Cooking Class - Native Foods of The Americas

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Discover history as you rediscover the immemorial foods of the Americas

Learning about the foods we eat can be just as fantastic and memorable as preparing a meal and then enjoying it. When we know the history of the ingredients we use to prepare our dishes, it can make our meals that much more exciting.

Discover how mouthwatering squash blossoms can be, as they are filled with feta cheese, goat cheese, mint, and more, then dipped in tempura batter and fried until nice and crisp. Try out a wild weed salad that will surely shock your taste buds! There are so many options for a main course, from duck breast with cherry chutney, bison tri-tip that is full of protein with lean fat, or savory salmon prepared on Alderwood with a nice fruity sauce. A side of classic Americana succotash will make your dish extra special. Let's not forget dessert- the traditional chocolate chip cookie will be prepared in a way you never expected and discover prickly pear sauce as your devour the flavors of a pear brûlée.

Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.

Guests are welcome to provide wine and beer to enjoy during the class.

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 8
  • Meal Courses 4
  • Event Duration 3 hours
  • Labels Beginner, Californian, Gourmet, Healthy, New American

Reviews guests left for this experience



27 Jan 2019

A delicious and delightful evening! John is knowledgeable and a great teacher and host!



17 Jan 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Chef John’s “Native Foods of The Americas” class. John has a wide breadth of knowledge about ingredients from both North and South America. He went in depth on how they were used in the past as well as how we were going to apply them to the recipes he invented. My girlfriend and I cooked the dish again last night and it turned out great. Definitely walked away from this class with a better understanding of how to tackle this style of cooking.



04 Jan 2018

Chef John is a wonderful host. He has a very unique style of cooking - foraging, cooking with ingredients in season and being as sustainable as possible. Many of his dishes were creative and unconventional. They had a mixture of ingredients we've never seen placed together but definitely were special and delicious. Highly recommend learning from Chef John!

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After a career working his way up the ranks in restaurant kitchens, Chef John delved into America's greatest food asset: its native plants. A lecturer, cooking instructor, and native plant specialist, Chef John has been cooking with California's indigenous ingredients for over 10 years. Discover the ancient history of native edibles and taste food unlike any you've tried before with ingredients foraged from Marin County by Chef John.

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Flexible booking: Cancel or reschedule this event's reservation for free up to 48 hours before the event.

Chef John will travel to guests within the Bay Area for this experience.

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