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Friday, May 7, 2010

Planning a Mini-Moon: Adventures in the Kitchen

It should come as no surprise to anyone that we love food. In addition to eating foods, we love cooking together. So what better way to spend a mini-moon or a portion of it than cooking together?

There are a bunch of different options in the Napa Valley. Some are demonstrations. Some are hands on. Some are part day. Some are all day. Basically you can pretty much find what best suits your needs.

We liked the idea of market classes - where you source and cook with ingredients that are fresh and locally harvested. Cost and timing weren't in our favor here. A few half day courses cost $250 to $350 a person - that ruled out a lot of schools. Many farmer's markets start wrapping up the season in late September/early October - that limited the type of cooking we could learn about.

We decided to go for more of a cooking boot camp - a 3-day retreat in Calistoga (Gourmet Retreats at Casa Lana) where we refresh the basics and tackle sauces as well as harvest herbs, vegetables, and fruits from the garden (each 5 hour course works out to be about $217 a person. The programs we considered before making our final choice were:

  • Gourmet Retreats at Casa Lana
  • Cooking with Julie - Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class
  • Day Trips by Relish Culinary Adventures
  • CIA Culinary Courses for Enthusiasts
  • Cooking Classes at Cakebread Cellars

  • Do you have shared hobbies that you're incorporating into your mini-moon or honeymoon?


    1. We're not exactly incorporating our hobby into the 'moon, but we restore and refinish old furniture together. It's a lot of dirty, messy awesome.

    2. That's a great hobby! My childhood bedroom suite was a project that my grandparents restored and refinished together. I've always wanted to try but haven't had a workspace.


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