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.

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.            

              

2018  EVENT   SCHEDULE                                      

 

 

 

Special Event:  Afternoon Tea for Two!

Sold Out!      Saturday, February 17                      2:00 – 3:30 pm                                                             $75

Join us in our kitchen for a proper English tea party.  This is not a cooking class but rather a peaceful and delicious respite in the middle of the afternoon.  Registration of 2 people, per booking, is required  as each tea service is designed to be shared.  Fee is per person.  Not suitable for children under 12.

We will start with a glass of bubbly and then dive into:

  • Fancy Tea Cakes, Mince Pies and Tarts
  • Housemade Scones with Clotted Cream and Wild Strawberry Jam
  • A Trio of  Tea Sandwiches – Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Truffled Egg
  • Petite Pork & Pheasant Pie
  • Top it off with a Bite of Rich Chocolate
  • English Tea served with Milk or Lemon

 

Class:  The Art of the Bento Box

Sold Out!       Tuesday, February 20                    6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                          $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 that your family and friends 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.  Class includes instruction, a Bento Box meal to enjoy, and a glass of wine.  NOTE:  This class is not suitable for vegetarians.

 

Dinner for Lovers

Seats Available!  Friday, February 23                                   

7:00 pm

$135 pp

Surprise your Valentine with this sumptuous and romantic dinner.  We have created a feast to celebrate our love of Rose wine and to coincide with their annual release.  Prepare to taste some of the best roses paired with this decadent menu: 

  • Scallop Thermidor on the Half Shell
  • Sexy Lobster Shooter
  • Grilled Citrus Salmon over Puff Pastry stuffed with Garlicky Greens
  • Fancy French Cheese Plate with all the trimmings

Guests will be 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:  The Warm Exotic Flavors of (Vegetarian) India    

Sold Out!                    Tuesday, February, 27                       6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                            $80

Sold Out!                   Wednesday, February 28                  6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                           $80

Sold Out!                   Thursday, March 1                              6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                           $80

We love the fragrant intense flavors of India. In this class, you will travel with your taste buds with a focus on rich curries, bright tasty chutneys and flavorful grilled fish. This class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Crispy Pappadoms Starter with Chutney
  • Dhum Aloo Potatoes with Baby Green Beans slow cooked in Ginger and Spices
  • Kaali Daal Smokey Black Lentils with Savory Tomatoes
  • Chickpea & Butternut Squash Curry
  • Saffron rice made with Coconut Milk and Kefir Lime Leaves

 

 

Class:  Warm Up with Flavors of Thailand

Sold Out!           Wednesday, March 7                        6:30 to 8:30 pm                                                          $65

Sold Out!           Thursday, March 8                            6:30 to 8:30 pm                                                          $65

The flavors of Thailand are both calming and invigorating at the same time. The warmth of the people and the dishes they create is truly a gift. Cooking with Thai flavors at home is fun and very tasty. There are many ingredients that can be stocked in the dry pantry for you to enjoy in a flash!  Class includes instruction, recipes, menu and wine tasting.

  • Yam Jin Kai – Northern Thai Chicken Soup (Chock full of intense flavor, this labor of love will    cure the winter blues)
  • Naam Phrik Ong – Northern Thai minced Pork served with Cucumber, Cabbage and (Spicy) Rice

 

Class:  Around the World in Four Kebabs

2 Seats Left!  Tuesday, March 13                           

Wednesday, March 14                     

6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                           

$75

One of the most fun ways to eat is off a skewer! Kebabs are a feast for the senses. The sizzle of a grill as smoke wafts down the alley while you await your turn at the food stall. Kebabs make a party out of any meal. We will travel from the Middle East to India and then on to Spain and back to Korea. Join us and learn how to create delicious kebabs at home. Class includes instruction, menu tasting recipes and a glass of wine.

  • Lamb Kefta with Sesame Yogurt Sauce
  • Quail bathed in Lime and Tamarind
  • Garlicky Shrimp with Smoked Paprika
  • Juicy Goguchang Chicken

 

 

Class:  Pizza!  Pizza!                             

Sold Out!      Thursday, March 15                          6:30 –  8:30 pm                                                           $65     

You can make delicious pizza at home.  You have to put the love in the dough.  This class will teach you simple, but specific formulas, to create pizza you’ll be proud of and your family will be beggin’ you to make again and again. From rich Salami & Olive to Garlicy Kale & Cambazola we will make, and eat, our way to Pizza heaven!  Class includes instruction, recipes, pizza tasting and a glass of wine.

 

 

Class:  Comfort in the Kitchen – Mangia Italia    

Sold Out! Tuesday, March 20                                                      

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                           

$70

Welcome to a new series of classes focusing on two really amazing dishes that will become instant family favorites.  Spring is a great time to showcase seasonal fare at its most delicious. Comfort is what we’re looking for and a fresh Spring Pasta dish really rings the bell. Here are two of our best. Class includes instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine. Note: Unsuitable for non-garlic lovers.

  • Linguini with Spring Peas and Pancetta ~ Add Arugula and pecorino for a WOW
  • Spring Lamb Bolognaise over silky Pappardelle

 

 

Dinner in the Kitchen:  BIG NIGHT  ~ An Italian Feast from Paradise

Friday, March 23                                7:00 PM         

$135 pp includes dinner, wine, tax & gratuity

We are hosting a tribute to one of our favorite foodie films, the awarding winning BIG NIGHT.  Starring Stanley Tucci and Isabella Rossellini this movie (viewing of which is your assignment before coming to the dinner!) is about a struggling Italian restaurant, The Paradise, whose success or failure will come down to one amazing meal to be served on the “Big Night.”  Enjoy our interpretation of the feast served in the film and watch as it is prepared right in front of you in our cozy teaching kitchen. Seating at tables of 8 is communal (so you might sit next to someone you haven’t met yet) or entire tables can be reserved.  Join us for this informal dinner party.  Pre-fixe menu will be accompanied by Italian wines which we are still in the process of vetting:

  • Antipasti Course – Grilled Peppers, Prosciutto, Sheep Cheese and Olives
  • Creamy Crab Risotto
  • Bucatini with Garlic, Olio Verde & housemade Meat Balls!
  • Timpano – Garlicky Stuffed Penne, Short Ribs, Rich Tomato Sauce and Cheese piled high inside of a Giant Pasta Shell
  • Insalata – Marinated Baby Tomatoes Crisp Greens and Juicy Red Onions
  • Toni Spamoni Cake!

 

 

Class:  South of the Border “Down Mexico Way” – Sinaloa      

1 Seat Left!  Tuesday, March 27                           

Sold Out!      Wednesday, March 28                     

6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                           

$75

Pack your taste buds. We’re heading south to the state of Sinaloa, home to delicious seafood, slow grilled chicken, traditional Banda music and, of course, the street food carts of Mazatlán!  Learn tips and techniques to create real layers of flavor.  From slow grilling the famous Sinaloa chicken to the creating the fresh citrusy depth of the coastal ceviche it will be an in-depth tour. You will also learn where to obtain authentic ingredients locally.  Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine or beer.

  • Fruity Aqua Fresca Mazatlán Street Cart Style
  • Shrimp and Halibut Ceviche over Crispy Corn Tortillas with Avocado
  • Slow Grilled Sinaloa Chicken served with Frijoles, Queso Fresca and Flour Tortillas

 

 

Class:  Delicious Pot Stickers!

Tuesday, April 3                                 6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                            $65

Tuesday, May 1                                  6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                            $65

We’ve done dumpling classes in the past. And, based on experience, we now realize we need more time to focus on the details of making one kind of dumpling from the exceptional dough, super flavorful filling to the ever important wrapping techniques. In this class you will learn to create super delicious, better than you can buy anywhere, pot stickers at home. Packed with flavor these little labors of love can be a fun way to entertain. Class includes instruction, recipes, a glass of wine, and plenty of Pot Stickers. We’re not making anything else, just delicious pot stickers!

 

 

Class:  Entertaining with Family & Friends – Spanish Fandango     

Thursday, April 5                               6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                            $80

Tuesday, May 29                                6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                            $80

Casual entertaining at home is one of the most rewarding arts to learn. This class focuses on mixing and matching different ingredients from around the world using solid techniques and really fun combinations. We will focus on the rich tradition of Spanish Tapas. Not just small bites, these especially prepared dishes easily make a hearty meal.  As always, we will create an over the top menu that won’t make you sweat. Includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting & a glass of wine.

  • Citrus Cured Olives
  • Empanadas filled with Spiced Beef, Caramelized Onions & Golden Raisins
  • Piquillo Rellenos stuffed with Spanish Tuna, Manchego Cheese & Herbs
  • Calamari stuffed with Chorizo & Potato – Pan seared with Garlic and Green Olives
  • Served with toasty bread for sopping up all the delicious juices.

 

 

Class:  Fish Techniques – California Style  

Tuesday, April 10                               6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                            $80

Wednesday, April 11                         6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                            $80

Delicious and bright seafood dishes are some of the best and do-able meals at home. Gorgeous roasted salmon, crispy fried fish tacos and the classic prawn cocktail are just a few of the eclectic California dishes that will become your family faves.  Class includes instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • The Classic Spicy Prawn Cocktail
  • Crispy Fish Taco with Avocado Salsa
  • Roasted Salmon over Spicy Szechuan Green Beans

 

 

Class:  Warm Up With Flavors of Thailand – Soup &  Salad

Tuesday, April 17                               6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                            $75

The flavors of Thailand are both calming and invigorating at the same time. The warmth of the people and the dishes they create is truly a gift. Cooking with Thai flavors at home is fun and very tasty. There are many ingredients that can be stocked in the dry pantry for you to employ in a flash! Class includes instruction, recipes, menu and wine tasting.

  • Pork Satay with Tamarind Dipping Sauce
  • Tom Yam Kung – Hot Sour Shrimp Soup
  • Glass Noodle Salad with Pork & Shrimp

 

Class:  Comfort in the Kitchen – Mangia Italia                       

Tuesday, April 24                              

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                           

$70

Welcome to a new series of classes focusing on two really amazing dishes that will become instant family favorites.  Spring is a great time to showcase seasonal fare at its most delicious. Comfort is what we’re looking for and a fresh Spring Pasta dish really rings the bell. Here are two of our best. Class includes instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine. Note: Unsuitable for non-garlic lovers.

  • Linguini with Spring Peas and Pancetta ~ Add Arugula and pecorino for a WOW
  • Spring Lamb Bolognaise over silky Pappardelle

 

Class:  Warm Up With Flavors of Thailand – Soup &  Salad

Tuesday, May 8                                  6:30 – 8:30 pm                                                            $75

The flavors of Thailand are both calming and invigorating at the same time. The warmth of the people and the dishes they create is truly a gift. Cooking with Thai flavors at home is fun and very tasty. There are many ingredients that can be stocked in the dry pantry for you to employ in a flash! Class includes instruction, recipes, menu and wine tasting.

  • Pork Satay with Tamarind Dipping Sauce
  • Tom Yam Kung – Hot Sour Shrimp Soup
  • Glass Noodle Salad with Pork & Shrimp

 

Special Event:  Royal Wedding Party!                    

Saturday, May 12                              2:00 – 3:30pm                                                             $75

Celebrate the pending nuptials of Prince Harry & Meghan with a proper English tea party.  This is not a cooking class but rather a delicious and regal respite in the middle of the afternoon.  Each tea service is designed to be shared, so registration of 2 people, per booking, is required.  Fee is per person.  Not suitable for children under 12.  We will start with a glass of bubbly and then dive into:

  • Fancy Tea Cakes, Mince Pies and Tarts
  • Housemade Scones with Clotted Cream and Wild Strawberry Jam
  • A Trio of Tea Sandwiches – Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Truffled Egg
  • Forest Mushroom & Stilton Cheese Tart
  • Top it off with a Bite of Rich Chocolate
  • English Tea served with Milk or Lemon

 

Class:  Sweet and Savory Morocco          

Tuesday, May 15                                6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                          $80

Thursday, May 24                              6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                          $80

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.  In this class, we will discover authentic ingredients while learning simple techniques that build layers of exotic flavors.

  • Olives, Harissa, Warm Flat Bread and Stuffed Dates
  • Trio of Salads – Spicy Beets, Lemony Eggplant and Spring Veggie Cous Cous
  • Chicken Bastilla – Crispy, sweet pastry filled with Savory Braised Chicken, Spices and Almonds with fragrant Orange Flower Water and Cinnamon

 

The Warm Exotic Flavors of India

Tuesday, May 22                                6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                            $80

Wednesday, May 23                          6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                            $80

We love the fragrant, intense flavors of India. In this class, we will criss-cross India with our taste buds. Focusing on rich fish curry, bright tasty chutneys and savory Bombay potatoes. Learn to layer flavor to create these deep authentic dishes at home. This class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Crispy Poppadum’s with Assorted Chutneys
  • Cashew Cauliflower
  • Fragrant Bombay Potatoes
  • Rich Bengali Fish Curry

 

 

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.”