Savory and Pastry Demos, Knife Skills Classes, and More

Those of you looking to sharpen your epicurean edge this summer will have no trouble finding classes to sign up for. We’ve got a good number to get you started right here.

Tim Nugent of ~SCALA’S BISTRO~ will show you the Secrets of Desserts on Wednesday June 13th from 6pm-7:30pm. This pastry demo and class includes sweet and savory desserts, like lemon-fennel panna cotta with blueberries, anise biscotti, and even samples to take home. $25. Call Jeffrey Greenfield to reserve: 415-395-8555.

The Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen in Union Square has plenty of educational and tasty demos coming up. Join the Ice Cream Social with Robyn Sue of Smitten Ice Cream and Jake and Sean of Humphry Slocombe on Saturday June 2nd, and you get to share in an afternoon of unique tastes and techniques as they demonstrate interesting ice cream riffs. For a more savory demo, try International Meatball with Hoss Zaré (Zaré at Fly Trap) and Chris Thompson (A16) on Saturday June 9th. The meatball journey has stops in Italy, Iran, and more. Marvel at Marvelous Macarons with Michelle Hernandez (Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie) and Jessica Entzel (Morimoto Napa) on Saturday June 23th, and see classic and unusual dessert flavor combinations come to life. You’ll be Summer Road Tripping with Jason Berthold (RN74) and Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak) on Saturday June 30th as they share simple, satisfying recipes and wine pairings (perfect for summer picnics), with a modern twist, of course. All classes 12pm-2pm. $20, $15 with Visa Signature card. Details and tickets here.

Literally sharpen your edge with Jordan Schachter of Jordan’s Kitchen at their popular Knife Skills class on Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd, 5pm-9pm, at La Cocina. Learn about all the major cuts (dice, brunoise, julienne, and more), sharpening and honing knives, and some intro to fish and poultry butchery. Plus, you’ll cook a delicious meal with the practice cuts. The class is $150, but tablehopper readers can attend for only $125. Pre-registration is required. Email and mention tablehopper to receive a $25 discount. 415-710-0761.