May 21 | 10:00 AM | Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, 2300 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Style it Pretty with Food Stylist Diana Yen and Pastry Chef Emily Alben

Sunday, May 21, 2023

10 AM -12 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 cheeseboard and mini cake.

Class Cost: $75.00

Looking for ways to impress guests at your next party? Touch up on your food styling and decorating skills with food beauty pros, Cookbook Author & Food Stylist Diana Yen and Pastry Chef Emily Alben.

Diana Yen will teach you step-by step the art of creating the perfect cheese board with Cowgirl Creamery & Cypress Grove cheeses. She’ll also show students how to create edible accoutrements to add that finishing touch to any platter. And no party can be complete without cake! Emily Alben will guide you on how to decorate and frost gorgeous miniature cakes.

Camera always eats first and at the end of the class there will be a demonstration on how to take the perfect photo! Students will get to take home their cheeseboard creations and miniature cakes.

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

Each class will include local Santa Barbara wines and snacks for guests to enjoy during the lesson.

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.


Diana Yen is a food stylist and recipe developer, and the author of A Simple Feast. Her projects with leading food and lifestyle brands focus on the simplicity and elegance of everyday meals. With a background in home and lifestyle design, she strives to bring a sense of beauty and community to the table. Her client roster includes: Bon Appetit, Cherry Bombe, Saveur, The Kitchen, and FeedFeed.


Emily Alben is a baker, recipe developer, and content creator based in Ojai, CA. Baking for her community and sharing moments of indulgence has led to her true calling, one in pursuit of flavor. Marrying both the edible and creative, she spins seasonal flavors into recipe gold and creates authentic and inspired content in the process. Emily is the host of her own baking series “Ripened,” offers a monthly preorder through Pinyon Ojai, and you can find her popping up around the Central Coast and LA with her sweet treats. You can follow her on Instagram @almondmilkmaiden or learn more at

Cowgirl Creamery makes cheese with heart. In 1997, we started with a dream shared between two college friends and business partners, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith: To celebrate organic practices and spotlight the craftsmanship of local sustainable agriculture in Marin and Sonoma counties. Today, we’re carrying the torch of the food revolution that started in our backyard. Organic. Farm-to-Table. Delicious, award-winning cheese. It’s in our DNA. And it defines our famous creations, including the beloved triple cream Mt. Tam.
Our organic cheeses are available nationwide wherever fine cheese is sold, including restaurants, as well as our online shop and

Back in the 1970s, the term “American cheese” referred to, well, American cheese. But all that began to change when Mary Keehn, a self-proclaimed “serious hippie” and single mother of four, purchased two goats from a Humboldt County neighbor as a source of fresh milk. She soon had more milk than she could handle, so she tried her hand at making goat cheese, and in 1983 Cypress Grove was born.

Since those humble beginnings, Cypress Grove has gone on to become one of the most famous and award-winning cheese producers in America. Their dairy is Humane Certified, and their lineup of tangy fresh cheeses, bloomy masterpieces, and nutty aged cheeses are all hand-crafted the old-fashioned way. From their legendary Humboldt Fog (which has a line of ash running through it, inspired by the fog blanketing the Humboldt County coastline) to their bloomy-rind, truffle-laced Truffle Tremor to their fennel & lavender-coated Purple Haze, these are some of the most delicious and creative goat cheeses ever crafted, and they’re shipping nationwide!

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.