Classes & Events

STIR THINGS UP!

STIR THINGS UP!Our satisfaction comes from sharing what we know.  Good cooking and great eating can be as easy as combining a few fresh ingredients with a little bit of know-how. Kristina, and our guest teachers, revel in introducing people to great food, simple formulas, tested techniques and creative recipes.  Our goal, when you come to our kitchen, is to inspire you to try new things and to have more fun in your own kitchen.

Everyone is invited to participate in our cooking classes.  We look forward to introducing you to novel ingredients, clever tools, as well as new techniques.  Many of the ingredients Kristina uses in our classes are available in our pantry so that you can recreate the recipe at home.

We teach demonstration-style in our kitchen classroom and students sit up close to the instructor so that they can see, smell and taste every detail!  Most classes are limited to 12 students, depending on the program, to ensure that everyone can effectively participate.

OUR INSTRUCTOR

Kristina Scrivani, co-proprietor of Stone Creek Kitchen, is an excellent cook and experienced teacher well known for the many cooking classes and tasting events she conducted in Whole Foods Market Salud! in Monterey’s Del Monte Center.  For more information about Kristina read her bio on the ABOUT US page.

CLASS  REGISTRATION

To register for a class or an event, please come into the store, or call 831-393-1042 and be prepared to give your credit card information.

Most of our classes are taught demonstration style and are not “hands-on.”  Students will be served all the dishes prepared by the instructor and usually a glass or two of wine.

Join our Email List:  Our cooking classes, dinner parties and tasting events sell out very quickly.  So, consider putting your name on our email list (find link at foot of Home Page) to be among the first to hear about new additions to our schedule.

Get on the Waiting List:  We maintain a Waiting List for each event because occasionally attendees will have to cancel their attendance and seats become available.  If so, we call the folks on the Waiting List before we put out the word out to our email list subscribers.  So, if you see a class you would really like to attend, that is already SOLD OUT, call us and request to be added to the Waiting List.

Also, if we have a lot of people on the Waiting List we might add an additional date for a popular class — and you will be the first person we call!

About Groups:  We discourage groups of friends from signing up for our cooking classes.  We have found, after many years experience, that friends who attend together (quite naturally!) want to socialize. Even though we endeavor to make our classes enjoyable as well as interesting, we also expect students to be quiet and attentive during the class. We have found this is very difficult for groups who, with the best intentions, end up chatting with their neighbor throughout the class. This is distracting for the instructor and unfair to the other attendees. We suggest that you consider a Tasting event or a Dinner in the Kitchen if you would like to bring a group of friends to Stone Creek Kitchen.  Or, if you have your heart set on a cooking class we would be happy to discuss booking private class.

Class Sign Up Maximum:  We allow one person to book a maximum of 4 seats for our cooking classes.  There is no maximum for Tastings or Dinner in the Kitchen.   

Cancellation policy:  If you cannot attend the event you have registered for we will gladly reschedule you for another in the future or refund your fee with at least 3 days notice.  Less than 3 day notice will result in loss of your fee unless we can sell your seat.            

              

EVENT  SCHEDULE

We do not offer any cooking classes, tasting events or dinner parties in November and December.  We need the teaching kitchen to make pies! 

The schedule for January and February 2017:

Tasting:  Cheese  – Italian Pecorino

Tuesday, January 10                                            

6:30 – 7:30pm                                                       

$25

Each month we like to host a tasting where we explore one particular ingredient in depth. We learn how and where it is made. We talk about quality standards and what makes it special. For instance, did you know all sheep cheeses in Italy are called Pecorino? And, that they are not all aged? They are not all sharp and salty?  Some are soft and milky. Some are aromatic. So, come travel with your taste buds to Italy and taste a variety Pecorino cheeses!  Wine, by the glass, will be available for purchase.

 

Dinner in the Kitchen ~ A Feast of Fishes

Friday, January 13                                                

7:00pm                                                                    

$135

The first Dinner in the Kitchen of 2017 will launch with a festival of fabulous fish-centric dishes and gorgeous Italian wines.  Kristina is working on the menu for this multi-course feast and we are finalizing the list of wines we will pour. Join us in our cozy teaching kitchen and watch your dinner is prepared.  Guests are seated communally at tables of 8 (so you might sit next to someone you haven’t met yet) or entire tables may be reserved. 

 

Class:  Warm up with Soups that are truly Delish!    (offered on 2 nights)

Tuesday, January 17                                            

Wednesday, January 18                                     

6:30-8:30 pm                                                        

$70

Everyone loves to come home to a big pot of delicious, comforting soup. Soups are great because you can make them ahead, store them, freeze them, and even gift them. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting, a glass of wine!

  • Savory Chickpea and Tomato Soup with Butternut Squash and Rich Pesto
  • Rich Turkey Noodle “The flavor is in the stock the texture is in the noodles!”
  • Red Coconut Curry Soup with Sweet Peppers & Smoky Spiced Duck

 

Class:  Dumplings!  (offered on 2 nights)

Thursday, January 19                                          

Thursday, January 26                                          

6:30-8:30pm                                                          

$75

Learn to create authentic pot sticker-style dumplings and sauces. Chewy and savory, you will learn to chop the pork yourself – no pre-ground pork here! The skins are so simple and delicious to make you will never buy them again.  Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Chewy Pork Pot Sticker Dumplings with Chili Garlic Dipping Sauce
  • Delicate Soup Dumplings made with our Rich Super Stock

 

Class: The Warm Exotic Flavors of India    (offered on 3 nights)

New!  Tuesday, January 24  Seats Available

Tuesday, January 31  SOLD OUT                                          

Wednesday, February 1  Seats Available                    

6:30 – 9:00pm                                                       

$80

It’s time…You’ve been requesting an Indian cooking class!  And, we love the fragrant intense flavors of India.
So, in this class we will explore, for the first time in our cooking class series, the cuisine of this warm and exotic destination.

  • Poppadoms with Chili-Garlic Pickled Vegetables and Chutneys
  • Tamarind Glazed Grilled Quail over Silky Greens
  • Fragrant Biriyani
  • 48 hour Yogurt Marinated Lamb in Fenugreek Sherry Cream
  • Homemade Naan Bread, hot of the grill (sorry no Tandoori oven yet!)

 

Dinner in the Kitchen ~ Spanish Fandango

Friday, February 3                                               

7:00pm                                                                    

$125 

Stone Creek Kitchen’s signature dish, Paella, has been a wildly popular Dinner in the Kitchen offering. Why? Because guests get to watch as the paella is prepared, over a wood fire, right in front of them! We will also pour some of our favorite Spanish wines. As usual, this will be a casual dinner party held in our teaching kitchen.  Tables of 8 seat guests communally (so you may be seated next to someone you have not met yet) or entire tables can be reserved.   Pre-Fixe Menu:

  • House made Sangria
  • Buttery Empanadas filled with Wild Mushrooms, Thyme and Sherry
  • Citrus Cured Olives, Spanish Cheeses, savory Romesco and Jamon Serrano
  • Crisp Salad of Baby Romaine with Gazpacho Vinaigrette, Avocado, Smoked Paprika Croutons
  • Paella made over a wood fire! Laden with chunks of Soft Pork, Smoky Chorizo, Garlicky Clams, Peppers, Bomba Rice, Onions, Saffron and Spanish Wine

 

Class:  The Art of the Bento Box  (offered on 2 nights)

Tuesday, February  7                                          

Wednesday, February  8                                   

6:30 – 8:30pm                                                       

$80

Literally a gift box – Bento boxes are a joy to create. Chucked full of savory flavor and luxurious textures the Bento Box may just be one of the most fun ways to entertain. Learn to create memorable feasts your family and guests will rave about. Class includes your very own black & red lacquer bento box to take home with you!  Recipes, tips and tricks for making gorgeous and delicious Bento. NOTE: this class is not suitable for vegetarians.

 

Tasting:  Lovin’  Spoonfuls

Wednesday, February 15                                  

6:30 to 8:00pm                                                     

$65

Surprise  your Valentine with this delicious romp!  We will taste 4 different sparkling wines, each paired with a decadent small bite especially prepared for sharing. This tasting will be fun and festive with lots of time for flirting.  Join us for candlelight, sparkling wine and lovin’ spoonfuls!  Event includes wine tasting, small bites, tasting notes.  Registration in multiples of 2 people is required.

 

Dinner in the Kitchen for Lovers

Friday, February 17                                             

7:00pm                                                                    

$145

This romantic and sensuous dinner in the kitchen will be prepared, as you watch and socialize, in our cozy teaching kitchen.  Seating at this special event is limited. Registration in multiples of 2 people is required.                

Pre-Fixe Menu:

  • Toast Points with Soft Quail Eggs and Caviar served with Champagne
  • Oyster’s Rockafella Creamy & Cheesy with Crispy Bacon and Kale
  • Tamarind Glazed Quail over Swank Farms Red Leaf Lettuce with fried Shallots
  • Scampi Love Nests and Pillows of Beef Tenderloin bathed in Wine Reduction
  • Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

 

Class:  Shabu Shabu (Asian Hot Pot)

Thursday, February 23                                      

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                      

$65

This class will teach you how to create a delicious and festive Hot Pot experience at home.  From making a rich Kombu cooking broth, choosing the best beef and seafood to making perfectly cooked and seasoned rice.  Quench your thirst with a glass of beer or wine while YOU Cook your own dinner!  Class includes instruction, recipes.  Note: You will be sharing a hot pot with another student so, bring a companion and come prepared for a family style feast!  Registration of 2 people per booking is required. 

 

Class:  Cooking in the Kasbah  (offered on 2 nights)

Tuesday, March  14                                         

Wednesday, March 15                                         

6:30-9:00 pm                                                         

$75

One of our most popular classes is our Cookin’ in the Kasbah series!  So, we’re heading back to North Africa where the sights and smells are rich and exotic.  Join us for this trip to the land of spice markets and savory Tagines. In this class you will discover authentic ingredients while learning the simple techniques that build layers of exotic flavors.

  • Olives, Harissa, Warm Flatbread, Garlicky Eggplant Spread and Stuffed Dates
  • Spicy Vegetable Chorba
  • Tagine of Petite Hens with Apricots, Honey and Exotic Spices
  • Fragrant Cous Cous with Saffron, Orange Flower Water and Pomegranate Seeds

 

 

REGISTRATION: To register for a class or an event, please come into the store, or call 831-393-1042 and be prepared to give your credit card information.

Cancellation policy:  If you cannot attend the event you have registered for we will gladly reschedule you for another in the future or refund your fee with at least 3 days notice.  Less than 3 day notice will result in loss of your fee unless we can sell your seat.   

Note:  Most of our classes are taught demonstration style and are not “hands-on.”