Reminder: Urbana Park District Fall Registration Starts on August 2, 2023

As we wrap up the summer season of my "Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking" series, I'm starting to test recipes for the fall season which starts on September 21, 2023. But here's a more important date: August 2, 2023. Mark your calendar as this is the first day registration opens for all fall events at Urbana Park District. From past experience, we know that this series sells out fast. Even though we've increased the seating to 12 people per class, we anticipate this series selling out within days. 

The "Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking" is a very popular long-running series of classes at Urbana Park District's Phillips Recreation Center. The class meets on Thursdays from 6–8pm and the tuition is $40–$75 per person which includes a full two-course dinner along with wine and beer tastings. 

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. In each of these cooking classes, we'll deconstruct 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.

You can see the menu for the entire fall season here:

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