Personal Chef Services, Private Events & Cooking Classes – Aspen, CO

Cooking classes – learn how easy 'delicious' can be

Chef Sarah conducts one-on-one and/or group teaching sessions in the comfort of your kitchen.  She will show you how to use whole foods creatively, how to maximize flavor and presentation and introduce you to knew ingredients.

Sarah will design class menus based on your needs and interests and ensure that you come away with new ideas, techniques and information that will bring more creativity and fun to your cooking experience at home.

Class menu samples – 3 items per class

Spanish Tapas

  • Red Sangria with Sarah’s secret ingredient
  • Championes al ajillo – mushrooms in garlic
  • Papas a la brava – a typical appetizer potato dish
  • Tortilla Española with asparagus and manchego cheese, aioli sauce & romesco sauce
  • Gazpacho with grilled shrimp
  • Khalua Flan

Mediterranean Menu

  • Homemade traditional and roasted red pepper hummus
  • Eggplant dip; homemade pita bread
  • Tabouli
  • Spanakopita
  • Herb and yogurt marinated lamb chops, grilled  OR
  • Salmon with Tsatziki (lemon, yogurt mint sauce)

Thai Appetizers

  • Beef & Chicken Satay
  • Crab stuffed wontons with soy dipping sauce
  • Chicken Larb in lettuce cups
  • Summer rolls with peanut dipping sauce
  • PadThai
  • Beef Panang
  • Shrimp and chicken noodle salad
  • Thai Ice Tea

Mexican Dinner

  • Kicked up Margaritas
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Jicama salad
  • Roasted veggie and chicken enchiladas with tomatillo salsa
  • Guacamole and freshly made chips

Seafood Extravaganza

  • Homemade shrimp cocktail
  • Blue lump crab cakes with homemade tarter sauce & chipotle mayo sauce
  • Fish and shrimp Ceviche
  • Pan seared salmon with balsamic reduction
  • Halibut with proscuitto, red peppers and white wine sauce

Comfort Food with a Flourish Twist

  • Mac & Cheese with three cheeses, proscuitto and penne pasta
  • Turkey Meatloaf with mashed sweet potatoes
  • Lasagna with Italian sausage
  • Chicken Pot Pie with light phyllo crust
  • Tamale Pie

The Art of Salads – Chef’s specialty

  • Grain salads – quinoa
  • Marinated Kale Salad
  • Triple A Salad – avocado, arame and almonds with poppy seed dressing
  • Killer Chicken Salad
  • Salad Nicoise with Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Rainbow Salad – fresh and seasonal
  • Variety of homemade dressing
  • The Classic Cobb and the classic chop

Italian Party for Friends

  • Caprese Salad
  • Olive Tapanade
  • Homemade minestrone soup
  • Pizzas from scratch with all the toppings; pesto and shrimp pizza
  • Chicken a la Romana
  • Eggplant Parmesan deluxe
  • Seafood pasta with shrimp, eggplant, feta cheese, chopped tomatoes
  • Italian Chop salad
  • Tiramasu

Japanese Made Easy

  • Miso soup
  • Variety of sushi rolls – shrimp, crab, California rolls, etc
  • Seared ahi tuna with wasabe sauce on fried wonton
  • Soba noodle Salad
  • Delectable stir fry
  • Veggie and shrimp tempura

Winter Soups & Stews

  • Kickin’ Chili and jalapeno cheesy cornbread, honey butter
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • White bean soup with sausage and kale
  • Tortilla soup
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Lentil soup with beef
  • African Chicken stew with okra

A Taste of Cajan

  • Seafood  Etouffe
  • Jambalaya with Andouille sausage
  • Sautéed Greens
  • Skillet cornbread

A Little Curry & Indian favorites

  • Eggplant in curry-coconut sauce
  • Chicken curry with cashew
  • Saag Paneer
  • Curried Cauliflower with chick peas and tomatoes
  • Mango Lassi

Desserts to impress

  • Crepes with pears flambé
  • Chocolate mousse with Grand Marnier whipped cream and berries
  • Ricotta cheesecake with berry compote
  • Chocolate bourbon pecan pie
  • Chocolate Whisky bundt cake with chocolate ganache
  • Lemon-raspberry trifle plate
  • Crème brulee
  • Homemade Butterscotch pudding

High Tea

  • Variety of scones
  • Clotted cream
  • Variety of tea sandwiches
  • Truffles and cookies

Kid’s Cooking Classes

  • Menus designed to bring fun into the kitchen
  • Teaching kids basic kitchen skills and safety
  • Enticing menus children will enjoy
  • Introducing them to healthier recipes for the food they love
  • Great for birthday parties and family gatherings

Cooking classes for Kids

A great way to inspire your children to have fun in the kitchen and expand their interest in healthier food choices.  Sarah has worked with kids of all ages and various group sizes, up to a party of 12.  Classes are designed to make cooking enjoyable and empower kids to be creative and embrace trying new things.

Cooking class testimonials

Sarah’s cooking class was a blast! I learned a lot and really enjoyed her style of teaching and cooking. The food was wonderful and the dishes we made, based on a Mediterranean-themed menu, have been easily incorporated into my busy schedule at home. Sarah really catered to my need for easy, healthy and delicious meals for me and my family. I can’t wait for her next class!

Mirjam Gross
Montrose, Colorado

We hired Sarah to do a cooking birthday party for our nine-year-old daughter. She helped us select a menu that was kid-friendly, healthy, and also expanded the girls’ taste repertoires. Sarah was great at getting each child involved, which was no easy task with our group of 12 young energetic girls.  The food was delicious and everyone said it was the best idea for a birthday party — it was a huge success!

Terasa and Mark Westman
Telluride, Colorado

We hired Sarah to give a cooking class as part of our pre-wedding, bridal party activities. It was a fun-filled afternoon with great food, wine and good friends.  Everyone raved about it and thanked me for putting it together.  Sarah’s natural ability to interact with the group and to ensure everyone was involved made it an event to remember.

Jenny Henderson
Boston, MA

Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon, the education and the delicious meal!  It was an amazing experience and one that I would love to have again.  My husband loved everything as he enjoyed his second dinner after my return!

Terri Motley
Montrose, Co

Chef Sarah made our family cooking class a tremendous success.  Under her culinary guidance and enthusiasm, and cheerful personality, our family of 15 (all ages) prepared a delicious meal – from homemade guacamole and fresh salsa to various entrees and much more.  The finishing touch was a batch of chocolate stout cupcakes that the kids enjoyed icing.  It was a wonderful dinner and a treat for us all.

Donna Buckner
New York 

Sarah has taken the mystery and fear out of cooking fine food.  Our weekly cooking classes with her were great fun and a fantastic learning experience.  She is an excellent teacher and has inspired me and my husband to create new dishes in a healthy way.  Sarah even taught us dishes our children can eat and catered to their dietary restrictions to boot!

Kristen Methany


Recipe Requests:

Email Chef Sarah for recipe ideas, suggestions for your next menu, or tips for gluten-free cuisine.


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