The holidays are a time for friends and family to gather ‘round the dining room table, share stories and enjoy festive home cooked meals. From oven roasted turkey, to sausage stuffing and pumpkin pie, good food is the essence of the holiday season.
Feeling anxious about all this kitchen action? There is still time to reinvent your culinary skills and impress your loved ones with a little help from local chefs. San Diego cooking classes are an educational and entertaining way to learn new holiday recipes that will last you a lifetime. Many cooking schools are hosting holiday-inspired classes with unique themes for all levels and interests.
Discover holiday cooking classes in San Diego.
Great News! Cookware & Cooking School: You can always rely on Great News! Cooking School to improve your skills in time for the holiday season. Great News! offers a weekly schedule of cooking classes with varied times and themes to match anyone’s schedule. Holiday inspired cooking classes around this time of year include All About Gingerbread on Sunday, December 9, instructed by Katherine Emmenegger. During this class, Chef Katherine will provide all the details for making warm and rich gingerbread recipes along with festive holiday decorations. For an upscale twist, mark your calendar for Fancy Holiday Fare on Wednesday, December 19, instructed by Mary Ann Vitale. This class will have you impressing family and friends with an outstanding holiday meal of Crown Roast of Pork, Porcini Mushroom and Chestnut Strata, Sweet Potato Spears and more. More holiday cooking classes include Vegan Treats for the Holidays on December 15, Holiday Brunch Dishes on December 18, and a French Holiday Class on December 21. All classes are held at Great News! Cooking School in Pacific Beach. To view the full schedule and pricing details, visit great-news.com.
Cups Culinary Teaching Kitchen: Although Cups is known for crafting organic cupcakes in tantalizing flavors, Cups Culinary has also evolved into one of the best cooking schools in town. Cups offers a weekly schedule of themed cooking classes hosted by rotating local chefs. Get in the sugary sweet spirit with the Holiday Cookie Exchange on December 16. Mama Gles will teach how to assemble a holiday cookie platter that tastes as good as it looks. From Peanut Butter Reindeer to Chocolate Gingerbread Men, Coconut Santas and Tea Cookies, you’ll learn the steps to making this perfect holiday gift. The best part? Everyone gets to bring a cookie platter home. All classes are held at Cups in La Jolla. To view the full schedule and pricing details, visit cupslj.com.
Sur la Table at Fashion Valley Mall: Sur la Table celebrates the art and soul of cooking at various locations across the nation. Test your cooking skills with Sur la Table at Fashion Valley, which offers multiple themed classes throughout the holiday season. Celebrate the spirit of giving and the elegant deliciousness of holiday candy-making in Holiday Chocolates and Truffles held on Saturday, December 8. Learn the ropes in crafting your own truffles, bark, fudge and rum balls. When you recover from that sugar high, head back for Ina Garten’s Foolproof Holiday Dinner on December 13. During this class, you’ll discover everything you need to know for a perfect holiday meal with deeply satisfying recipes. All students will receive an autographed copy of Ina Garten’s latest book, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust. More holiday inspired cooking classes include Holiday Macaroons on December 15, Le Creuset Winter Favorites on December 20 and Holiday Cookies on December 21. All classes are held at Fashion Valley San Diego. To view the full schedule and pricing details, visit surlatable.com.
Macy’s School of Cooking: Celebrated Chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room is hosting a series of cooking classes at Macy’s Mission Valley Home Store’s School of Cooking throughout the holiday season. Perfect your skills before the big day during At the Table with Guest Chef Isabella Valencia from Dallmann Confections on Saturday, December 8. Join Chef Bernard as he welcomes Chef Isabella Valencia from Dallmann Confections as they present some of their favorite recipes of the holiday season. The best part? Admission to the class is just a $5 donation which benefits the San Diego Food Bank. All classes are held at Macy’s School of Cooking in Mission Valley. To view the full schedule and pricing details, visit macys.com.
Hipcooks: The school that makes the kitchen hip celebrates the season with hands-on cooking classes that strive for organic, creative and fun classes for beginners and pros. Prep the perfect holiday feast with the I Ain’t No Turkey! class held on Saturday, December 15. Learn to make individual Cornish hens stuffed with apricot cous cous, roasted root vegetables, cranberry sauce, peppery watercress salad and pumpkin soufflé. Sweeten it up at the Holiday Elves cooking class, with chocolate lavender truffles, peppermint white chocolate hearts, ginger spice cookies, peanut butter blossoms, nut brittle and more on Sunday, December 16. For the hard working elves, Hipcooks will serve a Christmas cocktail to all students. All classes are held at Hipcooks in North Park. To view the full schedule and pricing details, visit sandiego.hipcooks.com.
Don’t want to cook? Check out our guide to 2012 Christmas Dinners in San Diego