Classes and Events

March 2013 – May 2014

Culinary Institute of America “Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives” conference with Harvard @ The Culinary Institute of America
Mar 14 – Mar 17 all-day

JOHN ASH is the Chair of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone’s Sophisticated Palate
program, founder of John Ash & Company, and the longtime culinary director for Fetzer
Vineyards. He received a James Beard Award for John Ash Cooking One-On-One: Private
Lessons in Simple Contemporary Food from a Master Teacher as well as the Julia Child
Cookbook of the Year award for From the Earth to the Table. He writes for numerous
publications, including Eating Well and Fine Cooking. Chef Ash also advocates for ethical and
sustainable food issues and serves on the board of overseers for the Chef’s Collaborative, a
national organization of chefs who support ethical agriculture. (Santa Rosa, CA)

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Artisan Cheese Festival presentation @ Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma
Mar 23 all-day

Join us March 22 – 24, 2013 for the 7th Annual Festival at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. You will have an opportunity to meet cheesemakers, celebrity chefs, educators, cheesemongers, authors, farmers and even the four-legged friends that produce the milk so we can make the cheese!


Cooking for Solutions events at Monterey Bay Aquarium @ Monterey Bay Aquarium
May 17 – May 19 all-day

Enjoy three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the Americas. From our fabulous Friday Gala to small-group Food & Wine Adventures and an exciting Street Food Extravaganza, you’ll have a weekend of fun opportunities to meet great chefs, savor fine food and wine and discover ways to save the oceans—one meal at a time.

Sur La Table Experience Bountiful Sonoma Tour
Jun 26 all-day



Journey to the birthplace of California wine
with winery tours, a cooking class, a baking
lesson, wine, cheese and olive oil tastings.
This genuine farm to fork experience will convey
the sumptuousness of the countryside in ways
both memorable and delicious.

Campovida DO Lectures series @ Campovida
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm


Thursday- Sunday, September 19-22

It will be, in the proper sense of the word, a remarkable weekend. The mix of speakers will be as eclectic as ever— from business to technology, from sport to design, from saving the planet to saving time, from the famous to the unknown, from the inspirational to the downright practical. At The Do Lectures you’ll gain practical tools, new ideas, and a different point of view. Speakers talk about their lives, how they think, what they’ve changed, or even what they hope to change. Attendees will be sleeping in furnished tipis, under the most amazing star filled sky and amongst a field of oak trees. There is the most amazing local organic food prepared by a talented chef each day. There are spaces for walking, talking, swimming and relaxing. For more information or to apply to attend please

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!


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:

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Hope you’ll join me!


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!

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!


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.