Culinary Programs | CUESA

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Culinary Programs

CUESA offers a variety of culinary programs to connect you with local chefs, farmers, and food crafters, deepen your kitchen confidence and know-how, and build community around healthy, seasonal food.

Market to Table Cooking Demonstrations

On Saturdays, top Bay Area chefs, cooking instructors, and nationally renowned cookbook authors demonstrate recipes using seasonal ingredients purchased that morning from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Taste their creations, ask questions, and leave inspired with a recipe in hand. From simple salads to complex entrées, the chefs use the market’s finest produce to create delicious dishes that you can cook at home. Cooking demos are held weekly from February to mid-December.

Upcoming cooking demonstrations »
Recipes from past cooking demos »

Kitchen Skills Classes

Several times a year CUESA offers a low-cost hands-on culinary classes with knowledgeable and passionate experts in our kitchen at the Ferry Building. Whether you’re honing basic kitchen skills, exploring a new cuisine, or getting practice in DIY food preservation, you’ll discover (and taste!) something new and make friends in the process. From seasonal cocktails to DIY cheese making, classes are offered for a reasonable fee and often include a take-home project or starter kit. View our calendar »

Seasonal Celebrations and Festivals

CUESA hosts celebrations and festivals at our farmers markets to connect and engage eaters of all ages with local food and agriculture, such as our ever-popular Goat Festival, which includes a goat petting tent, and our Harvest Festival, which features fall harvest activities like apple cider pressing and a pie contest. View our calendar »



CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »