I challenge any SF demographic to be more gripped by the subject of food than Bay seniors. But why stand in the cold in lines outside Tartine when you can bake a holiday treat yourself? Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, for example, has a class on the classic Buche de Noel, the densely chocolate pastry “log” with meringue mushrooms and Swiss buttercream, that is basically a ginormous Twinkie. The lesson takes place in the last moments of the Christmas madness, on  Friday,December 23 from 11-2. Price $105. For best results be careful about your intake of their complimentary hot mulled wine.


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