A hands-on cooking class culminating in a family-style dinner served with wine and beer.
Ahh, the Big Easy. An incredible mecca for real food and fine dining, with traditions extending back centuries in both the city and the swamps surrounding New Orleans. But what about the food of the day – what can you pick up on the street, wandering the Quarter, shopping, listening to jazz? The food scene of New Orleans is alive and certainly worthy of celebration: come join chef Mike as he takes you on a stroll in the afternoon through the vibrant streets of New Orleans – with a guaranteed hangover cure thrown in, just in case!
Housemade fermented hot sauce a la “Dr. Bliss”
Dirty Rice Balls
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.