Spanish Cooking Class: Cooking and Conversation

Experience tasty Spanish cuisine at this San Francisco cooking class.

Cook With James

Cook With James

4.9 (12)

3 hours Class size 1 to 15     label $135

Looking for food-focused things to do in San Francisco with a group? Discover new taste sensations and fantastic homecooked meals with this Spanish cooking class.

Guided by a talented local chef, James, this culinary experience is the perfect way to spend quality time with family, friends, and work colleagues. You'll watch detailed demonstrations, gain new cooking insights and work with your team to prepare beautiful seafood paella using locally sourced ingredients and your new kitchen skills!

Your friendly teacher will be on hand to provide support and answer any cooking-related questions, letting you relax and focus on enjoying one of the most unique team-building activities around.

At the end of your Spanish cooking experience, you'll get the chance to sit back and socialize with your group as you enjoy your tasty homecooked meal accompanied by a drink of your choice - what better way to spend an evening?

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

  • Spanish olives with anchovies, a selection of artisan cheeses, and acme olive bread.
  • Seasonal salad may include little gem lettuce, orange segments, coarse sea salt, sherry vinegar and olio nuovo.
  • Spanish seafood paella with bomba rice, saffron, prawns, clams, mussels, English peas, piquillo peppers, lemon and garlic aioli.
  • La quesada with local berries.

Knowledge required
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, birthday, bachelorette party or bachelor party.

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

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


1373 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Your teacher
Cook With James
Cook With James

4.9 (12)

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.

More about this class

This teacher has 12 reviews for their other experiences - which you can see here.

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