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18 Reasons: Culinary Boot Camp – In Person

August 16, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A three-day series of hands-on cooking classes, each night culminating in a family-style dinner served with wine and beer. One ticket admits the same student to all three nights: Tuesdays August 2, 9, and 16, 2022. The class is limited to 12 students. See our registration policies here and our rules for in-person events here.

Do you know someone who does not know how to cook? Are you that person yourself? Fear not! In this new series of classes aimed at the beginner cook, Chef Mike will teach you the basics of the kitchen. We will learn, we will laugh, and we will eat really well. In the end, students will walk out of class with a solid grounding in the basics. These three consecutive Wednesdays must be taken as a whole – in for a penny, in for a pound.

On day one we will learn how to use a chef knife. We will master the basics of a vinaigrette, and we will roast a whole chicken safely and deliciously. And of course we will learn how to fry food in order to get those insanely addictive shallot rings, the perfect garnish for many future recipes!

Day two is about techniques. We will move around the kitchen and learn to sauté and make a pan sauce. We will learn to stew things. We will learn batter frying and how to blanch and steam.

Day three covers an assortment of skills to round out your culinary toolkit. We will make a 10-minute tomato sauce, properly cook dry pasta, and finish it in the pan. Basic baking techniques will be taught, then a white sauce will be turned into country gravy. Some solid grounding in egg cookery – its not just for breakfast anymore! Finally, because just like a solid pair of tennis shoes or a little black dress, everyone needs a dessert up their sleeve, we will make chocolate pudding – why not? And a perfect warm dessert you can use with whatever fruit looks best at Bi-Rite Market.

By the end of the third night, you will have been exposed to a host of recipe. Far more importantly, you will know the techniques behind them. This one series will prep you for a life of good food and wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen, and the joy of sharing good food with friends and loved ones.


Day 1 is Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 from 6-9:30 pm

Knife Skills: Beautifully Cut Cabbage Salad

Vinaigrettes: Lime and Shallot Oil

Frying: Shallot Rings

Roasting: Miso Honey Glazed Spatchcocked Roasted Chicken

Day 2 is Tuesday August 9th, 2022 from 6-9:30 pm

Sauté with Pan Sauce: Pork Medallions in Apple Mustard Pan Sauce

Stew: Chicken and White Bean Chili with Tomatillos

Battering and Frying: Crispy Fried Shrimp

Cold Emulsion: Yuzu Aioli

Blanch and Steam: Asparagus Salad

Day 3 is Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 from 6-9:30 pm

Pasta: Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara

Basic Eggs: Soft Scramble with Fines Herbs

Baking Basics: Flaky Biscuits

Bechamel/White Sauce: Sausage Gravy

Cold Dessert: Grown-Up Chocolate Pudding

Warm Dessert: Seasonal Fruit Crisp

*dishes may change due to seasonal availability

This menu contains the following common allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, shellfish, optional tree nuts. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together!

Born in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mike Weller grew up in the suburbs of San Jose, where he discovered cooking as his first profession and lifetime passion. After wandering through typical teenage jobs at pizza joints and ice cream parlors, Mike’s first “restaurant” job was with Sambo’s Coffee Shops, slinging hash and cooking eggs for the bar rush and Sunday breakfast crowds. He moved on to help open several restaurants, attend the California Culinary Academy, and study under European chefs with Michelin backgrounds. Later, Mike served as an executive chef for catering companies, wineries and country clubs. When his son was born, Mike transitioned his career into teaching, returning to the CCA where he eventually became the Executive Chef and Director of Academics. Mike also returned to school for training in his new field, earning a Master’s Degree in Education. Having taught for Le Cordon Bleu North America in both online and brick and mortar schools, Mike is thrilled to return to teaching in a neighborhood-based community. When he is not teaching he reaps the benefits of his backyard garden, kept in perfect order by his Master Gardener wife.


August 16, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


18 Reasons
3674 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 568-2710
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