About The City Kitchen

The City Kitchen is a boutique culinary event company and food blog based in San Francisco. It is a way for me to reach people in the Bay Area, to share recipes, knowledge and techniques and to make cooking and entertaining fun. I hope that you enjoy The City Kitchen as much as I do! Meet the people that help make The City Kitchen run smoothly…


CAROLINE FEY TESTA, owner and chef

Caroline grew up in a household full of parties. One of her earliest memories is of lying in her bedroom, listening to a backyard full of people laughing and talking into the wee hours. Her mother is a gifted hostess and party planner, and her father loves to share wine from his cellar. From the time she was little, she and her siblings were taught how to pass hors d’oeuvres, fill wine glasses and know all about the Godiva chocolates served at the end of a party. Her mother made dinner for her family every night and always let her help in the kitchen. She supported her messes and creativity with a lot of laughter and hugs.

Caroline began her culinary career when she was 16 years old, making pasta and assorted breads for an Italian restaurant after school. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Journalism degree and thought that she wanted to be a food and travel writer. So, she went to The French Culinary Institute in New York City to learn serious techniques and fell in love with the kitchen. She got two degrees from The FCI, a classic culinary degree and a pastry degree, and has worked in restaurants in Manhattan, Ithaca NY and Park City UT, and for a catering company in East Hampton, NY.

By the time she moved to San Francisco she was tired of kitchen hours, cramped quarters and small paychecks. After completing a short wine program at The CIA in Napa, she started a little company called Mariposa Kitchen and began working as a private chef and caterer. She also started teaching underground cooking classes in her home. The cooking classes took off and she quickly realized that she was passionate about teaching. She also realized that she needed to move on to a bigger, better space and that she wanted to re-brand her company to highlight The City of San Francisco. So, Mariposa Kitchen became The City Kitchen, with a full website including cooking videos and a food blog. She currently teaches classes and caters private events at venues throughout the city as well as in private homes in the Bay Area. Her work has been shown in CA Home + Design magazine, Food52 and on the CBS morning show.



Lindsay West is a professionally trained chef with over 15 years of San Francisco Bay Area restaurant experience. After getting her degree from Cal Poly in Nutritional Science she moved up to San Francisco to attend culinary school at the California Culinary Academy. She helped open, and was the Sous Chef, at two of San Francisco’s best restaurants, Incanto and A16. She also worked at SPQR, managing the front of the house. She took some time out of the industry to have a family and returned back to the kitchen as an instructor, teaching cooking classes. She taught at both HomeChef and Sur La Table before being hired by The City Kitchen. She has a real passion for teaching and is very friendly, personable and organized. She brings a lot of valuable knowledge to The City Kitchen cooking classes and specializes in Italian cuisine.



After spending 8-10 years in corporate market research working for such companies as LVMH, The Nielsen Company, and The Clorox Company, Bettyann decided to change her career and enrolled in the San Francisco Cooking School culinary program.  She maintained her corporate job while attending culinary school at night, but ultimately her passion in the kitchen lead to a complete break from her corporate career.  After successfully completing her externship at Michelin starred Spruce in Pacific Heights, she continued to work the line for the next year.

Bettyann dove into Research & Development for a restaurant consulting firm doing recipe testing and development working for such clients as Panera Bread and Burger King. That experience lead to freelance and editorial work for Chow.com and Confetti Kitchen.  An incredible opportunity came up to apprentice for the 2011 & 2013 World’s Best Restaurant and 3 Michelin starred, El Cellar de Can Roca, while they were hosting a series of dinners in San Francisco.  She is also a culinary instructor at the San Francisco Cooking School and an experienced catering chef with a large Bay Area catering company.