271 Lafayette Circle
Lafayette, CALIFORNIA 94549
  (925) 284-1120
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Culinary Essentials 6 week series

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Six Week Culinary Essentials Series

Please visit the website or call the school to find out dates for upcoming classes.

 $95 each class or $540 for 6 week series

Instructor: Chef Judy Orpin-Geringer

Always wanted to learn how to cook but found it intimidating? Just moved out and have to learn how to cook your own meals? The Culinary Essentials Series is for you!

This  6 week Hands-On series is designed for the beginner cook who wants to learn
the basics as well as the experienced cook who wants to hone their skills

In each class we cover the basics of cooking techniques, ingredients and
equipment that will help make you a more confident, capable cook.

Gain the confidence as you learn to cook, to try a new recipe or even cook without one.

Judy will thoroughly discuss all the recipes and different techniques involved. We will also focus on knife skills, ingredients, menu planning and equipment.

Makes a terrific gift for the holidays. It’s also a great to meet people. Come to one class or enjoy the whole series.

Week 1: Soups Stocks and Braising
Tuesday Jan 22  6-9pm
Learn the basic stocks that are the foundation of so many recipes for soups and braised dishes.

  • Chicken Stock
  • Beef Stock
  • French Onion Soup
  • Creamy Tomato Bisque
  • Green Chili Pork with Hominy and Black Beans

Week 2: Sauces and Sautéing
Tuesday Jan 29   6-9pm
Great sauces make a dish! Explore different techniques for creating different sauces to enhance any meal. Turn an everyday dinner into a restaurant quality one with the addition of a classic sauce.

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Baked Pasta in a Creamy Cheese Sauce
  • Sautéed Fish and Vegetables with Hollandaise Sauce

 Week 3: Roasting and Baking
Tuesday Feb 5   6-9pm
Learn how to roast a variety of meats, fish and vegetables. Save money and never buy rotisserie chicken again when you see how easy and delicious your own roasted chicken will be.

  • Herb Roasted Chicken with Gravy
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Spice Rubbed Baked Salmon
  • Lemon Champagne Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

 Week 4: Pie and Pastry
Tuesday Feb 12   6-9pm
Master the art of making tender flaky pastry. You will never buy dough again. Impress your family and friends with one of these delicious recipes.

  • Savory Pastry Wrapped Meatloaf
  • Chicken Pot Pie with Quick Puff Pastry
  • Raspberry Almond Tart

Week 5: Breads and Pizza
Tuesday Feb 19  6-9pm
Enjoy making bread and pizza from scratch. Savor the aroma of fresh baked bread wafting from your own kitchen after you learn the techniques of making, shaping and baking the different doughs.

  • Tender White Bread
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Crusty Dinner Rolls
  • English Muffins
  • Multi Grain Sandwich Loaf

Week 6: Soufflés and Custards
Tuesday Feb 26  6-9pm
 Scared and intimidated by soufflés? We’ll take the mystery out of soufflé making and enjoy impressive soufflés and creamy custards.

  • Garden Vegetable Soufflé
  • Bacon and Onion Quiche (Classic Quiche Lorraine)
  • Grand Marnier Soufflé with Crème Anglaise
  • Classic Crème Brûlée


January 22
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Back to the Table Cooking School and Production Kitchen
271 Lafayette Circle
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
(925) 284-1120


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