Cooking Classes

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Check out one of our Chef’s Fabulous menus below!
Current Resident Chefs include Phillis Carey and Maribel Otal.

See class schedules below…


Phillis Carey has been teaching cooking classes throughout Southern California for more than thirty years. Her classes cover a wide range of topics, from basic techniques to holiday feasts, from quick ways with chicken to vegetarian cooking, international and regional cuisines. Her focus is on easy-yet-elegant menus for entertaining with a gourmet accent and a minimum of fuss. Her students remark that she is easy to follow and her recipes are “home-cook” friendly. As a free-lance food writer, Phillis’ articles have appeared in Cook’s Illustrated and Cooking Pleasures magazines. She has also written cover stories for the food section of the San Diego Union-Tribune and has self-published four cookbooks, including her currently available book, Fast And Fabulous Chicken Breasts. A native of California, she resides in Carlsbad…read more.
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To register for classes, email or call (760) 942-1756. Payment is due at the class!


$50 members    $55 non-members
Tuesday, 1/30 at 11:30 am in La Jolla
Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Caramelized Shallots; Chicken and Italian Sausage Sauté with Olives, Capers and Lemon and Garlicky Olive Bread; Lemony Cajun-Seasoned Salmon with Roasted Brussels Sprouts; Buffalo Chicken and Cauliflower Bake with Cheddar and Gouda Cheeses; Chocolate Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Shaved Chocolate Topping.

Soup for Dinner
Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 am in La Jolla       $55
Green Minestrone with Pesto, Vegetables, Pasta and White Beans;
Smoky Corn Chowder with Bacon, Chicken, Peppers and Sweet Potatoes;
Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Soup Topped with Cheese;
Red Lentil Chicken Soup served with Garlic Flatbreads with Sautéed Onions and Gouda Cheese;
Red Velvet Oreo Swirl Cheesecake Brownies.

Wine Country Cooking
Tuesday, February 27 at 11:30 am in La Jolla   $57
Passion Fruit Aperol Prosecco Sprtiz;

Cioppino Seafood Stew with Gremolata Toasts;
Warm Asparagus and Bacon Toast with Roasted Red Pepper-Shallot Vinaigrette;
Fresh Herb Crusted Filet Mignon with Horseradish Hollandaise;
Roasted Carrots, Potatoes, Radishes and Snap Peas with Herbs and White Balsamic Vinegar;
Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze.

Fast and Fabulous Everyday Entrees
Tuesday, March13 at 11:30 am in La Jolla    $55
Bacon Wrapped Pesto, Spinach and Parmesan Stuffed Pork Tenderloins;

Sheet Pan Greek Feta Chicken with Baby Potatoes, Tomatoes, Asparagusand Kalamata Olives;
Indian Spiced Shrimp in Coconut Milk with Ginger, Chilies and Basmati Rice;
Perfect Filet Mignon Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles;
Chewy Bailey’s Coffee Blondies.

Springtime Appetizers
Tuesday, March 27 at 11:30 am in La Jolla     $55
Blackberry Vodka Spritz;

French Caramelized Onion Puff Pastry Cups;
Smoked Paprika Prawns with Mango Chimichurrri;
Crispy Prosciutto Cups Filled with Egg Salad;
Smoked Salmon, Dill and Caper Torta with Buttered Toasts;
Parmesan Asparagus Roll-Ups with Bacon Cream Cheese Filling.

Spring Dinners
Tuesday, April 10 at 11:30 am in La Jolla     $55
Sage and Pecan Crusted Pork Cutlets with Blackberry Drizzle and

Smoked Gouda Grits and Haricot Verts;
Chicken Breasts with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes in a Boursin Cheese Sauce with Orzo;
Pepper Crusted Steaks with a Strawberry Zinfandel Sauce and Orange Mustard Aioli with Apple Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette;
Blueberry Cheesecake Galette.

NEW! Cooking with Chef Maribel
(858) 459-0831

The Authentic Caesar Salad and Shrimp Ceviche

Learn how to prepare the famous Caesar Salad as it was invented and is still served down the border in Tijuana. Also learn to prepare Shrimp Ceviche, Mexican style.
Tue, Feb 20, 6pm. $30/M, $35/NM

Maribel was born in Mexico City.  She studied cooking at the Culinary Institute in Vancouver, Canada and continued her studies at the Iberoamerican University in Mexico City.

Maribel worked for various notable restaurants in Mexico City.  She latter had a catering business and for many years served at different events.

Maribel is a neighbor of La Jolla where she lives with her daughter Maria and husband Fernando.  Maria is attending La Jolla Elementary School and enjoying kindergarten very much.

Maribel is a true believer in cooking with love and passion.  The two ever required ingredients for a successful preparation.