Mark your calendar: registration for summer cooking classes starts on April 3, 2024

April 3 is only two weeks away! Please mark your calendars because that is the first day to register for the next season's cooking classes at Urbana Park District's Phillips Recreation Center.

The eighth season of the "Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking" classes starts on June 13, but we know from past experience that this series sells out fast! This summer, we'll be going to Jamaica, Greece, and Japan. In each of these classes, we'll be deconstructing the recipes of each cuisine and breaking down the flavor principles of these culinary traditions. By following a few master recipes and utilizing simple flavor profiles, you will be able to customize and adjust your own favorite recipes and make tasty ethnic dishes every night for dinner. This is our summer schedule:

  • June 13: Jamaican Cooking
  • July 11: Greek Classics
  • August 1: A Taste of Japan 

All my cooking classes are for adults and the tuition includes a multi-course dinner complete with wine, beer, and/or cocktails. Do come hungry and thirsty because these classes are "dinner party-style" events where we'll be tasting and eating everything that will be made that night. Whenever possible, students will also get to participate by helping me make a dish or two. I'll also share all the tips and tricks I know on how to get from A to B to Z quickly and efficiently.

Full menus and details are here:

More information about my cooking classes and pop-up events can always be found on my website, where you'll also find over 150 recipes from my classes (no ads!). You can also subscribe to my email newsletter or follow me on Instagram or Facebook and like my posts. Bon app├ętit!