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Villa Creek chef offering lamb-inspired cooking class 

Just in time for spring, Villa Creek chef Tom Fundaro will teach a local-spring-lamb-focused cooking class this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Refugio, a new cooking/teaching venue in Paso Robles. The chef will instruct students how to break down a leg of lamb, then demonstrate and serve up a Middle Eastern-influenced menu.

Cris Cherry of Villa Creek will pair, pour, and discuss his wines. “Students do not leave Refugio’s cooking classes hungry or thirsty!” said Refugio representative and cookbook author Brigit Binns.

Refugio is a new teaching kitchen and vacation rental property in Paso Robles.

Refugio is a new teaching kitchen and vacation rental property in Paso Robles.

Refugio is a new project that Binns and her husband, actor Casey Biggs, (who may be recognizable as the, “Paso Wine Man,” from his popular YouTube videos that were created in conjunction with the Paso Wine Alliance to help promote the area) developed. The couple regularly host visiting chef and instructors from Tuscany, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Los Alamos, and Mendocino in Refugio’s state-of-the-art catering, entertaining, and teaching kitchen; the space also offers two vacation rental suites.

Binns has published 29 cookbooks; the cover of her most recent book “The New Wine Country Cookbook: Cooking from California’s Central Coast,” features a 1953 turquoise Ford 150 pickup truck belonging to Curt Dubost, of Dubost Ranch Winery. Her upcoming book “Eating Up the West Coast: The Best Road Trips, Restaurants, and Recipes from California to Washington,” will be released on April 28 and is the cover feature for the March issue of Sunset Magazine.

Upcoming classes include: “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner: A Continuing Series on How to Up Your Sunday Dinner Game,” with chef of Menodocino’s Pangaea restaurant, with Alta Colina pouring wines on Sunday March 29 at 5 p.m., and Christina Maguire of Rinconada Dairy will teach a small group of students how to make gouda, jack, and Parmesan-style semi-hard cheeses, on April 16 at 6 p.m., featuring beverage pairings by Lone Madrone and Bristols Cider.

Learn more by visiting their website at or register for the lamb cooking class here. Seats are $110 each. There were a few seats available as of this morning,



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