Proof of Vaccination: As of October 2022, guests are no longer required to show vaccination status or photo id upon arrival at The Civic Kitchen. We will continue to monitor S.F., California, and federal guidelines when updating our Covid protocols.
Mask Wearing: In compliance with the San Francisco mandate for indoor food establishments, masks are optional for guests and our staff. Guests may wish to wear a well-fitted mask while cooking and interacting with others. Gaiters, bandanas and clear face shields with no mask underneath are not recommended for a cooking environment.
Our team practices exemplary food hygiene, including frequent cleaning and sanitizing. Staff and guests will wash their hands frequently at one of our three hand washing stations.
Our staff is vaccinated, and our HVAC system and professional ventilation hoods are operational during class.
For the health of our guests and staff, our protocols are non-negotiable. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we follow the City’s guidelines to keep our team and guests safe.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE IN A CLASS?
Our public in-person cooking classes are generally for a maximum of 14 students. Some classes are designed for smaller groups, and others may accommodate more attendees if suitable to the class content.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR OR BRING TO CLASS?
The Civic Kitchen provides aprons, knives, and all other tools needed for your class. Want to bring your own knife? Feel free! Please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Long hair should be tied back.
AM I ACTUALLY GOING TO COOK DURING CLASS?
You bet! Our passion is teaching people to cook, so you can expect to don an apron, roll up your sleeves and get chopping, stirring, and sautéing. Participate as much or as little as you like. And in most classes, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor as part of a shared class meal (for a few classes, you take home what you've made instead).
We sometimes host chefs and food writers for demonstrations and book events, and not all of these involve hands-on guest participation. This information is noted in the event description and in the pre-class email reminder you will receive.
WILL I GET TO EAT SOMETHING DURING CLASS?
Most classes conclude with a generous meal shared with your classmates around our convivial table, complete with wine and beer for adults and non-alcoholic beverages for all ages. Exceptions, such as cookbook events or cooking demonstrations without a full meal included, are clearly noted on our website. Sometimes snacks are also enjoyed earlier in the class. Drinking water is always available. Please plan ahead so you're well hydrated and energized before class.
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to advise us of dietary restrictions, and we'll do our best to accommodate them. Our team members have wide experience in working with dietary preferences and are happy to share their knowledge with you! Please bear in mind that we can’t guarantee you will be able to taste every dish prepared in class.
Nuts, eggs, dairy, and gluten are used regularly in our kitchen—if you have severe allergies, please take this into consideration.
WHAT AGES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CLASSES?
The minimum for most of our in-person, adult classes is 12 years of age. Please note that any student under the age of 15 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older who has also purchased a ticket for that class.
We also offer classes for younger students. These classes are sometimes only for children or teens and will be described as such on the Class Description page.
DO YOU SERVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES?
In most of our adult classes, beer and wine (and sometimes other menu-appropriate beverages like sake or sangria) are served with the meal you have cooked in class.
ALTERATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS
Class and event menus are subject to change based on ingredient availability. All classes and events are subject to cancellation or rescheduling; you will be notified by email of any scheduling changes.