Basic Vegan Cooking

Learn how to make delicious and cruelty-free foods with Bay Area Vegetarians

If you're new to vegetarian cooking, want to learn new recipes, or just want a pleasant afternoon enjoying food demonstrations & sampling new recipes, please join us for one of our cooking classes. Our classes are affordable and designed to help you make compassionate and cruelty-free food choices. No previous experience is necessary, and these classes are open to members as well as the general public.

We offer two types of classes:

Upcoming Classes and Special Events

Mon July 30, 2007 - Vegan Baking Class -Mill Valley
Apple Berry Dessert Series: Apple Cream Cheese Tart, Strawberry Short Cake, & Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprints $15/$20 (details)
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August, 2007 - Vegan Baking Class - Mill Valley
Citrus Dessert Series: Lime Meltaways,
Lemon Bars, & Candied Orange Peel. $15/$20
Register by Mail


Class Prices: The first price shown is for prepaid registrations. The second price is for walk-in/same day registrations.

If you're wondering why our classes are priced so low compared to classes offered by other instructors, it's because Bay Area Vegetarians is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote compassionate and cruelty-free foods. All labor and any profits are being donated to Bay Area Vegetarians to fund our outreach & education programs.

Note: To keep our overhead low, please register only if you can definitely attend -- no refunds for cancellations or no-shows. Bay Area Vegetarians reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the class, and will subsequently offer refunds or a voucher towards any future class under these circumstances.

* If you choose to pay online via PayPal, an additional small fee has been added to help us cover the additional expense; thank you.

Register By Mail

Checks or Money Orders must be received at least 4 business days prior to class. After this time, please use walk-in registration.

Send name, number of people, payment and your email address to

Bay Area Vegetarians
POB 371215
Montara, CA 94037.

Please include your email address for confirmation of registration. Online bill pay is an easy way to pay by check and your bank pays the postage (please allow extra time for delivery.)

Walk in Registration

Walk-in registration will be accomodated as space permits on the day of the class. To check if class if full, please use the link to the class on the schedule above. If space is available, please arrive promptly and speak with the instructor prior to beginning of class. It is very helpful if you can bring the exact amount for the class.

Meet our Instructors

Alex Bury

Alex BuryAlex Bury was trained as a classical chef at the world's premier culinary college, the Culinary Institute of America.  Her career as a chef was already taking off in the mid-nineties, when she became painfully aware of the plight of animals.  In 2001, she opened the famous all-organic Sparks restaurant in Guerneville, California.  Now she works full-time for PETA, and also teaches the art of compassionate cooking for Bay Area Vegetarians.  Her column, Heart Smart Cooking: Cooking with Compassion and Good Health, appears in the monthly newsletter for Bay Area Vegetarians.

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Christine Dickson

Christine DicksonDr. Christine Dickson is not only a self-taught vegan baker dedicated to her craft but also is a licensed psychologist who understands the emotional, psychological, and social impact of becoming a vegan.

Christine feels passionately about vegan baking; that's why she volunteered to teach these classes. As Christine says, "When I gave up dairy and eggs three years ago, family and friends repeatedly told me that I would never enjoy great desserts again. I immediately set out to prove them wrong."

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