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Cooking classes at Whole Foods Bowery
January 11, 2010, 8:00 am
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I was really excited to discover a Korean cooking class by YouTube maven Maangchi at the Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center on January 30th. I was then thoroughly disappointed to find that the class is sold out, but after viewing the menu, relieved because I already know how to make everything that’s being featured: multigrain rice, cabbage soup with dwenjang, bok choy kimchi, beef bulgogi, skewered pancake with crabmeat, and gyeranjjim (steamed egg side dish).

That said, I was also stoked to see the variety of cooking classes, lectures, tastings, and demonstrations offered at Whole Foods Bowery. Click here to see the full calendar of events. Here are my picks for January and February:

Friday, January 15th
Jerk and Rum: A Taste of Jamaica
7:00pm – 9:00 pm Demonstration and Tasting $25

Chef Nigel Spence, fresh off “Chopped” on the Food Network as well as “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” will be turning up the heat in this adventurous and interactive class on creative Caribbean cuisine. Learn how to make the authentic Jamaican jerk rub that beat Chef Bobby Flay at his own game.

On the Menu: Jamaican Jerk Red Snapper with Chadon-Beni Sauce; Quick Jamaican Rice & Peas; Jamaican Codfish Fritters; Island Rum Pudding.

Instructor: Chef Nigel Spence, Executive Chef/Owner, Ripe Kitchen & Bar

Tuesday, January 19th
JUST ADDED: Fundamental Knife Skills
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Demonstration and Hands-On, $70

Let Culinary Center guru, Wai Chu, teach you the basic knife skills that every cook should know. Work on vegetables and fruits of all shapes and sizes, utilizing precision cuts to create classic French dishes that will quickly become part of your at-home repertoire.

On the Menu: Bass and Tomato Compote Baked in Parchment; Maple Roasted Root Vegetables with Goat Cheese; Avocado, Red Onion and Citrus Salad.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator

Friday, January 22nd
Beer ‘n’ Chili
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Lecture and Tasting $35

If you take your beer seriously, and your chili too, we suggest you mark your calendars. Join Manhattan chili founder, Bruce Sterman, as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of his signature chili portfolio, including his game time favorites. Then delight as Rob Immer introduces you to the appropriate Southern Tier beer pairings that work hard to compliment the spice just right.

On the Menu: A selection of Beef, Lamb, Poultry and Vegetarian Chili + Beer

Instructors: Bruce Sterman, Manhattan Chili Co. and Rob Immer, Southern Tier Brewing

Monday, February 8th
Indian Dumplings and Fritters
6:00pm – 9:00pm Demonstration and Hands-on (Vegetarian) $55

Indian cuisine is known for its many regional specialties, including a breathtaking variety of steamed or simmered dumplings and crispy golden fritters. Join Wai Hon Chu, co-author of The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide, for a tantalizing look into some of these unique and impressive dishes from North and South India.

On the Menu: Rice and Bean Idli with Vegetable Sambhar and Coconut Chutney; Chickpea Dumplings with Tomato Sauce (Chana Vada ki Bhaji), Vegetable Pakora, Spinach and Potato Samosa

Instructor: Wai Chu, Author, The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide

Friday, February 19th
The Art of Sushi
7:00pm – 9:30pm Demonstration and Hands-on $70

Sushi has quickly moved into the mainstream and onto our take-out top-ten list. An art form in its native Japan, it takes many years of diligent apprenticeship and schooling to become a certified sushi chef. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn the basics of the craft for your own enjoyment. Join our very own sushi chef, Miki Nada of Genji, as she shows you the ins and outs of simple, stunning sushi.

On the menu: Miso soup; Spiced Edamame; Cucumber regular roll; Salmon regular roll; Rainbow roll; Seoul roll (Albacore with Gochujan); Vegetable Nigiri.

Instructor: Miki Nada, Genji Sushi

Incidentally, three of my five choices are Friday night classes. Great for a date or a fun night out with friends!

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