The Art of French Entertaining - In Person

Saturday, November 4, 2023 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 12 students. Review our registration and cancellation policies here.


The holiday season is upon us, when we’ll be called to host our family, friends, and in-laws. Never fear - learn how to entertain as artfully and effortlessly as the French do! The secret? A variety of hors d’œuvres to keep the party flowing. 

In a country where the typical dinner party doesn’t start until 8pm and arriving fashionably late is the cultural norm, it’s essential to provide guests some snackable starters. Take a trip with Zoe through the hors d’oeuvres of France, from the simple to the elaborate!



Kir Royal - Champagne with Crème de Cassis 

Gougères - Choux Pastry with Gruyère Cheese 

Chicken Liver Paté with Olive Oil Crostini

Honey Whipped ""Fromage Fort"" with Roasted Olives

Fresh Scallop in Shell with Compound Butter

Chestnut Apple & Celery Root Soup

This menu contains the following common allergens: Egg, Dairy, Tree Nuts, Wheat. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail 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.


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