December Cooking Classes

December Cooking Classes

Sweet Basil’s December Cooking Classes feature a wide variety of cuisines and techniques, taught by cooking professionals. The schedule of classes follows and it is updated daily.

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Class Day, Date & Time Instructor Fee

HOLIDAY COOKIES

Holiday Cookies Cancellation Policy: Please select class dates carefully as there can be no switching, refunds or credits for these classes. You may send someone else in your place.

SORRY 🙁 ALL CLASSES FULL
Mondays
: December 5, 12,
<>   6:30- 9:30 PM

Tuesdays: December 6, 13, 20
<> 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Thursdays: December 1, 8, 15, 22
<> 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Saturdays: December 3, 10, 17
<>
 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

STAFF
>Amy Barnes
>Linda Martin
>Stephanie Riley
>Melissa Stockmar
$70
Make 14 varieties of specialty Holiday cookies in each class! When we’re finished, each person will go home with 14-16 dozen cookies. We work in teams of two, so you can sign up with a friend to be a team. Be sure to sign up early!
>>>Bring a container to take your cookies home.
>>>Please see Holiday Cookies cancellation policy above or on the second page of the .PDF.
LUNCH & LEARN
Short Rib Ragout With Fettuccini
Friday
December 2
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Amy Barnes
FULL
This delicious menu combines lovely decadent flavors with easy to prepare recipes. Our DEMONSTRATION teaches Short Rib Ragout served over Fettuccini with White Truffle Butter & Mushrooms. Dessert is lovely Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Whipped Cream.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday
December 2
6:30-9:30 PM
Eric Naddy
$150 per couple
Plan a fabulous evening with your partner to enjoy preparation of this gourmet meal. Our lesson is Creamy Mushroom Soup with Brie Croutons, & Olive & Herb Crostini, paired with a Wine Steward white wine selection. The entree is Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken Breasts with Romesco Sauce; White Balsamic & Herb Roasted Vegetables, & Lemon Basmati Rice, paired with a Wine Steward selection red wine. Dessert is Coffee Bean Panna Cotta.
ITALIAN COCKTAIL PARTY
Saturday
December 3
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Stephanie Riley
$60
This year turn your holiday gathering with friends into a fun Italian inspired celebration. The menu of Italian finger foods is Caesar Salad & Tortellini Skewers; Salsa di Parmigiano with Crostini; Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto; Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheel Puffs; Parmigiano-stuffed Mushrooms; Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread, & Chocolate Olive Oil Cakes with Mascarpone Whipped Cream. We’ll enjoy our party foods with a stunning Pear-Ginger Bellini Cocktail.
SUPER EASY HORS D’OEUVRES
Wednesday
December 7
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$55
If you wonder how you’ll have time to host a party this holiday, here is a lesson & menu to answer the question. WOW your guests with these easy to prepare bites. Come for Shrimp Scampi Dip; Cranberry & Pecan Baked Brie in Puff Pastry; Creamy Cowboy Sausage Dip; Honey-Lime Chicken Wings; Green Chile Cheese Squares; Spinach & Artichoke Dip in a Bread Bowl; Mushroom & Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups; Sausage & Mustard Pinwheels; Cannoli Dip with Pizzelles & Strawberries, & Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Bars.
COOKING WITH WINE
Wednesday
December 7
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$65
This fun class will explore adding great flavors & new dimension to dishes using a variety of wines.  Come enjoy a great culinary learning experience & prepare Hearty Minestrone Soup with Red Wine; Grilled Chicken with White Wine Mushroom Sauce; Linguine with Pancetta, Olive Oil, Chile, Clams and White Wine Sauce; Roasted Vegetables with Wine Sauce, Potato & Tomato Gratin. Dessert will be Prosecco Pound Cakes with Sparkling Glaze.
GRILL IT ALL!
Thursday
December 8
6:30-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
FULL
Learn to Grill your whole meal in this fun lesson. We’ll start with Pizza on the Grill with Roasted Tomatoes & Arugula Pesto; Grilled Chipotle Caesar Salad; Grilled Red Potatoes with Watercress & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette; Grilled Steak with Charred Vidalia Onion Rings; Salmon with Charred Garlic & Tomato Relish, & Grilled Vegetables with Basil & Garlic Oil. Dessert is Grilled Bananas Foster over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
LUNCH & LEARN
Chateaubriand with Bordelaise & Béarnaise Sauce, se
Friday
December 9
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Linda Martin
$30
Enjoy lunch of a classic specialty & use it as a perfect entertaining menu for the holidays & beyond. Our DEMONSTRATION lesson is Chateaubriand with Bordelaise & Béarnaise Sauce, served with Roasted Vegetables with fresh Herbs. Dessert is Chocolate-Rum Mousse.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday
December 9
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$150 per  couple
Celebrate the Holiday season with a fun culinary experience & share it with your partner! Couples will work together to prepare this three course gourmet meal, served with a sampling of wine. Our lesson is Lentil Soup, & Stuffed Endive Spears, paired with a Wine Steward white wine selection. The entree is Salmon with Brown Sugar & Mustard Glaze; Israeli Couscous with Apples, Cranberries & Herbs, & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette, paired with a Wine Steward red wine selection. Dessert will be Maple Ricotta Flans.
TAPAS & PAELLA
Saturday
December 10
2:00-5:00 PM
Stephanie Riley
$60
Here is a crowd pleasing, entertaining menu that guests could help prepare if you all like to gather in your kitchen. Start it off with the amazing combination of Tapas finger foods including Kale Salad with Almonds, Manchego Cheese & Serrano Ham; Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp & Chorizo; Moorish Chickpea & Spinach Stew; Bacon-Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates, & Patatas Bravas (Fried Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Sauce & Garlic Aioli). The main event is Seafood Paella. Dessert will be Orange-Caramel Flan. We’ll enjoy it all with Clementine & Apple Sangria.
FRENCH HOLIDAY DINNER
Wednesday
December 14
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
FULL
This French holiday menu could be the theme of your celebration this year! Our inspired menu comes with all the trimmings including: Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraiche; Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup with Frizzled Leeks; Roasted Chicken with Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing; Bacon, Leek & Gruyere Soufflé, & Brussels Sprouts with Crème Fraiche & Pistachios. Dessert is a traditional French Buche de Noel (Yule Log Cake). We’ll sip Cranberry Kir Royal Cocktails while enjoying our Fabulous French Feast!
COOKING FUNDAMENTALS: ROASTING
Wednesday
December 14
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
FULL
This lesson will explore the technique of roasting with a selection of recipes you can enjoy for many occasions. Come enjoy this culinary experience to learn Perfect Roast Chicken; Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloins; Hunter’s Wife Chicken (Chicken alla Cacciatore); Pan Roasted Spinach with Roasted Garlic; Roasted Parmesan Potatoes, & Oven-Roasted Winter Vegetables. Dessert will be Caramel Chunk Brownies.
SOUTHWEST DINNER PARTY
Thursday
December 15
6:30-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
Invite your guests to a lovely dinner party & treat them to a Southwest inspired menu. Everyone should be impressed with the dynamics of your Southwest flavors. Come enjoy a lesson of Chorizo-filled Bacon Wrapped Dates; Tequila-Flamed Shrimp; Tomatillo & Avocado Salad with Sweet Chili Pepper Dressing; Char Grilled Steak with Three Herb Chimichurri Sauce; Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Parsley-Mint Pesto, & Jalapeno Jack Grits. Dessert is Ancho Chocolate Crème Brûlée.
LUNCH & LEARN
Herb-Dijon Roasted Rack of Pork
Friday
December 16
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Stephanie Riley
$26
Take a break from the holiday rush to relax & enjoy this delicious specialty lunch. Our DEMONSTRATION will treat you to Herb-Dijon Roasted Rack of Pork, served with Crispy Hasselback Sweet Potato au Gratin. Dessert is Chocolate Soufflés with Raspberry Sauce.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday
December 16
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
CXL
This class is for couples who like to cook together & enjoy the challenge of learning new gourmet recipes. Come be part of a great culinary experience preparing Carrot Ginger Soup & Polenta Squares with Mushroom Ragout, paired with a Wine Steward white wine selection. The entree is Spicy Blueberry Pork Tenderloin; Butternut Squash Risotto, & Sautéed Chard with Bacon Dressing, paired with a Wine Steward red wine selection. Dessert is Warm Fruit Zabaglione.
BEEF TENDERLOIN CELEBRATION
Saturday
December 17
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Stephanie Riley
$65
This specialty meal can be served any time, but the holidays make it extra special when your family & friends gather together. Our AMAZING lesson will lead you through preparation of this fabulous menu. Come learn Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese Cakes; Chestnut & Celeriac Soup with Sage Croutons; Leek Tart with Bacon & Gruyere; Beef Tenderloin with Port-Rosemary Sauce; Potato, Mushroom & Fennel Gratin, & Glazed Green Bean-Bacon Bundles. Dessert will be Pear Tarte Tatin with Red Wine Caramel & Vanilla Ice Cream. All of this will be served with Hot Spiced Wine.
NEW YEAR’S EVE COCKTAIL PARTY
Wednesday
December 21
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$55
Bring in the New Year with style, great food & a celebration your guests will remember for a long time. This combination of finger foods is a menu to treasure. Join us to learn Champagne-Flute Caesar Salad; Parmesan Gougères with Prosciutto & Arugula; Shrimp, Cucumber & Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese Canapés; Spinach & Feta Phyllo Cigars; Beef Wellington Bites with Horseradish Mustard Cream Sauce, & Brie & Fig Compote Crostini. Dessert is White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bites. We’ll enjoy it all with Sparkling French Martinis.
OSSO BUCCO DINNER PARTY
Wednesday
December 21
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$65
Create an amazing dinner party & invite your friends to enjoy Italy’s famous Osso Bucco from Milan, with all the trimmings. Our great lesson & menu is Spinach-Taleggio Phyllo Bites; Wild Mushroom Crostini; Classic Osso Bucco; Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Pancetta & Butternut Squash with Brown Butter. Dessert will be Maple Pear Sheet Tart.
SUSHI STAND-OUTS
Thursday
December 22
6:30-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
FULL
If you love Sushi, now is the chance to learn to make it for yourself. Knowing how is huge because you can make it any time, eat a lot or a little, & enjoy lots of variations of these bite-sized morsels! Join us for a great lesson to make (& eat) Sushi Rice; Rainbow Sushi Roll; Crab, Avocado & Mango Roll; Nitro Ahi & Vegetable Roll; Nigiri with Tuna, Wasabi & Chives; Crab Salad, & Tobiko Nigiri.
LUNCH & LEARN
Creamy Herbed Chicken Breast wrapped in Puff Pastry
Friday
December 23
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Amy Barnes
$26
Take a break from the Holiday rush & treat yourself to a wonderful lunch! Our DEMONSTRATION is delicious Creamy Herbed Chicken Breast wrapped in Puff Pastry served with Portobello Mushrooms & Spinach Sautéed with Garlic & Red Wine. Dessert is Eggnog-Gingerbread Trifle Cake.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday
December 23
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$150 per  couple
Plan a special evening with your partner to share in this outstanding lesson. You’ll prepare amazing foods, then sit down to enjoy dinner, paired with a sampling of wine. This fun evening will be spent creating Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crostini, & Spinach & Taleggio Phyllo Bites, paired with a Wine Steward white wine selection. The entree is Roasted Chicken Breasts with Herbs & Red Wine, & Roasted Asparagus with Compound Butter, paired with a Wine Steward red wine selection. Dessert will be Poached Pears with Maple Vanilla Ice Cream.
KIDS COOK
Tuesday
December 27
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
FULL
This fun class is for young cooks (ages 8 & above) ready to learn more about cooking with recipes that can be used for family meals. Come learn these great dishes including Tomato Bisque with Bacon & Cheddar Sandwiches; Grilled Vegetable & Alfredo Lasagna; Chicken Satays (Chicken on a Skewer) with Peanut Dipping Sauce; Mushroom & Asiago Cheese Risotto; Pesto & Sausage Calzones; Fried Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce, & Peanut Butter & Snickers Cookies.   
BAVARIAN TEA PARTY
Wednesday
December 28
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
CXL
Be part of this Holiday celebration with a tradition not so different from our own. This sweet menu introduces the best of Bavarian specialties in bite-sized morsels. Come enjoy a traditional Tea with all the trimmings (& bring a friend!) Our lesson is Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Christmas Tree Tea Sandwiches; Mini Bacon & Caramelized Onion Quiche; Homemade Mini Soft Pretzels stuffed with Black Forest Ham, Cranberry Mustard, & Havarti; Gingerbread & Honey-Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches; Apricot-White Chocolate Scones; Spitzbuben (Raspberry Jam Sandwich Cookies), & Hazelnut Spice Crescent Cookies. We’ll enjoy it all with pots of steaming Tea.
PASTA POWER
Wednesday
December 28
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
FULL
Experience making Pasta from scratch & learn a variety of recipes for your family & friends. Our lesson gives each student the chance to make Pasta from scratch, then stretch it & cut it into noodles. Our lesson is Spaghetti Bolognese; Homemade Mac & Cheese; Eggplant Lasagna with Herbed Ricotta & Asiago; Gnocchi with Roasted Cauliflower; Homemade Potato Gnocchi; Penne with Brie, Mushrooms, & Arugula, & Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Bacon, & Feta. Dessert will be Meyer Lemon Budino (Italian Pudding).
CHINESE SPECIALTIES
Thursday
December 29
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
FULL
Come learn about a cuisine with lots of flavors, foods, & spices that take us down a very unique & delicious culinary road. This amazing class will introduce you to Chinese dishes you may be familiar with & now can prepare for yourself! Join us for Crab Rangoon; Pork & Cabbage Potstickers with Ginger Scallion Dipping Sauce; Shrimp & Spicy Szechuan Peanut Dipping Sauce; Moo Shoo Pork with Mandarin Pancakes; Egg Foo Young; Chinese Orange Chicken with Jasmine Rice & Apple Pie Egg Rolls with Vanilla Ice Cream.
LUNCH & LEARN
Mushroom Lasagna with Creamy Béchamel Sauce
Friday
December 30
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Lisa Brisch
$26
Come in for a delicious relaxed lunch & DEMONSTRATION. Our lesson is Mushroom Lasagna with Creamy Béchamel Sauce & Parmesan topping, served with Arugula & Walnut Salad with Feta Cheese & Red Wine Vinaigrette. Dessert is Apple Tart in Puff Pastry drizzled with Caramel Sauce.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday
December 30
6:30-9:30 PM
Stephanie Riley
$150 per  couple
Plan a fun evening with your cooking partner to learn a three course gourmet menu. This is one you could recreate to share with friends in the New Year! Our lesson is White Bean & Escarole Soup, & Artichoke Fritters with Lemon Cream, paired with a Wine Steward sparkling wine selection. The entree is Baked Fish en Papillote with Lemon, & Roasted Green Beans with Shallots & Garlic, paired with a Wine Steward white wine selection. Dessert will be Bread Pudding with Bourbon Chocolate Sauce.
FAMILY COOKING
Saturday
December 31
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
FULL
Kids (8+), bring your Mom or Dad to cook with you at this great lesson teaching how to make family dinners for everyone! Families who enjoy cooking together will love the challenge & lessons of this class. Come learn a new assortment of family dinner recipes! Our lessons are Turkey Meatball Sliders with Roasted Red Pepper Relish; Grilled Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles with Herb Garlic Aioli; Sole Piccata with Lemon Pepper Linguini; Phyllo Chicken Pockets stuffed with Pesto & Mozzarella with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce; Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin wrapped in Bacon with Baby Arugula Salad, & Herb Pasta with Caponata Sauce. Dessert is Citrus Crostata filled with Mascarpone Cheese.