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CaliforniaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

On a culinary vacation in California, foodies find a unique fusion of cuisines influenced by the many cultures that have become a part of the state.  Hispanic and Pacific Asian cuisines provide an abundance of Mexican and curried flavors along with sushi and other seafood dishes. Californians also pride themselves on their production of exceptional organic foods and the importance of eating locally, so the ingredients used in cooking classes may be grown on site and picked as it is needed in the dish. Californian dishes are typically prepared with strong attention to presentation, as well as expert pairing with the many world-class local wines.

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A Magnificent Culinary Journey in La Jolla
A beautiful year-round destination, the San Diego area combines the art and culture of a major metropolis with a relaxed, small-town feel. This culinary getaway includes a fabulous private cooking class in La Jolla, and farmers market tour - culminating in a delicious, multi-course dining experience overlooking the ocean.
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La Jolla, California
A Napa Valley Epicurean Escape
Experience the mingling of food, wine and fun in the very heart of California's Napa Valley wine country. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, world-class hands-on cooking class, tasting menus paired with wines from a host of America's most lauded chefs, and VIP wine tastings and tours.
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Napa, California
Calistoga Culinary Adventure
Take off on a culinary adventure to the northern tip of Napa Valley, often referred to as the Hot Springs of the West. Your 3-night, 4-day getaway includes two cooking classes, dining at a Michelin starred restaurant, olive oil tasting and a private food and wine pairing!
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Calistoga, California
Culinary Celebration in the Wine Country
Celebrate your special occasion enjoying your passion for food, wine and fun in the very heart of California's Napa Valley. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, world-class farmer's market tours, hands-on cooking classes, VIP wine tours and tastings and memorable cuisine perfectly paired with wine and legendary Napa Valley hospitality.
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Napa, California
Culinary Retreat in the Heart of Napa Valley
Enjoy memorable cuisine perfectly paired with wine and legendary hospitality in Napa Valley, one of the West Coast's top epicurean centers boasting six Michelin stars and over 400 wineries. This getaway matches the ultimate luxury with private hands-on cooking, along with unforgettable wine tasting and touring.
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St. Helena, California
Mini-Culinary Boot Camp
There are far more expensive and time consuming programs to gain full immersion into the world of professional cooking, but our Mini-Culinary Boot Camp provides you with both basic and advanced techniques. Whether you are a novice cook, or you have been chopping and dicing for years, this popular series will teach you a wealth of useful skills.
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St. Helena, California
Santa Barbara Culinary Retreat
What you may have seen on Food Network or in the movie Sideways won't compare with the reality of what you will find on your special culinary getaway - guided culinary shopping, cooking class, farmers' market foray, an eclectic blend of agritourism venues and specialty purveyors who invite you to sample their products.
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Santa Barbara, California
Wine Train Culinary Sojourn
Experience the city of Napa like never before. California’s Wine Country isn’t just about wine, it is about finding the perfect blend of wine and food. Your Unique Culinary Getaway in California’s Wine Country will take you through a tour of Napa’s culinary world as well as a unique train tour of an authentic Wine Country Winery.
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Napa, California

— California Cooking Schools —

A Store for Cooks
Laguna Niguel 949-495-0445
Our specialty classes offer you a chance to meet world renown chefs and discuss the intimate details of their cooking secrets in an very comfortable setting.
Alchemy of the Hearth
Escondido 760-233-2433
Alchemy of the Hearth is dedicated to the home cook. Our classes include adventures in cooking, baking, chocolate and candy making, etiquette and party planning. With locations in both Escondido and San Diego, we invite you to join us in our pursuit of simple pleasures.
Art of Food Cooking Classes
Carmel
Choose from one of several intimately designed cooking demonstrations, unique lectures, or private classes. There is plenty of hands on participation, from novice to professional, to make this a truly memorable and inviting opportunity. Please join us for a fun and educational culinary experience.
Bistro Cooking
Fresno 559-436-0747
A Central Valley native, Shirley Sprinkle picked up a whisk and a spatula when she was twelve years old and hasn’t looked back. All classes are hands-on and match each student with recipes that fit their likes, lifestyle, and skills.
Breakthrough Sushi
San Francisco 415-533-7275
San Francisco's The One and Only Organic and Sustainable Team Building and Private Sushi Classes, Live Sushi Bar and Catering
Bristol Farms Cooking School
Manhattan Beach 310-233-4752
Join the fun as we create and share our favorite recipes for every occasion.Class menus are always a surprise but the themes offer a clue to the recipe selection!
Café Med
Bakersfield 661-834-4433
Chef Meir Brown and his staff offer step-by-step instructions and invite you to help prepare gourmet meals in our gourmet presentation kitchen. All participants will dine together and take home recipes with detailed instructions.
California Kitchen & Company
Red Bluff 530-529-2482
At California Kitchen & Company we are proud to offer a variety of culinary educational seminars that are both hands-on and fun! Our instructors will not only share their secrets of the cuisine, but also the culture.
California Sushi Academy
Los Angeles 310-301-1866
The educational philosophy of the California Sushi Academy crosses borders, race and gender to bring greater Japanese cultural understanding and appreciation through the culinary experience.
Celine's Cuisine
Murrieta 619-964-1084
Celine’s Cuisine French and Mediterranean cooking classes are delightful. Whether it is a birthday party, anniversary, bridal shower, club dinner party or team building event…getting your own group together for a class is huge fun! Dates, times, and class menus are flexible.
Charlie's Classic Cooking
Escondido 858-442-5252
RB Classic Cooking “Make and Take” Cooking Classes offer food lovers extraordinary culinary experiences in our commercial kitchen. Learn skills and techniques used by professionals. The diversity of our classes offers students the opportunity to learn a variety of cooking styles from Baking to BBQ then take it home.
Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom
Los Angeles 310-470-2640
Whether your desire is to take a recreational class, or our multi-week Culinary Chef and Culinary Baking Programs, we provide the service, quality ingredients and equipment you need to learn while making new friends and having fun.
Chef Marcela
San Ysidro
Marcela is finally in the process of opening her own cooking school in the San Diego area! Fun classes for people with even minimal experience will tackle such topics as traditional Mexican cuisine, Baja Med cuisine, and baking pastries.
Chef Tony Thomas
Palm Springs 760-323-4635
All classes are hands-on and generally run about four hours from Noon- 4 PM at the Mizell Senior Center at 480 S. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs.
Chefs, Inc.
Los Angeles 310-470-2277
Chefs, Inc. is a beautiful, state-of-the-art culinary studio with eight fully equipped kitchen workstations. We welcome everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, to come in, take a class and enjoy the rewards of fine cooking.
Chez Cherie
La Canada, 818-952-7217
Come to us for cooking classes, field trips to gourmet purveyors, private cooking parties, and corporate culinary team-building programs. Serving individuals and businesses in La Canada, Pasadena, Glendale, and the greater Los Angeles area.
Compassionate Cooks
Oakland 510-531-2665
Compassionate Cooks is dedicated to empowering people to make informed food choices and to debunking myths about vegetarianism.
Cook LA
Studio City 818-760-5157
Cook LA is a unique hands-on cooking class that caters to a myriad of culinary needs. Youll learn how to cook simple, healthy gourmet meals using seasonal, fresh ingredients. Each class includes your own prepping station, your own set of tools and supplies, and ends with a delightful dinner party.
Cooking with Class
La Quinta 760-777-1161
Cooking with Class offers a wide variety of cooking classes for all skill levels. Experience an enjoyable hands-on workshop, "Dinner and a Date", a monthly informative wine and food pairing evening with our Executive Chef and Sommellier, and a Professional Culinary and a Professional Baking and Pastry Certificate program.
Cooking with Julie
Napa Valley 707-227-5036
Napa Valley cuisine reflects a deep appreciation for nature and the seasons, showcasing the region’s bountiful produce and world-famous wines. At Cooking with Julie, you’ll learn to cook delicious meals with authentic wine country style. Step off the beaten path and discover Napa through its food.
Creative Cuisine by Smitty
Olympic Valley 415-902-8494
We strive to exceed your expectations and are committed to providing exceptional dining experiences. Smitty's tailors menus to your event and wishes. All meals are prepared and served in your home, backyard or venue of choice.
Deb’s Kitchen
Irvine 562-243-3926
Our goal is for you to have a fun, educational and stress free party! After a brief demonstration and instruction for the recipes, the group will be split into cooking groups and assigned a cooking 'station'. Our professional staff will guide you while you prepare the menu.
Depot Hotel – Scuola Rustica Cooking School
Sonoma 707-938-2980
Each cooking class at SCUOLA RUSTICA in the Wine Country of Sonoma is a light-hearted and relaxed event that includes a complete, lavish four or five course lunch or dinner with three or more vintage wines…while you learn new cooking skills.
Draeger's Cooking School
San Mateo 650-685-3700
Draeger's Cooking School is practically an institution itself. Headed by Cooking School Director Kathleen Taggart and a very talented staff, we offer year-round classes taught by world-renowned chefs. New classes are offered every 3-4 months.
Draeger's Cooking School
Menlo Park 650-324-7700
Draeger's Cooking School is practically an institution itself. Headed by Cooking School Director Kathleen Taggart and a very talented staff, we offer year-round classes taught by world-renowned chefs. New classes are offered every 3-4 months.
First Class Cooking
San Francisco
First Class Cooking offers hands-on cooking classes in a casual, supportive, and fun environment. All classes feature uncomplicated recipes and everything is made from scratch using top-quality, local, and seasonal ingredients.
Hands On Gourmet
San Francisco 415-553-8894
Hands On Gourmet is the leading cooking party company in the Bay Area. Our award-winning team takes pride in delivering a fun, dynamic, and mouth-watering event every time.
Happy Trails Catering
Pasadena 626-796-9526
Cooking Classes at Happy Trails Catering are held at our Pasadena location. Students actually do the cooking with the guidance of a chef instructor and go home with recipes that they can add to their repertoire.
HauteFood
Beverly Hills 310-467-7759
Need a head-to-toe makeover in the kitchen or just a repertoire update? HauteFood offers private cooking classes tailored to you. Get a group of your favorite people together and learn to cook something fabulous!
Hip Cooks
Los Angeles 323-222-FOOD
Do you think preparing an elegant meal for friends means slaving for hours in the kitchen? Does the thought of entertaining make you weak in the knees? I'll teach you everything you need to know.
In the Mood for Food
Oakland 510-393-6096
In the Mood for Food offers gourmet vegetarian cuisine, personal chef services, catering, cooking classes and events.  Handcrafted, local and seasonal organic cuisine.
Italian Chef Deborah Dal Fovo
San Francisco 415-752-3700
Chef Deborah Dal Fovo is one of the top Italian food and wine authorities in the U.S. and offers authentic Italian cooking classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Deborah’s fun and informative cooking classes give students a true taste of Italy and the confidence to cook like an Italian!
Kids Culinary Adventures
Woodside 650-440-0241
At KCA... we believe cooking allows small children and teens to emotionally apply academic theories by using everyday Math, Reading, Science and Nutrition through culinary arts.
Kitchen on Fire
Berkeley
Through fun and educational hands-on cooking classes, culinary demonstrations and lectures taught by top chefs and food professionals, we demystify home cooking and entertaining.
La Jolla Cooks 4 U
La Jolla 1-858-752-4980
A San Diego based personalized hands-on gourmet cooking and dining experience designed especially for you! Specializing in Californian cuisine, with our very own organic vegetable and herb garden you will learn how to prepare a six course gourmet meal, then dine on the delicious food you learned to prepare complete with wine pairing.
Laguna Culinary Arts, Inc.
Laguna Beach 949-494-4006
As a cooking school, we offer a unique experience for aspiring home chefs of all ages. Our classes are limited to 10 people, and are designed for fun! We also travel to the most desirable locations in France, Italy and Spain, immersing ourselves in the culture of food and wine.
Let's Get Cookin'
Westlake Village 818-991-3940
Let's Get Cookin' is "where recipes come to life." Recipes in a cookbook are only one dimensional, and even watching recipes demonstrated on TV cannot equal the learning experience of a real cooking class.
Parties That Cook
San Francisco 415-441-3595
Parties That Cook stages hands-on cooking parties for corporate and private groups in homes and rented kitchens in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Seattle and Portland. We believe the magic of creating a meal together inspires connection. Events focus on team building, client entertainment, conferences, networking and holiday celebrations.
Patty James Cooking School & Nutrition Center
Sebastopol 707-829-6707
A variety of classes are offered such as therapeutic cooking for various health concerns, fun classes with ethnic flair and even trust your instinct classes sans recipes.
Paulding & Company
Emeryville 510-594-1104
At Paulding & Company we can design your group’s personalized cooking class or cooking party, or you can join one of ours. The kitchen is unique, spacious, and well equipped. It is set up for both our professional catering and for hands-on cooking events and classes.
PREP Kitchen Essentials
Long Beach 562-430-1217
PREP Kitchen Essentials is a retail store and cooking school in Long Beach, California. We offer cooking classes for the Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County communities.
Relish Culinary School
Healdsburg 707-431-9999
Relish Culinary School stands out as the only “roving” culinary program that brings together talented chefs and fabulous cuisine at captivating wine country locations to create one-of-a-kind hands-on and demonstration cooking experiences.
San Francisco Cooking School
San Francisco 415-346-2665
San Francisco Cooking School offers the largest program of hands-on cooking classes in California for cooks at any level. Every cooking class is hands-on and instructors include the best culinary talent in the Bay Area. SFCS is also a professional culinary school with training in Culinary and Pastry Arts.
Shallots Cooking School
Vacaville 707-469-6800
At Shallots Cooking School in Vacaville, we are dedicated to celebrating great food and wine, and to giving our guests the opportunity to learn the pleasures of the Culinary Arts.
Sur la Table
Carlsbad 760 635-1316
Sur La Table's cooking programs provide the opportunity for you to become a celebrity in your own kitchen. Instructors include each region's best known as well as internationally renowned chefs willing to share their secrets.
Tante Marie's Cooking School
San Francisco
Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco was founded as a full-time school in 1979 and was one of the first schools of fine cooking in this country to offer all-day, year-round classes for people who are serious about cooking well.
The Chef's Touch
Solvang 805-686-1040
The Chef’s Touch is a unique cooking, food and people destination devoted to the food lover’s experience, offering cooking classes, cookbooks, cookware and gourmet foods.
The Chez School of Food & Wine
Redondo Beach 310-316-1566
In our classes you get to eat whatever is made, wine or appropriate beverages are included at the end of the evening, and recipes will be handed out so you can take them home with you!
The Conscious Cook
San Diego 858-215-4822 website »
Join one of our delicious educational cooking classes, and be part of the fun. Each class is filled with organic whole food ingredients and nutritional knowledge. You will be given helpful tips in the kitchen along with addressing the nutritional value and benefit of the foods being prepared.
The Cooking Guy
San Diego
What could be more fun - you hang out and relax while we shake up some great drinks and work our way though an awesome lineup of food right in the same red kitchen you see on TV.
The Culinary Dude
San Francisco 415-242-4192 website »
The Culinary Dude's mission is to teach anyone he can get his hands on to cook, focusing on the process rather than the product. "Our goal is to inspire all participants' imaginations in the kitchen as they cook and to encourage their creativity while they are learning a variety of cooking styles, techniques and enjoy themselves doing it"
The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories
Santa Monica 310.656.8800
The Gourmandise School is a hands-on culinary school with a focus on teaching classic techniques using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The school offers pastry and cooking classes, professional courses and fascinating food workshops.
The New School of Cooking
Culver City
Whether you are interested in a serious culinary career, just want to learn the fundamentals or improve your existing skills, The New School of Cooking has a course for you.
These Foodish Things
El Sobrante 510-262-9970
A delightful new and easy way to give a party! Learn to make delicious meals with friends or family, cooking and eating together. Improve your culinary skills in the comfort of your own home. Choose from a wide variety of menus, mix and match or have a theme meal.
Viva Cucina
Danville 925-820-6612
Viva Cucina classes are great for people who enjoy cooking and want to learn how to "cook outside the box", as well as for the beginner cooks who want to feel at ease cooking and entertaining.
Wendy Brodie
Carmel 831-626-9000
Choose from one of several intimately designed cooking demonstrations in Chef Wendy's own private exhibition kitchen. Unique lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on participation make this a truly memorable and inviting opportunity.
What's Cooking
San Rafael 415-342-4353
What's Cooking offers a variety of classes for children and their families that promote healthy and seasonal eating. Join us for a class and have fun while learning something too!
William-Sonoma Cooking Classes at La Cumbre Plaza
Santa Barbara 805-569-6913
Join one of our cooking classes and learn the latest techniques for preparing a selection of innovative recipes. Classes are held on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00pm unless otherwise noted.
Zov's Bistro
St. Tustin 714-838-8855
Vegetarian cuisine with Middle Eastern and European influences. The adjacent bakery/cafe offers informal dining and take-out items. In addition, Zov's offers full-service catering, banquet facilities, and a cooking classes.

Taste What's Happening!

Davis Farmers Market

Davis
8/2/2014 - 8/30/2014
Enjoy the festive atmosphere and fill your bags with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Every Sat.

Stockton Beer Week

Stockton
8/22/2014 - 8/31/2014
Venues all around Stockton team with breweries to create events that celebrate the local California craft beer industry.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Sonoma
8/29/2014 - 8/31/2014
Toast to the best! Celebrate Sonoma County as the best wine destination in the U.S., featuring local wine and food, vineyards, wineries, and culture.

Foam Fest

Olympic Valley
8/30/2014
Disabled Sports USA Far West hosts craft brew festival complete with rockin' blues, one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the Tahoe area.

Whisky Live at the Games

San Francisco
8/30/2014 - 8/31/2014
The very best whiskies of the world under one roof. Mingle with producers and distillers, independent bottlers

Sample the Sierra - A Farm-to-Fork Festival

South Lake Tahoe
8/31/2014
Sample award winning wines from the Sierra foothills plus handmade jewelry, alpaca apparel, herbs, spices, gourmet chocolates, and cooking demos.

California Wine Month

Statewide
9/1/2014 - 9/30/2014
The Golden State’s celebration of the rich wine history at harvest season, including special tastings, harvest tours, and wine immersion experiences.

Davis Farmers Market

Davis
9/6/2014 - 9/27/2014
Enjoy the festive atmosphere and fill your bags with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Every Sat.

Lodi Grape Festival

Lodi
9/11/2014 - 9/14/2014
Enjoy the Lodi Grape Festival with a wide variety of family friendly events designed to promote agriculture and products of the San Joaquin County.

626 Night Market

Arcadia
9/12/2014 - 9/13/2014
The largest Asian night market in the U.S. with local restaurants, food vendors, merchandise vendors, artists, musicians, and non-profit groups

Farm to Fork Celebration

Sacramento
9/13/2014 - 9/28/2014
Enjoy a variety of exhibits, tastings, Farmer's Markets, live music and more!

Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival

Morro Bay
9/13/2014 - 9/14/2014
Sample guacamole till you see green! Quench your thirst with Cabo Wabo Margaritas. A celebration of local avocado producers.

Solvang's 78th Annual Danish Days

Solvang
9/19/2014 - 9/21/2014
Danish games and activities, homemade aebleskiver, medisterpølse and the even the possibility of winning a round-trip ticket to Denmark!

Surf 'N Turf Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

Redondo Beach
9/19/2014 - 9/21/2014
Taste succulent Main lobsters. Enjoy live music, good eats and various gift booths.

California Beer Festival

Ventura
9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
Legendary California Beer Festival at the beautiful Mission Park in Ventura! Dabble in a variety of delectable beers from local breweries.

Feast at the Fort

Sacramento
9/20/2014
Historic recipes recreated by Sacramento's top chefs to benefit the Friends of Sutter's Fort, celebrating the region's culinary history,

Savor the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo
9/25/2014 - 9/28/2014
Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, hosting winemakers, celebrity chefs, brew masters, and artisanal food producers who call the Central Coast home.

Kelseyville Pear Festival

Kelseyville
9/27/2014
Explore an entire pavilion devoted to all things ‘pear,’ dancers and cloggers, antique cars and tractors, quilt shows, & wine and beer tasting.

Fall Wine Walk

Benicia
9/27/2014
Stroll First Street on a beautiful Autumn afternoon and taste over a dozen wines being poured inside downtown shops.

California Avocado Festival

Carpinteria
10/3/2014 - 10/5/2014
Discover everything from guacamole to avocado flavored ice cream plus a premier lineup of music, arts & crafts vendors, Expo Tent, and more!
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