Classes and Events

August – September 2014

Aug
3
Sun
Marriage of Food & Wine, CIA at Greystone @ The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.

Aug
6
Wed
Tahoe Cooks @ Tahoe Cooks
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

TAHOE LUNCH & LEARN CLASSES

​Donna Nordin, former Co‐Owner & Executive Chef of Café Terra Cotta and Chef Joyce Jue offer a series of 3-day international culinary cooking classes in Lake Tahoe.  This program includes 3 demonstration cooking classes with recipes, followed by a complete meal with wine or beer. Special guest Jonn Ash will be teaching one of the classes!

Aug
15
Fri
Dry Creek Peach Dinner in the Orchard with Relish Culinary Adventures @ Relish Culinary School
Aug 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our annual dinner at Dry Creek Peach is definitely a yearly highlight – this is our eighth year in the orchard! Words just can’t express the beauty of the peach orchard at the peak of season, the cold, sweet taste of White Peach Bellinis on a hot summer evening, the warmth and passion of farmers Gayle and Brian Sullivan as they lead a tour of their organic farm, and the engaging charm of chef John Ash as he orchestrates the cooking and dining experience.  Chef John has created an amazing menu for our dinner, weaving Dry Creek Peaches throughout the entire savory and sweet four-course menu.

We’ll enjoy our sumptuous peach dinner with wonderful J.Rickards wines.

Aug
16
Sat
Harvest of the Heart- Ceres Community Project @ Ceres Community Project, Sebastopol, CA
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us in the Ceres Community Garden for an evening of food prepared by a gathering of the finest chefs in Sonoma County served with some of the finest wines in the world. All served in the Ceres way—with warmth, generosity, and abundance of spirit! You’ll not only enjoy yourself thoroughly—you’ll also help raise funds to support Ceres’ clients and teens!
You’ll begin your evening with a garden reception featuring an assortment of food, wine and cider pairings, and a Ceres Smoothie Bar. Some of the finest local chefs—including Daniel Kedan of Backyard Restaurant and Nezar Jabbar of Whole Foods Market Sebastopol–will join with our teens to delight your taste buds. Bid on an exceptional selection of silent auction items including gift certificates to some of the finest restaurants in Sonoma and the Bay Area, unique adventures and outings, and guest stays at fabulous locations near and far.
Then, stroll to our outdoor pavilion for a multi-course dinner prepared by renowned chefs John Ash and Barbara Hom and the Ceres Teen Chefs and paired with illustrious Sonoma County wines. You’ll hear inspiring stories from Ceres clients and teens. Our live auction will tempt you with an array of outstanding must-haves. A scrumptious dessert buffet with confections from local pastry chefs will conclude the evening.
Harvest of the Heart is our most important fundraising event of the year. Our goal is to raise $175,000 to nourish local families facing a serious illness, and teach teens about growing, cooking and enjoying healthy whole foods as they discover their power to make a difference in our community.

Aug
19
Tue
3-day Culinary Adventure with Relish Culinary Adventures @ Relish Culinary Adventures
Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day
Sep
5
Fri
Dry Creek Peach Dinner in the Orchard with Relish Culinary Adventures @ Relish Culinary Adventures
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our annual dinner at Dry Creek Peach is definitely a yearly highlight – this is our eighth year in the orchard! Words just can’t express the beauty of the peach orchard at the peak of season, the cold, sweet taste of White Peach Bellinis on a hot summer evening, the warmth and passion of farmers Gayle and Brian Sullivan as they lead a tour of their organic farm, and the engaging charm of chef John Ash as he orchestrates the cooking and dining experience.  Chef John has created an amazing menu for our dinner, weaving Dry Creek Peaches throughout the entire savory and sweet four-course menu.

We’ll enjoy our sumptuous peach dinner with wonderful J.Rickards wines.

Sep
7
Sun
The Marriage of Food and Wine @ The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Sep 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.

Instructor bio: John Ash is an instructor for the CIA at Greystone’s Sophisticated Palate™ program, the founder of John Ash & Company, and the longtime culinary director for Fetzer Vineyards. His newest venture is Sauvignon Republic Cellars, which specializes in Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. Chef Ash received a James Beard Award for John Ash Cooking One on One: Private Lessons in Simple, Contemporary Food from a Master Teacher.

Sep
18
Thu
DO USA 2014 @ Campovida
Sep 18 – Sep 21 all-day

Once a year we gather a small number of outstanding human beings to share their story with you in a barn, in a rustic farming community 90 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our hope is that the stories and conversations allow you to observe and reflect in a way that invites new possibility.

Doing starts with being. We firmly believe this. We also believe that trust breeds magic and curiosity trumps judgement. DO USA is about embracing uncertainty, quieting your cleverness, supporting vulnerability and living empathy.

You’ll laugh hard and you’ll probably shed a tear. You’ll hug, you’ll dance, you’ll gaze at the stars and promise yourself you’ll do this more often.

You’ll dream big, you’ll walk barefoot in the grass. You’ll breath deeply and you’ll sit still and wonder. You’ll need to zip your sleeping bag all the way to the top and you’ll need coffee, because there are moments you don’t want to miss…they could change your life forever.

It’s a small event, we’ll be romancing 100 amazing individuals. There are no name tags, everyone is equal. You’ll eat and drink fresh local organic food and wine grown on site, your senses won’t know what hit them.

 

Sep
27
Sat
Culinary Birds with Chef John Ash @ The Fork- Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Culinary-Super-Star Chef John Ash will be cooking up amazing recipes from his brand new cookbook, Culinary Birds.  The book, published in late 2013, was recently nominated for a prestigious James Beard award.  This special event will include a walking tour of the farm, a focused cheese tasting and Chef John demonstrating 4 outstanding recipes from the book that will be served up for a delicious lunch.  Retail Sales and Book Signing will complete the delicious and fun-filled day.