Not many people know tapas and entertaining as well as our own Chef Olive. Having been one of the opening bartenders/owners of Cesar, he spent eight years pairing cocktails and wines with some of the best Spanish fare in the Bay Area. Tapas are a great way to entertain with ease while still making a nice array of palate pleasers. Get insider tips on everything from fun party music to bar set up and beverage pairing. Learn a variety of easy to prepare small plates and appetizers to entertain your guests.
Baked Tetilla Cheese With Escalivada (Roasted Vegetables)
Chorizo & Potato Tortilla with Fresh Pickled Onions
Pickled Anchovies with Vegetable Toasts and Fresh-made Ailoli
Bomba de Patatas, stuffed with Lamb, Tomato and Green Bell Pepper
Blood Orange and Almond Cake
Class format: Each class will begin with a lecture from the chefs about the day’s theme and recipes. After this introduction, the group will break up into smaller teams, and start working on four or five recipes related to the technique of the day. A snack will be served at the beginning of class, and you will be eating the dishes you make throughout each class. You are welcome to eat as much as you’d like in class, but unfortunately our zoning permit does not allow us to have students take food home.
The former co-owner and bar manager of Berkeley’s acclaimed Cesar Tapas Bar, Said is one of the Bay Area’s respected culinary personalities. Born and raised in France, he is the descendant of at least five generations of restaurateurs dating back to the early 1750s in France. Said began his career at the age of 15 in his mother’s Paris restaurant. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and worked at Ken Frank’s La Toque, one of the first restaurants in the country to feature California nouvelle cuisine. In 1987, Said returned to Paris and opened his own restaurant, the very popular Texas Coyote, which included three sprawling bars and a night club. It had frequent reviews in the press such as Gault Millau, Vogue, Le Point, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde, Paris Capital magazine, Liberation and Marie Claire. Olivier Said was a regular guest host on the number two national radio station in France, Skyrock, live from his restaurant.
Wine and other Alcoholic Beverages: We whole-heartedly invite class participants (who are 21 and older) to bring any beverages they would like to enjoy during their stay at Kitchen on Fire for personal consumption. We cannot sell or distribute alcohol and we uphold ABC regulations. No minor can drink and we cannot have intoxicated students attending a class.
What to wear/bring to class: Please wear close-toed shoes to all classes. If you have shoulder-length hair or longer, please wear it back and away from your face; we have plenty of hair ties in the kitchen for you to use and keep. Feel free to bring a favorite apron, but know that we will supply all the tools you need at class.
Allergies: Please take a look at the class menu. If you think you might be allergic to anything on the menu please get in touch and we can double check the ingredient list.
Note: Price is per individual, not per couple.