May Cooking Classes

May Cooking Classes

Sweet Basil’s May Cooking Classes feature a wide variety of cuisines and techniques, taught by cooking professionals. The schedule of classes follows and is updated daily.
August Cooking Classes at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

Class Day, Date & Time Instructor Fee
ITALIAN FOR FAMILIES
Tuesday May 2
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
If your family loves Italian foods, here is a great lesson with entrees that could become NEW family favorites! Come for a delicious lesson of roasted Mushroom & Spinach Pizzas; Hobo Anti-Pasta Dip with Crostini; Tilapia with mixed Herb Gremolata; Grilled Pork Cutlets with Zucchini, Corn & Cherry Tomato Sauce; Parmesan Chicken Mini Pies; Cheese Ravioli Skillet Lasagna with Pesto Bread Crumbs & Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze.
PASTA PERFECTION
Tuesday May 2
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$60
Fresh Pasta by any other name is just Pasta. When you make your own, you’ll have the best! Come for a fun lesson & learn to make it from scratch & prepare Homemade Pasta with Shrimp Scampi; fresh Fettuccini with Vodka Cream Sauce; Pappardelle Pasta with homemade Marinara Sauce; Black Pepper Fettuccini Alfredo; Ricotta Ravioli with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce; Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Oil & Parmesan, & Homemade Mushroom Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Sauce.
GRILL IT ALL
Wednesday May 3
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Amy Barnes
FULL
The grill is a great cooking resource especially as we get closer to summer. With a little knowledge you can cook anything & leave the heat outside! Come for a fun & empowering lesson & learn to make an entire meal on the grill top! Our menu is Grilled Chicken Breasts with fresh Strawberry Serrano Salsa; Garlic Cajun Baby Back Ribs; Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Grilled Onions; Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter, fresh Lime & Cotija Cheese; Grilled Romaine Salad with Shallot Dressing; Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Grilled Onions; Grilled Vegetable Salad with fresh Basil, & Chocolate-Ancho Pepper Crème Brûlée.
SPRING COCKTAIL PARTY
Thursday May 4
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lisa Brisch
$60
This is a great time to invite friends for a party & treat them to the very best finger foods. This delightful spring menu is Minted Peas & Prosciutto Crostini; Mushroom, Scallion, & Spinach Tart; Asparagus & Potato Flatbread; Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Dip with crisp Rosemary-Pepper Breadsticks; Beef, Arugula, & Artichoke Crostini with New York Steak; Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Lemon-Garlic Sauce, & Strawberry, Mascarpone & Marsala Budini Parfaits. We’ll enjoy this party sipping Salty Dog Cocktails with Vodka & Grapefruit Juice.
LUNCH & LEARN
Bourbon Baby Back Ribs
Friday May 5
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Amy Barnes
$28
Here is a menu created in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby. Our DEMONSTRATION lesson teaches a delicious lunch of Slow Cooker Bourbon Baby Back Ribs with thick Bacon BBQ Sauce, served with Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits. Dessert is Mint Julep Cupcakes.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday May 5
6:30-9:30 PM
Lisa Brisch
$150 per couple
Invite your partner to be part of creating an amazing Oriental themed three course meal & enjoy a sampling of wine with the meal. Couples will work together to create fresh Spring Rolls & Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce, & Southeast Asian Cabbage & Shrimp Salad, served with Riesling. The entrée is Peppercorn-crusted Pork Tenderloin with Soy-Caramel Sauce, Vietnamese Fried Rice & Sautéed Carrots with Ginger, Orange, & Scallions, served with Pinot Noir. Dessert is amazing Avocado Shake & sweet Palmiers.
RISE & SHINE
Saturday May 6
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
Get your family ready for a great day with these special breakfast foods! Join us for Cherry Nut Bread with Almond Streusel; Lemon Curd & Raspberry French Toast Casserole; Pancetta, Spinach & Parmesan Pastry Puffs; Blueberry Custard Danish Braids; Smoked Gouda, Grits & Sausage Casserole; Mushroom, Leek & Fontina Cheese Frittata, & Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas  & Feta Cheese.
WINE COUNTRY ENTERTAINING
Saturday May 6
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Lisa Brisch
$65 
 Pair this menu with wines produced in the enchanting region of wine production & you’ll have the makings of an amazing party! Our lesson is Fennel, Orange, & Parmigiano Salad; Garlic Flatbreads with Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Vinaigrette; Grilled Beef with Rosemary, Capers, & Lemons; Grilled Marinated Shrimp with Salsa Fresco; whole Roasted Cauliflower with Almond-Herb Sauce & Broiled Tomatoes with Sicilian Pesto. Dessert is Orange Olive Oil Cake.
DUTCH OVEN COOKING
Tuesday May 9
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
Cooking a meal in one pot is the ultimate in easy dinner preparation! Come learn what a Dutch Oven is & how to put it to use so dinner making is a breeze! Our fun lesson is Curried Meatballs with Chickpea Naan Bread; Braised Artichokes with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Mint; Garlic & Citrus Roasted Chicken with Red Potatoes & Pan Gravy; Spicy Dutch Oven Andouille Sausage & Shrimp Risotto; Pork Stew with Peppers, Mushrooms & Red Wine, & Candied Pecan Trout with Vegetable Pilaf. Dessert is Peach-Blackberry Cake with Buttermilk Ice Cream.
SUPERB SOUTHWEST
Tuesday May 9
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
Learn to create dynamic flavors with the unique combinations of foods found in cuisine of the Southwest! This exciting & fun lesson is Chili Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish; Southwest Caesar Salad with Cotija & Crisp Tortilla Strips; Char Grilled Steak with Three Herb Chimichurri Sauce; Roasted Salmon with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce; Grilled Vegetables with Chipotle Dressing; Smoked Chili Scalloped Sweet Potatoes, & Papaya Upside-down Cake with Tequila Whipped Cream.
HEALTHY COCKTAIL PARTY
Wednesday May 10
6:30-9:30 PM
Amy Barnes
$60
Host the next party & offer an array of irresistible finger foods that are actually healthy! Share your secret with those who will appreciate your thoughtfulness! Our great menu is Prawn & Chive Pot Stickers with Soy Dip; Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce; Amy’s Sake Spritzers; Sesame Chicken Strips with Sweet Sauce; Lemon Grass Ground Beef Skewers; Spicy Crab Spring Rolls; Cream Cheese ‘n Herb Cucumber Bites, & Green Tea Mojitos.
EASY ASIAN NOODLES
Thursday May 11
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lisa Brisch
$60
So many Asian Noodles & delicious ways to use them! Come learn about them to prepare all of these great dishes! Our lesson is Lo Mein Chinese Egg Noodles with Vegetables, Soy Sauce, Sugar, Sesame & Ginger; Shrimp Drunken Noodles – Udon Noodles, Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar & Sriracha; Peanut Noodle Salad Linguine with Chunky Peanut Butter & Sesame Oil; Stir-fried Chicken with Bok Choy & Crispy Noodle Cake; Shrimp Pad Thai with Rice Noodles, Lime, Brown Sugar & Fish Sauce; Mongolian Beef Ramen with Ramen Noodles, & Singapore Rice Noodles with Curry & Shrimp.
LUNCH & LEARN
Chicken Dijonnaise with Mustard Cream Sauce
Friday May 12
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Lisa Brisch
$28
Learn to prepare a meal that will be fun to share with friends! Our DEMONSTRATION will show Chicken Dijonnaise with Mustard Cream Sauce served with Green Beans toasted with Buttered Bread Crumbs & Almonds. Dessert is Neapolitan Bundt Cake with Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate with a Chocolate Glaze.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday May 12
6:30-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$150 per couple
This class is for people who like to cook & are ready to share a gourmet cooking experience with other couples! Come for a fun evening & prepare Baked Brie with Dried Cherries & Thyme; Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad with Fresh Mint served with Chardonnay. The entrée is Seared Salmon with Thai Red Curry Sauce; Sautéed Fresh Corn with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette & Toasted Garlic Couscous, served with Pinot Noir. Dessert will be Fried Bananas with Candied Ginger Ice Cream & Chocolate-Rum Sauce.
KIDS MAKE BREAKFAST FOR MOM
Saturday May 13
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$55
If you are 8 or older show Mom how much you Love her with this lesson on all the good stuff you can make for breakfast on Mother’s Day! Our yummy menu is Blueberry French Toast Bake; Eggs Benedict Skillet Casserole; Frittata with Zucchini, Squash, Pesto & Feta Cheese; Churro Waffles with Dulce de Leche Drizzle; Mushroom & Bacon Hash Brown Quiche; Cheese Blintzes with Strawberry Orange Sauce, & Easy Sticky Chocolate Chip Sticky Buns.
COOKING WITH BEER
Saturday May 13
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Lisa Brisch
$60
Learn to use Beers to create great flavors in your foods. Our fun informative lesson teaches recipes you’ll enjoy for a long time! Come join the fun to make Bacon & Beer Griddle Cakes; Beer-Batter Bread with Cheddar & Jalapeno; New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp (with a Roux-based Sauce of Tomato, Garlic, Worcestershire, Beer, & fresh Thyme & Rosemary; Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with German Beer; Beer-Braised Cabbage, & Stout Mac & Cheese. Dessert is Chocolate Stout Brownies.
SUPERB SAUCES
Tuesday May 16
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
Sauce making is easy when you know the steps & technique. Sauces can boost the flavors of your dishes with ingredients you have on hand. Come learn how you can easily create these Sauces including Mediterranean spiced Shrimp with Mint Chimichurri Sauce; Rigatoni with Tomato Cream Vodka Sauce & Fried Basil Leaves; Pork Medallions with Orange Reduction Sauce; Sweet Potatoes & Spinach; Herb Roasted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce; Grilled Skirt Steak with Smoky Ancho Almond Sauce & Grilled Naan Bread, & Salmon with White Wine Tarragon Sauce & Grilled Asparagus.
THAI IT ON
Tuesday May 16
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
Preparing Thai food mixes an array of flavors, ingredients & spices in dynamic combinations. Learn to create your own with this lesson of Thai Basil Lettuce Cups with Spicy Tofu; Sweet Potatoes with Chili & Curry; Spicy Noodles with Cilantro Chicken; Stir-fry Eggplant with Garlic & Chilies; Thai Red Curry Vegetables, & Thai Ginger & Sesame Beef Skewers. Dessert is Thai Coconut Ice Cream with Crystallized Ginger & Fried Wontons.
TUSCAN IN SPRING
Wednesday May 17
6:30-9:30 PM
Amy Barnes
$65
Love Italian foods? This menu combines foods from the Spring harvest in unique Italian combinations. Spend a great evening learning Italian Sausage Soup with Spinach & White Beans; Layered Tuscan Salad with Beans, Bread, & Vegetables in Balsamic Vinaigrette; Polo al Mattone – Crisp whole Chicken under a brick; Fig & Prosciutto Crostini; Gourmet Mushroom Risotto with White Truffle Oil, & Ragu Toscana-Meat Sauce over Homemade Fettuccini. Dessert is Tuscan Apple Cake.
MAGICAL MEDITERRANEAN
Thursday May 18
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lisa Brisch
$60
Cuisine of the Mediterranean is filled with good healthy foods, using only the freshest & best quality ingredients. Come learn to create these combinations to enjoy at home! Our lesson is Tabbouleh; Toasted Pita Salad with homemade Pita Bread; Lentil, Tuna, & Roasted Pepper Salad; Grilled Beef Kebabs with Lemon & Rosemary; Chickpea Tagine with Cauliflower & Almonds, & Phyllo Pie with Chicken. Dessert will be Cornmeal Rosemary Cake with Pine Nuts & Orange Glaze.
INNOVATIVE COOKING
Steam-Braise-Poach
Thursday May 18
6:30-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
This great class is for people who have advanced past the beginning stage, & are ready for new culinary challenges. Learn the principals of these cooking methods with this combination of recipes. Join us to learn Poached Salmon with Green Peppercorn, Orange, & Ginger Sauce; Poached Shrimp with Wild Mushroom Sauce & Goat Cheese Grits; Steamed Clams over homemade Fettuccini; Braised Red Cabbage & Apples; Braised Chicken with Potatoes & Tarragon; Chinese Style Steamed Fish with Ginger, Soy & Sake Glazed Carrots. Dessert is Poached Pears with Honey & Ginger over Homemade Ice Cream.
LUNCH & LEARN
Pan-seared Steak with Béarnaise Sauce
Friday May 19
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Linda Martin
$30
Learn a Spring menu that will be fun to share with friends when you entertain! Come for the DEMONSTRATION & enjoy lunch of Pan-seared Steak with Béarnaise Sauce, served with Julienned roasted Vegetables with Garlic & fresh Herbs. Dessert will be Peach Galettes with Vanilla Ice Cream & Zinfandel Syrup.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday May 19
6:30-9:30 PM
 Linda Martin
$150 per couple
Sign up with your partner for a fun evening of cooking.  This gourmet lesson is Fig, Goat Cheese, & fresh Rosemary Pizza & Crab Soup with Fennel & fresh Tomatoes, served with Sauvignon Blanc. The entrée is Chicken Cordon Bleu with Lemon-Butter Sauce; Sautéed Vegetables with Olives & fresh Herbs & Saffron Risotto, served with Merlot. Dessert will be warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Sauce.
MACARON MAGIC
Saturday May 20
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
Learn to make these little treats with the most amazing flavors & perfect little shapes. These are  great for special occasions! Our lesson is Orange Champagne Macarons; Lemon Macarons with Blueberry Mascarpone filling; Chocolate Salted Caramel Macarons; Raspberry White Chocolate Cream Macarons; Lavender Macarons with Panache Filling; Espresso Macarons with Nutella Filling & Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons.
BAKING WITH TRACY DEMPSEY
Saturday May 20
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tracy Dempsey
$65
Spend a fun afternoon with one of the truly talented pastry chefs in the Valley. Learn to create her most amazing dessert specialties including: Salted Caramel Pudding with Whipped Cream & Cocoa Shortbreads; Browned Butter Pineapple Tart with Bourbon Caramel Sauce; Chocolate Peanut Butter Soufflé Cake; Orange Olive Oil Cake with Honeyed Mascarpone Cream & fresh Berry Galette with Almond Streusel.
ENTERTAIN WITH EASE
Tuesday May 23
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
Make entertaining fun& easy with these great recipes. Come enjoy this lesson of Pepper Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin with Pita Chips; Zucchini Soup with Cilantro Crème; Lentil Salad with Roasted Peppers & Feta Cheese; Tuscan Pork Chops with Tomatoes & Capers, served with Herb Roasted Potatoes; Cilantro Flank Steak with Grilled Corn; Almond-crusted Tilapia with Honey Parmesan Polenta & Cast Iron Apple-Berry Charlotte Cake.
FARM FRESH TO TABLE
Tuesday May 23
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
Come home from  the Farmer’s Market & use these innovative recipes to highlight the goodness of the products you purchase. Discover how this fresh produce become Roasted Beets & Blue Cheese on Crostini with Arugula & Toasted Walnuts; Kale Caesar Salad; Carrot Soup with Maple Crème Fraiche; Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary & Basil Oil; Grilled Asparagus with Candied Bacon & Fried Egg; Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Garlic, & Peach & Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Whipped Cream.
STIR FRY STAND OUTS
Wednesday May 24
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Amy Barnes
$65
Make your wok your friend in preparing fast, healthy, delicious dinners! Our lesson on Oriental specialties includes Shrimp Pad Thai; Stir-fried Pepper Steak Sesame Scallion Fried Rice; Thai inspired Chicken & Pineapple Stir Fry; Chili Shrimp & Asparagus Stir Fry; Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken; Bacon & Veggie Fried Rice, & Sesame Thumbprint Cookies.
ON THE GRILL
Thursday May 25
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lisa Brisch  
$60
Learn how your menu can have the unique flavors of grilled food. Using a grill lets you pull a meal together so quickly! Come for this dynamic lesson & learn Grilled Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta; Grilled Salmon with Orange-Sesame Glaze; Peruvian-style Grilled Chicken with Green Sauce; Chicken rubbed with Spices, Oil & Vinegar, with a creamy Citrus Sauce; Grilled Black Pepper-Honey Marinated Skirt Steak; Grilled Cabbage Wedges, & Grilled Potato Packets. Dessert is Grilled Bananas on Sugared Rum Toast.
INNOVATIVE COOKING
New American Cuisine
Thursday May 25
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
In our intermediate-advanced series, this lesson explores the variety & innovation of the New American Cuisine. Pulling from classic American favorites & drawing on specialties from around the world, New American addresses many foods we love with exciting new combinations. Come for a challenging & fun learning experience with Fennel Seed & Black Pepper Flatbread with Masala Roasted Tomatoes; Chili-dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish; Watermelon, Arugula, & Feta Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette; Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Kentucky Cheese Grits;Togarashi seared Tuna with Avocado & Cucumber Salsa; Roasted Potatoes with Chorizo, Peppers, & Spanish Paprika, & Deconstructed Apple Pie with Salted Caramel.
LUNCH & LEARN
Beef Short Ribs
Friday May 26
12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Amy Barnes
$28
Enjoy a delicious lunch & learn to prepare these amazing Ribs & soul satisfying Polenta. Our DEMONSTRATION is Beef Short Ribs braised in Sherry & fresh Herbs, served with Creamy Parmesan Polenta. Dessert is Apple Crumble Tart with Almond Crumb.
GOURMET COUPLES
Friday May 26
6:30-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$150 per couple
Make a date night for you & your partner & enjoy an evening cooking a gourmet menu paired with a sampling of wines. This amazing lesson is Lobster Egg Rolls with Sriracha Sauce & Tomatillo, Grape Tomato, & Avocado Salad with Roasted Chili Dressing, served with Riesling. The entrée is Roasted Salmon with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto; Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Oil & Parmesan, & Roasted Green Beans with Lemon Gremolata, served with Pinot Noir. Dessert will be Peach Galettes with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Zinfandel Syrup.
KIDS COOK DINNER
Saturday May 27
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$55
If your kids (ages 8 or older) like to cook, here is a class where they’ll learn a variety of dinners & will be able to make them without much help from Mom or Dad! Get signed up to learn Anti-Pasta Salad with Salami, Peppers, Mozzarella Balls & Creamy Italian Dressing; Sweet Pork Kebabs with Grilled Pineapple Rice; Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells with Parmesan White Sauce; Beef Fajitas with Homemade Flour Tortillas; Mini Turkey Meatloaves, & BBQ Chicken Pizza.
ITALIAN FINGER FOODS
Saturday May 27
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Lisa Brisch
$60
We’re putting together some of the best Italian flavors & turning them into delicious little finger foods! Inspiration for a great cocktail party! Come for a delicious lesson of Pine Nut Salad Spears with Romaine Pine Nut Paste Vinaigrette; Arancini Risotto Balls filled with Mozzarella & fried; Crostini with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, & Fig Jam; Crispy Polenta Triangles with Herbed Goat Cheese; Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara; Balsamic Beef Ribbons with Herb & Lemon Sauce, & sweet little Tiramisu Cupcakes.
PARISIAN SPECIALTIES
Tuesday May 30
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Melissa Stockmar
$60
The foods of Paris are amazing whenever one can visit. If that’s not often enough, learn to make these foods to enjoy them at home! This great lesson includes Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Soufflé; Pissaladière with Caramelized Onion, Olives & Anchovies; Parisian Salad with Mushrooms, Fennel, Artichokes & Nicoise Olives; Chicken Cassoulet; Grilled Paillards of Beef with Braised Red Cabbage & Port Wine Reduction; Bouillabaisse with Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Crostini; & Pistachio Cake with Lavender Whipped Cream.
GRILLING GIANTS
Tuesday May 30
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Linda Martin
$65
Using a grill to cook provides many nice options including keeping the heat of cooking outside your kitchen! Come for an amazing lesson to learn Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Garlic-Herb Sauce; Grilled Vegetable Salad with Pesto Dressing; Perfect Grilled Steak with Tomato-Basil Sauce; Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Glaze; Grilled Marinated Chicken with Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce; Garlic, Red Chili, & Parmesan Grilled Potatoes, & Grilled Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream.
COOKING WITH WINE
Wednesday May 31
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Amy Barnes
$65
So many great flavors are possible with the use of wine in your recipes. Come learn new methods & flavors in this fun lesson! Our menu is Cast Iron Flank Steak with Garlic & Red Wine Sauce; Swiss Chard braised with Parmesan & Chardonnay; Sautéed Chicken with Figs in Cream Port Wine Sauce; Red Wine Risotto with Crimini Mushrooms & Mozzarella; White Wine Poached Salmon with Hollandaise & Roasted Broccoli; Italian Wine Cookies, & Marsala Zabaglione over fresh Berries.