LALA's Jam Bar and Urban Farmstand, cooking teacher

LALA's Jam Bar and Urban Farmstand

LALA's Jam Bar and Urban Farmstand

location_on Petaluma, Wine Country (Bay Area)

local_activity classes: Cooking

5.0 (7)

Meet LALA!

In 2014, I needed to do something new. As a child, my Scottish grandmother had taught me to make jam, and I'd continued making jams for friends and family as an adult. "Why not start a little jam business?" I thought. Why not, indeed. The State of California had started a new program - Cottage Food Operators - where certain foods could be prepared in home kitchens and sold to the general public. Mountains of paperwork later, I set up a card table in my front yard and sold my jams to neighbors passing by. In 2015, I expanded into my garage. Another year went by with many mistakes and bumps as I began the wholesale road. Business improved and my husband and I bought a 1930's cottage and remodeled it into a commercial kitchen and retail store.





Cassandra Walker Jul 2023

We had a great afternoon making. Leslie is an excellent teacher and takes you through the process with ease. We had tried making jam at home, but Leslie showed us many tips for perfecting our jam making. We also learned about different types of jam and adding herbs and other flavors. We would highly recommend this class for the novice or person that wants to improve their jam making.

Isabella Meyer Feb 2023

A wonderful afternoon spent with Lala. When we arrived, everything was prepped, so that we could start jam making right away. She was great to talk with during the jam making process & very knowledgeable.

Left the class feeling confident to try it out on our own, 1 jar of jam, a tub of strawberry foam (leftover discard from jam process), apron, and the recipe.

We especially enjoyed the zero waste approach and minimal ingredients.

We cannot wait to try it out! Thank you Lala!

Homemade Jam Workshop review by Isabella Meyer - Wine Country (Bay Area)

Mary Robledo Oct 2022

Loved this class! Leslie is a wonderful teacher, she was very welcoming and knowledgeable. By the end of the class I was confident and excited to make delicious jam on my own. I definitely recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn how to make jam. Thank you Leslie for sharing your pearls of jam knowledge

Saskia Mallach Oct 2022

Fun class, very informative and easy to follow. Great setting with an instructor who takes cleanliness very seriously. Feeling confident in tackling jamming at home now! Thank you.

Kevin Cracraft May 2022

This class was terrific fun! Leslie's (Lala) kitchen was quite big and roomy for the three of us (my daughter and I and Leslie). She couldn't make it any easier to learn how to make jam - fruit was prepped, and all of the utensils and glassware we would need were ready to go. Leslie is really good at explaining what to do, and letting you do it, but being there as a friendly "safety net" in case anything goes astray. And the strawberry jam we made was delicious! Highly recommended.

Diane Frankle May 2022

this was so much fun and so informative! Lala just gives and gives of her time and knowledge and products. We made the best jam ever, learned how to adapt the recipe to make others, learned the why's of what to do and what not to do. the venue was her beautiful kitchen which was immaculate and it was just a wonderful morning.

Natalie Chu Jan 2022

Our jam master-educator was pleasant to be around and very thorough in teaching her craft. She allowed us, the students, to demo her detailed jam making process. The class size of pupils was small and the kitchen was a legit commercial kitchen, which was sparkling clean. Supplies and equipment were set up in advance, like an assembly line, so not too much time wasted. You’ll just have to see and taste for yourself. We left with a recipe, an apron, and a strawberry jam which will have a 2 year shelf life.

Cooking class review by Natalie Chu - Wine Country (Bay Area)

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