Three Things to Enliven Shelter in Place, Part 3

Nancy Oakes, chef-owner of Boulevard, will be teaching a virtual cooking class for kids. (Photo courtesy of Boulevard)
Nancy Oakes, chef-owner of Boulevard, will be teaching a virtual cooking class for kids. (Photo courtesy of Boulevard)

Kids’ Cooking Class with Boulevard’s Nancy Oakes and Dana Younkin

Your youngsters can take their cooking skills to the next level in a Zoom class taught by none other than Executive Chef Nancy Oakes and Chef de Cuisine Dana Younkin of San Francisco’s celebrated Boulevard restaurant.

The virtual live-streamed class, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. March 21, is the brainchild of Sprouts Cooking Club in Oakland.

Oakes and Younkin will demonstrate how to make ricotta crespelle manicotti and strawberry shortcake. Ingredient and equipment lists are provided five days before the class.

The $45 class is designed for kids, 6 to 15 years old. The fees help fund Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training Program, a vocational platform that provides restaurant training to underserved women and youths of color.

If your kids can’t make that particular class, don’t fret. Sprouts has put together a whole line-up of celebrated female chefs to teach upcoming virtual classes, including March 20 with Mina Newman of Sen Sakana in New York City; March 27 with Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit in New York; and March 28 with Nite Yun of Nyum Bai in Oakland. The March 3 class with Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco is sold out, but there is a wait list. Find the complete schedule here.

Zola’s Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula

Pick up some tasty takeout from Palo Alto’s Zola on Feb. 25, and 50 percent of sales from a special to-go dinner package will donated to the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.

Since the pandemic started, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula have worked tirelessly to help feed the community, serving up 375,000 to-go dinners out of their East Palo Alto and Redwood City locations.

(Photo by Carolyn Jung)
(Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Zola’s stepping up to return that generosity with a $90 dinner package for two that includes little gem lettuce salad, French onion soup, farm chicken with pearl onions and potato gnocchi, and tarte tatin with whipped cream. Place your order here.

Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraiser Hosted By Former NFL Star William Dominic Austin

Former cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams and free safety for the Indianapolis Colts, William Dominic Austin is the founder of Tackles4Cancer, an organization that helps provide transportation for cancer patients in underserved communities.

You can “meet” Austin, who’s also a big wine enthusiast, 5 p.m. March 6, as part of a virtual wine tasting fundraising event for his organization.

The event will feature three wines from Lion Ranch & Winery in San Martin, CA. There also will be a performance by singer Ashley Tamar Davis, and a raffle, featuring a Champ Bailey 2019 Hall of Fame autographed football that will go to the highest bidder.

Tickets are $150 and include complimentary shipping of the wines to your door, as well as a wine tasting grid, and a food and wine pairing guide.

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