Flavors of the French Basque Country - In Person

Sunday, September 18, 2022 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 14 students. Review our registration and cancellation policies here. Masks and proof of boosters are required.


Inspired by Zoe's recent trip to France's Basque Country, this menu showcases the best bites during Zoe's travels. The Southwest of France offers a lot for food lovers! In the Basque Country, people are called "bon vivant" which translates to enjoying life to the fullest! Because the Basque region runs along the Atlantic Ocean; fish and shellfish are a big part of the Basque food. Meat is also a big part of the Basque diet; sheep, cattle and native pigs are raised in the more mountainous farming regions. This menu showcases the best dishes of the land and sea from the French Basque region.


Pintxos—Traditional Small Bites:

Fried White Bait with Aioli & Crispy Lemons 

Grilled Bread with Tomatoes & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Maldon Sea Salt

Fish in Parchment Paper with Compound Butter

Piperade—Traditional Basque Stew of Sweet Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes & Local Espelette Pepper 

Crispy Roast Potatoes with Duck Fat



This menu contains the following common allergens: fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together! 



Zoé McLaughlin was born in Paris and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked in restaurants in France while she wrote and published her first cookbook – a collection of family recipes influenced by her multicultural upbringing.  She now lives in San Francisco, where she works in the non-profit culinary world and hosts online cooking demonstrations.  She has a passion for bringing together the diverse flavors and culinary traditions of the Bay Area with the time tested techniques of classical French cooking.


Photo by Zoé McLaughlin