A hands-on cooking class culminating in a family-style dinner served with wine and beer.
Keep your green food coloring away from the beer and food – it is time to make some real Irish food. Centuries of tradition based on cattle and potatoes, cultural ties to France, and access to the best seafood in Europe have given the Irish a rich and varied basis for their cuisine. Come join us at 18 Reasons for a delicious feast, served with some good stout and fantastic music over dinner!
Boxty – “Boxty in the skillet, Boxty in the pan/If you can’t cook Boxty, you’ll never get your man!”- The Ultimate Hash Brown Potato Cake
Colcannon with Corned Beef - House cured corned beef, plus the dish that kept the Irish people alive until the Famine, colcannon: mashed potatoes with plenty of butter, kale, and in good times, a bit of bacon.
Beef and Guinness Stew
Mussels with Cider and Bacon
Yellowman - A great honey-flavored honeycomb of light nougat, like the center of the best candy bar you ever ate!
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.