About Us

At Savory Kitchen, friends old and new gather to celebrate food and wine. Food preparation, cooking skills, and wine pairings are all taught in an intimate and friendly environment. Challenge colleagues to a competition; celebrate a friend's birthday by preparing a four-course meal; hone your brunch-making skills with like-minded strangers; learn the art and science of pairing local wines with skillfully prepared cuisine. Our chefs and instructors believe in enjoying good food and wine and want to share their excitement. Join us!

We offer two types of hands on cooking classes:

Skills classes are focused on learning a specific skill or method of cooking. These classes are 2 hours long and are setup with individual stations and work surfaces. Many of the skills learned in these classes are based on individual styles, the instructors will circulate and help you master your technique.

Menu focused classes are based on a specific seasonal or local dishes. The class will teach you how to master three or four dishes to put together an entire meal. The stations will be going on simultaneously with chefs moving you between stations to learn different techniques. After the meal is prepped learn, reinforce your skills through wine pairings and enjoy your expertly crafted dishes with the small production wineries we’ve paired them with. Learn how to appreciate the finer accents of a dish through the wine it’s paired with and enjoy a mini class on wine pairings. 

Colleen, Owner

Colleen spent five years in the Wine Industry after moving to Northern California from the Boston area. Opening Savory Kitchen had been a dream since taking culinary classes in Italy, where she also fell in love with wine. Colleen passed the Sommelier Exam in November 2008. She decided to open Savory Kitchen in October 2010. After a year of planning and building, the doors opened in January 2012.  When not at Savory Kitchen (which is rare) she loves playing with her kids Teddy, Liam and Adele. Traveling, and of course cooking with her husband, Rob. Colleen recently opened Whirlygig, just down the street. Where kids (big and little) play and burn energy...check it out! 

Andy, Director of Kitchen and Staff

Cooking is a way of expressing gratitude for life."  Andy believes there's more than simply satisfying hunger, For me, it's filling the heart and soul.  When we come together around a table to 'break bread', we come with the purpose to eat, of course, but more importantly, we come to be nurtured."  Andy was exposed to the culinary world from a very young age.  Her Aunt opened a restaurant in Modesto, California where Andy was first introduced to the industry.  She witnessed first hand what was involved in the business but, more importantly, Andy realized that there was more to it than just the hard work.  Her Aunt showed her it was about... giving.  Her love for food, and her many subsequent experiences in the restaurant industry, inspired her to venture out on her own.  She began a small catering business in 2008 where she built a unique palette of 'wares', specializing in, exotic emulsifications, exquisite fusions and sublime pairings.  At present, being the Chef at Savory Kitchen feels it is truly a phenomenal, and enlightening experience. For her, not only is she giving joy with extraordinary created menus here at Savory Kitchen, but she feels joyfully fulfilled as a Chef. Away from Savory Kitchen, Andy enjoys DIY'ing her circa 1923 year old home (sometimes enjoys)! 

 

Barb, Chef Instructor 

Barbara has always had a passion for he Culinary arts.   Over the many years she was always looking for cooking classes.  She found her way into a local kitchen store and began assisting in teaching cooking classes over the last 8 Years, learning from many talented chefs. She has worked in the restaurant industry for over 28 yrs.   She has traveled to different states and countries searching to learn different cuisines from New Orleans, Thailand and Italy. She loves to inspire students to cook at home and gather around the table and bring family time together.  On her off time she enjoys travel, of course cooking and spending time with her son, family and great friends.  And a good glass of wine never hurts.  

Linda, Asst Chef Instructor

Linda’s passion for cooking is surpassed by her passion to share the cooking experience with others.  Guiding people through the process and watching them gain confidence, pride, and excitement in their newly found skills is her drive.  Among her diverse background is owning a chocolate shop and a flavored nut business.  She also volunteers in creating, organizing, and teaching cooking clubs for youth organizations.  When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her mountain biking, rock climbing, or traveling. 

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