Making 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 learn alongside classmates as you practice shaping dough and creating a variety of toppings, from creative to favorite combinations. Once you discover how easy and delicious homemade pizza can be, you'll always want to make it yourself!

  • Pizza Dough From Scratch
  • Creative Assorted toppings

7700.21      Saturday      9 am - 12 pm      1/27      Menkes      VHS/Panther Café

Healthy Mediterranean

Registration Fee: $40
In this class you will learn how to create a few lovely and healthy Mediterranean dishes. We will start with herby and tangy lamb skewers. We’ll also create a flavorful quinoa tabbouleh salad and then move onto a harmonizing parfait topped with pistachios. Register for this class today, as it is sure to fill with students quickly!

  • Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Skewers
  • Quinoa Tabouleh Salad
  • Citrus and Yogurt Parfait with Pistachio

7700.24      Saturday      9 am - 12 pm      2/3      Menkes      VHS/Panther Café

French Classical Cuisine

Registration Fee: $40
Cooking these classical French dishes is just a class away. Join us as our instructor walks you through the steps with easy and fun. You will enjoy making and tasting these delicious dishes, and you will simply amaze your dinner guest once you make these recipes at home!

  • Seared Salmon with Tarragon Beurre Blanc
  • Herbed Chevre Souffle

7700.28      Saturday      9 am - 12 pm      2/10      Menkes      VHS/Panther Café

Thailand Favorites

Registration Fee: $40
In this hands-on class we will learn to combine authentic Thai ingredients to create exciting and unusual flavors of these 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!

  • Classic Pad Thai
  • Bananas Flambe with Coconut Ice Cream

7700.27      Saturday      9 am - 12 pm      3/3      Menkes      VHS/Panther Café

Saturday Cooking Classes

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

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership
Education to Career Network

Italian Desserts Workshop

Registration Fee: $40
Classic Italian desserts are always a great addition to any menu. Enjoy a sweet trip to Italy and learn some fun new recipes. You’re sure to impress your family and friends when you get home!

  • Nutella Lava Cake with Brandy Cream
  • Butterscotch Budino

7700.12     Saturday     9 am - 12 pm     12/2     Menkes     VHS/Panther Café

Baking for the Holidays- Amazing Cookies

Registration Fee: $40
Just in time for the holidays! Join us in this fun and educational cookie making class. Each student will take home an assortment of impressive cookies to share with friends.

  • Holiday Cut Outs
  • Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

7700.06     Saturday     9 am - 12 pm     12/16     Menkes     VHS/Panther Café