We're celebrating our best-selling class, Basic Knife Skills, in June's second Community Dinner. Students in Basic Knife Skills work their way through a variety of vegetables, and we throw them together to make a Vietnamese-inspired Chicken Salad. Join us for a big bowl of salad, with some bread and butter on the side, as well as access to the first ever Knife Clinic! Basic Knife Skills instructor Mike Weller will be on hand to give short knife skill tutorials to anyone in the dining room, as well as answer any knife related questions. Learn the proper way to hold a knife, practice your pinch grip, and feast!
Basic Knife Skills Chicken Salad with lime and fish sauce vinaigrette, and crispy shallots
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.
ABOUT COMMUNITY DINNER
Twice a month, we open our doors to friends new and old, welcoming all to our share a table and a delicious meal. Every dinner is something different and always tasty. Wine and beer are for sale at the event. Kids welcome!
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