Interactive Cooking Parties and Cooking Classes

In-Home Personal Cooking Classes

Your Plate or Mine, Inc. offers personal cooking classes in your home in the greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, South Bay and surrounding areas. Our “chefstructors” provide hands-on teaching and cooking demonstrations in one-on-one or small group settings and are tailored to empower your inner culinary genius! Each class is 2.5 – 3 hours; cooking parties are up to 5 hours, both culminating with a tasting of the finished dishes. While we provide specific menus, each class can be tailored to your personal skill level, tastes and diet.  We teach gluten-free, paleo and vegan recipes as well!

Adult Cooking Classes: Whether you are a beginner seeking to learn basic skills, or a gourmet food lover who wants to learn professional tips and sharpen your culinary skills, these classes are for you! All classes are custom-designed for your cooking level and culinary interests. You will be learning one-on-one with a professional chef who is on hand to answer all your cooking questions. It’s personal, hands-on learning in your own kitchen!

Kid/Teen Cooks: These classes are for the younger crowd that loves to play with their food. In addition to learning how to prepare delicious food, kids will also learn about proper nutrition, kitchen safety, and basic knife skills. Ages 8-17; parent or guardian must by present during instruction.

Couples Cooking Class: Are you are newly married and feeling lost with all those new kitchen toys from the registry? Maybe you’re looking for some new dishes to create together? This is a fun way to improve your culinary skills and augment your recipe repertoire. You will learn the basics of kitchen safety, knife skills, and how to make a fabulous meal, of course. This also makes a fun date night!

Cooking Dinner Parties/Cooking Demonstrations: This is the perfect way to entertain AND be a guest in your own home. Be as interactive as you’d like or sit back, relax and enjoy the menu that you and the chef plan together. This is a great opportunity to invite a few friends and try a recipe you have always wanted to learn to make, whether an appetizer, entrée dish, or dessert favorite. Just imagine a “live cooking show” in your own kitchen! Great for Bridal/Bachelorette Parties and Theme Parties!

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Knife Skills: The Beginner’s Kitchen

This class is designed to help you feel confident in your kitchen with basic menus that can be personalized for your lifestyle. Each 2.5- 3-hour class will cover knife skills and use of equipment and basic cooking techniques. This course is perfect for:

  • Young adults tired of grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Newlyweds who need help with gifted kitchen equipment
  • The person charged with cooking who always makes that single perfect dish
  • Kid and teen chefs-to-be
  • YOU!

$95.00 per person, per class + cost of proteins and fresh produce*

(special rate for initial registration for 3 or more classes)

*Most pantry items are included, gluten-free and vegan items will be added to cost

(Ask about Vegetarian options)

A mileage surcharge may apply when classes or parties are located more than 20 miles from the Your Plate or Mine office.

Cost Includes:

  • One of the class options below
  • Qualified chef onsite for entire class
  • Kitchen Equipment List
  • Recipes for all dishes
  • 20% discount on chef services for future dinner party with the student as the chef and YPOM as the sous chef!

Class #1

Perfectly Roasted Chicken, Garlic Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Tender-Crisp Fresh Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Browned Butter, and Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits

Class #2

Quinoa and Apple Salad, Pan-Seared Trout with Roasted Root Vegetables, Apple Crostata with Fresh Whipped Cream

Class #3

Herb Encrusted Salmon, Grilled Asparagus,  Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf, Lemon Curd with Raspberry Coulis

Class #4

Scratch Caesar Salad, Perfectly Fried Chicken with Brie Mac and Cheese,  Seasonal Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Class #5

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Pan Sauce, Individual Potatoes Au Gratin, Sautéed Mushrooms, Chocolate Ganache over Ice Cream-Cookie Sanwiches

Class #6

Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy, Creamy Mashed Cauliflower, Garlic Broccolini and Homemade Biscuits with Garlic Spread

Class #7

Stacked Enchiladas with Cumin Black Lentils and Chipotle Cashew Creama, Spanish Rice with Roasted Nopales and Coconut-Lime Ice Cream

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Specialty Classes

  • Classes begin at $95 per person plus cost of proteins/fresh produce
  • 3 recipes per class

Cost Includes:

  • “Chefstructor” onsite for entire class
  • Recipes for all dishes
  • All shopping and special equipment

A Pot and One Pan – Cooking for One  (Our most popular class!)

Bubble, bubble, no toil or trouble! Make some magic in your own cauldron with easy recipes & simple instructions. The wonderful creations you serve will cast a spell of delight on your guests (and you!).

  • Pan-Seared Lemon Chicken with Lemon Butter Pan Sauce and Sautéed Spinach with Pine Nuts and Cranberries
  • Chicken Cacciatore with Parmesan Polenta
  • Cajun Jambalaya (Shrimp, Andouille Sausage and/or Chicken) with Crisp Green Beans
  • Chickpea Coconut Vegetable Curry with  Garlic Naan
  • Szechuan Beef with Broccoli over Perfectly Steamed Rice or Garlic Noodles

Going Paleo

  • Butternut Squash Lasagna with Quinoa and Arugula Salad (Scratch Dressing) and Chocolate Chia Pudding
  • Zucchini Pasta Noodles with Roasted Garlic Shrimp OR Turkey Ragu over Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Peach Crisp
  • Paleo Basics for Desserts and Snacks: Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Granola, Brownies and Coconut Whipped Cream

Quick and Easy Dinners

  • Roasted Chicken Thighs and Pan Sauce with Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes and Kale
  • Perfect Pork Tenderloin with Apple Glaze and Roasted Asparagus
  • Italian Penne and Ground Beef/Turkey Bake with Spinach and Herbed Ricotta
  • Roasted Salmon with Balsamic Glaze, Quinoa Pilaf and Lemon-Herbed Green Beans
  • Perfectly Seared Scallops with Dill-Caper Sauce

Soups, Soups and More Soups!

  • French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese Crouton
  • Cream of Tomato with Pesto
  • Potato and Broccoli Cheese
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Butternut Squash with Spicy Sausage
  • Wild Mushroom with Marsala

Weight Watchers Cooking

  • Italian Penne and Ground Turkey Bake
  • Rosemary Chicken with Balsamic-Glazed Onions
  • Wasabi Steak and Snap Pea Stir-Fry
  • Lamb Chops with Mushroom-Thyme Orzo
  • Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Blackberry Sauce
  • Pasta with Clams, Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Cooking and Baking Gluten-Free

  • Decadent Macaroni and Cheese
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins
  • Fish and Shellfish Chowder
  • Quinoa and Mushroom Soup
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Veal Piccata with Lemon, Capers and Parsley
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Lemon Bars and Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pressure Cooker Cooking

  • Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage
  • Braised Short Ribs of Beef
  • Cuban-style Oxtails with Black Beans and Rice
  • Risotto with Peas and Lemon
  • Classic Beef Stew

Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking 

  • Black Lentil Stacked Enchiladas and Crumbled Tofu Tortilla Bake with Chipotle Cashew Crema
  • Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce with Mushrooms and Butternut Squash over Spinach Linguine
  • Lentil Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy and Creamy Mashed Cauliflower and “Buttery” Green Beans
  • Southern Fried Seitan with Black-eyed Peas and Potato Salad

Creole and Cajun

  • Seafood File Gumbo and Fried Okra
  • Chicken and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya
  • Blackened Red Snapper and Crawfish or Crab Maque Choux
  • Sautéed Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwiches with Remoulade
  • Salted Caramel Banana Bread Pudding

Everyday Gourmet

  • Pan-Seared Scallops with Balsamic Fig Sauce and Garlic Broccolini
  • Shrimp and Gouda Grits with Sautéed Spicy Swiss Chard
  • Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Lemon-Dill Sauce and Wilted Spinach with Cherry Tomatoes
  • Orecchiette Pasta with Crispy Proscuitto, Broccoli Rabe and Toasted Pine Nuts

Best Brunches

  • Super Manly Chorizo and Goat Cheese Quiche
  • Asparagus and Fontina Frittata
  • Smoked Gouda Grits Casserole with Pesto
  • Homemade Chicken, Apple and Sage Sausage
  • Scones with Fruit Compote and Sour Cream Sauce

Easy and Decadent Desserts

  • Sweet Sauces: Raspberry, Perfect Chocolate, Caramel Sauce and Crème Anglaise
  • Bananas Foster / Caramelized Bananas with Flavored Whipped Cream
  • Croissant Bread Pudding (with White Chocolate Sauce)
  • Perfect Chocolate Molten Cakes
  • French Crepes with Lemon Curd

Classic French

  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Coq au Vin with Scalloped Potatoes
  • Pan-Seared Scallops with Butter Sauce
  • Beef Bourguignon over Buttered Noodles
  • Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard and Chocolate Sauce
  • Chocolate Soufflés

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Interactive Cooking  Parties

  • Inter-active Party for 4-12 people – $75-$95 per person plus cost of proteins/fresh produce

Cost Includes:

  • “Chefstructor” onsite for entire class
  • Recipes for menus
  • All shopping and special equipment

Menus Ideas:

Moroccan

  • Bastille Triangles (phyllo with seasoned chicken)
  • Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds
  • Spiced Roasted Vegetables
  • Baklava and Mint Tea
  • Baba Ganoush
  • Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
  • Spicy Lentils
  • Date Cake with Cream

Italian

  • Tomato Crostini with Fresh Herb Pesto
  • Aglio e Olio with Artichoke Hearts and Pine Nuts (Linguine with garlic and oil)
  • Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Sicilian Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Tuscan Chicken Under a Brick
  • Arugula, Fennel and Endive Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Pears with Sweet Mascarpone Cheese

Spanish Tapas

  • Mussels with Chickpeas and Garlic Wine Sauce
  • Spanish Tortilla (Potato and Egg Omelette)
  • Crusty Tomato Bread
  • Quince Paste with Cheese
  • Arugula and Watercress Salad
  • Shellfish and Chorizo Paella
  • Asturian Crepes

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