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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!  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.  She has been teaching cooking classes for almost 25 years. For more information about Kristina read her bio on the ABOUT US page.

CLASS  REGISTRATION

To register for a class or an event, please call 831-393-1042 and be prepared to give you credit card information to secure your place in the class. For more information email Linda@StoneCreekKitchen.com.

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.

EVENT  SCHEDULE                                      

  

 

Class:  The Warm Exotic Flavors of India

SOLD OUT!   Tuesday, April 25                                                      

SOLD OUT!   Wednesday, April 26   

SOLD OUT!    Thursday, April 27

New Date!      Tuesday, July 25                                      

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                 

$75

We love the fragrant and  intense flavors of India.  Join us for this exciting exploration of the cuisine of this warm exotic destination.

  • Pappadoms with Chili Garlic Pickled Vegetables and Chutneys
  • Rich Coconut Curried Vegetables
  • Spinach and Chickpeas Stew
  • Spiced Elonga Basmati
  • Our own Naan Bread hot off the grill!

 

Tasting:  Spanish Wine & Pinxtos!

Tuesday, May 2       3  Seats Available due to cancellation!  

Thursday, May 4    1  Seats Available due to cancellation!                                                         

6:30 to 8:30                                       

$65

What are Spanish Pintxos and how are they different from Tapas? They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends. Typical in the Basque country, they are related to tapas. The main difference is that pinxtos are usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread or chili pepper and ordered individually. These delicious savory small bites are a perfect way to entertain friends. Join us for this super fun Pinxto party! Learn to create a delicious array of options for your next party.  Includes tasting information, wine and menu tasting.

 

Tasting:  Rockin’ Moroccan Small Bites!

SOLD OUT!  Tuesday, May 9                                                        

6:30 to 8:30                                      

$65

Join us for this fun and festive tasting party. Travel with your taste buds to this most exciting land of exotic spices, rich savory meats and bright colorful people. We will taste 4 specially prepared small dishes each paired with a delicious French or Spanish wine. This will be a casual tasting 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. Includes wine and menu tasting. This event is not suited for vegetarians.

Tasting Menu:

  • Warm Flat Bread just off the Grill; Citrus Cured Olives; Spicy Harissa and Stuffed Dates
  • Spiced B’stilla Pie
  • Soft Goat Cheese with Curried Baby Tomatoes, Honey & Mint
  • Juicy Lamb Kefta with house made Pickles, Figgy Onions and Harissa

 

Tasting:   Salami Fest!!

SOLD OUT!  Thursday, May 11

New Date!     Tuesday, June 13                                                       

6:30 to 7:30 pm                                 

$25

We’ve added a new date by popular demand!  We are offering this tasting again because we had such a long waiting list.  So, this is your chance!  Join us for a major taste of some of our most favorite Salamis.  Learn how and where it’s made, the various quality standards and what makes each special. From Molinari to Levoni and Rovignati we will suffer through them all!   Wine available for purchase.

 

 

Class:  Turkish Small Plates   

SOLD OUT!   Tuesday, May 16                                              

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                 

$80

Travel to Istanbul for this delicious romp through the maze of carts and food stalls selling spices, olives and citrus fruits. Imagine finding all the bits and pieces you need to create a sensational small bite party at home. Class includes recipes, instruction menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Warm Marinated Olives
  • Muhammara – Spicy Paprika, Roasted Walnuts and Pomegranate Molasses
  • Fava Bean Puree served with Grilled Flat Bread
  • Spiced Grape Leaves stuffed with Lamb, Rice and Lemon
  • Meatballs (Kofte) with Mint, Parsley and Walnuts cooked in Caramelized Onions

 

Dinner in the Kitchen – Asian Fusion featuring Claiborne & Churchill Wines

SOLD OUT!  Friday, May 19                                              

7:00 pm                                               

$130 pp

Join us as we pay tribute to some of our favorite places to visit on the planet. From the incredible richness of Vietnamese and Thai flavors, to the heat and complexity of Wasabi and Ponzu, we will savor it all!

We will be pouring wines from Claiborne & Churchill, a small family owned winery down in the Edna Valley, whose wines are some of our favorites.  Their white wines are inspired by the dry style of the French province of Alsace and their red wines by the cool maritime conditions of the Edna Valley.  We think these delicious wines will pair beautifully with this exotic menu.

  • Spicy Duck Spring Rolls with Pickled Radish
  • Chilies fried in Olive Oil and dusted in Sea Salt
  • Creamy Seafood Coconut Soup with Lime Leaves and Chilies
  • Wood grilled Tomahawk Steak finished in Wasabi Butter and Sea Salt
  • Ponzu Rice Ball with Sesame Ginger Slaw
  • Macadamia Nut Cookies & Black Sesame Ice Cream

This dinner party held in our teaching kitchen and you will watch, and socialize, as your dinner is prepared – course by course – right in front of you.  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.   

 

New!  Winemaker Dinner in the Kitchen – featuring Baker & Brain Wines

Days of Wine and Roses, a journey through Persia

Friday, May 26

7:00 pm                                  

$140

Travel with us to the land of rose petals, saffron and honey. Where the mosaic of the people and their culinary influences have stretched from Greece in the west and as far as India to the east. We will taste our way through PERSIA the flavors of which were entirely inspired by the Baker & Brain wines we tasted.  In fact, we had a totally different theme and menu in mind for this dinner.  But these wines were all so elegant that they demanded a more refined, yet exotic, menu.  

Baker & Brain is one of our all-time favorite wine makers.  Their philosophy of letting the wine be made out in the vineyard, over the magic of the blending and processing in the cellar, has resulted in some truly exceptional bottlings. Matt & Melanie Brain will be here, pouring their wines and sharing the story of the Baker & Brain project.

Join us in our cozy teaching kitchen and watch as your dinner is prepared right in front of you. 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. 

  • Hot Bread and Eggplant just off the grill  
  • Stuffed Dates
  • Warm Saffron Hummus with Minced Lamb and Fresh Mint

Wine: Baker & Brain 2015 Chalone Vineyard Chenin Blanc

  • Stuffed Rainbow Trout bathed in Pomegranate and Coriander over fresh Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions and Arugula

Wine: Baker & Brain 2014 Stolo Vineyard Pinot Noir 

  • Grilled Rack of Lamb
  • Treasure Chest of Persian Rice scented with Lime, Barberries, Herbs and Cardamom.

Wine: Baker & Brain 2014 Le Mistral Syrah

  • Rose Petal and Pistachio filled Baklava dripping in Saffron Honey

Wine: Baker & Brain 2013 Le Mistral Grenache

 

Tasting:   Salami Fest 2

New Date!     Tuesday, June 13                                                       

6:30 to 7:30 pm                                 

$25

We’ve added a new date by popular demand!  We are offering this tasting again because we had such a long waiting list.  So, this is your chance!  Join us for a major taste of some of our most favorite Salamis.  Learn how and where it’s made, the various quality standards and what makes each special. From Molinari to Levoni and Rovignati we will suffer through them all!   Wine available for purchase.

 

Class:  Escape to Northern Italy                                                                                  

6 Seats Left!  Tuesday, June 6                                            

Sold Out!  Tuesday, July 18                                            

6:30 to 8:30                                                   

$75 

Pack your taste buds. We will visit three different dishes from one of the most delicious parts of the world. In northern Italy, the rich cow’s milk cheeses are served with wild mushrooms and truffles. Risotto often replaces pasta and it’s all paired with some of the finest wines in Italy. Class includes recipes, instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Beef Carpaccio
  • Grilled Forest Mushrooms with caramelized Taleggio Cheese over Bitter Greens
  • Risotto Verde – Rich & creamy, balanced with heaps of arugula and freshly shucked peas

 

Class:  Do the Poke Poke with Us             

Thursday, July 6                                            

6:30 to 8:30                                                   

$70

Join us for this fun class and learn to create delicious meals at home using flavors and combinations from your favorite Poke and Sushi restaurants. As always, we  pay tribute to tradition while mixing it up with new flavors and variations. Poke began with fishermen seasoning the cut-offs from their catch to serve as a snack. Traditional poke seasonings have been heavily influenced by and Japanese and other Asian cuisines. Other variations of poke may include octopus and or other types of raw tuna, raw salmon and various kinds of shellfish. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine!  Not appropriate for vegetarians or guests that cannot eat shellfish.

 

Class:  Luncheon Chez-Nous                                             

1 Seat Left!  Tuesday, July 11                                            

6:30 to 8:30                                                   

$75

Make your reservation for lunch with the ladies! This fabulous array of items are  perfect for brunch, lunch or early dinner. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting & a glass of wine.

  • Salmon Puffs – Rich Creamy Salmon Mousse in Puff Pastry
  • Stacked Tomato, Fresh Buffula Mozzarella and Butter Lettuce Salad bathed in Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Rich Artichoke Gratin

 

Class:  Fish Techniques – Vietnamese Style                       

New!           Wednesday, July 12

Sold Out!  Thursday, July 13                                          

6:30 to 9:00                                                   

$80

Three incredible dishes! These Vietnamese flavors make everything fresh and interesting.  Join us for this delicious and informative look at preparing fish with flare! Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Crispy Coconut Shrimp Cakes
  • Mussels in savory Red curry
  • Black Cod in Banana Leaves with Lime and Chilies served with Jasmine Rice

 

Class:  The Warm Exotic Flavors of India

Tuesday, July 25                                            

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                             

$75

Repeated by popular demand.  This class (with this same menu) was offered 3 nights in a row in April. There was such a long waiting list for it that we have slotted it again the first chance we got … July! Join us for this exciting exploration of the cuisine of this warm exotic destination.

  • Pappadoms with Chili Garlic Pickled Vegetables and Chutneys
  • Rich Coconut Curried Vegetables
  • Spinach and Chickpeas Stew
  • Spiced Elonga Basmati Rice
  • Our own Naan Bread hot off the grill!

 

 

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.”