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Market Forays

Santa Barbara, CA
805-259-7229
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Ranked #21 of 133 Activities in Santa Barbara
Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
Activities: Leisure education, Shopping
Owner description: Market Forays offers Locavore Cooking Classes and Culinary Adventures for leisure travelers...
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Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
Activities: Leisure education, Shopping
Owner description: Market Forays offers Locavore Cooking Classes and Culinary Adventures for leisure travelers. Sustainable Team Building Events for Corporate Groups. Private Chef Services. Our classes are built around the freshest seasonal local ingredients, combined with a playful attitude that draws on my French upbringing, enriched by the cuisines of the many countries I have visited and by California's own multicultural richness. The preferences and restrictions of my guests are built into the day's lesson plan to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience. Sample menus can be viewed on the Market Forays website. Classes are hands-on, and a printed recipe guide is provided to each guest. The goal is not to impress you with my skills, it is to help you realize your own abilities. Saturday Market Forays classes begin at 8 in the morning at the harbor, continue on to the farmers market, and then we cook and share a feast. Class wraps up around 3:30 pm. Cost is $145 per person. Private classes available during the week, advance reservation is required.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A wonderful day! The day starts with meeting on the pier to shop for fresh "off the boat" seafood then off to the farmers market for some of the most beautiful fruits and vegetables. Next stop, Laurence's lovely home for prep and cooking. She is a wonderful teacher and host. A great day with a super group of people. BOOK... More 

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MarketForays, Owner at Market Forays, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. I look forward to cooking with you again soon! More 

Redlands, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My son and daughter gave me an incredible gift for my birthday, a day at Market Forays. Luckily, a good friend decided to join the class which made the class extra fun. From the harbor where we purchased local rock crab and sea bass, to the Santa Barbara Farmers Market with its amazing assortment of produce and more, to Laurence's... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My sisters, mother, and I spent last Saturday in Laurence's cooking class. As the other reviews have indicated, she is nothing short of amazing. She contacted us ahead of time to ask about food likes/dislikes, dietary restrictions, and if there was anything in particular we wanted to cook. We met her at the harbor in the morning, where all the... More 

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MarketForays, Owner at Market Forays, responded to this review

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderfully descriptive review. It was a pleasure to cook with you and your family. I hope we will get to do it again. Warm regards, Laurence More 

Los Angeles
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We celebrated my sister's 65th birthday by spending the day with Laurence of Market Forays. Laurence met us in the morning with delicious home-baked (and warm!) scones. We shopped for fish and then moved to the farmer's market. Laurence was incredibly knowledgeable and patient with our group, which included our 89 year old mother. We selected fresh herbs and vegetables... More 

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MarketForays, Owner at Market Forays, responded to this review

Hi Barbara, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It was a pleasure to cook with you and your family, and I look forward to seeing you again. Warm regards, Laurence More 

Palm Springs, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

What a fantastic day! This past Saturday I was lucky enough to participate in a corporate event in Santa Barbara that included spending a day with Laurence from Market Forays. From our initial introduction (greeted with fresh warm scones) at the local docks where we were to select our fresh crab, to the sights and smells and tastings of the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I just came back from the experience of a lifetime. I hosted a group of ten with Laurence Hauben and Market Forays where we shopped at local markets and then prepared our meal at a private kitchen. The entire experience was nothing short of outstanding. Laurence met our group first thing in the morning with freshly baked scones which we... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

A friend and I recently visited Santa Barbara for the weekend. The highlight of our trip was the day we spent with Laurence of Market Forays. We were greeted at the harbor by Laurence carrying a basket of warm scones, bought fish at a wonderful bayside fish shop and then caravanned to the amazing Santa Barbara Farmer's Market. A stop... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Our Market Forays Cooking Class exceeded all expectations we had when we made our reservation. The class consisted of five of us, my wife, our daughter, her husband, our adult son and myself. The day started at the Santa Barbara Harbor where we were met by Chef Julia, Laurence Hauben's daughter. She greeted us with a warm smile and a... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My husband and I are from Canada and we did this class one day as part of our California honeymoon and we are SO glad we did! We were in Santa Barbara for 3 days and cooking at Laurence's house was definitely a highlight of our stay! She is incredibly talented and has a gorgeous home. We learned so much... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is a wonderful experience that anyone who appreciates learning new things, the art of cooking, the beautiful fruits and vegetables of the Farmers Market, exquisite cheeses and wines, fresh and local crab, and the camaraderie around the dinner table. We plan to take this class at least once per year with our family because each time we go, we... More 

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