Showing posts from September, 2022

Next spring, travel with Paul to France, Thailand, and Russia

In spring 2023, my fourth season of "Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking" series will continue at Urbana Park District's Phillips Recreation Center. In the tradition of these dinner party "classes," guests will have the opportunity to watch demos and/or participate in the preparation of our feast. You'll learn the secrets of how to make anything taste French, Thai, or Russian by following simple streamlined recipes. By the end of the series you will be able to adjust flavor profiles and customize recipes like a pro. Each class will include a full two-course dinner complete with beer, wine and/or special cocktails.  Here's a preview of what we're planning . Registration for this series opens on December 7. Mark your calendar because these classes sell out fast!

Reminder: Greek cooking class is next Thursday at 6pm

  On Thursday, September 22, the third season of my "Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking" series will premiere at Urbana Park District's Phillips Recreation Center. In our first session, we will travel to Greece and enjoy an authentic Greek dinner complete with Greek wines and grappa tastings. If you've already registered, you're all set: the menu and recipes are all linked from my  website . To save on paper, we will only print out recipes for you upon request (please send me an email at if you need paper copies). Otherwise, come hungry and thirsty. But to get the most out of this class, read  this article  first and watch the recommended movie for homework ;) (Sorry, the entire fall season of this series is sold out, but you can call 217-367-1544 to be added to the wait list).

Reminder: Cantonese cooking class is next Tuesday at 6pm

  On Tuesday, September 20, Common Ground Food Co-op will host my first "Taste of China" cooking class. In this class, we will focus on Cantonese cuisine, also known as the most popular style of Chinese cooking outside of China. This is the first session of my "deep dive" series, where we will focus on a different region of China for each class. The Cantonese session is sold out, but there are still seats available for the upcoming Sichuan and Shanghai classes. We will also be tasting a selection of Southeast Asian beers during the entire series.  More info is available here .