Classes and Events

August 2012 – September 2013

Windsor Certified Farmer’s Market @ Windsor Certified Farmer's Market
Aug 19 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

John Ash visits and shares his culinary insights and wisdom of “Seafood Watch,” an educational initiative for sustainable seafood by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Come learn how to make wise choices about the seafood you purchase, and taste some new and delicious ways to enjoy it.

Fisherman Mike Svedise, owner of Santa Rosa Seafood will present a fresh, whole troll-caught Bodega Bay King Salmon,  and a line-caught Point Reyes Halibut.  Chef Mei Ibach, SRJC Culinary Instructor and the Windsor High School Culinary Arts Academy, will prepare the fish and share her recipes.


Matching Wines with Ethnic and Global Flavors with Chef Ash @ River Myst Haven
Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm – Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm

Must be at least 21 years of age to participate.  Our proceeds from this activity are used to support RMH’s philanthropic…

A Journey into Sensory Awareness: Food and Wine Pairing @ The Culinary Institute of America
Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend an afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory awareness. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste and then dive into an exploration of how food and wine interact with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together. You’ll also have a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home. The minimum age requirement is 21.

Click here to register.  Space is limited.

Culinary Experiences at La Cocina Que Canta @ La Cocina Que Canta
Dec 15 – Dec 21 all-day

John Ash was selected by Food and Wine magazine as one of America’s “Hot New Chefs” three decades ago, and he continues to have critical acclaim more than 28 years later. Voted the 2008 “Cooking School Teacher of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, John is nationally renowned as a wine and food educator. John has served for many years as the Culinary Director of Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards. He is the chair of a new program there for home cooks called The Sophisticated Palate.

John travels widely and enjoys teaching both home and professional cooks. The author of three books, John’s latest, “John Ash Cooking One-on-One: Private Lessons in Simple Contemporary Food from a Master Teacher,” won the 2005 James Beard award. His first book, “From the Earth to the Table: John Ash’s Wine Country Cuisine and American Game Cooking,” was awarded the IACP awards for Best American Cookbook and the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year. In 2007 a revised and updated version of this book was released titled “From the Earth to the Table.” John’s writing can be found periodically in the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Syndicate as well as publications such asEatingWell and Fine Cooking magazines.

Featured for two years on the Food Network and for the past 21 years he can be heard co-hosting a live food and wine radio talk show on KRSO in northern California. John is a passionate voice for the sustainable food movement and serves on a board of chefs who support ethical agriculture.

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John offers three hands-on culinary experiences, 3.5 hours each, during which you will enjoy preparing your own meal along with fellow cooks. An additional class will be added depending upon demand. Classes take place at La Cocina Que Canta, our new culinary center. You also will have the opportunity to harvest produce you use from our organic garden, Tres Estrellas.

For more information and registration, please click here.

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!