Joanne Weir's Cooking School

Ravioli Take an exclusive hands-on cooking course with me in San Francisco - in my private home!
Come cook with me in my professional home kitchen which is also the set of my PBS television series, "Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence". Bring a friend, family member, or come by yourself for a wonderful cooking holiday with me in San Francisco.

My courses are limited to 10 students so you get plenty of personal attention in the kitchen, as we prepare recipes from my favorite food and wine regions, my latest cookbooks, TV shows, and my travels around the world. I will teach you classic cooking techniques, share some fantastic recipes and tips for entertaining, and of course I'll show you some of my favorite cooking tricks! Each morning we'll meet in my kitchen to review recipes, divide into groups and begin cooking together. Then we'll sit down to enjoy the dishes we've prepared along with some of the most amazing wines! And, you'll still have plenty of time to explore the sights.  Come cook with me in San Francisco!

2014 San Francisco Class Offerings:

Tapas and Tequila Weekend Cooking Course

January 24, 25 & 26, 2014  -Complete!

JUST ADDED:  July 18-20

Taste of Tuscany Weekend Cooking Course

April 5 & 6, 2014    SOLD OUT!

September 20 & 21  SOLD OUT!


I love to teach and I have so much fun coming up with the themes for each of the cooking course programs at my house in San Francisco. I am always inspired to teach my students to cook seasonally, using the ingredients available at your local farmers' market or supermarket. I come up with menus that will teach you different cooking techniques and show you how to balance different flavors and textures. And of course I love to create the "wow" factor with dishes that look like they took hours to cook, but are simple with spectacular results!


Each hands-on cooking class will include recipes designed to highlight the typical dishes of a particular region, theme and/or cooking technique. After reviewing the recipes together, students will divide into teams to work on recipes together.

When we are finished cooking each day, we'll sit down in my spacious dining room and enjoy hand-selected wine pairings with each of the dishes we've prepared.

Wine Pairings

You know how I feel about wine so a delicious meal is not complete without the perfect pairing of wine! At the end of each class and paired with the meal we have prepared, we'll taste a variety of wines whose flavors and acidity have been selected to match those of each dish, and we'll learn about the grape varietals and origin of each wine and discuss them together. Wine tasting notes will be provided. We will also have a very special guest(s) pouring wines at some of our meals!


After cooking during the day, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy San Francisco and all of its wonderful views and sights. We can provide a list of nearby hotels and bed & breakfasts to choose from for your stay. We can also arrange for car or taxi service from/to your hotel to Joanne's home. We are also happy to provide a list of Joanne's favorite San Francisco restaurants, cafes, wine bars, shops, and farmer's market locations. You can find some of my local favorites here.

Course Details

The cost includes hands-on cooking instruction, copies of all recipes, apron, and a daily multi-course lunch complete with wine pairings. Full payment for the course must be included with your completed reservation form.  Check or Credit card payments via PayPal are accepted for cooking courses. Due to limited availability we cannot provide any refunds for cancellations.

*Note: Course fee does not include accommodations or transportation to the cooking school location.

Classes begin at 10am and finish at approximately 3pm. Classes are limited to 10 students so everyone gets lots of personal attention and a real hands-on experience. We recommend wearing closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothes for the cooking classes.

Questions? Contact us.