In-Person Cooking Class

Knife Skills

Thu | Sep 07, 2023 | 6–8:30P PT

Co-Founder Jen Nurse

The fastest way to increase efficiency in the kitchen is by honing your knife skills (and while you’re at it, hone the knife. We’ll show you how).
You will learn a variety of cutting techniques, have lots of time to practice, and depart with the confidence to chop, dice and slice your way to more enjoyable meal preparation at home.
At the end of class, we’ll share a hearty vegetarian main course salad made with the produce we have prepared together, along with a celebratory glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage to toast your new skills. You may also opt to take your salad to go.

Menu | Recipes

Many-Vegetable Grain Salad
with Citrus Miso Dressing


Parts of a Knife

Other Dates for this Class

Tue | Mar 26 | 6:00–8:45P


Jen Nurse

JEN NURSE, co-founder of The Civic Kitchen, has a passion for helping home cooks develop the skills and confidence to create great meals and have fun in their own kitchens. She relishes seeing the joy on students’ faces as they realize they’re mastering something they once feared. Her mission is to foster competence and civility through the medium of shared food experiences.
Before founding The Civic Kitchen, Jen led cooking classes for kids and adults at Tante Marie’s Cooking School, 18 Reasons, and elementary, middle and high schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
After years as a prolific and curious home cook, Jen studied pastry arts at the Art Institute of Seattle. She eventually scuttled her 15-year telecommunications career to open an award-winning boutique bakery in Seattle. After relocating to San Francisco, she worked as a pastry chef and recipe developer before enrolling in Tante Marie’s professional culinary program to gain a deeper knowledge of the kitchen’s savory side. Soon thereafter, she found her deepest love of cooking when she began to teach.
Jen credits her mother’s exceptional home cooking (crêpes with Mornay sauce? Go, Mom!), her beloved Aunt Josy’s flaky-crust empanadas, and a transformative teenage year in Brescia, Italy with sparking her culinary curiosity. An insatiable bookworm, she blissfully shares her cookbook library with guests of The Civic Kitchen.

Other Classes taught by Jen

Knife Skills
Tue | Mar 26, 2024 | 6P

Feasting with Friends
Part of the Learn to Cook More Series
Thu | Mar 28, 2024 | 6P