New Orleans Brunch (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Zoom Video Livestream PST
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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This is a live, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. Class is limited to 12 students to create an interactive, dynamic experience. The Instructor will be assisted by a remote 18 Reasons staffer who will facilitate conversation during class and ensure all students are attended to. We will be recording the class and we hope to make the recording available to students after an editing process to protect the privacy of our students’ homes.

Registered students should take 30 min before class begins to do the following: download and set up Zoom, test audio and video, wash and prep ingredients, and bring out equipment in the kitchen, per the list linked below. 18 Reasons staff will e-mail registrants one message containing class recipes and a Zoom meeting link; check your junk/spam/event folder in case you do not see the e-mail. Search for any email from 18 Reasons, looking for a subject line containing the full title of the class.

Those same four walls getting old? Need a vacation from your living room?  Spend a Sunday morning on a social-distancing-safe trip to New Orleans!  Put on some great jazz or zydeco tunes and join Chef Mike in the kitchen.  We will celebrate the fact cocktails originated in New Orleans with a Ramos Gin Fizz.  Once that is made, everything becomes easy in the Big Easy.  Praline French Toast should help with the morning.  Then an over-the-top biscuit bacon Benedict, complete with a perfect set of poached eggs and amazing golden Hollandaise.  We will wrap the cooking up with a flaming Bananas Foster, poured over ice cream or, if there is any around, some praline French Toast….


Ramos Gin Fizz

Praline French Toast

Biscuit Bacon Eggs Benedict

Bananas Foster

Equipment and Shopping List for the class please click here

This menu contains the following common allergens: dairy,, eggs, nuts and wheat. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail us at before purchasing a ticket.


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.

Photo by Nathan Bingle on Unsplash