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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Ricotta Cheesemaking in Sonoma

Petaluma, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Juli

90 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 15
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

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.

What to bring

  • Desktop or mobile device. Stable WiFi.
  • For the ricotta: 1 quart Whole or 2% milk, not ultra-pasteurized or shelf-stable. We have had success with lactose-free milk.
  • For the tartines: Bread (rustic is best), honey and/or olive oil and toppings such as herbs, dried fruits, smoked fish etc.
  • For the mac 'n cheese: 4 ounces dry pasta, grated romano or parmesan cheese, and coarsely ground black pepper
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
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/ person
Sun, Feb 28
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
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$18 per person
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Sat, Mar 6
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Join 3 other guests
$18 per person
$18 per person
Wed, Mar 10
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
$18 per person
$18 per person

Meet your host, Juli

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 275 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 275 reviews.

Carolynn
February 2021
Juli was such a terrific teacher and host. She and her husband, Walt, were patient with my family in getting set up and did a wonderful job teaching us. Who knew making ricotta could be so simple and delicious? Thanks Juli!
Olivia
February 2021
My husband and I did this experience virtually with Juli as something a bit special and different for Valentine’s Day weekend, and absolutely loved it. Juli and her husband Walt have taken great care to ensure that the virtual experience is as close to the in-person one they did before Covid-19 as possible, with multiple cameras on both her / close-up of the food-making, as well as one in her garden for the garden tour of her herbs! We were very impressed. The information sent ahead of the class was very precise and helpful in terms of ensuring we were ready to go with the class started. And best of all, we have come away learning a new skill (and a couple of extra bonus tips) that we’re very excited to put to good use in our kitchen soon! Big thanks to Juli and Walt, we would definitely recommend this experience to friends of all ages.
My husband and I did this experience virtually with Juli as something a bit special and different for Valentine’s Day weekend, and absolutely loved it. Juli and her husband Walt ha…
Abby
February 2021
Ricotta class was so simple and easy! Juli is a fabulous teacher with so much knowledge! She shared a lot of fun tips and tricks. This was an awesome thing to learn how to make! I would do it again for fun and to connect with Juli!
Cara
February 2021
Juli is a sweet and professional host for cooking experiences! She creates the perfect balance between making personable connections and talented culinary skills! Making ricotta was FUN and EASY! I highly recommend Juli’s experiences to all.
Juli is a sweet and professional host for cooking experiences! She creates the perfect balance between making personable connections and talented culinary skills! Making ricotta wa…
Nancy
February 2021
What a great class! This was my tenth AirBnB online cooking experience and in many ways the best. Everything was very easy and came out looking and tasting wonderful. I will definitely be making the ricotta again many times. Can't wait to host a tartine party. Thank you, Chef Juli and thanks to Mr. Mustache for his help.
What a great class! This was my tenth AirBnB online cooking experience and in many ways the best. Everything was very easy and came out looking and tasting wonderful. I will defini…
Andrea
January 2021
This was a real fun cheese making experience it was my first zoom cooking class and I didn’t know what to expect. Juli really makes you feel comfortable and the directions are super easy to follow. Plus lots of good ideas for future meal dishes. The class was so enjoyable and her husband Walt was great.
This was a real fun cheese making experience it was my first zoom cooking class and I didn’t know what to expect. Juli really makes you feel comfortable and the directions are supe…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.