PRIVATE COOKING CLASSES
Private cooking classes take place in the comfort of your home, office, or rented venue. Here's how classes work:
Chef + Farmer Michelle brings all the local ingredients and equipment.
Together we will cook either a three-course menu OR focus on a specific skill (Cheesemaking, Pickling/Fermenting, etc).
Students will enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout and/or at the end of the class, and will receive a detailed recipe packet.
Hands-on classes typically last 2-3 hours. Pricing varies based on class topic, group size, and venue.
For more information and quotes, visit the CONTACT page.
See below for a list of current private class topics + sample menus.
SAMPLE CLASS TOPICS | FALL 2018
EAT LIKE A FARMER
A Farmbelly favorite! This is a perfect class for larger groups looking to learn more about sourcing, preparing, and cooking with seasonal + local produce. During this class, we will cover:
Sourcing Local Produce - learn all the insider tips + tricks for sourcing from the best local farmers in Santa Barbara.
Herbs 101 - learn how to purchase, store, chop, and cook with fresh and dried herbs. We will make our own herb butter creations to enjoy with toasted sourdough and freshly harvested veggies.
Homemade Vinaigrettes - learn the art of making healthy + flavorful vinaigrettes at home. Everyone makes their own unique salad dressing to enjoy with a big farmers market salad.
Learn the science behind fresh cheesemaking and master the (surprisingly straightforward) techniques for making farm fresh cheeses in your own home!
Creme Fraiche / Yogurt
Whole Milk Ricotta
PICKLING + FERMENTING 101
Master the art of quick pickling and fermenting with Farmer + Chef Michelle Aronson! You'll walk away empowered with new knife skills, a better understanding of the science behind pickling/fermented foods, a detailed recipe packet, and a belly full of farm fresh goodness.
Farmers' Market Quick Pickles
Preserved Meyer Lemons
From artichokes to zucchini and everything in between, this class teaches you how to select, prep, slice + dice and confidently cook nearly every kind of vegetable! A perfect class for anyone looking to master all those funky vegetables that you've always wondered how to use in your home kitchen.
Homemade Herb Butters with Local Focaccia Bread
Local Persimmon & Pomegranate Arugula Salad with Spiced Walnuts Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Glaze
Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken over Seasonal Root Vegetables & Rustic Herbs
Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp with McConnell's Ice Cream
FRESH FROM THE FARMERS' MARKET
This class will teach you all the tips + tricks for rocking your next visit to the farmers' market, and you'll learn to master basic culinary techniques to make the most of local, seasonal produce all year long.
Sliced Local Radish, Sugar Snap Pea, and Mint Salad with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Roasted Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce
Grilled Flank Steak with Fresh Herb Salsa Verde
Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Pistachios and Whipped Orange-Cardamom Cream
KNIFE SKILLS 101
The key to confidence in the kitchen starts with mastering a few basic knife skills. In this hands-on class you will learn the ins and outs of selecting and sharpening your chef’s knife, as well as the basics of chopping, dicing, mincing - all while whipping up a delicious, locally sourced meal!
Massaged Kale Salad with French Lentils, Avocado, Toasted Pepitas & Persian Cucumbers
Blood Orange & Maple Glazed Salmon
Creamy Carrot, Sweet Potato & Parsnip Puree
Honey & Mascarpone Citrus Parfait with Santa Barbara Pistachios
COOKING WITH HERBS
In this class, you’ll learn the proper techniques for purchasing, storing, and cooking with your favorite fresh and dried culinary herbs, plus tips on growing your own herbs at home!
Homemade Herb Butters with Local Focaccia Bread
Farmers’ Market Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Slow Roasted Local Seabass or Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Honey & Thyme Poached Pears with Whipped Cardamom Cream
Learn how to elevate a wide range of dishes - from salad dressings and starters to entrees and desserts - by mastering these key techniques and irresistible sauces.
Farmers Market Green Salad with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing
Patatas Bravas with Chipotle Aioli Sauce
Bronzed Seabass or Halibut with Lemon Butter Pan Sauce
Blood Orange Caramel Sauce with Local Citrus & Vanilla Ice Cream
Master the art of making homemade pizza from scratch, using all fresh and local ingredients.
Homemade Pizza Dough
Rustic Tomato Pizza Sauce
Fresh Fig Tart with Honey-Marscapone Cheese & Walnuts
Salads are Michelle's specialty... but these aren't your momma's salads! Bursting with flavor, hearty grains, vegetables, herbs, and homemade dressings - these are recipes you'll be happy to have in your arsenal.
Green Power Salad with Lentils, Local Herbs, Apples, Cucumbers
Roasted Vegetable "Buddha Bowl" with Maple Tahini Dressing
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Local Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Fresh Herbs
Chef & Farmer Michelle has followed a gluten-free diet for over 10 years, and she has learned to embrace gluten-free eating by amassing an arsenal of delicious and healthy recipes. In this class, you will gain a better understanding of gluten & gluten allergies, and you will learn how to avoid gluten at the grocery store and in restaurants.
Gluten Free Multi-Seed Loaf with Homemade Herb Butter
Kale Power Salad with Lemon Herb Vinagrette
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sage Brown Butter, Lemon, Hazelnuts & Parmesan
Flourless Chocolate & Orange Cake
CALIFORNIA PICNIC PARTY
Be the friend that everyone wants to invite to their picnic after learning these fun and stress-free recipes for alfresco dining.
Herbed Hummus Platter with Local Olives, Cucumbers, Feta & Pita
French Vinaigrette Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs
Italian Muffulata Sandwich
Assorted Homemade Cacao Truffles
Craving a cooking class on a topic you don't see here? Drop us a line!
The Farmbelly team looks forward to customizing classes to meet your needs.