Celebrations & Seasonal Buffet - Fall/Winter

August 6-7, 2024 - 2 days

Sarah Tibbetts

Ecole Valrhona Pastry Chef - North America


Brooklyn, NY

$ 980 $ 686
30% discount off all classes for north american cercle v members
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Upgrade your buffet presentations during this two-day class taught by l’École Valrhona Pastry Chef Sarah Tibbetts! Whether you're planning a wedding, corporate event, celebrating a holiday or preparing for a high-volume event, learn from the expert at L’École Valrhona Brooklyn how to impress your guests with an enticing buffet made of delicious and eye-catching creations. This course focuses on creating individual single portion desserts to be displayed or passed at large volume events, as well as the importance of design and visual aspects in dessert presentation.

With a small group of professional chefs (maximum 12), in a state of the art environment, you will be making memorable desserts for celebration tables and buffets of all sizes. With her extensive experience at the Bellagio, Wynn Hotel and Ritz-Carlton, Chef Tibbetts will share her pro tips on how to efficiently pull off a big event and how to incorporate seasonal touches that will stand out to your customers.


  • Explore the roles of flavor and texture in smaller bite-sized desserts.​
  • Learn to create visually appealing displays with seasonal inspiration.​
  • Create desserts in a small bite-sized format, including verrines, composed tarts, truffles, macarons and various petit fours. ​
  • Techniques will include tempering and how to make chocolate décor pieces.​
  • Recipes featured will have versatility in size and application, be adaptable to various temperatures, along with seasonally inspired flavor and color combinations.​
  • Chef Sarah will also cover best practices as developed in Valrhona's New Essentials and discuss Measured Indulgence techniques.

Class price includes light breakfast and coffee in the morning, lunch each day, a class recipe book, apron, travel mug, pen, a professional photographer, as well as all materials, ingredients, and equipment needed for class.

Chef Referral Program

Refer a friend for a l’École Valrhona Brooklyn 2024 professional class and receive a $200 credit to use towards a 2024 class, your friend will also receive a $200 credit to use towards the class they sign up for!


A graduate of Culinary Institute of America, Sarah Tibbetts’ (born Kosikowski) stellar career includes experience at some of the most renowned restaurants and hotels in the country. In San Francisco, she worked at The French Laundry, Citizen Cake and the Ritz-Carlton Dining Room.

In Las Vegas, she continued to hone her skills at the Wynn Hotel; then, as Executive Pastry Chef at the four-star Fleur de Lys; followed by Michael Mina’s Michelin-rated restaurant at the Bellagio.

She is a 2009 James Beard Award nominee and has appeared regularly in national and local media. The extremely accomplished Chef Tibbetts joined Valrhona as its L’École Valrhona Pastry Chef Eastern USA in 2012 and was a pivotal influence in the opening of the first ever US school in Brooklyn, NY.

In July of 2016, Chef Tibbetts relocated to Chicago, IL, and in 2019 moved to her home state Michigan, where she currently resides as the North American Pastry Chef.  She conducts classes for professionals throughout the country, as well as one-on-one culinary consultations and media outreach, communicating the experience and expertise of L’École Valrhona.

If you cancel 45 days or more prior to the first day of class, you will be completely refunded. If you cancel within 45 days you will receive a 50% refund or 100% class credit to be used within a year of the cancellation date. If you cancel within one week of the class you will receive a 50% class credit to be used within one year of the cancelation date. 

We do our best to avoid canceling or rescheduling classes, however, please be aware that classes are subject to change due to conflicts, instructor illness, travel issues, etc. We will contact you immediately in case of any date changes or course cancellations. In the case a class is rescheduled or canceled we offer you the choice of a full refund or a class credit to be used within one year of the cancelation date. 

As Valrhona is not responsible for your accommodations we recommend booking refundable forms of transportation and accommodations, so if an unforeseen change occurs you will not be charged. 

 *Offer cannot be combined with any additional discounts. Only eligible for classes taught in the United States.*

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