Chef Tag Team Breaks Down Gnocchi + Pesto at Urban Kitchen Classes

Students stir the pot at an Urban Kitchen class in August.

You know you eat with your eyes first, right? Well, ogling Joshua Clever makes this blogger want to eat anything he cooks. Besides, the chef and cooking teacher is brimming with enthusiasm about cooking and food, which always pushes our buttons. Clever will be one of two chefs teaching related hands-on workshops for Urban Kitchen SF next Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Actually, it's a two-for-one workshop on gnocchi and the pesto to go with it. John Tormey, former chef de cuisine at Scala's Bistro, leads the gnocchi part (a potato-pumpkin mashup), then Clever takes over to teach pesto (sage and roasted garlic, and cilantro and pistachio). A starter kit with recipes and samples (including dough) are included in the $45 ticket price. Sliding -scale pricing is available by e-mailing Advance tickets are needed. It all happens at CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen in the Ferry Building's North Arcade.

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