FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often are class schedules posted?
Our class schedules are posted quarterly. Classes presented are highlighted by essential skills: knife skills, core skills and fundamentals, seasonal repertoire and global experimentation. Our goal is to provide a variety of topics and concepts to attract all kinds of learners, from beginners to “seasoned” home cooks and entertainers. Click here for the latest schedule.
Do students participate in the food preparation and sampling?
Most all classes are presented in hands-on, interactive format to heighten the learning experience. During each class we present 5 or 6 dishes which reflect the topic presented. Menus are balanced, seasonal and varied, just as one would plan a dinner party. Dishes are prepared from scratch by small groups. Ample samplings of each dish will be enjoyed.
What is the class size?
Classes are limited to 12 participants.
What types of ingredients are used?
All food and food products served and promoted are of the highest quality, seasonal, organic (whenever possible), whole grain (least processed), nutrient-rich, and free of preservatives, artificial ingredients and sweeteners.
Will I get a copy of the recipes and class materials?
Each class includes pre-determined recipes (with some exceptions due to unavailable ingredients). Recipes and supporting materials are available to use in class, and electronically sent to participants after each class.
What should I bring?
Bring nothing. Knives, cutting boards and aprons will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes.
How do I register?
To register simply click here. Or you can send an email to Chef Charlie at email@example.com. In the message, please mention the class name and date; the number of guests; the full names of all those attending; and the emails and phone numbers for all those attending. Please indicate how you wish to pay for the class (credit/debit via PayPal preferred, but checks are also accepted). Once payment is received, you will receive an email confirmation from Epicurean Exchange. Reminders will be sent out a day before the class with any special instructions.
How do I pay for the class?
We accept debit and credit card payments via PayPal or cash, and checks (payable to Epicurean Exchange). To pay via PayPal, please let Epicurean Exchange know and you will receive a separate email message and invoice for payment. No PayPal account is required, it is just a convenient and secure way to pay. Checks (payable to Epicurean Exchange) can be mailed to: Epicurean Exchange, 2 Vallecito Lane, Orinda, CA, 94563. Registration is only complete upon receipt of fees; if paying with check, please send as soon as possible once intention to enroll has been determined.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel within 24 hours of a class, a credit towards a future class will be issued, but you must notify Epicurean Exchange and receive confirmation within the time frame allowed. If you must cancel within 24 hours of the class, feel free to transfer to someone else to take your place or request a credit for a future class. If you cancel the day of a class, and depending on the circumstances, we can work out details of a credit on a case-by-case basis, but as costs may have been incurred, it is not always possible. Unfortunately, cash refunds are not possible, but credits have no expiration and are open until redeemed or transferred.
Are there gift certificates available for classes?
We offer gift certificates for sale good for one free class (or any denomination of your choice). Let us know the name of the recipient and we will personalize it for you. Click here to submit your online request for a gift certificate.