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! 


Ashley, Kitchen Manager

Ashley has a real zest for life and that doesn’t stop in the kitchen! She began working in restaurants at an early age where she truly discovered her passion for food. Ashley then attended the New Hampshire College Culinary Arts program which then lead her to Colorado. After several years in the catering and restaurant world, she switched gears and began working with a wealth management firm in Boulder until making her way to the Bay area. Ashley was thrilled to rejoin the culinary world and become part of the team here at Savory Kitchen. She enjoys meeting new people as much as the work she does in the kitchen which truly makes her job the perfect pairing.


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.  

Kristen, Chef Instructor  

A passionate home cook, Kristen loves empowering people to improve their health and kitchen confidence.  At 17, Kristen won a “Seventeen” magazine national cooking competition.  She enjoys travel and learning about ingredients and recipes from other countries, and holds an MA in international relations.  She has been teaching cooking classes for over ten years.  She eagerly explores and shares about local restaurants, farmer’s markets, brew pubs, and ethnic groceries.  Kristen embraces all aspects of wellness; when not at Savory Kitchen, you might spy her hiking, swimming or doing yoga. 

Alex, Chef Instructor

Alex is a culinary school graduate from New York. She moved out west for culinary school back in 2015 and while she is a bit newer to the professional culinary industry, she has been in the kitchen since she could walk. While in the culinary program she began working at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA as a catering chef. After Wente, she briefly worked in a bar/restaurant and then started teaching here at Savory Kitchen while also launching her own catering company. When she's not in the kitchen, Alex is enjoying the outdoors with her wife, and making sure their 2 dogs are living the good life



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