A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine and beer.
It's a tale as old as time: you really like someone and you want to cook something impressive. But you have no idea where to start, you're busy, and you're nervous. Mike Weller to come to the rescue! In this class, you'll create an appetizer that's more delicious than a crudite platter from the store, but you'll still use your hands to feed each other. You'll tackle any fears about cooking steak and fish. And you'll finish with a dessert that looks impressive, but takes hardly any effort. Learn a classy menu you can cook at home to make that special someone swoon (and possibly profess their undying love!).
Lettuce Wraps with Assorted Fillings and Dipping Sauces
The Perfect Steak on Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Pan Sauce
Salmon en Papillote
Born in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mike Weller grew up in suburbs of San Jose, where he discovered cooking as his first profession and lifetime passion. After wandering through typical teenage jobs at pizza joints and ice cream parlors, Mike’s first “restaurant” job was with Sambo’s Coffee Shops, slinging hash and cooking eggs for the bar rush and Sunday breakfast crowds. He moved on to help open several restaurants, attend the California Culinary Academy, and study under European chefs with Michelin backgrounds. Later, Mike served as an executive chef for catering companies, wineries and country clubs. When his son was born, Mike transitioned his career into teaching, returning to the CCA where he eventually became the Executive Chef and Director of Academics. Having taught for Le Cordon Bleu North America in both online and brick and mortar schools, Mike is thrilled to return to teaching in a neighborhood-based community. When he is not teaching he tends to his backyard garden, helps his wife to can and preserve food, and loves to cook for his friends and family.