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Culinary Workshops

Enjoy fresh tastes of the season and discover culinary tips while perfecting gourmet recipes. Menus available in class description below. Register by 3 p.m. the day before the workshop. Instructor/Chef(s): Christianne Winthrop or Sharon Murphy.

To learn more about the chefs, please read their bios below.

Please click here to view all the culinary workshops and register. $59 (IFAC Member: $51) per workshop.

Summer Grilling

Fire up the grill and get ready to master the art of grilling! Learn to cook some of Bobby Flay's Favorite BOY MEETS GRILL Classics. Register by 3 p.m. the day before the workshop. Menu includes grilled eggplant and pepper salad with cumin-dusted tortilla chips, grilled chicken cobb salad with smoked chili buttermilk dressing and grilled peach/plums with honey-yogurt dressing.

Tu    Aug. 12    6:30–9pm    $59    #141610    Inst: Chef Murphy

Veggie Meal Plan

Vegetarian and Raw, doesn't mean it can't be fun and delicious! Load up on vitamin-rich and healthy raw veggies and discover exactly what fresh flavors mean while learning new techniques, such as spiralizing. Register by 3 p.m. the day before the workshop. Menu includes zucchini pasta with a citrus sauce, beet stuffed dolmades and avocado soup and nutty carob mousse.

Tu    Aug. 26    6:30–9pm    $59    #141611    Inst: Chef Murphy


Say goodbye to delivery and frozen pizzas. Delectable homemade pizza is easier than you think! Explore new and exciting flavor combinations as well as traditional favorites in this hands-on discovery of pizza making! Menu includes pizza dough, classic caesar salad with parmesan crisps, margarita pizzas, arugula, gorgonzola & pear pizza with balsamic reduction and bacon & gruyere pizza with egg.

Tu    Sep. 9    6:30–9pm    $59    #141606    Inst: Chef Winthrop

Spice Up Your Life

Bring the flavors of India straight to your kitchen! Discover the five simple spices that will complete your amazing Indian Dishes while learning what makes these spices so special. Menu includes spicy seared shrimp, chickpea curry with fresh dill leaves, crunchy cucumber salad with crushed peanuts, cardamom nankaties and chai tea.

Tu    Sep. 16    6:30–9pm    $59    #141612    Inst: Chef Murphy

Fall Soups & Sides

Warm up the cool breezes of fall with mouthwatering sweet and savory soups. Ditch the canned soups and discover just how easy it is to create amazing soups from scratch! Menu includes wild mushroom bisque, parmesan risotto, roasted butternut squash salad with cranberries & candied walnuts and shaved brussels sprouts with caramelized shallots & pancetta.

Tu    Sep. 23    6:30pm-9pm    $59    #141608    Inst: Chef Winthrop


French Bakery Trio

Bonjour! Learn to bake like a true Parisian in these one-day specialized workshops led by Chef Sylvie Roux.
Supply fee: $5 per workshop.  $39 (IFAC Member: $36) per workshop.


W     Sep 3     7pm-9pm     $39     #141624     Inst: Chef Roux

Madeleines & Petit Sable

W     Sep 10     7pm-9pm     $39     #141625     Inst: Chef Roux

Brioche & Special Breads

W     Sep 17     7pm-9pm     $39     #141626     Inst: Chef Roux

Croissants & Pain au Chocolat

W     Sep 24     7pm-9pm     $39     #141627     Inst: Chef Roux

French Seasonal Cooking with Chef Sylvie Roux

Impress your family and friends with amazing dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients and the fabulous flavors of fall! Join Chef Sylvie Roux in creating these seasonal dishes and delight in enjoying the “carte du jour” for lunch afterwards. Register by 3 p.m. the day before the workshop. Inst: Sylvie Roux. Supply fee: $10 per workshop. IFAC Member: $36. Ages 16+.

Th    Aug 21        6pm-9pm            $39        #141628          Inst: Chef Roux

Menu includes: wild mushroom bisque, parmesan risotto, roasted butternut squash salad with cranberries & candied walnuts, shaved brussels sprouts with caramelized shallots & pancetta

Th    Sep 4          10am-1pm           $39        #141629         Inst: Chef Roux

Menu includes: Pissaladiere (a French speciality from Nice; tart with onions), summer salad, apricots tarts

Th    Sep 18        10am-1pm           $39        #141630         Inst: Chef Roux

Menu includes: Petits Farcis Nicois (stuffed vegetables), lentil salad, Chouquettes (pastry puff with sugar)

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More information about the instructors:

Christianne Winthrop is a Los Angeles area-based freelance food, health and parenting writer, recipe developer, culinary instructor and boutique caterer with writing credits in The Los Angeles Times, SeriousEats.com, CBS Local's "Best of LA" blog, BrainWorld magazine and more. She is a Chef Instructor for the Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in Santa Monica, for Sur La Table in Costa Mesa, and for the Garden School Foundation - a non-profit focused on teaching children about gardening and healthy eating. Christianne has invaluable experience as Healthy Eating Educator at Whole Foods Markets in the LA Westside as she has launched and implemented the "Health Starts Here" programs for customers and employees where she has developed and lead trainings for 650+ employees on nutrition, food allergies, and dairy & sugar alternatives. She has been a Food Stylist on Good Day LA and The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Sharon Murphy, formerly the lead chef instructor at Sur La Table and owner of One Fine Fig, has mastered her skills through formal culinary training and her many world travels. Her formal education includes the Culinary Institute of America, New York, as well as supplemental classes from Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Caroline Caromaya and Chef Marie/Paris. Sharon has cooked for chefs such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Thomas Keller and Ina Garten. She has served as a Sous Chef for Le Giraffe in Santa Monica as well as a Culinary Expert at Williams-Sonoma in Newport Beach for 6 years.