Classes and Events

February 2012 – December 2013

Ramekins class on Tapas and other Small Plates @ Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm

Tapas are wonderfully flexible small plates, suitable as hors d‘ oeuvres in small numbers or as a whole meal when served en masse. Chef John Ash mines a rich vein from his culinary travels to assemble a menu with real legs. Hands on!

●        Avocado Fries with Smoked Paprika Aïoli

●        Roasted Piquillo Peppers with Goat Cheese

●        Deviled Eggs Three Ways: Classic, Crab and Caper, Dill and White Anchovy

●        5-Spice Chicken in Rice Paper

●        Seared Scallops with Pancetta Vinaigrette

Sophisticated Palate: Taste of the Wine Country @ The Culinary Institute of America
May 31 – Jun 1 all-day

Over two days, you’ll have the chance to intimately explore the now-legendary foods and wines of California’s Wine Country:

  • Utilize the bounty of California’s ingredients, including the produce, cheeses, meats, and seafood that have helped define “California cuisine.”
  • Prepare signature dishes using a variety of cooking techniques, including grilling, slow roasting, braising, and more.
  • Study in depth some of the special wines from California that have helped shape the region’s cuisine.
  • Learn more about the fundamentals of food and wine pairing.
  • Visit artisan purveyors and wineries to gain a deeper insight into the special people who help make California such a beloved culinary destination.

To register, call 707-967-2328.

In Honor of Chicken at River Myst Haven, Healdsburg, CA @ River Myst Haven
Jun 9 @ 3:30 pm – Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm

In honor of his new book “Culinary Birds”, scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2013, we will recreate some of John’s favorite recipes from his many culinary adventures abroad. In this hands-on cooking experience, we will focus on local, seasonal ingredients used to create the dishes. We will partner with a local poultry provider, Pepper Ranch Poultry, for our main ingredient—the chicken of course! In addition to the recipes, you will learn a bit about current poultry husbandry practices, as well as some things we should all know about man’s first domesticated meat source. This farm-to-kitchen experience should not be missed!

  •  Crispy 5-spice Chicken in Rice Paper with Dipping Sauce
  • Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Chicken and Shrimp Meatball Soup with Cellophane Noodles
  •  Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Spicy Dressing
  •  John’s Favorite Chicken Sandwich

Click here to register by June 6, 2012.  Space is limited.

Let’s Get Cookin’- Favorite Bird Dishes from Around the World @ Let's Get Cookin'
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

CulinaryBirds- cover 2-11-13For this hands-on class students will work with Chef Ash using four different birds to prepare seven dishes for a great poultry feast. Many of these recipes come from John’s just released book: Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook.

  • Deep Fried Quail with Dried Fruit Chutney
  • Chicken Livers and Bacon with Ginger Cream Sauce
  • Vietnamese Chicken Salad
  • Turkey Picadillo Tacos
  • Turkey Tetrazzini
  • Crispy Duck Rolls with Dipping Sauce
  • Roast Duck Breast with Grapefruit
Cooking Classes at Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico @ Rancho La Puerta
Dec 7 – Dec 14 all-day

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.

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