COOKING CLASSES & SPECIAL EVENTS
OUR JULY AND AUGUST COOKING CLASSES
CELEBRATE THE SUMMER HARVEST AND OUTDOOR DINING:
ENJOYING THE SUMMER HARVEST – July 21st
OUTDOOR DINING – Aug 18th
–TAKE A LOOK AT FOUR CHEFS WHO INSPIRE US–
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI (LONDON) – July 14th
SUZETTE GRESHAM (SAN FRANCISCO) – July 28th
DOMINIQUE CRENN (SAN FRANCISCO) – Aug 11th
ENRIQUE OLVERA (MEXICO CITY & NYC) – Aug. 25th
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI – Tues. July 14th
His engaging and colorful cookbooks are the culinary hit of the season–with good reason. In his cookbook, Plenty, he combines vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients into beautiful dishes that are just brimming with taste; in Jerusalem, he draws on the Israeli/Palestine cooking of his and his co-chef’s homeland. Their recipes are from their restaurants in London.
ENJOYING THE SUMMER HARVEST – Tues. July 21st
The first luscious tomatoes have arrived and we are again serving our tomato-eggplant napoleon, a customer favorite. Soon we’ll have all manner of shiney fresh vegetables and fruits from local organic farmers and our own backyard. So it’s time to look at interesting new ways to use them. We have a host of delicious tomato and other vegetable-centric dishes for you to taste and make. We’ll draw from our repertoire and the cuisines of chefs we particularly enjoy.
SUZETTE GRESHAM AND ACQUERELLO – Tues. July 28th
Our Chef has long admired how Chef Gresham artfully balances a respect for traditional Italian cuisine with a modern sensibility and technique. In our class we’ll prepare dishes that are similar to what you’d expect at her restaurant. Acquerello in San Francisco offers a fixed price menu of $95-$175, and was awarded a second Michelin star this year.
DOMINIQUE CRENN AND ATELIER CRENN – Tues. August 11th
Another in our series of classes celebrating chefs we admire. Dominique Crenn describes the food in her two-star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco as “poetic culinaria.” What we find so incredible is the artistry of her presentation, the poetry of the menu, and the creativity of the dishes. The restaurant is super-expensive, as Michelin star restaurants usually are, so we may not go to dine there. But we can still select the elements of her cuisine and her style that we most admire to enhance our dining pleasure at Leon Bistro and in your home.
OUTDOOR DINING – Tues. August 18th
On warm summer evenings, there’s nothing like dining outdoors – especially when a member of the family likes to grill. We’ll share dishes we’d like to serve if Leon Bistro had an outdoor dining area, as well as techniques and recipes that work very well for that type of cooking.
MEXICAN CUISINE WITH A NOD TO ENRIQUE OLVERA – Tues. August 25th
We’re due for another class on Mexican cuisine, and this time, in addition to our selection of interesting dishes, we’ll check out the distinctive and inventive cuisine of Enrique Olvera, the famed chef of Pujil in Mexico City, and now also Cosme, in New York City. He is known for his mole which is “cooked for more than 200 days,” as well as other distinctive Mexican dishes. Olvera’s first cookbook in English will be available in October.
All Classes — 6:30–9:00 pm
$70. / person. Alcoholic beverages $15. extra
Please call to make your reservation, or make it when you visit Leon Bistro
Since the classes are so popular and we frequently have a waiting list, we have changed our policy and are requiring payment of the class in advance. You may pay by mailing us a check or calling with your credit card number. Classes are $70 plus $15 for a generous wine pour.
If you need to cancel, please do so at least 48 hours prior to the class. We then can transfer your
payment to another class or return it in the form of a Leon Bistro gift certificate. If you just don’t come, we will not return your payment.
Please be aware that Leon Bistro may cancel a class if the enrollment is insufficient. We will make every effort to give you as much notice as possible.
Event Planning — Summer 2015
Leon Bistro is available for private events at all times. We do charge a fee for the exclusive use of a private room and for opening the restaurant for a day or evening event.
- Wine Room Totally private or semi-private, holds up to 35 people.
- Front Rooms Table 24—10 people, Semi-private; Table 21—20 people, semi-private
- Entire Restaurant 110 people
- Exclusive use of Wine Room, Wed & Thurs evenings–$150, Fri & Sat–$200
- Exclusive or shared use of Front Rooms, when we are open—No Charge
- Shared use of Wine Room, when we are open–No Charge
- Part or all of the Restaurant on dates and hours when we are normally closed–$300
We are happy to accommodate special diets when we know in advance. We are not a totally gluten-free restaurant, but most of our dishes can be prepared gluten-free or paleo.
We offer a children’s menu with favorites such as mac and cheese, chicken tenders and the like. Older children can order half portions of the regular menu. Please ask for that menu.
Type of Event—in the Restaurant or Catered
Leon Bistro welcomes your special events, whether they be small dinner parties, larger sit-down banquets, buffets, luncheons, work-related gatherings, “cocktail” parties or other special events. We also cater, specializing in smaller groups of up to 20 people.
Preparation of a Menu
We ask that you schedule a conversation with our Chef, Ann Leon, to make up your event menu. She can help you make choices that are appropriate for your purposes and within your budget. We suggest that you peruse our current dinner menu and then review the following information:
These can be ordered per person or family-style. We recommend family-style since it gives guests an ample taste of an assortment of appetizers and is very reasonable in cost. Family-style appetizers are $5-$8 depending on the selection. Examples of family-style appetizers are Wild Mushroom Crostini, Wild Fried Calamari, and our own Sweet Potato Chips with Thai Green Aioli ($5/person) and Dungeness crab cakes ($8/person).
We offer a slightly smaller salad for private parties at $5/person. Choices are our house salad of mixed organic greens with apple, nuts, pickled onions, crouton and house-made balsamic vinaigrette, and our Caesar salad with house made dressing and optional anchovies.
Please select entrees from our dinner menu or ask our Chef about other options. The Chef is often able to offer other choices, depending on the quality of the food on the market.
We are proud to offer a wide selection of desserts made in-house or prepared for us by outstanding sources. For private parties, you may order a dessert sampler that serves 3 or more guests for $10, or a slightly smaller portion of a dessert on our menu for $5/per person. There is a charge of $10 to cut and serve a dessert that you bring.
We have a large wine list to choose from. For parties, we often suggest our house wine, Cartridge and Browne Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are $25 and $29/bottle respectively. We have several champagnes including Wycliff, which is quite nice and very reasonable at $15/bottle. Corkage is $15/bottle or no-charge if you bring one bottle and buy two.
We have quite a few fine craft beers on tap as well as other beer. The beers on tap change periodically so please ask for the current selection.
Ice Tea and carbonated soft drinks are no charge. Coffee and a pot of tea are $3.
We would be happy to run a tab for guests.
We charge an automatic gratuity of 18% on private parties, which we disperse to all employees who were involved in making the dining experience pleasurable for you and your guests. You may leave an additional amount, if you like, as an extra tip for the server.
The following hors d’oeuvre are priced to reflect our experience that customers like to serve five or more hors d’oeuvre per guest. Some of these items are one per person and some are several. If you would like a list with the prices of each, please let us know.
Pick five of the following at $17/person
Orland Farmstead Creamery Queso Fresco Cheese and Chile Wontons with a sweet garlic dipping sauce
Marinated and Grilled Rib Eye Brochettes with gorgonzola aioli
Vietnamese Salad Rolls, both vegetarian and prawn, peanut plum sauce
Mini-Soufflés with goat cheese, sweet peppers and artichoke hearts and bacon, Gruyere, caramelized onion and spinach.
Smoked Salmon Flautas with Thai sweet chili dipping sauce & avocado cream
Portobello Mushroom and Italian Eggplant Fritters, Shoyu and lemon sauces
Mini Chicken Curry Empañadas, cucumber vinaigrette
Fall-Off-The-Bone Sticky Ribs, sesame, garlic, ginger glaze and Carolina BBQ
Heirloom green Tomatoes, cornmeal encrusted and fried, with green goddess sauce
Sweet Potato Chips with Thai green curry aioli
Truffled Olive Oil Popcorn
Wild Mushroom Crostini with toasted feta
Marinated Artichoke Heart Crostini with fromage blanc
Ricotta and Spinach Gnocchi with parmesan cream
Marinated and Grilled Chicken Asian Salad with cukes, carrots, sesame, avocado
and rice noodles
Grilled Chicken Satay with spicy peanut sauce
Beef Sliders with bacon/onion marmalade
Fried Calamari with lemon caper aioli
You may add or substitute any of the following for an additional $3.
Mini Dungeness Crab Cakes, nectarine coulis and avocado cream
Wild Coconut Prawns, apricot horseradish dipping sauce
Wild Prawns, basted with blackberry & honey and wrapped in bacon