So much of the joy of cooking is in learning and sharing new techniques and ingredients. Julia Kendrick Conway has created several dynamic courses for all experience levels, that cover diverse culinary topics and adapt well to a variety of formats and venues.

Classes can be conducted in a party or meeting format, perfect for wedding showers, anniversaries, birthdays, team-building or other special occasions. Fees for these classes are based on class type, the number of students and location. Call or email to plan a one-of-a-kind event.


Heritage Gravenstein Apples (HO)
Sweet and savory dishes in celebration of the Mendocino County Apple Fair.  Slow Food has recently added the Gravenstein Apple to its Ark of Taste; a program developed to preserve traditional foods placed at risk by declines in production and market pressures.  This class culminates with an all-apple dinner served with Mendocino County wines and microbrews. 

Wild Mushroom Madness (HO)
Learn to work with the incredible bounty of the forest, as well as how to adapt many of the preparations to the readily available gourmet mushrooms found in your local grocery stores.  Explore special techniques that maximize the delicate flavor and texture of wild mushrooms and discuss preparation and use of dried wild mushrooms. The afternoon will culminate with light hors d’oeuvres paired with Mendocino County’s award winning wines.

Local Bounty (DEM or HO)
Sample the seasonal selections of the Northern California foodshed. Use products produced or foraged within a circle of only 150 miles. Learn the simple art of preserving your harvest to save or to share with others. A Slow Food favorite!

Cheese (DEM)
California’s newest food trend demystified; select and serve artisan cheeses of the world along with beverage pairings and innovative accompaniments.

The Gourmet Pantry (DEM)
Organize and stock a kitchen full of fast and fun flavors. Taste selections from the most recent Fancy Food Show. Spice up your everyday meals or create a memorable feast!

Wood-Fired Pizza (HO)
Back by popular demand, join us in discovering the fun and versatility of personal pizza as an entrée alternative.

Bodacious Bites (HO)
Just in time for the Holidays! Show-stopping appetizers and small plates for easy parties and casual entertaining; includes serving and garnishing tips.

Rustic Breads (HO)
Explore Europe and the Mediterranean’s favorite food and add to your own baking repertoire.

Cracking Crab (DEM)
Prepare savory new recipes from a variety of cultures featuring our favorite Mendocino Coast Dungeness Crab. Join us in discovering the fun and versatility of this famous shellfish! Of course, lunch is included!  

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner (A Couples Class) (DEM)
Bring your favorite companion and create a romantic meal composed entirely of easy-to-prepare and serve finger foods! Try this one in front of a fire with a glass of bubbly!

Beyond Bologna (HO)
Try sandwich sensations from the world market basket combining unique and flavorful ingredients in new and exciting ways.

 Old vines in Anderson valley 



A deposit of 50% of the class tuition, payable by check, is required to confirm registration. The balance is payable by cash or check on the day of the class. Cancellations will be accepted up to ten (10) days prior to the scheduled class date with no penalty. If you must cancel after this date, your deposit will be retained by Assaggiare Mendocino. Cancellations within twenty-four (24) hours of scheduled classes will require payment in full unless otherwise arranged in advance with Assaggiare Mendocino. Forfeited deposits may be applied to another class if confirmed and held within thirty (30) days of said cancellation.

Class size is dictated by class format and location, and may be limited.

If, due to specific circumstances, Assaggiare Mendocino must cancel a class, deposits will be refunded and the class will be rescheduled for a later date. Classes may be cancelled at the discretion of Assaggiare Mendocino if a minimum class size is not reached prior to the scheduled class date. Assaggiare Mendocino assumes no liability when scheduling or canceling classes within these set guidelines.