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18 Reasons: The Art of French Entertaining – In Person

December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 10 students. See our registration policies here and our rules for in-person events here.

In a country where the typical dinner party doesn’t start until 8 pm and arriving fashionably late is the cultural norm, it is essential to have a variety of hors d’œuvres for guests to enjoy. Take a trip with Zoe through the hors d’oeuvres of France, from the simple to the elaborate, and learn how to entertain as artfully and effortlessly as the French do.


Kir Royal—Champagne with Crème de Cassis & Raspberry

Gougères au Fromage—Baked Savory Choux Pastry with Gruyère Cheese

Fromage Fort—“Strong Cheese” with White Wine & Aromatics

Pâté de Volaille Maison—Chicken Liver Pâté

Velouté De Chataignes—Chestnut, Apple & Celery Root Soup

This menu contains the following common allergens: Egg, Dairy, Wheat. 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!

Zoé McLaughlin was born in Paris and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked in restaurants in France while she wrote and published her first cookbook – a collection of family recipes influenced by her multicultural upbringing. She now lives in San Francisco, where she works in the non-profit culinary world and hosts online cooking demonstrations. She has a passion for bringing together the diverse flavors and culinary traditions of the Bay Area with the time tested techniques of classical French cooking.


December 2, 2021
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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