About Chef Vince:
It all started 44 years ago, when my dad and I were in the dairy barn working. He asked me if I thought I could cook him some breakfast. I said yes, and off to the house I went. To his surprise, waiting for him was a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and buttered toast from a 7 year old kid. Just the look on his face said it all, he knew I was hooked on cooking.
I attended culinary school in 1979 and 1980. Later, I cheffed for Ironstone Winery VIP dinner concerts, as well as catered weddings. From 2004 to 2012 I taught cooking classes at the winery, as well.
Besides doing cooking demos and cooking classes at the Modesto Certified Farmers Market since spring of 2013, I have been delighting people with culinary excellence, in their homes, where my partner and I do 5 course meals for 8 to 12 people. My passion is cooking fresh, from farm to table.
Spring Fresh Cooking Class
March 20th 2015 – March 22nd 2015
The class and recipes will focus on the lighter side of eating. After winter’s comfort foods, this is a way to start spring off with a bounce in your step. Recipes will be based on available fresh ingredients, in part, as well as students interests.
Friday March 20th
1-3 PM arrive
3 PM Happy Hour – get to know your fellow students and teacher
4-7 Dinner Class
7 PM Eat!
Sat March 21
7:30-8:30AM A simple breakfast will be prepared for you
9-12 Lunch Class
Noon – Eat!
1-3 Free time to explore the beauties of Kowana Valley
3-6 Dinner Class
6 PM Eat!
7PM Free time (Games, walks, stories round the campfire)
Sunday March 22
7-8 AM Light Continental Breakfast
8:30-11:30 AM Brunch Class
Afternoon: Tours of Kowana Valley, history, alternative energy systems, wild edibles, sustainable forest.
Late Afternoon: Head Home
Cost – below are the various options (all prices are per person and include all meals and 4 workshop classes – two lunch classes and two dinner classes):
Sleeping off site : $200
4 person Dorm Bed, shared bath: $260
2 person shared room with private bath Double Bed $290 (There is a queen and a double bed in each private room)
2 person shared room with private bath and Queen bed $330 (There is a queen bed and a double bed in each private room)
Queen bed in private room with private bath $290 per person (with occupancy of two) (for couples)
While we can not serve alcohol, students can bring their own for pairings, based on recommendations of Chef Vince.
To register, please fill out the form below. We will contact you to confirm your spot and choice of accommodations. Payment in full, check made out to Kowana Valley, will secure your spot.