This summer Epicurean youngsters step out of the classroom and into the kitchen at Ramekins, the Sonoma culinary school, event venue and inn.

Sonoma Wineries: Family Fun for Every Age

Trips to Sonoma County need not be adult-only. While grown-up family members indulge in vintages and varietals at these nearby family-friendly vineyards recommended by Ramekins: Benziger (888/490-2739, 1883 London Ranch Road Glen Ellen, CA 95442); Ravenswood (707/933-2332, 18701 Gehricke Road Sonoma, CA 95476); and Chateau St Jean (707/833-4134, 8555 Sonoma Highway Kenwood, CA 95452) — children can stay equally entertained with a cooking course for foodies-in-training.

The four-day camp is led by the school's chef and instructor Lisa Lavagetto, who aims to focus on healthful family cooking, regional foods and creativity.

Sonoma County Culinary Camp Details

At Ramekins (707/933-0450, 450 West Spain Street Sonoma, CA 95476) kids ages 7-12 and 13-17 participate in fruit and vegetable art, pie and tart baking, and homemade pasta workshops all while designing menus and learning about exotic and local ingredients alike. The classes take place from 9 am through 1 pm daily, admit a maximum of 20 students, and send home recipes learned in class. Tuition is $350 per child.

Register directly on the Ramekins website for one of the following sessions of Kids Culinary Camp (ages 7-12) this summer:
Monday, June 18 – Thursday, June 21
Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26
Monday, August 13 – Thursday, August 16
Junior Chefs Camps (ages 13-17)
Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12

More To Do in Sonoma

While adult family members wait for their kids to whip up the evening supper, they can stay on-site for a Ramekins Inn spa treatment. Alternatively, check out a comprehensive list of activities and attractions for all ages at FTF's California: Wine Country Attractions.

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