Exceptional Essentials: Chicken Thighs

Monday, August 24, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Zoom Meeting Online PST
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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8 slots available


This is a live, interactive, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. If you’re new to 18 Reasons online, please read this guide: How to Take an Online Class at 18 Reasons. Five calendar days before class, 18 Reasons may decide to cancel this class if not enough tickets are sold. We will notify registrants by email about cancellations.

Well, maybe your Grandmother isn’t French. Chef Mike’s wasn’t. Don’t let that stop you from learning from a great tradition. We will take some chicken thighs and stuff them with bacon, mushrooms, and chicken livers and cook them golden brown and lovely. Served with rosemary rice pilaf, and some perfect August tomatoes stuffed with garlicky bread crumbs. A quick and comforting dinner, seasonally impressive and worthy of bragging on over your next Zoom conference!


Grandmother’s Chicken Thighs, stuffed with bacon, mushrooms, onions and chicken livers

Roasted Chicken Gravy

Rosemary Rice Pilaf

Stuffed Broiled Tomatoes

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This menu contains the following common allergens: wheat, eggs and soy. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions please e-mail us at info@18reasons.org 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. Mike also returned to school for training in his new field, earning a Master’s Degree in Education. 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 reaps the benefits of his backyard garden, kept in perfect order by his Master Gardener wife.