, you’ll sit down for a lunch featuring the dishes you learned to cook. Priced at $75 per person, each class will feature a different theme and involve learning different dedicated techniques, recipes, and the use of special ingredients. Here are the themes: Saturday January 29th: From the Winter Garden; Saturday February 26th: Couples in the Kitchen; and Saturday April 2nd: Peru Meets Bay Area. The sample lunch menu for January 29th includes liver pâté with country bread and pear-date butter, sous vide short rib with root vegetable ravioli, and chocolate soufflé with Meyer lemon and yogurt. To sign up, guests can reserve a spot by calling the restaurant at 510-868-0735. 1960 University Ave. at Milvia, Berkeley.
(One more note: the 28-seat eVe is hosting a special New Year’s Eve menu that highlights “good luck” food traditions and avoids serving any “bad luck” ingredients. The five-course dinner is priced at $70 and includes a glass of Champagne. There are three seatings at 5pm, 7:30pm, and 10pm.)