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Le Sanctuaire hosts summer classes from Ideas in Food

June 16, 2011 |  3:49 pm

LS Showroom 1Remember Le Sanctuaire, the luxe retail kitchen boutique on Main Street in Santa Monica? Opened in 2003, that's where chefs (and avid cooks) stocked up on spices, knives, imported cookbooks and elegant porcelain. The business moved north to San Francisco a while ago and is now mostly wholesale to chefs and restaurateurs, though individuals can visit the showroom by appointment and order herbs and spices and other high-end ingredients online.

You can check out Le Sanctuaire's classes if you happen to be in San Francisco the weekend of June 25 and 26 and have a burning desire to learn the ins and outs of sous-vide (Saturday 1:30 to 4 p.m.), extruded pasta (Saturday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or, ta dum, the Thermomix (Sunday 1:30 to 4 p.m.). The duo behind the blog (and book) Ideas in Food will be offering classes. A two-and-a-half hour class is $125. Fortunately, ogling Le Sanctuaire's exquisite dinnerware and serving pieces is free.

To see if you're interested in the classes, check out the Ideas in Food blog or dip into "Ideas in Food, Great Recipes and Why They Work" by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot. 
Reserve classes by contacting Le Sanctuaire at (415) 986-4216. Individuals can purchase herbs and spices online. For a list of retailers, visit Seesmelltaste.com.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Credit: Le Sanctuaire