August 23, 24 & 25, 2013
Since writing my book, TEQUILA: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, there痴 been a lot of buzz about tequila. The art of tequila production has become as intensely intricate as wine-making, but let痴 face it- wine is fun but tequila is FUN! It became such a passion of mine that I opened Copita, my first restaurant and tequileria! Tequila can be paired with many different flavors and foods. Because it痴 so versatile, it makes sense to serve tequila with small plates, or tapas, and gather some friends to enjoy it together. If you are ready to learn how to host a very fun and unique party with ease, join me for a weekend dedicated to tequila and tapas!
In this tequila-inspired weekend cooking course, I値l teach you how to prepare some of the delicious small-plate recipes from my cookbooks and dishes inspired by Copita and much more. To kick off the weekend, we値l have a welcome cocktail reception at my restaurant, Copita, Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, we値l cook a variety of tapas in my studio kitchen (the same one you see on TV!).
We値l have hands-on cooking classes and then enjoy the dishes we致e prepared with some fabulous tequila cocktail pairings. Some of the cocktail and food recipes you値l make during this weekend course include my Peachy Rita - a twist on the classic Bellini, savory Chorizo Hand Pies, an ice-cold Gazpacho with Drunken Prawns, delicious Smoked Trout and Tequila Quesadillas with Summer Tomato Salsa, and my favorite little meatballs called Albondigas, plus my classic Margarita (sweetened with agave nectar). We値l even make our own tortillas for Tacos with Chicken Tinga and Grilled Kobe Flank Steak with Chipotle Crema and Cabbage Slaw. For dessert, you値l learn how to make Mexican Chocolate Souffles with Tequila-Chipotle Creme Anglaise, and deliciously addictive Coco Loco Tequila Cupcakes, just to name a few!
When we are finished cooking each day, we'll sit down in my spacious dining room and enjoy hand-selected cocktail pairings with each of the dishes we've prepared.
You know how I feel about tequila - I wrote a book about it! A festive cocktail party or delicious meal is not complete without the perfectly shaken cocktail! We'll create a signature cocktail each class, paired with the meal we have prepared. We may also have a very special guest shaking up cocktails at one of our meals!
We will also learn more about tequila through a "vertical" flight - pouring and tasting three types of tequila: blanco, reposado, and anejo. And we値l do a horizontal tasting, taking blancos from highlands and lowlands so you can see the difference. Tasting 100% agave tequila is like tasting wine, and I'll teach you how to swirl and sniff and, of course, taste!
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 the classes. We are also happy to provide a list of my favorite San Francisco tequila bars, restaurants, cafes, wine bars, shops, and farmer's market locations. You can find some of my local favorites here.
This weekend course costs $1,000 per person. The cost includes a welcome cocktail reception at Copita Tequileria y Comida, hands-on cooking instruction, copies of all recipes, an apron, and a multi-course lunch each class day complete with tequila cocktail pairings. Full payment for the course must be included with your completed reservation form. 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 or to Copita for the welcome reception.
Classes begin at 10am and finishes at approximately 3pm. Classe sizes are limited, so that everyone gets 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.