Welcome to CookWithJames
We offer cooking & catering services including cooking class parties, private dinners & catered events, including mobile paella feasts. We feature Italian and Spanish inspired dishes of the highest quality, and use locally grown and artisan ingredients.
Email us with the dinner that most interests you and what dates you and your friends are available. All classes start at $95 (varies according to menu and number of courses) per person (BYOB) and include detailed, step-by-step recipes. A minimum of 4 guests are required for this pricing. If your group is only 2 guests the cost for spending the evening with James is a flat $400. For groups of 6 or more an 18% gratuity will be added.
We are happy to customize the dinner to your liking (below are just a few examples of the options available – we can do nearly anything Italian or Spanish). All cooking class dinners include appetizers and a fantastic dessert from Spain called La Quesada (think flan meets cheesecake). We can accommodate vegetarian diets.
You can also book us for a private sit-down dinner with more courses. Click here for an example menu. For a list of all our services please go here.
You can also call us at: (415) 425-3444
|Pasta by Hand:
Prepare classic ravioli or tortelloni with herbs, goat cheese & fennel fronds. Includes a main course of braised Sonoma chicken with wilted Swiss chard
Prepare a veritable feast of mushrooms including a Bruschetta dei Funghi Misti & a Pasta al Boscaiolo with criminis, San Marzano tomatoes, mint & hot pepper
Prepare James’ very popular pizza from scratch and without the use of a electric mixer. We will make several different types of pizza, including a Margherita from Naples.|
|Perfect Roast Chicken:
Learn how to roast chicken so that it is succulent & full of flavor. We will also show you how to make an incredible Caesar salad with fresh eggs.
Learn how to make light and super delicate Neopolitan meat balls with pork, beef, ricotta, egg & bread.
||Duck 2 Ways:
Learn how to prepare duck 2 ways. We will first braise the legs and then show you how to cook the breast so that it is perfectly succulent & moist. Served with roasted potatoes & braised greens.|
|Pasta alla Bolognese:
Learn how to make the classic Pasta alla Bolognese. We’ll show you the secrets and also how to make gorgeous hand-made egg tagliatelle. Includes a salad of radicchio and mint & a main course of James’ very popular braised free-range chicken with prunes soaked in grappa.
||James’ Ultimate Comfort Food:
Learn how to make James’ famous “comfort” pasta with San Marzano tomatoes, a touch of cream & hot pepper. We will follow up with a beautiful braise of Prather Ranch beef. The ulimate comfort food for a foggy San Francisco summer night!
||Quail Over a Wood Fire:
Join us in roasting some beautiful quail (wrapped in prosciutto & brushed with “peperoncino” jelly) over a wood fire on a real Tuscan grill.|
|Pasta alla Puttanesca:
Learn how to make an incredible Neopolitan puttanesca pasta with olives, capers, pine nuts, San Marzano tomatoes, white wine & hot pepper. Includes a salad of radicchio and mint & a main course of James’ very popular braised free-range chicken with prunes soaked in grappa.
||Glorious California Artichokes:
Join us for a very special vegetarian dinner in which we will prepare several kinds of artichokes (large & small) in a variety of ways. Learn how to make house-made lemon aioli & beautifully roasted rosemary potatoes.
||Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes:
Learn to prepare James’ very special & secret “Taste of Summer” gazpacho followed by a beautiful Spaghetti ai Pomodori Verdi using last of the season green tomatoes. Includes a salad of heirloom tomatoes with burrata, basil & olio nuovo. Offered July – October.|