San Diego Workforce Partnership

Fall Session begins August 21, 2017

Never Stop Learning

Education to Career Network

French Crêpes
Registration Fee: $40
The classic French street food, crêpes make a delicious meal any time of day. In this fun, hands-on class, you'll learn secrets for creating wonderful savory crêpes. Our instructor will walk you through the steps for everything from mixing batter to cooking and flipping perfectly thin crêpes. You'll enjoy working alongside classmates as we practice filling, folding and tasting our delicious creations. Once you master a few essentials, you'll look forward to impressing family and friends with your own flavorful variations.

  • Buckwheat Crepes with Spinach and Mushrooms

  • Mornay Sauce

  • Crepes Suzette

7700.20        Saturday        9 am - 12 pm      4/8        Menkes        VHS/Panther Café

Pizza from Scratch 
Registration Fee: $40
Impress your friends with your own fresh-from-the-oven homemade pies. In this fun, hands-on class, our instructor will walk you through the steps of working with yeast and preparing dough from scratch. You’ll laugh and learn alongside classmates as you practice shaping dough and creating a variety of toppings, from classic to seasonal flavor combinations. Once you discover how easy and delicious homemade pizza can be , you’ll want to make your own.

  • Classic Margherita with Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato

  • Italian Sausage Pizza with Caramelized Onions

7700.21        Saturday        9 am - 12 pm        4/22        Menkes       VHS/Panther Café

Fundamental Knife Skills 
Registration Fee: $40
Become acquainted and adept with the most classic and important of chef's tools, and your time in the kitchen will be transformed. In this hands-on class, you'll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts—mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne. Plus, our instructor will teach you a few advanced techniques and offer tips for keeping all your knives maintained and sharp. You'll use these knife skills every time you cook, so this class is very essential.

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

7700.09        Saturday        9 am - 12 pm        5/13        Menkes       VHS/Panther Café​

Saturday Cooking Classes

Want to expand your cooking repertoire?  Join us for a fun Saturday Cooking class.  Our chef instructors will show you how you can easily become a chef in your own home.  

Interested in a more advanced, technical series of courses?  Check out our Culinary Arts Program through our Career Technical Education.  

Teacher Bio

Chef Emily Menkes


Chef Emily Menkes has enjoyed a career that has spanned over 25 years and is a graduate from California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She worked in some of the city’s finest hotels and restaurants in San Francisco, San Diego and even participated in an apprenticeship at the famed Ristorante La Mora in Tuscany, Italy. Currently, she is involved in teaching private cooking classes, is chef–owner of a catering business, and does culinary consulting for restaurant owners.

Cooking Classes