Sur La Table La Jolla opened with great fanfare last summer and has won the hearts of local home cooks and foodies. They offer cooking classes focused on seasonal cuisine (“fantastic fall soups”) and are big on teaching techniques (“essential knife skills”) and international cuisines (‘tapas and paella”). I really appreciate that classes take place throughout the day and in the early evening, which means they are available to everyone.
The beautiful Sur La Table store, located on Girard Avenue, also sells a huge range of tools and cookware. Some things are basic (suitable for “challenged’ cooks like me) and others are hard-to-find specialty tools for my sophisticated foodie friends. Everything is of the highest quality.
Normally classes are 2 to 2 ½ hours in length and include time for tasting all of the dishes prepared. However, Sur La Table La Jolla also offers private cooking lessons and creates customized sessions for individuals or small groups. I’m guessing this will become a popular option for bridal showers, birthday parties and maybe even groups of travelers who want a hands-on experience with a special cuisine.
Speaking of bridal showers, Sur La Table is renowned for their excellent gift registry.
Since Sur La Table opened the first store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1972, they have demonstrated their belief that the kitchen is the center of the home. This is certainly the case today in La Jolla where farm-to-table cuisine is on everyone’s lips (literally and figuratively) and folks who couldn’t keep a geranium alive a few years ago and now harvesting their home-grown tomatoes.
Even if you don’t have the time or inclination to take a Sur La Table cooking class, be sure to visit the store and feast your eyes on the artistically-displayed cookware, serving pieces, and tableware.
If you’re headed to La Jolla, check the Sur La Table Web site for class schedules and other events.
P.S. Sur La Table is participating in the La Jolla Foodie Getaway. Click here to enter the contest.