Italian Cooking Class: Rustic Potato Gnocchi

Make vegetarian handmade gnocchi in San Francisco.

3 hours Class size 1 to 15     label $135

Your tastebuds will go on a tour of Tuscany as you learn how to cook tantalizing potato gnocchi from Chef James.

Heard that making homemade pasta can be tricky? Not so when you have a skilled chef guiding you every step of the way. Surrounded by other gnocchi newbies, you’ll have all the time in the world to ask questions and join the slow food movement in this cooking class designed for beginners and perfect for couples looking for a romantic date idea.

While you shape and stuff your pasta with goat cheese and herbs, Chef James will treat you to a seasonal antipasti plate and a palette-recharging salad of radicchio and orange. That’s just the beginning of the feast and the fun you’ll have in this flavorful SF activity. Next comes your fresh-from-the-pot ravioli, swimming in a comforting sauce of San Marzano tomatoes, cream, and red pepper, followed by a dessert of cheese and fresh berries.

You’ll walk away with a full belly and all the skills you need to rough it with rustic ravioli at home.

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
Beginners welcome.
What you'll get
  • All ingredients provided.
  • Some antipasti to warm up your stomach and dessert to finish the class.
  • Your handmade raviloi
What to bring
  • Please wear closed-in shoes.
  • You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer.
Suitable for

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

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


1373 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94117

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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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David Cohen Jul 2023

We just had a great team building gnocchi making event with Chef James. The whole experience was the perfect tempo to give us time to get to know each other, learn to cook, enjoy a delicious meal, and all in a nice warm environment. Chef James was a great host who was a thoughtful guide throughout the entire event. I'd highly recommend this experience to everyone.

Blanca Woodman Apr 2023

James was great! Lovely evening and really well prepared. Excellent charcuterie, wine, gnocchi lesson itself, and just a great time overall - would highly recommend!

Christina Cowan Jun 2022

We had a wonderful time! James was an amazing host and gave us a night to remember!

Shannon Shelby Jun 2022

Had a great time. Very interactive and informative. Great atmosphere, will definitely sign up for another class.

Italian Cooking Class: Rustic Potato Gnocchi review by Shannon Shelby - San Francisco

Becki Cowan Jun 2022

James was organized, relaxed and knowledgeable. The atmosphere in his home was beautifully appointed and inviting. He let us settle in and began when we were all ready to learn. He shared bits about his journey and passion for Spanish and Italian cooking and was a good listener when one of us wanted to share our own culinary experiences. We got to take turns using our hands to prepare the dough and create the gnocchi. We all enjoyed the entire experience from the delicious charcuterie ready when we arrived to dessert and chocolates after the salads. I would definitely encourage my friends to take these classes

Rajan Ladhwa Jun 2022

Chef James is just amazing! Do yourselves a favor and book this experience. James is an excellent host and we had a ridiculously good time with him. Far and beyond our high expectations!

Thanks James for hosting an incredible team cooking session and dinner!

Michael Langbein Jun 2022

Enjoyed this class a lot and will make much better gnocchi now. Thanks a lot!

Ameya Borwankar Jun 2022

The class was quite educational! James is a great teacher and gracious host. Throughout the class James peppered useful cooking tips and tricks that helped us while cooking gnochi. He has an intimate dining space as well, where we enjoyed all of the food, which didn't take long because it was so delicious!

Italian Cooking Class: Rustic Potato Gnocchi review by Ameya Borwankar - San Francisco

Lauren Williams Jan 2022

We had a wonderful experience learning how to make gnocchi and preparing and eating a delicious meal with James. We felt right at home when we walked in and were greeted with a lovely appetizer spread. James was a delight to talk with, and we enjoyed his company and learning about the food we were making. He had a lot of interesting knowledge to share. We will definitely be back to take another class with him in the future and will recommend this to our friends.

Mein Roger Jul 2021

Chef James was amazing, being hosted in his charming home we immediately felt like family. His kitchen was an excellent workspace for our hands on cooking instruction.
Chef James started us off with an variety of appetizers including cheeses, and charcutier board. We brought some wine, and Chef James also provided some wine. Great way to start this adventure into Italian cooking.
Every step of the way in making our main dish of ravioli Chef James guided us. It came our as one of the best meals we have had in a long time, it was extra especial in this stetting. We really enjoyed our evening and we highly recommend this experience. I am sure we will return to try another dinner with Chef James.

Italian Cooking Class: Rustic Potato Gnocchi review by Mein Roger - San Francisco

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