Chez Cherie offers cooking classes, corporate Culinary Team Building programs and Private Cooking Parties in the foothills of La Canada, and serves businesses in Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and the greater Los Angeles area. Take a cooking class and learn to love food!
We are thrilled that you all are so excited about these classes. We love doing them, and “our Joe’s” are so generous with their time, tips and suggestions. So come see what’s new and cool at TJ’s, and even better, what you can do with it!
Special event! Chez Cherie was selected by Saveur magazine to present a mouth-watering exploration of Authentic French cuisine. From the bistros of Paris to the farmhouses of Provence, this exciting class will take you on a culinary journey through the regions and rituals that have made French food the basis for all other cuisine. We will be preparing a fabulous meal including Gougeres, Salade des Moines, Poussin Vallee d’Auge, Gratin Dauphinois, and Souffle au Chocolat!
Perfect food for celebrations, or just chilling with friends on a weekend morning-turned-afternoon. A perfect brunch menu should include something eggy, something salty and something sweet. It should be both pretty and tasty, and our menu will fill all those requirements, and more. Light meal included. $70.
No fancy Escoffier sauces, no tall hat cheffiness. In this class, we explore the kind of delicious, home-cooking you might find in a farmhouse kitchen in the Dordogne. Using simple ingredients, we will demonstrate some great home cooking recipes, ala française. Light meal included. $65
Five-part, Wednesday evening series. Students of all levels of cooking ability are welcome to enroll, whether to learn new concepts, or brush up on methods they've used for years. We’ll cover the basics of Knife Skills, Measuring, Mise en Place, Grilling, Broiling, Sautéing, Roasting, Braising, Vegetables and Grains, and Baking. Classes may be taken individually.
First in a five-part Wednesday evening series; some classes may be taken individually. Students of all levels of cooking ability are welcome to enroll, whether to learn new concepts, or brush up on methods they've used for years. In the Knife Skills class, we will discuss selecting, storage, care and use of knives. A good knife is by far the most important tool in the cook's arsenal. We’ll cover other essential kitchen equipment as well. A portion of this class will be hands-on, to make sure that students have a feel for the techniques discussed in class.
Always a popular favorite, our Trader Joe’s classes focus on what’s new, flavorful and fabulous at our favorite place to shop. We'll give you some inside scoop on how they find their great stuff, and why some of our favorites disappear off the shelves. Then we will make some terrific dishes with great TJ’s products. Light meal included. $55.
Second in a five-part Wednesday evening series; some classes may be taken individually. Direct heat cooking methods include grilling, broiling and sautéing. We will explore what foods respond best to these methods, and how to utilize each technique. Pan sauces will be discussed, as they relate to sautéing. Light meal included.
Who doesn’t love a little pie? We’ll demo some little pies and big pies, sweet and savory pies and tarts in this class. Whether you make the dough yourself, or reach for the frozen crusts, we will show you some great tricks for pleasing all your pie people!
Third in a five-part Wednesday evening series; classes may be taken individually. In this class we will cover baking, roasting and braising. These gentler techniques are suited to certain foods, and we will review when each is best used. Light meal included.
Who doesn't love pasta? There is something so amazing about turning flour and eggs into silky smooth dough—if you've never made your own, you really should try it. The whole process is easy, and very therapeutic! We will make and roll some dough, play around with shapes and fillings, and just have fun with pasta-bilities! Light meal included.
Fourth in a five-part Wednesday evening series; classes may be taken individually. In the Vegetables and Grains class we will teach different techniques for preparing these foods, and how to complement the flavor of each food with the cooking technique. Couscous, bulgar and rice are some of the grains cooked and tasted in class, and seasonal vegetables will be demonstrated with various cooking methods.
After months of wintery foods, the markets are beginning to blossom with spring’s bounty. We will take full advantage of the season’s delicious offerings to create some recipes that will put a Spring in your step---or at least bring Spring to your table!
Our goal for the weeknight meals classes is to make them do-able in the time it would take you to decide where to get take-out, go get it and unpack it. The dishes are simple but tasty, and we include many suggestions on how to combine the recipes, or "switch them up" to take advantage of last night's leftovers, or tomorrow's sale on shrimp. Light meal included.
No, we aren’t going to Starbucks! One of my unsung flavor heroes is coffee, and all our dishes will feature this rich, complex component. I’m thinkin’ Pork with Espresso Dry Rub, maybe some Biscuits and Red Eye Gravy? Definitely something mocha—because—MOCHA! I’m getting hungry just writing the class description. This will be fun! Light meal included.
On our recent culinary trip, we had a terrific tapas tour in Madrid. Our guide took us from one great spot to another, pairing wines with each of the wonderful treats he ordered. We will recreate some of the flavors and aromas we enjoyed on that tapeo (it's Spanish for "pub crawl"). Tapas are a great entertaining strategy--make a couple, buy a couple, have your guests assemble a couple! $75.
The vibrant flavors of the Latin cultures combine with the bounty of the summer garden to make an explosion of color and great tastes. Our menu will sizzle and pop with Cuban, Mexican, and Spanish flair. Light meal included. Sabrosa!
These have become some of our most popular classes, featuring the best of what Trader Joe’s is currently offering. The recipes change each time, so if you have previously attended a TJ’s class, think about coming back to see what’s new and great in this great place to shop! Light meal included.
This class is a party waiting to happen! Apron up with us and help make Macadamia and Basil Rice, Rum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes and a crazy good Tropical Pork Tenderloin, with Island Bread Pudding for dessert. All you’ll need are the Mai Tais (not provided, but we'll provide the stemware) and the tiki torches. Light meal included.
In Southern California, we can grill year-round, but summer still seems to be the season to fire up the coals (or propane) and slap something tasty on the barbie. Come learn some tricks of the trade, and get some new ideas for your BBQ. We will cover the basics, focusing on meat and sides. Light meal included.
In Southern California, we can grill year-round, but summer still seems to be the season to fire up the coals (or propane) and slap something tasty on the barbie. Come learn some tricks of the trade, and get some new ideas for your BBQ. We will cover the basics, focusing on meat and sides.
Special event! Join Chez Cherie and SAVEUR magazine as we traverse the city markets, heartland farms and Southern roadside vendors on a quest for the freshest bounty of our warm weather harvest. This exciting addition to the Saveur Cooks series takes you through the preparation of the beloved American Fare of "meat and potatoes", yet each recipe has a unique twist gleaned from the culinary traditions of our varied cultural heritages. Dishes will include Chilled White Corn Soup, Grilled Sirloin Steak with Green Sauce, Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon, and Raspberry Tart with Lemon Curd.
Keeping it simple and fresh can be so delicious! My favorite meals around the world are the ones where the ingredients are local, fresh-picked, and prepared with respect. When the cook just lets the ingredients shine, instead of getting in their way--that's what I want to eat! We'll source some local produce and products, and create a great menu that embodies the spirit of summer. Light meal included.
Even if you aren’t summering on the Cote d’Azur, why not eat as if you were? Help us to create a summery menu with the flavors of that sun-drenched region—thyme, olives, fennel…yum. Perfect for evenings on the South of France, or Southern Italy, or even Southern CA. $75. Light meal included.
I will confess to having a wee bit of a cookbook addiction. Between the fantastic Pasadena Library, Vroman’s and Amazon, I manage to peruse about 100 cookbooks a year. Yeah—that’s a LOT. Come help me justify all that research time. We will demonstrate favorite recipes adapted from the best cookbooks we’ve read lately. Light meal included.
Summer boasts an embarrassment of riches in the garden and orchard. The flavors are bold and bright, and it's too hot to be in the kitchen very long, so we'll demonstrate some delicious recipes that make the most of summer's bounty, without keeping you at the stove for hours. We might fire up the grill for some quick and easy outdoor dishes.
Always a popular favorite, our Trader Joe’s classes focus on what’s new, flavorful and fabulous at our favorite place to shop. We'll give you the inside scoop on how they find their great stuff, and why some of our favorites disappear off the shelves. Then we will make some terrific dishes with great TJ’s products. Light meal included.
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary tour of Turkey, a country steeped in history and tradition, where east meets west and the ancient bleeds into the modern day. We will be exploring Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Bodrum on the coast. Final itinerary details and pricing should be available shortly, so save the dates!
We work with Tastes of Italy to put together our wonderful culinary tours, including our 2012 Culinary Tour of Liguria. Tastes of Italy is now offering this one week adventure on multiple dates, with prices starting at $2995 per person. While Cherie and Steve will not be on these tour dates, we've been on the tour, and it's wonderful!
Tour start dates: September 28th, October 5th, October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd.
Brochure with additional details can be found here.
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