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Essential 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, bayonet and julienne. Plus, our instructor will offer tips for maintaining and sharpening your knives. You will use these knife skills every time you cook so this class is very essential.

  • Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup
  • Ginger Butternut Squash and Pear Soup


7700.26    Saturday    9 am - 12 pm    10/7    Menkes    VHS/Panther Café



Thailand Favorites


Registration Fee: $40
In this hands -on class we will learn to combine authentic Thai ingredients to create the exciting and unusual flavors of these classic Thai dishes. With the techniques you will learn such as cooking in a wok, simmering, and searing, these delicious dishes will be simple to prepare at home. Join us for a fun, educational, and tasty experience.

  • Green Papaya Salad
  • Tom Kha Gai :Thai Coconut Soup
  • Pad Kee Mao : Thai Drunken Noodles with Chicken


7700.27    Saturday    9 am - 12 pm    10/14    Menkes    VHS/Panther Café

Cooking from Mykonos Island


Registration Fee: $40
Join us for a culinary adventure in Greece. In this class we will be learning the art of Greek cooking. Our instructor will show you techniques for grilling, sautéing, and making dessert. Enjoy learning new flavor combinations to bring the taste of Greece to your home.

  • Grilled Chicken Kebobs with Peppers and Onions
  • Tzatziki: Cucumber - Mint Sauce
  • Rice Pilaf with Capers, Dill, and Feta Cheese § Greek Fresh Fig Tart


7700.22    Saturday    9 am - 12 pm    9/16    Menkes    VHS/Panther Café



Stuffed Pasta from Scratch


Registration Fee: $40
Making fresh pasta from scratch at home will be a cinch after you attend this class and learn to create the dough, roll it, shape it, stuff, sauce it! This class will cover the basics of fillings and sauces for our handmade pasta. Our instructor will share tips for success every time. As always we enjoy tasting our creations when ready! Recipes are included for you to take home.

  • Cheese Tortellini with Fresh Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
  • Lemon- Herb Sauce
  • Ravioli Florentine with Spinach, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese


7700.25    Saturday    9 am - 12 pm    9/30    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