Italian Winter Farmer’s Table (Berkeley)


Nothing makes winter more inviting than a warming and rustic home-cooked meal. Join Chef Maria as you prepare a simple yet sophisticated Italian spread including hand-made ravioli and lamb chops.


– Crostini with Sautéed Swiss Chard and Garlic

– Pear and Gorgonzola Ravioli with Butter and Sage Sauce

– Lamb Chops Roman-style with Capers

– Lemon Budino (Lemon Pudding Cake)

Class format: Start your class with a lecture from the chefs about the theme’s tips & tricks. After this introduction, you will break up into teams of three or four people, and start cooking a recipe. Each team/station will make a different recipe, so the class as a whole prepares the menu in its entirety. You are encouraged to rotate from one station to another, but you won’t be able to make every dish. We will start the class with a prepared snack, and eat together what we have cooked at the end of the class. You are welcome to eat as much as you’d like in class, but unfortunately Kitchen on Fire’s zoning permit does not allow students to take food home.

Chef Bio:

Maria Teresa Capdevielle is the author of “The Secrets of Baking with Olive oil”, a professional pastry chef and a culinary chef/instructor from Abruzzo (Italy). Her local experience includes V-Sattui, The Rose Pistola, The Waterfront, The Market Hall, The Townhouse Grill & Restaurant and a stint at the famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where she learned about hand-selecting and gently preparing perfect produce from Alice Waters. She also consults for small restaurants and wineries and help them develop their dessert menu and train their teams.

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. Our friends at Vintage Berkeley wine shop on Vine Street will extend a 10% discount on any bottles you purchase for your class at Kitchen on Fire – just bring in this letter.

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 or a knife you want to practice with, 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.

We require 1-week notice for all class cancellations.

To cancel your class, please email [email protected] or call us at (510) 548-2665. We can issue credit for the full monetary value or issue a refund back to your credit card or original form of payment less a $20 processing fee.

Kitchen On Fire Cooking School

Led by Michelin-starred and classically-trained chefs, our classes are designed for everyone from professionals to inexperienced home cooks. Just bring a passion for good food and perhaps a bottle of wine to enjoy during class. We offer a warm and intimate environment where our chef instructors share their knowledge and experience. Kitchen on Fire promotes local, organic ingredients and healthy cooking techniques and recipes.

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