If you're a parent looking for an alternative to a summer camp, the Junior Chefs intensive workshop ($325) at Draeger's in San Mateo on the week of June 24 might be up your alley. The hands on class takes place each day from 9 a.m. to noon, covering different themes such as breakfast, pasta, Asian flavors, Latin fusion, and comfort classics. By the end of the week, your kid might have a broader palette of dishes at their arsenal than you do.
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Skill Exchange is hosting a session called Cocktails and Bitters: How to Build a Better Drink ($48) at Makeshift Society. Genevieve Brazelton, who makes a bitters line called The Bitter Housewife, and Virgil's Sea Room owner Jill Fitzgerald will present a local cocktail history and offer advice on how to balance the perfect drink as well as forecast the trends that are coming to the San Francisco bar scene.
Punk Domestics founder (and SFoodie contributor) Sean Timberlake is going to make an appearance at Macy's Union Square with a Hands-On Fermentation Class ($15) at 2 p.m. on June 15. He and co-teacher Nicole Kramer Easterday from FARMcurious to give you all the tools to make sauerkraut and kimchi right then and there, and the know-how to replicate it at home safely.
If you're intrigued by Indian cooking, there's a Delectable Dosa workshop ($150) at Soma Cooking Loft (16 Jessie) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on June 19. The rice/lentil crepe looks like it takes some patience to master (especially since they're so thin and the batter must be fermented first), so luckily the session allows three hours of learning and practice time. The class doubles as an introductory primer on staple ingredients and flavors in Indian cooking, so it's a lot more than a one-dish affair.