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Market Forays

Santa Barbara, CA
+1 805-259-7229
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A unique and wonderful experience

Our Market Forays Cooking Class exceeded all expectations we had when we made our reservation. The... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2013
Torrance, California
So glad we did this!

My husband and I are from Canada and we did this class one day as part of our California honeymoon... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2012
Kelowna, Canada
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Market Forays offers Locavore Cooking Classes and Culinary Adventures for leisure travelers. Sustainable Team Building Events for Corporate Groups. Private Chef Services. Our classes are built around the freshest seasonal local ingredients, combined with a playful attitude that draws on my French upbringing, enriched by the cuisines of the many countries I have visited and by California's own multicultural richness. The preferences and restrictions of my guests are built into the day's lesson plan to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience. Sample menus can be viewed on the Market Forays website. Classes are hands-on, and a printed recipe guide is provided to each guest. The goal is not to impress you with my skills, it is to help you realize your own abilities. Saturday Market Forays classes begin at 8 in the morning at the harbor, continue on to the farmers market, and then we cook and share a feast. Class wraps up around 3:30 pm. Cost is $145 per person. Private classes available during the week, advance reservation is required.
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Our Market Forays Cooking Class exceeded all expectations we had when we made our reservation. The class consisted of five of us, my wife, our daughter, her husband, our adult son and myself. The day started at the Santa Barbara Harbor where we were met...More

2  Thank Garyk144
Reviewed 5 December 2012

My husband and I are from Canada and we did this class one day as part of our California honeymoon and we are SO glad we did! We were in Santa Barbara for 3 days and cooking at Laurence's house was definitely a highlight of...More

2  Thank Shay0314
Reviewed 28 November 2012

This is a wonderful experience that anyone who appreciates learning new things, the art of cooking, the beautiful fruits and vegetables of the Farmers Market, exquisite cheeses and wines, fresh and local crab, and the camaraderie around the dinner table. We plan to take this...More

2  Thank Gwen P
Reviewed 21 November 2012

Whether you want to fill a happy day with a different - culinary - insight into a great coastal city (Santa Barbara) or you are an experienced cook, food-lover, writer of unique experiences, or wannabe, the knowledgeable and responsive cook/guide Laurence Hauben will surprise you...More

1  Thank Selenastardust
Reviewed 15 November 2012

Laurence is a masterful French chief and teacher. She began our day by meeting at the Santa Barbara harbor dock where the fisherman had just brought in their fresh catches. We visited with Stephanie the urchin diver and tasted urchin fresh from the Pacific! We...More

Thank IndianapolisFun
Reviewed 13 November 2012

Laurence Hauben teaches a wonderful and fun class on making Japanese dried persimmons called hoshigaki. This class is a hands-on experience, but it's very easy, requiring little more than the ability to use a paring knife. Laurence demonstrates all the steps, and you can see...More

1  Thank Shell39709
Reviewed 1 November 2012

My maid of honor found Market Forays for my bachelorette weekend through this website. Four of us had a private cooking session with Laurence that started with the Farmer's Market and then to her home to prepare and enjoy our meal. We were surprised to...More

1  Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 19 October 2012

We were spending a birthday week in Santa Barbara and our evening with Laurence and her daughter Julia was the highlight. They catered a party at our rented villa. Prior to our party Laurence was told that our attire for the evening was sexy lingerie....More

2  Thank Linda B
Reviewed 17 October 2012

My girlfriend and I signed up for Market Forays as a fun way to spend our Saturday in Santa Barbara. Both of us were visitors to the area so we did not know where to go and what to eat. A cooking class that started...More

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 9 August 2012

Greetings with delicious warm scones at the pier, was only the precursor to the wonderful morning and afternoon we were fortunate to receive. Laurence was a true delight. Relishing in every smell, taste and sight at the market: her love for food was infectious. After...More

1  Thank AshleyS171
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