Italian Cooking Class: Rustic Meatball Supper

Learn how to cook a trio of delicious dishes at this fun class

3 hours Class size 1 to 15 (public classes), 4 to 14 label $135

Looking for fun foodie things to do in San Francisco? Experience the delicious tastes and flavors of Italian cuisine and prepare a beautiful three-course meal at this hands-on cooking class!

Learn from a seasoned chef, James, who'll show you how to create mouth-watering meatballs and a phenomenal multi-course meal from scratch using only the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Sample menu: (subject to change due to seasonality and availability)

  • Spanish olives with anchovies, a selection of artisan cheeses, and acme olive bread.
  • Seasonal green salad.
  • Meatballs slow-cooked in tomato ragu over bucatini pasta.
  • La quesada with local berries.

Great for cute date ideas or casual team building activities, at the end of this interactive class, sit down to enjoy your handmade, classic Italian dishes with a wine or beer. It'll be just like being at Nonna's house for dinner!

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 4 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
  • All ingredients and equipment needed for the class.
  • Your delicious Italian feast!
What to bring
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
Suitable for

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

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mom, anniversary gift or birthday gift.

Cook With James is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


1373 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94117

Your teacher
Cook With James
Cook With James

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James grew up on a 50 acre horse farm near the Salinas Valley. His great grandfather emigrated from Yugoslavia into the Central Valley and started an apple farm. His grandfather later moved to the very fertile Salinas Valley and started one of the first produce companies. It was called Sun Harvest. My mother raised us mostly on local fruits and vegetables though there was still the occasional cooking “out of a can” given the generation. Canned beets! The one thing we always had was a bowl of fresh fruit, cut up and put into a bowl for us before we went to bed.

James earned a masters in Spanish literature and linguistics through Middlebury College and lived in Spain for two years. He later entered into the technology business and worked at various advertising agencies in San Francisco over a 12 year period. Along the way he started cooking as "therapy" for his corporate day job. CookWithJames was created 15 years ago as an underground supper club. James would prepare multiple course regional Italian and Spanish dinners in his home for guests and friends. James staged at Quince restaurant after they opened in 2004, and has also lived and cooked in both Italy and Spain. After leaving his day job in advertising in 2009 James launched CookWithJames as a full-time business, offering private sit-down dinners as well as cooking class parties for all occasions.

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Pirie Grossman Feb 2023

Chef James was an amazing host & chef! The food was delicious and the ambience of his home was so cosy and intimate. We had a fantastic birthday dinner at his place! No one wanted to leave! We are definitely coming back! What a beautiful gem in the heart of San Francisco ♥️

Italian Cooking Class: Rustic Meatball Supper review by Pirie Grossman - San Francisco
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