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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                                      

 

South of the Border “Down Mexico Way”                          

Sold Out!  Tuesday, August 22  

Sold Out!  Wednesday, August 23    

Sold Out!  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            

1 Seat Left!  Tuesday, August 29

2 Seats Left!  Thursday, August 31                                                  

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!

 

Class:  The Beloved Tomato                                         

SOLD OUT!  Tuesday, September 5                           

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                          

$75

Tis the season! Let’s celebrate everything tomato. From fresh off the vine to roasted and slow cooked in rich meaty sauces. Yes, the end of summer is truly tomato season but….autumn is when we crave comfort food and there is nothing better than silky pasta bathed in rich tomato gravy.  Class includes recipes, instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine. Class not suitable for vegetarians.

  • Succulent Halibut/Cod Cakes in spiced Saffron and Tomato Sauce with Charred Lemon
  • Pappardelle bathed in Rich Meat Gravy made with Short Rib, Beef Shank & Fire Roasted Tomatoes

 

Dinner in the Kitchen: The Real Sierra Nevada – the High-Altitude Vineyards of Spain!

3 Seats Left!   Friday, September 8                               

7:00 pm                                                       

$135

We recently had the great pleasure of tasting wine from the high altitude vineyards of Spain and were so totally inspired that we decided to build a fantastic feast around these fabulous wines.  We will have wine experts, Jason Moore and Mike Welch on hand to tell you about the wines, the vineyards, the winemakers.  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. 

The menu:

  • Welcome Swallow:  Mont Marcal Cava Brut Rosado 2015
  • Hamachi Pintxo bathed in Spanish Espelt de Mostcatell Vinaigrette topped with Green Onion and Smoked Trout Roe.  Wine:  MartinSancho Verdejo 2016
  • Whole Trout Stuffed with end-of-season Farmer Tomatoes and Soft Caramelized Onions wrapped in Grape vine Leaves and served with housemade Romesco Sauce and Charred Lemon.  Wine:  Diaz Bayo Roble 2016
  • Soft Slow Cooked Pork Empanada in Savory Green Chili wrapped in Flaky Pastry and fried crisp.  Wine:  Pasanau Ceps Nous, Priorat, 2014
  • Spiced with a North African influence and grilled, our rack of Lamb is finished by being nestled down in the most delectable Paella with plenty of the Bomba Spanish Rice, Saffron, and of course Piquillo Peppers. We start with a 4 hour bone broth for this savory Paella cooked over a wood fire.  Wine:  Viña Magna 2011
  • Toro Albalá Cream PX 1987 over Vanilla with Praline Gelato

 

Class:  South of the Border – Down Mexico Way

SOLD OUT!   Tuesday, September 12                         

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                          

$70

Jalisco es México!  Jalisco is one of the most important states in Mexico. Home of Mariachi music, Tequila and so many iconic dishes and traits of Mexican culture. Join us as we honor one of our favorite cuisines. Learn tips and techniques for creating authentic layers of flavor. Class includes instruction, recipes and menu tasting.

  • Homemade Chips with Red Chili and Guacamole
  • Pozole – the Ultimate Celebratory Stew
  • Grilled Prawn Tostadas

 

Class:  Prime Rib 101   

Sold Out!    Thursday, September 13                                                    

Sold Out!    Thursday, September 14                       

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                            

$75

The ultimate in holiday showstoppers! Learn to select the best cuts, trim and “french” your own beef to create a perfect prime rib every time. Be confidant that your holiday centerpiece will be flavorful, tender and juicy.  Class includes recipes, instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine.

  • Prime Rib
  • Rich Red Wine Gravy
  • Zesty Horseradish Cream
  • Potato Gratin

 

Class:  Tamale! Tamale! Tamale!         

1 Seat Left!  Tuesday, September 19                          

1 Seat Left!  Wednesday, September 20                   

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                          

$70

Learn the art of making your own MASA. Rich, moist masa is the key to all things tamale. With a delicious masa, the filing plays second fiddle. Our masa is chucked full of fresh corn and rich bone broth. Whether you stuff banana leaves or corn husks, with roasted pumpkin or soft chunks of red chili pork, you will never be satisfied with frozen store-bought tamales again! Class includes recipes, instruction, menu tasting and a glass of wine. Not suitable for vegetarians.

 

New!  Class:  Crazy Good Holiday … Just for Starters!     

Friday, October 20                                  

6:30 – 8:30 pm                                          

$75

Learn to create real holiday showstoppers. These small bites are big on flavor and presentation. Join us for this fun class including recipes, instruction, menu tasting and wine pairing.  Suitable for vegetarians.

  • Curried Sweet Potato Cakes with Spicy Harissa Yogurt
  • Italian Style “Torta” – Rich layers of Tomato, Pistachio Pesto & Goat Cheese
  • Garlicky Kale and Cambazola Cheese in Crisp Fillo Dough

 

New!  Class:  Thanksgiving in Paris

Tuesday, October 24                              

Wednesday, October 25                                   

6:00 – 9:00pm                                           

$90

Take your holiday on a holiday!  Imagine the incredible aromas wafting from your kitchen while you sip your Champagne Cocktail. This class will teach you tips and tricks that will wow your family and friends while never breaking a sweat. Class includes recipes, instruction, menu tasting and champagne!  Not suitable for vegetarians.

  • The French Cheese Plate
  • Moules in Curried Pumpkin Cream (French Style Mussels)
  • Petite Salad of Baby Greens with Herbs, Dried Cranberries bathed in a Shallot Walnut Vinaigrette
  • Roast Turkey Galantine with Truffled Pork Stuffing & Cognac Gravy

 

 

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.”