Private Classes

In a private cooking class, you work side-by-side with Julie learning the essential theory and techniques of fine cooking. These intimate classes allow you to make the most out of your vacation time in Napa. It is the best way to take your skills to the next level. The menus are seasonal and feature food from local farms. Contact Julie to reserve a private hands-on cooking class.

Private day or evening classes can be booked for small groups for a hands-on class. These are a great way to celebrate life, special birthdays, anniversaries, or milestones.

The class is held at your location. I bring everything you will need for your class.

  • What To Expect: Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In class you'll work together with other students in groups of 2 or 3 It's a fun, hands-on environment.

    Cooking with Julie's recipes are developed using common cooking and baking ingredients that may or may not be specified in the menu titles, including various fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, spices, wheat flours, etc. If you have a food allergy, please let us know before attending the class. Adjustments to recipes cannot be made during class.

  • You will be standing, cooking, and working for most of the class.
    Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back.

    Hands-on classes run approximately 4 hours, with about 3 hours of cooking and concluding with a meal that was prepared during the class paired with California wines.
    Demonstration classes are 3 hours in length.

    "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. When cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." -Julia Child

    Call (707) 227-5036 or email Julie ( to reserve a private class.

    "Thanks so much for the fun week at cooking school. I am going to make some of the recipes next week. I think we are coming back next year if you'll have us." Wayne F.

    Sample Menus-
    Winter Menu
    Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and Almonds
    Steak with Red Wine and Shallot Butter Sauce
    Pan Grilled Hen of the Woods
    Russian Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
    Spring Menu
    Tuscan Kale Pesto with Pasta
    Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary Cooked under a Brick
    Grilled Asparagus with Walnut Aillade
    Classic Chocolate Mousse with a Twist and Strawberries
    Summer Menu
    Padron Peppers with Chorizo
    Melon, Peach, Mascarpone, & Prosciutto Salad
    with Honey Vinaigrette
    Basque Chicken with Peppers
    Crustless Almond Fig Tarts with Frangipane
    and Crème Fraîche Chantilly
    Autumn Menu
    Prosciutto with Warm Roasted Figs & Crunchy Hazelnut Picada
    White Sea Bass with Spinach, Roasted Polenta, and Romesco
    Profiteroles with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce (aka cream puffs)

    The fee for a 4-hour Private Hands-on Cooking Class:

    Times: 10:00 am- 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    For 4 or fewer students $ 950
    For 5 to 8 students $ 225 per person

    Sunday closed


    The fee for a private Market Tour and Hands-on Cooking Class:
    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    For 4 or fewer students $ 1,000
    For 5 to 8 students $ 250 per person

    Sunday closed

    Includes private tuition, hands-on cooking class, light antipasti with wine to enjoy during class, a three-course meal paired with wine, along with recipe booklet, and a "COOKING with JULIE" logo apron.

    For off-site classes a fee of $350 for transportation expenses, set-up, and breakdown.

    Substitutions may be necessary depending on availability.

    "We had two very fun days with you. Thanks for all of the good cooking tips, knife tricks, great recipes, and inspiration." Pat & Tom


    (707) 227-5036