ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Ricotta Cheesemaking in Sonoma

Petaluma, California, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Juli

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
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Host can personalize to match your interests.
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Juli's rated 5 stars by 98% of guests.

What you'll do

Let's turn grocery store ingredients into restaurant-worthy dishes. Many of my guests are stunned to learn how simple it is to create these delicious dishes.

First, we'll introduce ourselves to break the ice. Then we'll go right into hands-on cooking! We'll start with making ricotta cheese in a very simple way with ingredients that you are likely to already have at home. We'll also create a simple tartine and "grown-up mac 'n cheese" using a few simple ingredients, including the ricotta cheese that you just made.

In the process, you'll have a chance to take a virtual tour of my garden here in California wine country to learn about culinary herbs and edible flowers. I will teach you ways to use the whey, which is a byproduct of cheesemaking.

Once we finish cooking, we will sit and taste what we created and talk about the recipes, the experience, and life in wine country. We'll even drink some wine together, and I will make some suggestions for you about matching wine with what we made.

This Experience is great for team-building or celebrating a special occasion. Looking to reconnect with your colleagues and teammates while working from home? Send me a message.
Other things to note
This is an online experience. If you are prepared with all of the items listed above, you should be able to follow along and cook as we go. I will also provide you recipes via email after this experience.

IF YOU ARE LATE, we will admit you up to 10 minutes after the experience begins.
Let's turn grocery store ingredients into restaurant-worthy dishes. Many of my guests are stunned to learn how simple it is to create these delicious dishes.

First, we'll introduce ourselves to break the ice. Then we'll go right into hands-on cooking! We'll start with making ricotta cheese in a very simple way with ingredients that you are likely to already have at home. We'll also create a simple tartine and "grown-up mac 'n cheese" u…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Juli can host private groups of any size, up to 15 guests. Private group rates start at $137.

Meet your Host, Juli

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 296 Reviews
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I am a classically-trained professional chef, and trainer of chefs, with decades of experience. I have been teaching cooking through a variety of venues including Airbnb Experiences for the past four years. My background is Italian, but I'm a student of world cuisines, learning about cultures and food by hosting nearly two dozen exchange students from around the world.

I am passionate about home cooking, and love to help others see how they can easily learn to make great food at home by learning some good techniques, coupled with a few tips and tricks.

I love getting to know guests from around the world and have been honored to have hundreds of five-star reviews on my all my experiences like sourdough baking, cheesemaking, and wine country cooking. View all my experiences here: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/82728771
I am a classically-trained professional chef, and trainer of chefs, with decades of experience. I have been teaching cooking through a variety of venues including Airbnb Experiences for the past four years. My background is Italian, but I'm a student of world cuisines, learning about cultures and food by hosting nearly two dozen exchange students from around the world.

I am passionate about home cooking, and love to help others see how they can easily learn to make great food at hom…
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Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 296 reviews.

Cynthia
November 2021
Juli is a true professional, very personable and knowledgeable. I always love hearing her story behind this amazing Ricotta recipe, how it is connected to her family roots. It is super easy to make if you follow her instructions carefully. I don’t think I can use store bought ricotta again because Juli’s recipe is so good. What a lovely way to spend an hour+ with Juli and benefit from her expertise.
Kristie
August 2021
This was an incredible experience! Juli and her husband were such a great team! I only wish I could be like them being married for 47 years! Juli paid attention to detail and made everyone feel comfortable even with dietary restrictions. She made you feel right at home and learning about her experience while cooking was incredible. Everything tasted delicious and was so easy to make! I highly recommend this experience. She was also able to accommodate our group of 13 people!! They were truly the best!!
Sarah
August 2021
This was my second time participating in this experience! I loved it so much the first time that I bought it for my dad as a birthday present! He had such an incredible time making ricotta cheese, tartines, and cacio e pepe. He keeps talking about how wonderful this experience was. I definitely, 100% recommend this experience to everyone! Thank you, Juli & Walt!
Carla
May 2021
I have done prob 100 experiences and Juli and Walts are top 5 on my list. I want to shout from the mountaintops how easy ricotta cheese is to make. Absolutely loved the organization, the education and just how effortlessly it all was to make. Run and take this class! I should of done it a long time ago!
Amanda
May 2021
This class is perfect every step of the way: from the detailed prep list, to the class itself then ending with the fab recipes and plant information. The ricotta is simply fabulous and we learned about so many exciting ways to use it. The tour of Juli’s kitchen garden and suggestions of ways to use flowers has changed my cooking. Walt, her character of an assistant, helped the class run smoothly. Simply put, it doesn’t get any better than this!
Eliana
May 2021
This experience is a MUST for anyone traveling through the Sonoma/Petaluma area. Juli is such a great teacher and both her and her husband Walt were incredibly kind! The cheese making is only a small part of the whole experience, from the garden tour (complete with edible flower snacks), tartine decorating, and incredible pasta dish- it’s truly worth doing! Juli offered up incredible culinary tips and even better company as both her and Walt were a joy to be around.

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 15 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
You’ll need to stream audio and video to participate.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.