May 15 | 5:30 PM | Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, 2300 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

French Pastry 101 with Chef Levi Richard

Monday, May 15, 2023

5:30-7:30 PM

Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, 2300 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

*Ticket price includes a cooking class, Sunstone wines, snacks, and take home financier cake.

Class Cost: $75.00

Are you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth and improve your pastry skills? Join Pastry Chef Levi Richard at the Apples to Zucchini Cooking School for a hands-on baking and chocolatiering class!

Chef Levi will teach you how to prepare homemade finaciers, a classic French almond cake that is light and moist with an irresistibly crispy exterior. As the cakes bake, Chef Levi will guide you through the process of making raspberry and pistachio chantilly and honey ganache. Guests will also get to see chef Levi in action as he demos how to create a gourmet chocolate decoration to top off your finaciers. You’ll get to bake and decorate your financiers; by the end of this class you’ll have gained new pastry skills and knowledge and take home your beautiful creation!

*Children 10 and older are welcome. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Each class will include Sunstone wines and cheese for guests to enjoy during the lesson.

This class takes place in a commercial kitchen and we recommend attendees where closed toed shoes.

A portion of the proceeds from the Taste of Santa Barbara will benefit the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience in partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.


As with most chefs, Levi Richard’s love of food came from cooking with his parents and grandparents. The rich tradition of cooking and sharing memories with food was very influential. Pastry Chef Levi Richard started his professional career at the California School of Culinary Arts. His career has taken him from California to New Orleans, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Miami, at every step, learning how to meld the traditions and flavors of the regions with his own heritage. His goal is to always offer a beautiful and sophisticated dessert that is still approachable and familiar in flavor.
Most notably he was the pastry chef for The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, and The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami.

In 2018 He moved back to his home state of California to become the executive pastry chef for the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Overseeing pastry for all the outlets within the casino allows him to showcase a wide variety of talent and skills.

Apples to Zucchini Cooking School brings people together over shared meals by teaching children, teens, and adults how to prepare delicious, nutritious, affordable meals made from seasonal and local ingredients. Our adult classes are about the techniques, flavors, creativity, and fun of good cooking.