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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.

 

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.

Cancellation policy: If you cannot attend the class you have registered for we will gladly reschedule you for another class in the future, if you call at least 3 days in advance.  If you cannot be rescheduled another class, we will refund your fee. Less than 3 days notice will result in loss of your class fee unless your seat can be filled by another student.   If Stone Creek Kitchen must cancel a class, you may elect to take another class in the future or obtain a refund, whichever you prefer.

 

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.

 

EVENT  SCHEDULE 

Our cooking classes, dinner parties and tasting events sell out very quickly.  Put 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.

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! 

 

 

Winemaker Dinner in the Kitchen ~ Claiborne & Churchill Winery

Friday, July 22         SOLD OUT                                                          

7:00 pm                                                                               

$125

A small family-owned winery, whose 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, are partnering with us for the July Dinner in the Kitchen.  Meet the owners, Claiborne Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson, who will pour their spectacular wines and tells us their fascinating story.  As usual, this will be a casual dinner party held in Stone Creek Kitchen’s teaching kitchen. Enjoy the ultimate “chef’s table” as your dinner is prepared while you watch.  Tables of 8 seat guests communally (so you might sit next to someone you haven’t met yet) or entire tables can be reserved.  

  • Velvety Pork Terrine and Country-Style Pheasant Pate paired with Claiborne & Churchill 2014 Dry Gewürztraminer
  • Rich Scallop & Prawn Thermidor served in the Scallop Shell paired with Claiborne & Churchill 2014 Dry Riesling
  • Swank Farms Red Leaf bathed in Shallot Red Wine Vinaigrette with Goaty Boucheron Cheese on Corn Rye paired with Claiborne & Churchill 2014 Pinot Noir Estate Blend
  • Old World Veal Chop with Wild Mushroom Cream and Spätzle paired with Claiborne & Churchill 2014 Classic Estate Pinot Noir
  • Walnut Cake with Truffled Walnuts in Dark chocolate paired with Claiborne & Churchill’s 2013 PortObisbo

 

Class: Cooking in the Kasbah, a Moroccan Feast   (Offered on 2 nights)    

Tuesday, July 26                     SOLD OUT                           

Wednesday, July 27               SOLD OUT                        

6:30 – 9:00pm                                                

$75

Each month we like to take a journey to North Africa.  Join us for this trip to the land of spice markets and savory Tagines. In this class we will discover authentic ingredients while learning the simple techniques that build such incredible exotic flavors.

  • Harissa, Warm Bread, Stuffed Dates and Olives
  • Fish Tagine with Lemon & Mint
  • Citrus Scented Cous Cous
  • Leafy Greens with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

 

Class: Fish Techniques – The Next Step  (repeat of July 5 class)

Wednesday, August 3       Seats Available                                                                   

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                             

$70

Learn to create show stoppers at home! Roasting and grilling fish are delicious and consistent ways to prepare healthy satisfying seafood at home.  Seafood is a perfect lean protein for creating flavorful soups and stews. Discover tips and tricks to roast, grill and stew your way towards perfectly cooked fish in a flash at home. Class includes instruction, recipes wine and menu tasting.

  • Chorizo Stuffed Clams in Savory Broth
  • Roasted Salmon with Buttery Horseradish Crown over Sautéed Chard
  • Grilled Tuna Steak with sumptuous Chimichurri Sauce

 

Class:  Seriously Tasty Grilling  (offered on 2 nights)

Tuesday, August 2            Seats Available                                              

Thursday, August 4          SOLD OUT                                               

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                                

$80

Learn to grill tender juicy steak and fish like the pro’s! We will talk cuts of meat, cooking temps, wood versus charcoal and so much more. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine. This class is not suitable for vegetarians.

  • Juicy Marinated Stuffed Mushroom
  • Crispy Skinned Salmon Salad with Soft Boiled Egg and Smokey Piquillo Pepper Dressing
  • Wood Grilled Bone-In Rib Eye Steak with Savory Chimichurri

 

Class:  You Say, Tomato … We Say, Delicious!

Tuesday, August 9         SOLD OUT    

Wednesday, August 10    SOLD OUT                                   

6:30 to 8:30 pm                                                                

$70

There is no better time of year for enjoying one of our favorite ingredients. Fresh out of the garden, roasted with herbs and garlic or cooked low and slow into a rich sauce, tomatoes “really great tomatoes” are some of the most versatile and incredible eats there are! We will taste many varieties some old some new. Class includes instruction, menu tasting, recipes and a glass of wine.

  • Cheesy Momotaro Tomato Melt
  • Steak and Tomato Chop Salad with a Gremolata Topping & Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Pappardelle Noodles Sauced in Rich Heirloom Tomato Reduction and Fresh Pesto

 

Winemaker Dinner in the Kitchen ~ Denner Vineyards & Kinero Cellars

Friday, August 12            SOLD OUT                                                 

7:00 pm                                                                               

$125

We are excited to introduce you to Anthony Yount, the winemaker at the acclaimed Denner Vineyards and his own well-respected project, Kinero Cellars, at the August dinner party.  These lovely wines are made down in the Paso Robles AVA and share a richness characteristic of this region and reflect the deft hand of a talented winemaker.  So, prepare to taste 4 or 5 wonderful wines, paired with a seasonally spectacular menu – which is still a work in progress – while learning how they were made from Anthony.  As usual, this will be a casual dinner party held in Stone Creek Kitchen’s teaching kitchen. Enjoy the ultimate “chef’s table” as your dinner is prepared while you watch.  Tables of 8 seat guests communally (so you might sit next to someone you haven’t met yet) or entire tables can be reserved.  

 

Tasting:  Pinxtos, Pinxtos!

Tuesday, August 16     Seats Available                                               

6:30 to 8:30 pm                                                                

$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, Pintxos (pronounced “peen-chos”) are related to tapas and are also ordered individually. The main distinction is that pinxtos are usually ‘spiked,’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread or chili pepper. These delicious, savory, small bites are a perfect way to entertain friends. This is not a cooking class but a super fun Pinxtos and wine tasting event! Learn to create a delicious array of options for your next party. Class includes informative discussion, recipes, wine and menu tasting.

 

Class:  Warm Up with Flavors of Thailand (offered on 2 nights)

Tuesday, August 23             SOLD OUT                                               

Wednesday, August 24      SOLD OUT                                           

6:30 to 8:30 pm                                                                

$70

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 a glass of wine.

  • Tom Kah Kai (Coconut Milk Soup with Chicken)
  • Second Dish – To be determined
  • Banana Leaf wrapped Fish with Coconut Jasmin Rice

 

Class: Crazy Good Vegetarian

Tuesday, September 13     Seats Available                                                       

6:30 – 9:00 pm                                                                  

$65

Create 3 wholesome dishes that are both delicious and unique. Learn to incorporate more nutritious ingredients into every meal while never giving up flavor or satisfaction! This class will include instruction, recipes, menu tasting and glass of wine.

  • Tahini Spinach Dip – healthy, creamy and wonderful!
  • Giant Mushrooms stuffed with Roasted Tomatoes and Squash
  • Curried Cauliflower Cous Cous w/ Mint & Pomegranate Seeds (that’s right cous cous made of Cauliflower!)                                                       

 

Class: Fish Techniques – The Odd Fellas                 

Tuesday, September 20     Seats Available                                                       

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                                

$70

This seafood extravaganza will focus on fish and techniques that most of us don’t prepare on a daily basis. Like the humble cod which does not get much respect. It’s not as sexy as salmon or as trendy as Tuna and yet it’s such a power house of possibilities. Whole fish are often overlooked in the seafood case at the grocery store and that’s a shame they are so easy and delicious. Seafood is a perfect lean protein for creating flavorful show stoppers at home. Learn tips and tricks to roast, grill and stew your way towards perfectly cooked fish in a flash at home. Class includes instruction, recipes, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Buttery Salt Cod and Soft Potato served with Sesame Crouton
  • Pistachio crusted Ling Cod with mint and Pomegranate Molasses
  • Whole, Braised Dorade stuffed with Heirloom Tomatoes & Herbs in a dry Riesling with Cream

 

Class:  Entertaining with Family & Friends – Get Stuffed in the French Countryside

Wednesday, September 21      SOLD OUT                                  

6:30 to 9:00 pm                                                                

$75

Casual entertaining at home with friends can be one of the most rewarding arts to learn. This class focuses on creating formulas that work together time after time. This makes mixing and matching different food from around the world a snap! This class will focus on three distinct formulas taking their inspiration from the French countryside. An over the top menu that won’t make you sweat.

  • Stuffed Scallop with Melty Morbier Cheese and Wild Mushrooms
  • Stuffed Petite Hens with Pearl Onions Cognac and Cream
  • Red leaf Salad with Artichoke and Goat Cheese bathed in Champagne Vinaigrette

 

Class:  Pizza on the Grill                   

Thursday, September 22           Seats Available                   

6:30 – 8:30pm     

$65

Grilled Pizza is a really enjoyable and scrumptious way to entertain! Learn to make dough, sauces and prepare incredible toppings. From traditional style sausage, mushroom with olive to innovative Spiced Lamb with arugula and pickled onion it’s all hot off the grill.  You don’t have to own a fancy pizza oven to make great pizza! This class is packed full of tips and tricks to inspire a lot of delicious fun! From a variety of ways to help your dough rise to getting that perfect crispy bottom crust! Class includes recipes, instruction, 3 pizza menu and wine tasting.

 

 

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.”