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UPCOMING International Excursions
Provence and the Côte d’Azur, France
September 23 - October 1, 2016
Just one shared double room available for the Fall 2016 trip! First-come, first-served; don't miss out!
The book: Eat Real Food or else...
The long-anticipated collaboration of Dr. Mike Nichols and Chef Charles Vollmar, Eat Real Food or Else (ERFOE), offers:
• A comprehensive system that promotes lifelong health, with nutritional advice based on the broad view of the entire body.
• Illustrated step-by-step recipes proving that healthy everyday food can be delicious.
• Detailed explanations about the effects of various foods on our bodies, with simple yet scientifically accurate justifications that take into account the latest findings of research.
• Tools to make informed food choices.
• Perspectives from which to examine the existing diets and the nutritional literature
• Books are available directly from Chef Charlie. Reserve your copy through this website. Books will be signed and delivered locally.
A little taste of Who we are
Welcome to the Epicurean Exchange website! As we enter our 17th year, we are excited to share our work and mission: to enlighten our communities with meaningful and engaging cooking classes, hands-on events, excursions, and wellness topics and solutions to assist those with special needs or lifestyle challenges.
This website is your portal to a myriad of food topics, education and exploration. Whether you are seeking a one-time single subject cooking class or choose to take part in a multi-class series, to delve a bit deeper in discovery and skills dvelopment, there is something for every skill level and interest. From knife skills, to culinary fundamentals, to intricate and elaborate preparations, we have the variety you are looking for. And remember, gift certificates make great gifts as the quality time and experiences keep giving long after the occasion.
Epicurean Exchange specializes in planning and presenting all formats of culinary-themed programs: from private small group culinary demonstrations or hands-on events, to corporate team building activities, or a special family gathering or a group of friends wanting to get together for an evening out, the kitchen is the perfect backdrop for gatherings large and small.
Continue to look for local and regional behind-the-scenes excursions and travels, as we have exciting itineraries being developed for the coming year. Also, this year, we are exploring and planning our first overseas itinerary to France in the fall, with exclusive food ventures in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.
For those who know us, encouraging better eating and positive lifestyle support has always been a significant focus of our work. If you, or your family, are looking to improve your overall eating habits, we offer our custom Kitchen Fitness lifestyle program or House Calls, private chef services, to provide foundational and overall nutritional support. In addition, if you, or someone you know, is facing a medical challenge that requires substantial lifestyle change, we offer wellness and lifestyle assessments and prescriptive (doctor recommended) cooking services to help meet your goals.
Our outreach will continue to grow, as we have added an Epicurean Exchange BLOG to our list of offerings, will be communicating through Constant Contact, and you can always find us on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and Pinterest and…
UPCOMING CLASSES & Events
Solage Resort, Calistoga
Solbar Food and Wine Event
Private, five-course tasting menu with wine pairing
Friday, July 22, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Calistoga / Silverado Trail
• Morning stop in St. Helena for wine tasting at Fisher Vineyards
• Exclusive, five-course tasting menu presented at the
Michelin-rated, Solbar by Executive Chef, Brendan Sharp
• Round-trip transportation from Orinda, East Bay
• Day concludes with stop in historic Calistoga
• Limited Seating – $250 per person
For complete itinerary and registration see our schedule.
Summer Stone Fruit Recipes
Tuesday, July 26, 2016; 6:30 PM, Saratoga
Solage, Calistoga Food & Wine Event
Friday, July 22, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Calistoga
Summer in Puglia
Tuesday, August 2, 2016; 6:30 PM, Saratoga
Corn, Corn, Corn
Thursday, August 11, 2016; 6:30 PM, Saratoga
Caribbean Summer Feast
Wednesday, August 3, 2016; 6:30 PM, Saratoga
Essential Knife Skills & Techniques
Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 PM, Saratoga
Orinda Books Lunch and Demo Series: Northern Italy
Tuesday, August 30, 11:30 AM, Orinda Books
Thursday, October 20, 10:30 AM, Orinda
check out our yelp reviews
We are proud of our reputation on YELP and all the great reviews our students and customers have provided. Due to the personal nature of our work, YELP is a great way to learn from others about their experiences with our programs. Click here to check out our Yelp reviews, and see what we mean!
Epicurean Exchange partners with quality vendors and service providers, some who offer discounts off shopping and services:
Amphora Nueva, Lafayette
Critical Edge Knife Sharpening Service, Pleasant Hill
465 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill. 925-937-3343.
Elsie Green House & Home, Concord
East Bay Restaurant Supply, Jack London Square, Oakland