Date: Tuesday, April 18th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Instructor: Chef Alex Aguirre
Location: Rotary Kitchen
Ages: Adults, 21+
Skill Level: Beginning
Sliding Scale: $25 / $50 / $75
Financial aid available below
Alex Aguirre has a passion for cooking as well as a heartfelt commitment to helping those in need. With over 20 years of chef experience, Alex has learned that the best way to connect with people is though food. His incredible knowledge, effective leadership, and warm demeanor made him a sought-after manager for many local restaurateurs, including Francis Ford Coppola. Alex currently manages the daily operations for the non-profit Berkeley Food Pantry, one of the oldest food pantries in the Bay Area, providing emergency groceries to over 2,000 monthly clients. Alex also leads cooking classes for individuals recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, using his love of cooking to teach them essential life skills to help them continue a drug-free life. Alex enjoys cooking with his three daughters and teaching them his secret to making the world a better place through delicious and healthy food.
When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.
The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.
Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.