I am interested in baking bread and would like to take an intense class that would really get me going…any suggestions. Live on the west coast.

16 Answers

  1. DDB812 wrote on :

    I just saw this, so my answer might not be timely. I suggest the San Francisco Baking Institute (sfbi.com). They hold both professional and amateur classes. My experience there was great. Learned a lot and had fun.

  2. avonlady wrote on :

    Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table have great cooking and baking classes. And the Culinary Institute has wonderful classes. It’s in Napa Valley in St. Helena.

  3. donnarp1 wrote on :

    I would try your local community colleges, sometimes they have baking classes. You could also try some of the local bakeries and see if they give classes.

  4. Carolyn Wispe Burns wrote on :

    I live in the westside of Los Angeles and there are so many cooking class opportunities. There are small cooking schools Cooking School Culver City | Culinary Classes Los Angeles (New School of Cooking in Culver City
    http://www.newschoolofcooking.com), Chef’s Inc http://www.chefsinc.net West LA, Chef Eric’s http://www.culinaryclassroom.com) to name a few that my friends have gone to. Also there are pop up kitchens/classes by some extremely talented cooks – check out Chicks with Knives http://www.chickswithknives.com. Happy baking!

  5. Debra Meadow, NTP wrote on :

    Hi Kanosha, As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who works with whole foods, I want my bread to be as healthy as it is tasty. The recipe I use at home is one I learned from this video tutorial at Breadtopia: http://www.breadtopia.com/spelt-bread-recipe/. It uses freshly ground spelt flour, a sourdough starter you can make yourself and, most importantly, it is fermented (risen) for about 12 hours, which makes the grain so much more digestible and flavorful. Once you’ve got it down, it’s not difficult and doesn’t require lots of kneading. Mostly it’s about planning the timing ahead so you have your bread when you want it. It’s delicious!

  6. Trish Nelson wrote on :

    I don’t know what your budget is but The San Francisco Baking Institute is known all over the world. They have classes for both amateur bakers and those that want to be professionals. Here’s a link to find out about their classes: http://www.sfbi.com/courses.html.

  7. amy mayer wrote on :

    I would definitely look into the CIA (Culinary Institute of America–I know there is a great one in St. Helena outside of Napa) or any of the culinary based schools out there…there are also several baking classes in the san fransisco area as well….surely the upper NW has similar

  8. Lonna Kahn wrote on :

    See if Nancy Silverton is giving a class in your area. She owned a famous bakery in Los Angeles for many years and is an acknowledged expert baker.

  9. Victoria Salti Wilson wrote on :

    I first go to Chef Megan on SparkPeople.com (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/healthy-cooking-with-chef-meg.asp) for my recipes and how to videos. Williams-Sonoma stores offer cooking lessons in their stores as well (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/customer-service/store-events.html?cm_type=fnav)

    The beautiful part is both of my suggestions are free. Good luck, Victoria

  10. Cheryl Wilson wrote on :

    Bread is so incredibly easy to make and far too much has been made about it. Many people, including myself, bake it every single day! Unless you are wanting a class for the camaraderie, might I suggest you investigate how-to books on bread-making? There is no mystery about bread. It’s only a chemical reaction that enhances the flour(s) and makes something good to eat. I love the feel of the dough as I knead it and the silken feeling of the dough when it is ready for the oven. I also use a bread machine at times and the Zo is a girl’s best friend. There are books on making artisan breads and books that contain hundreds of recipes for every sort of bread imaginable. If you can read, you can have a perfect loaf of bread ready tonight! It is just that easy! I can also suggest Williams-Sonoma which offers classes ever so often. If there is a Whole Foods near you, their bakery can give you any advice you require regarding the process. Best baking!

  11. Terry Perl wrote on :

    Thw west coast covers a pretty big territory, but I know that the Art Institute of California has culinary classes all over the state.

  12. Jill Grant wrote on :

    Baking bread is easy!! I live on the east coast so I can’t really suggest any place for you to go. But check on line and see if any local chefs offer classes. Go to Smitten Kitchen blog…she walks through the steps with pictures. Good luck and have fun with it!!

  13. Kathy Maanum wrote on :

    I’m sorry, Kanosha, I am from the Midwest but suggest you google ‘bread classes and then your city or area you live’. That’s what I’d do if I wanted to find something local in a baking bread class. Hope this is of help to you.

  14. Chef Karen wrote on :

    There is a fabulous group, The Bread Bakers Guild of America – go to their website at http://www.bbga.org to find classes in your area.

    • Kathy Maanum wrote on :

      I didn’t know a site like this existed, thanks, Chef Karen! I’m going to check it out.

  15. Ellen Falkenberry wrote on :

    Check with your local Culinary Institute…I know there are several good ones in California and, I’m sure Washington and Oregon as well.

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