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  • A Tea Tasting Steeped in History

    Come explore the fascinating history of the world’s most-popular beverage—from China, Tibet, and India, to England, Russia, and the U.S. Along the way, we’ll learn about the many types of tea, tips and hints for brewing it well, health benefits—and how tea influenced cultural mores, craftsmanship, and politics. Tuition includes a selection of five fine loose-leaf tea samples (with instructions on brewing) for safe pickup in Arlington to enjoy before, during, or after class. The samples will include teas that will be discussed in context throughout the talk. Pickup directions will be sent out to registered students starting one week prior to the class date. Photo: 17th century Qing Dynasty porcelain teapot. Courtesy of the Met
  • Beer Tastings

    Prost! A Ticket to German Lagers & More Ahhh, springtime in Germany. The Oktoberfest beers are about to start brewing, the flowers are blooming, and it's a great time to explore lagers and more from a storied country full of beer. We’ll taste our way through fantastic offerings from Weihenstephaner, Ayinger Brau, and others. For beer tastings only, tuition includes a $25 beverage kit and is per screen due to the quantity of beer included. Instructions will be sent about beverage pick up in Belmont Center. For students 21+. Go West! Discover California’s Beer Scene We’re heading to the left coast! California has great beers from the southern city of San Diego all the way up to the inland empire of Sacramento. We’ll enjoy a variety of styles from breweries such as Lost Abbey, Lagunitas, North Coast, and Bear Republic. For beer tastings only, tuition includes beverage fee and is per screen due to the quantity of beer included. Instructions will be sent about beverage pick up in Belmont Center. For students 21+. Are We There Yet? Road Trip Worthy New England Breweries Itching to get on the road? Summer is a great time to explore beautiful New England. We’ll deep dive into just how New England became such a hot locale for beer and explore the regions that are brewing really great stuff. Get ready to enjoy some New England beers from spots such as Allagash Brewing, Stoneface Brewing, and Burlington Beer Company. For beer tastings only, tuition includes beverage fee and is per screen due to the quantity of beer included. Instructions will be sent about beverage pick up in Belmont Center. For students 21+.
  • Discover the Cuisine of Southern India

    The southern region of India is known for its coastal beauty, IT industries, and classical Indian dancing. The food of South India, however, though quite popular in India, remains a secret to the rest of the world. Unlike the cuisine of the north, South Indian cuisine is distinguished by a greater emphasis on rice as the staple grain and liberal use of curry leaves and coconut. South Indian cooking is even more vegetarian-friendly than north Indian cooking and incorporates fewer spices and simpler ingredients. Come explore this cuisine and learn to make uttapam. These crepes are traditionally cooked with rice and lentil, but ours will be an instant version with cream of wheat, and we’ll fill them with an onion and potato stew seasoned with hot chilies, ginger and lemon. On the side we’ll make yogurt rice embellished with chilies, curry leaves, and mustard seeds. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Homemade Japanese Cuisine

    Have you ever wanted to cook international dishes but didn’t know where to start? Expand your culinary repertoire with this Japanese cuisine class. Learn how to cook a warming and satisfying miso soup, made with a savory miso and dashi broth. Then make two versions of the quintessential quick Japanese comfort meal, donburi, a Japanese “rice-bowl” dish. We’ll start with okayo-don, a delicious combination of chicken and egg on rice, followed by gyu-don, rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a flavorful sauce of soy sauce, mirin and dashi. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Luxury Tequila

    The popularity of tequila has exploded in recent years and for good reason. It’s delicious! Learn about this distinctive distillate of the blue agave plant from Jalisco, Mexico. Sample a range of exceptional varieties, discuss tequila’s history, and learn why so many people love it. Our tasting will start with the brand that introduced ultra-premium tequila to the world: Patron. Then we will move on to some exciting varieties (including silver, reposado, and añejo) that show how good tequila can be. A selection of tequila samples will be available for safe pickup in Arlington. Pickup directions will be sent out to registered students starting one week prior to the class date. Then we will taste and discuss them together in a Zoom session online. If you haven’t given tequila a proper try, prepare to be amazed! Tuition includes a $25 beverage fee. For students 21+.
  • Maki Roll Sushi

    With step-by-step instructions, learn techniques to make two kinds of maki rolls. We’ll start by preparing fillings: seasoning sushi rice, thinly chopping vegetables, preparing imitation crab (this class does not involve raw fish), and making tamagoyaki by rolling together thin layers of seasoned egg. Perfect your rolling techniques as we make hosomaki, a simple maki sushi typically containing one filling, surrounded by rice and wrapped tightly with nori (seaweed). We’ll then move on to making larger rolls, futomaki, filled with colorful and flavorful items. Directions for making sushi rice will be sent prior to class. Please note: A sushi mat is recommended for this class. They are available at Asian supermarkets including HMart, Ebisuya, and Maruichi, or online from Amazon. A list of ingredients and substitution options will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Mediterranean Feast with Homemade Pita

    Homemade pita is soft and fluffy and fun to make. Join this two night class and discover that you may never use store-bought pita again! To go in the pita, we’ll make crispy chickpea falafel with a tender interior, topped with a creamy tahini sauce that you’ll want to drizzle on everything. We’ll also make gyros: chicken, beef, or lamb—you choose, plus a refreshing tzatziki sauce to accompany them. The first night we will make the pita dough to give it time to rise and chill before we bake it the next night. We’ll also prepare the falafel mixture and sauces to give ample time for the flavors to develop. The next night your kitchen will be filled with mouthwatering aromas as you finish cooking your Mediterranean feast. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • North Indian Delicacy

    Learn more about North Indian spices and culture as you take your cooking to the next level by making a fantastic spread of easy, yet tasty recipes. Gobi Manchurian, fried cauliflower with a spicy sweet & tangy sauce adapted from Chinese cuisine, is the fan-favorite veggie appetizer in Indian restaurants. Follow step-by-step instructions and see how easy this popular dish is to make. Pair it with a homemade chole masala gravy and homestyle breads paratas/rotis, plus a side of fragrantly spiced jeera rice, and cool, creamy raita sauce. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Perfect Cream Pies

    This workshop will teach you how to perfect two wonderful pies with creamy fillings: chocolate cream and cheesecake. Each pie will have a crumb base, your choice of either oreo or graham cracker. We’ll then prepare a rich chocolate pastry cream to fill one pie, topping it with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a delicious no-bake creation. The other will be filled with a luscious cream cheese filling and topped with refreshing fresh fruit. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.