Food & Wine


California Wine Appreciation

Learn to be a wine connoisseur. Do you know the difference between a Merlot and a Cabernet? This course provides basic knowledge and experience in taste discrimination of a variety of Central Coast and other California wines. Learn the sensory evaluation of various components in wine as well as the varietal characteristics of wine produced on the Central Coast and in other parts of California.

Information and Registration
Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
California Wine Appreciation Michael Botwin 10/31/18 - 12/5/18 Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$235 10/10/18 Enroll Now

Note: Class will not be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21st due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Appreciation of Italian Wines

Quality wine is produced in every province of Italy. This course will cover the wines from North to South - from the Alpine vineyards to those of Sicily. Of particular focus will be the wealth of Italian grape varieties. A previous understanding of wine basics such as acidity, tannin and balance would be helpful for participants. California Wine Appreciation is a recommended (but not required) prerequisite.

Information and registration
Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Appreciation of Italian Wines Michael Botwin 07/11/2018 - 08/08/2018 Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$230 Enroll Now
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Ayurvedic Eating: A Seasonal Conversation Over Food

In this 3 hour course, we will explore how food impacts our well being. Using the Ayurvedic Principles of the 6 Tastes, we will learn how spices in a meal affect digestion and flavor.

Together we will learn about the palate through the Ayurvedic Lens. This includes a deep discussion of the 6 flavors of life. We will sample each flavor and discuss how too much or too little flavor impacts health and diet in general. We will then eat and drink a simple lunch fit for the fall and speak about how the meal has been adjusted to support the qualities present in these months. The combination of this experience, along with discussion, will illuminate how we can review and change our food choices (from diet, to time of day, to spices, and food groups) during other months of the year and stages in our lives.

The workshop will be hands on. You will be provided a handout and recipe preparation. There will be plenty of time as well for questions.

Information and registration
Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Ayurvedic Eating Sera Melini 10/20/2018 Saturday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$139 Enroll Now
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About the Instructor

Sera Melini, Cal Poly Extended Ed Instructor

Sera has been a lifetime student and accomplished teacher of Yoga and Ayurveda. She has been blessed with teachers who have searched classically for the patterns of the Universe and Spirit. Her studies and experiences in the realms of Yoga, Mantra, and Ayurveda all serve to assist in increasing her depth, sensitivity, and simplicity in ways she lives and practices. Her primary source training has allowed her to be a dynamic teacher and facilitator of the modern age. She is fluent in human physical and psychological mechanics and thus can adjust sequences, lectures, and treatment plans rapidly to accommodate to individuals' present needs.Some of her teachers include, Andrey Lappa of Universal Yoga, Kula Yoga Project, Sankalpah College of Yoga (Yoga), Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji and Raghunath Cappo (Mantra), Dr. Vasant Lad, Vaidya Ravi of Poonthottam Ayurvedasram, the California College of Ayurveda, Dr. Claudia Welsh, Dr. Cate Stillman (Ayurveda). Her teachers of touch include those at Sunshine School (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Ohm (Omsala Chiang Mai, Thailand) for the wisdom of Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang. Each of her teachers has forever moved her to teach from a heartfelt space of humble knowledge, respect, and intuition - qualities ever present in yoga and its teachings.

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