Spanish Cooking Class: Cooking and Conversation

Experience tasty Spanish cuisine at this San Francisco cooking class.



3 hours Class size 1 to 15     label $135

Looking for fun things to do in San Francisco? Be transported to Spain for a day with Chef James and learn how to cook a beautiful paella!

Gather your friends or colleagues and try out this exciting cooking class in Chef James' home kitchen. Great for birthday party ideas or team building activities, this interactive class will give you an understanding and deeper appreciation for classic Spanish flavors and ingredients.

On the menu is a series of Spanish tapas, a beautiful paella, a salad, and a dessert. This cooking experience is interactive and during the class Chef James will share his knowledge and recipes so you can recreate everything from the comfort of your own home!

You will participate in creating elements of the meal but some dishes and ingredients will be prepped before the class to save time. Due to the nature of paella this is not a hands-on experience such as pasta making but is highly interactive.

At the end of your Spanish cooking class, sit down and taste your delicious meals. You are more than welcome to bring along your own wine or beer to enjoy throughout the class.

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
Beginner-friendly.
 
What you'll get
  • All ingredients and equipment needed for the class.
  • A delicious Spanish meal to enjoy.
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, Christmas party, birthday or bachelorette party.

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


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

Location

1373 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA

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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Kelly Fitzpatrick Jul 2022


We had a great time with James! The food was delicious, wonderful Spanish wines. Very homey & in a fun part of San Francisco.

Luke Taylor Jun 2022


James was great, very hospitable and welcoming us into his home to cook an amazing meal. Raw ingredients were excellent and led to the best paella I've ever had. I think the class could be improved slightly if the students were able to be more hands on and take the lead cooking with guidance by James, but we still learned a lot and will be trying to make our own paella at home soon. Thank you!
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