Classes and Events

September 2013 – September 2014

Sep
28
Sat
Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Kendall Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

I’ll be broadcasting live at this event with Steve Garner and The Good Food Hour on KSRO-AM.  This is the 17th Annual Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, and it is definitely one of the highlight events in Sonoma County!

I’ll also be judging the Chef’s Challenge,  where chefs compete against one another to see who can create the dish that best showcases the tomato.  There is a waiting list for this event, but it’s worth it to try to make it, and to put it on your calendar for next year.  It’s always a good time!

 

Nov
9
Sat
Wine, Dine, and Music Cruise @ Royal Caribbean's
Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm

Wine, dine, and be entertained by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Three Dog Night, and more as we spend 7 days cruising the Caribbean!  The ship is Royal Caribbean’s “Brilliance of the Seas”, and my recipes will be featured in the Chops Grille restaurant.  In addition I’ll be doing come cooking demos and giving you tips on making delicious recipes in your own kitchen.

The cruise begins and ends in Tampa, Florida, and is organized by Flying Dutchman Travel in Santa Rosa.  For more information visit: http://www.winedineandmusiccruise.com/index.html.

Here is a great article with more information:  http://cruiseradio.net/dining-options-shine-falls-wine-dine-music-cruise/

Hope you’ll join me!

 

Mar
12
Wed
Book Signing & Conversation- Omnivore Books @ Omnivore Books on Food
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join me at this great San Francisco book store that specializes in books about food!  We’ll talk about cooking, and I’ll answer questions and sign books.  They’ll have plenty available there.  See you at Omnivore Books on Food!

Mar
30
Sun
Cooks with Books- John Ash, Culinary Birds @ Left Bank Restaurant- Larkspur
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This event includes an extraordinary meal at the Left Bank in Larkspur, and a signed Culinary Birds cookbook.  It will definitely be a fun evening of good food, great wine, and talking about cooking!

 

May
16
Fri
Cooking For Solutions @ Monterey Bay Aquarium
May 16 @ 6:45 pm – May 18 @ 7:45 pm

Join me for three delicious days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the nation. From the fabulous Friday Gala, to intimate Food & Wine Adventures and a decadent new Saturday night dessert party with Alton Brown, you’ll have a weekend of ways to meet great chefs, savor fine food and wine, and discover ways to save the oceans—one meal at a time.

May
28
Wed
Lecture and Reading from Culinary Birds @ Reader's Books- Sonoma
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
19
Sat
Talon Lodge Chef Series- Sitka, Alaska @ Talon Lodge, Sitka, Alaska
Jul 19 all-day

Great Chefs, Great Food, Great Fishing, Spectacular Setting – What could be better!

Talon Lodge continues the quest to bring extraordinary cuisine to Southeast Alaska.

The Talon Lodge Visiting Chef Series is fast becoming one of the most sought after events in the Alaska summer fishing season. When you match the world’s greatest chefs with one of the most spectacular locations in Alaska, the pairing is perfect.

During this special series, our limited group of 16 guests are treated to two specially prepared meal from our visiting chef in a casual, fun and relaxing environment. It’s a time for great food and memories that will last for a lifetime.

For the eighth year, Talon has invited four of the world’s greatest chefs to share their talents with our Talon Lodge guests.

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.

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.