Cooking Adventures in Napa Valley

Hello Foodies and Passionate Cooks – Welcome to the CasaLana Gourmet Retreats blog. Here you will find my posts with cooking tips, recipes and links to food sites that I have discovered. They may come from my personal experiences, chef networking or my web travels. I’ll also share information about food activities in Napa Valley so you can plan it into your visit to the Wine Country.

I am Lana Richardson, chef/owner of CasaLana Gourmet Retreats. I moved to Napa Valley in 1999 to open a B&B and  Cooking School that would cater to avid home cooks. I chose the charming town of Calistoga (northern Napa Valley) because of its wonderful character, great growing climate and proximity to wonderful markets. A foodie’s paradise!

Over the years I’ve been blessed to teach thousands of cooks – some just beginning, others well accomplished. A common theme from all is their eagerness and desire to keep learning. The food world is constantly evolving and offers us the opportunity to continually learn and hone our skills. New food products are always emerging and new techniques are always being perfected. Through this blog, I will share my discoveries with all of you.

To view my blog posts, click on ‘home‘. Check back often – Happy Cooking!

6 thoughts on “Cooking Adventures in Napa Valley

    • Great to hear from you Andrea and Peter- Thanks for the post and kind words. Hope to see you at a class again in the future, check out the new schedule. Happy Holidays. Lana

    • Hello – sorry for the delay in replying. I only saw your request now. You can download / print brochure from the website The full schedule is also there. Thanks, Lana

    • Hi Jerry – Great! Check out the full schedule on There are some 1-day classes coming up soon, also 3-day. Hope see her join. Lana

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