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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:  Do the Poke Poke with Us             

Sold Out!  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                                             

Sold Out!  Tuesday, July 11

5 Seats Left!  Tuesday, August 1                                                

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                       

Sold Out!  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:  Escape to Northern Italy                                                                                                             

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

 

 

New!  Dinner in the Kitchen: Avventura Verso il Nord Italia!

Friday, July 21                                                           

7:00 pm                                              

$140

We can’t get enough of everything Italian and have devised a spectacular summer menu, which will be an adventure through Northern Italy, that is sure to appeal.  We will pair the dishes with some fabulous wines from northern Italy that we will bring in especially for this event.  Jim Knight, of The Henry Wine Group, will be on hand to tell us about the wineries and their wines.  So, join us in our teaching kitchen for dinner at the ultimate chef’s table. Watch and socialize as your meal 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.  Menu:

  • Lemony Artichokes and Delicate White Anchovy in Frico (crispy fried Asiago Cheese)

Wine:  Majolini Brut Franciacorte

  • Smoked Trout over Radicchio di Treviso with grated Duck Egg and Velvety Pink Peppercorn Vinaigrette

Wine:  Terlano Pinot Grigio

  • Velvety Wild Mushroom Gnocchi in Cream scented with Fresh Thyme

Wine:  Barbaresco Nebbiolo di Langhe

  • Veal Served Two Ways

   Succulent Veal Cannelloni with Béchamel

   Veal Milanese with Savory Baby Tomatoes

Wine:  Alanera Rosso Veronese

  • Gelato, Cookies & Coffee

 

Class:  The Warm Exotic Flavors of India

Sold Out!  Tuesday, July 25 

Sold Out!  Wednesday, July 26                                            

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!

 

Class:  Escape to Northern Italy                                                                                         

Sold Out!   Thursday, July 27                                  

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:  Chez-Nous  ~ Paris!                                            

2 Seats Left!  Tuesday, August 1                                                

6:30 to 8:30                                                   

$75

Book your ticket today! We’re traveling first class to Paris for a FAB menu of Parisian classics.   Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Learn to wrap delicious French Pate in rich Puff Pastry – baked until crisp, golden and fabulous!
  • Silky composed salad of Baby Vegetables and Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Lobster Bisque

 

New!  MacRostie Winemaker Dinner in the Kitchen:  Pork n’ Pinot? Wine Not!

Friday, August 4                                                         7:00 pm                                               $145

We are so excited partner with MacRostie Winery for this decadent dinner! Based in the heart of the Russian River Valley, MacRostie is cultivating some pretty incredible grapes and has a state of the art operation designed especially for the fermentation of small batch Pinot Noir. Their Chardonnays are pretty darned tasty too!  Kim Ilsley will be here to represent the winery and tell you all about the wines we will pour.  Kristina has come up with a playful, pork-centric menu for this particular dinner so come prepared to feast!  Join us in our teaching kitchen for dinner at the ultimate chef’s table. Watch and socialize as your meal 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. 

Menu:

  • Caramelized Pineapple fresh off the grill paired with
  • Rich Goat cheese Crostini and Spit roasted Italian Porchetta.

Side by Side Chardonnays         

MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

MacRostie Russian River Chardonnay

  • Butter Lettuce, Heirloom Tomatoes, Crispy Applewood Bacon with Velvety Pinot Noir Vinaigrette and Crazy Buttery Croutons.

MacRostie Russian River Pinot Noir

  • Rich Charcuterie Three ways – Ungherese, Calabrese and Pate en Croute served with Cornichon, Dijon and Caramelized Onions sautéed in a little Bacon Fat

MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

  • Suckling Pig served with a Bright Flavorful Red Current compote. Corned Beef and Potato Hash with Sweet Corn and Summer Squash Sauté

MacRostie Wild Cat Mountain Pinot Noir

  • Dried Apricot Pie and Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream

 

Class:  Flavors of Thailand                     

2 Seats Left!  Tuesday, August 8                           6:30 to 9:00 pm                      $85

2 Seats Left!  Wednesday, August 9                    6:30 to 9:00 pm                      $85

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! In this class, we will use live fire to create delicious juicy chicken and add char to the coconut cream marinated corn on the cob. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu and a glass of wine.

  • Khao Phot Ping – Grilled Coconut Corn on the Cob
  • Kai Yaang – Whole Marinated, Smoked/Roasted Thai Chicken
  • Crunchy Herb Salad with easy Thai Vinaigrette

 

Summertime & the Cookin’ is Easy!    

Tuesday, August 15                                                  

6:30 to 8:30 pm                                 

$75

Join us for this fun class and learn to create 3 delicious new dishes for summertime entertaining. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine!

  • Grilled Stone Fruit Salad with Saffron Honey Vinaigrette
  • Juicy bone-in Pork Chops grilled and served over Summer Corn and
  • Potato Smash with Buttery sautéed Spinach &  plenty of Caramelized Onions

 

South of the Border “Down Mexico Way”                          

Sold Out!  Tuesday, August 22  

Sold Out!  Wednesday, August 23    

New Date!  Thursday, August 24                                                       

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                 

$80

We are heading south! Just to the other side of the Rio Grande. Perfect for summer, this class will pay tribute to our most favorite of all foods – Mexican! Learn tips and techniques to create real layers of flavor. Slow cooking, roasting fresh and dried chilies, when and how to use a Molcajete y Tejolote and of course were to get authentic ingredients. Class includes recipes, instruction, menu tasting and a glass of cerveza or wine.

  • Delicious Guacamole and easy homemade chips
  • Tender chunks of Beef Simmered in Rich Red Chili Sauce
  • Chili Rellenos Stuffed with Queso Chihuahua and Beans

 

Fish Techniques – Italian Style            

Tuesday, August 29                                                  

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                

$80

Learn to make three incredible dishes! These Italian flavors will have you choosing fish for more than just special occasions.  Join us for this delicious and informative look at preparing fish with flare.  Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Sausage Stuffed Clams in Zesty Seafood Broth
  • Grilled Tuna with Garlicky Jalapeno-Arugula Pesto
  • Stuffed & Roasted Whole Fish with Baby Tomatoes, Herbs, Olives, and (don’t forget!) the wine!

 

 

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.”