Silverado Cooking School Launches in Napa

Local ingredients and fresh produce are the stars in chef Malcolm de Sieyes' new teaching kitchen on the Silverado Trail in Napa.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, glasses clinked as Napa foodies welcomed a new chef to the culinary-education scene: Malcolm de Sieyes, whose Silverado Cooking School launches its first classes this week at 1552 Silverado Trail northeast of downtown Napa.

De Sieyes, who has also taught cooking classes at Cedar Gables Inn, lives with his family in Coombsville, where their two-acre Stone Tree Farm provides fresh produce for the cooking school.

"The staple ingredients we’re bringing into the kitchen are going to come from local purveyors and our farm," de Sieyes said.

Local businesses working with Silverado Cooking School include Kanaloa Seafood, Five Dot Ranch, Fatted Calf, the Olive Press, Whole Spice and, for baked goods, the Model Bakery, de Sieyes said.

Silverado Cooking School offers a variety of classes and courses, with its "Basic Series" starting Nov. 7. Held Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., with each evening's class concluding in a meal, the course costs $700 for six weeks and $900 for eight weeks. 

For those who'd rather pick their training sessions a la carte, single "Basics" classes, held Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., cost $85 to $105 per person.

Fridays and Saturdays, de Sieyes offers seasonal-cooking tips in his "Stone Tree Farm Class," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for $140 per session, again concluding with a meal of the farm-to-table dishes prepared during the class.

For those who wish to tackle more complex menus, Silverado Cooking School has a "Dinner Class," Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m., at $160 per session; a "Brunch Class," Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for $105 and a "Sunday Dinner Class," from 4 to 7 p.m., for $120.

Demonstration classes, held Fridays at a time to be arranged, will cost $75 to $125.

For more information: SilveradoCookingSchool.com or (707) 927-3591.

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