Reminder: Urbana Park District summer cooking classes start next week

The first session of my summer cooking class series called "Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking" starts on June 8, 2023. The "Moroccan Classics" class is sold out, but there is still one seat left for the June 29 "Taste of Hawaii" class. Unfortunately, the July 20 "Vietnamese Cooking" class is also sold out, but if you wish to be added to the wait list, please call 217-367-1544.

This Urbana Park District cooking class series will meet at Phillips Recreation Center on Thursdays from 6–8pm. The tuition is $40–$75 per person and includes a full two-course dinner along with wine and beer tastings. Because we'll be visiting Hawaii this summer, you can also expect some experimental retro tiki cocktails on June 29, 2023. 

The sixth season of these long-running "dinner party-style" cooking classes will continue in the fall when we visit Palestine, the Czech republic, and Indonesia. A preview of the fall season is already online and you're welcome to take a peek here.

In each of these cooking classes, we'll deconstructs the recipes of each cuisine and break down the flavor principles of each culinary tradition. By following a few master recipes and utilizing simple flavor profiles, you will be able to customize and adjust your favorite recipes to make tasty ethnic dishes for dinner every night.

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