Couples Cooking Class: a Night in Florence

Make an amazing meal inspired by the city of Florence with this Italian cooking class in Berkeley.


Chef Mat Wertleib
Kitchen on Fire

Kitchen on Fire

4.7 stars (52+)
5.0 (2)

3 hours Class size 1 to 15 (public classes), 10 to 100 label $145

Florence Italy, or Firenze to its natives, is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Now couples can get in the mood for lovely food with this cooking class in Berkeley.

The capital city of the Tuscany region, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is world-renowned for its food and culture. Drawing on the freshest produce and cattle this beautiful region has to offer, the culinary tradition of Florence is vast and impressive.

Join Chef Mat Wertlieb as he takes you on a tour of his favorite dishes and teaches you how to dine like the Medici for a night.

You will learn how to make:
- Panzanella, tomato conserva, capers, basil, and pickled shallot
- Broccoli Rabe, chili, anchovy, garlic
- Pork Sugo with fresh-cut paperdelle, sage, rosemary, chili
- Bistecca Fiorentina, porterhouse steak char-grilled over wild arugula
- Buttermilk pana cotta, vanilla bean, fresh fruit
- Affogato corretto, espresso drawn over gelato

Each class will begin with a lecture from the chef about the day’s theme and recipes. After this introduction, the group will break up into smaller teams, and start working on the recipes in the class menu. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and interact with Chef Mat.

Anyone looking for couples cooking lessons will appreciate this hands-on workshop and the delicious dinner you prepare with expert guidance.

Please Note

  • All in-person classes will be limited to 10 students until further notice
  • Masks must be worn at all times, except while eating at the table.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required and reviewed by the chef prior to entry into the kitchen.
  • COVID protocols are subject to change to reflect local and state mandates.
  • A snack will be served at the beginning of class and you will eat the dishes you make at the end of class. Unfortunately, our zoning permit does not allow students to take food home.
  • If you think you might be allergic to anything on the menu, please get in touch prior to your class.



Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get
All of the ingredients and use of kitchen tools to make your recipes.
 
What to bring
  • Close-toed shoes are mandatory. High heels, open-toed shoes, sandals, flip flops are not allowed in the kitchen.
  • Shoulder-length hair or longer needs to be worn back and away from your face; we have plenty of hair ties in the kitchen for you to use and keep.
  • Feel free to bring a favorite apron or a knife you want to practice with but know that we will supply aprons and all the tools you need for use during class.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, bachelorette party or bachelor party.

This would also be a unique gift for her or gift for mom.


Chef Mat Wertleib (your teacher) is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Location

Kitchen On Fire - 6506 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608

Your teacher
Chef Mat Wertleib

Chef Mat Wertleib


Growing up in a family full of chefs and kosher caterers in New Jersey, Mat Wertlieb has felt at home in a kitchen since childhood. He first fell in love with the unique culinary scene of the Bay Area while working an externship at One Market Restaurant in 2000. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he spent a year and a half in Boston’s busiest restaurant, Grill 23, before the pull of Northern California’s food culture drew him back. He has worked for the past decade at some of the most successful restaurants in San Francisco and Berkeley, including Lark Creek Inn, Farallon, Lalimes, and Gather. Trips to Italy and Israel furthered his exposure and passion for the various cuisines of the world. Chef Mat now works part-time at Gather restaurant when he is not teaching classes with the Kitchen on Fire team.




Your host
Kitchen on Fire
Kitchen on Fire

4.7 stars (52+)
5.0 (2)

Kitchen on Fire offers hands-on cooking experiences in Berkeley and Oakland. Since 2005, Chef Olive and professional chef instructors have been sharing their knowledge and love for cooking through public classes, team-building and corporate wellness events. Lisa Miller teaches classes with a nutrition focus, promoting healthy living through meals made with high-quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods.

With a deep passion for sharing delicious food and life-long dedication to healthy living, co-owners Olivier Said and Lisa Miller can be found in the kitchen or working with students or clients in some capacity every day of the week.

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