New Culinary Class Series at Cups La Jolla

Cups, La Jolla’s new cupcake lounge, has launched Cups Culinary which is a weekly series of hands on cooking and baking classes.  Each class will feature a unique theme based on the instructor and night’s menu items. “We’re thrilled to start the class series in our new comprehensive teaching kitchen, open to everyone, and complete with flat panel TVs and surround sound,” said Michelle Ciccarelli, owner of Cups. “This kitchen classroom is truly what inspired me to open Cups – my own love of teaching, and the ability to bring in like-minded chefs and let them share their passion for the craft with others.”

Continuing the Cups Culinary class series, every Sunday throughout September, is the Market-to-Table Class, featuring Chef Jesus Gonzales, former Creative Chef for Rancho la Puerta and Golden Door Spas. As part of this class, culinary students will explore the La Jolla Farmer’s Market, receiving informational tips on the seasonal produce, followed by a healthy lunch prepared and provided from the day’s shopping.  These classes are offered Sunday’s at 11am.

“After many years teaching culinary classes at Rancho La Puerta Spa, I am excited to open this new teaching facility much closer to home,” said Jesus, now managing Cups’ kitchen staff and Culinary class expansion. “We will continually evolve the classes we teach here: as we grow, so will our classes, like the upcoming ricotta cheese-making class.”

Parent’s Night Off – Cupcakes and a Movie is a Friday night class featuring, yes, cupcake decorating and a kid-friendly movie showing, permitting parents a night off. Cost is $25 and time is from 6:30pm – 9pm.  This gives you plenty of time to walk to one of downtown La Jolla’s fine restaurants for date night. Parent’s night off in September is on the 10th and the 24th.

Other September classes include Tea Time Treats, China Latino Fusion Cuisine and Vegan Cupcakes. For a complete list of all the summer classes, dates, and details, visit Cups Culinary calendar at

If you haven’t been to Cups yet, you are in for a treat. My favorite cupcake is Vanilla Vixen.

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