July 2014


On holiday til July 9

We take our annual break at the end of June, enabling us to to catch our breath and prepare for the coming year. This year we closed a little earlier than usual (June 26th) because of the sad demise of our pet Sebastian. We will be back, fresh and eager to serve you on Wednesday, July 9th.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!


Immediate and longer range changes in cooking classes

We have been aware that we need to make some changes in our cooking classes in response to your requests and comments, and our growing realization that we are not breaking even. So, starting in July we will gradually make some changes.

First: the cost: We have reluctantly decided we must increase the price of the class to $70. The previous price has been in effect since we opened in 2008, with only an additional charge for wine and beer added two and a half years ago. During this period the cost of our ingredients has steadily increased and our staff costs have risen as the classes becoming more extensive and detailed. We hope that you will feel that our classes are a good bargain, combining as they do a fine meal and an entertaining and educational evening. By the way, if you already have a gift certificate for a class at the old price, we will accept it.

Second: We will soon offer two tiers of classes—the regular one that you know well, with 15-20 people, where you observe our Chef making 6-8 recipes and enjoy the food prepared–and a more intensive, smaller class that will be somewhat hands-on and will provide more in-depth discussion about technique, evaluating recipes, and the fascinating world of creating flavor by combining ingredients, spices and herbs. The price of that class has not been determined yet. Watch for more information in August.


Schedule: Our classes will continue to be offered Tuesday nights, 6:30 to 9.


Cooking Classes in July


Master Sauces, Tuesday, July 15th.    

   The same topic as earlier classes but with different recipes! We assure you the class will be valuable for returning participants and first-timers. Good sauces require a great deal of attention and practice. At the California Culinary Academy, my alma mater, (photo below), you’re not finished learning how to make the master sauces until you can do them with confidence and creativity, moving beyond the basic recipe to your own interpretations that are perfectly suited for the dishes you are preparing. Please note it is offered at the new price of $70, with an additional $10 for wine pour.


Ethnic Sauces, Tuesday, July 22nd.   

Another class you have requested. The class will cover the basics and quickly move on to how you can use these basic techniques imaginatively to add flavor and color to your dishes—and enable you to create your own recipes. A class for new and returning attendees. $70 plus $10 wine pour.


Summer in Italy, Tuesday, July 29th.   

If you’re just dreaming of a trip to Italy, or have been on one, you probably share our mental image of bright sun, lush vegetables and fruits, great pastas, and leisurely, outdoor dining. Next best to eating there—being with us, tasting the dishes, and learning all you need to know to make them at home.


 About the Classes

The classes are $60/ person and wine or beer pour is $10. They are held in the Wine Room or the kitchen depending on the recipes being demonstrated and the size of the group.  Please reserve early as they fill up, and come with an appetite.




Weddings, Receptions at Leon Bistro

Our Wine Room is just the right size for an intimate wedding, a wedding rehearsal dinner, or a wedding or baby shower. You can reserve the Wine Room any evening or afternoon, even on a day when we are normally closed. The entire restaurant is also available for a special event. Give us a call for information and menu suggestions.


A photo of our most recent Paleo cooking class — in the Wine Room.



Cooking Class in the Kitchen at

Leon Bistro


Gift Baskets

What better gifts for your favorite chef than a gift certificate for a cooking class, or a gift basket filled with the very special sauces, oils and concentrates that we use all the time at Leon Bistro.  You can build your own basket or pick up one already assembled at the restaurant.       When you make your choice, remember that most of the products are very fresh and must be kept in the refrigerator, so make room for the entire basket the frig or do the final assembly yourself before gifting it.  The oils and vinaigrette, however, will keep, and can even be shipped (ask us about shipping costs).  Here is a list of items for your gift baskets.

  ● Thai Green Curry Aioli–Fresh herbs, a mix of spices, lemon juice, pasteurized egg, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and garlic.                       8 or 16 oz ($7-$14) Perishable.

● Demi Glace–The secret to all good meat sauces. made from the trim of meats and vegetables and cooked slowly until it reaches a syrup consistency.  8 or 16 oz, ($12-$20) Perishable

Balsamic Vinaigrette–Our own recipe and a great favorite of customers. 250 ml or 500 ml. ($7-$14)

● Dipping Oil–The dipping sauce we serve every night and the base of our marinades for meats and vegetables. 250 ml or 500 ml ($7-$14)

● Bacon-Onion Marmalade–The secret ingredient that makes our pizza better than any you have ever tasted. Great as a condiment with hamburgers and grilled meats or to spread on sandwiches.  Sends our Paleo-diet friends to Heaven. 8 or 16 ozl ($12-$18) Perishable

● Fig-Onion Marmalade–For those who don’t eat bacon. A similar taste. 8 or 16 oz ($12-$18). Perishable

● Caesar Dressing–The pure thing, no embellishments or chemicals, just olive oil, lemon juice, eggs (pasteurized), salt, cayenne, capers and Parmesan cheese. 8 oz or 16 oz ($7-$14) Perishable.

● House-made Basil Oil–Olive oil and basil, when properly steeped together, create an incredibly fresh taste that is ideal for your salads and to nap your fish or vegetable entree just before serving.  250 ml or 500 ml ($7-$14).

Candied Walnuts–a perfect garnish for your salads.  $5

Wycliff Champagne–a great value available only from Leon Bistro. $16

● St. Peter’s Gluten-Free Beer–Definitely the best we’ve tasted. Brewed in Suffolk, England.  A rare treat. $9 bottle

Leon Bistro Gift Certificate — Any amount.
Suggested Baskets (may be available at Leon Bistro and our booth at the Wednesday Farmers Market)

$15. The basics: Balsamic Vinaigrette & Dipping Oil (add Champagne $30)

$24. Small Chef’s Special: Demi-Glace, Bacon-Onion Marmalade (add Champagne $40)

$25. Salad Makings: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Caesar Dressing, Basil Oil, Candied Walnuts

$40. Large Chef’s Special: Demi-Glace, Bacon-onion Marmalade, Basil Oil, Thai Green Curry Aioli, Candied Walnuts                             (add Champagne $55)

$42. Our Vegetarian/Non-Gluten Basket: Fig-Onion Marmalade, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Candied Walnuts, two                             and 2 bottles of St. Peter’s Gluten-Free Beer  $70. One of Everything Made by Leon Bistro

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