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EST. 2011 BY LIZ RUEVEN
Warm up with Winter Cooking Classes

Warm up with Winter Cooking Classes

Contributed by Katy Morris

As December’s temps drop we head straight to the kitchen for some extra warmth and long afternoons exploring new ideas and re-visiting old favorites. Looking for inspiration? We love to amp up our game by learning from the experts.

In that spirit, here’s our annual end of the year kosher-friendly cooking class round up. We believe it will satisfy all of your culinary curiosities – at least until next year!

Have you found other classes that would tantalize like-minded eaters? Please share in the comments, below. We’re always looking for classes that are kosher or kosher friendly (fish, vegan, vegetarian or baking sessions). We’ll be keeping the conversation going on facebook, too. Be sure we are friends, there!

 

Photo: Jennifer Abadi
Photo: Jennifer Abadi

KOSHER – NYC

 

This Hearty Vegetarian cooking class is the perfect option for a cold, wintery, Meatless Monday option. You’ll learn new veg-only dishes that will help keep you warm throughout the frigid months.

 

  • Date: Monday, December 8th, 2014
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: JCC Manhattan
  • Price: $85 member/$95 non-member

 

Photo: Liz Rueven
Photo: Liz Rueven

If you were hoping for some Chanukah menu inspiration, sign up for JCC’s Elegant Vegetarian Chanukah class where you will learn creative twists on classic holiday dishes.

 

  • Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: JCC Manhattan
  • Price: $85 member/$95 non-member

 

Garlic lovers, this one’s for you! Spend an evening learning why garlic is so good for you and then cook it up in an array of dishes, including an autumn salad with artichoke and roasted garlic dressing and black garlic chocolate truffles.

 

  • Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: JCC Manhattan
  • Price: $85 member/$95 non-member

 

One of our favorite chefs, Jennifer Abadi, is back and this time she is going to teach you how to make this Chanukah a happy and healthy one. And with new recipes like baked parsnip, carrot and sweet potato latkes with homemade applesauce, baked mini jelly doughnuts and sweet olive oil bread with red wine glaze, cloves and lemon zest, it’s hard to pass this one up.

 

  • Date: Thursday, December 18th, 2014
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: JCC Manhattan
  • Price: $85 member/$95 non-member

 

Photo: Brooklyn Kitchen
Photo: Brooklyn Kitchen

In Pickling with the McClure’s, you will learn firsthand the best techniques for preserving your seasonal veggies. Enjoy beer from the Brooklyn Brewery and head home with your own jar of homemade pickles!

 

 

VEGETARIAN – NYC

Photo: Home Cooking NYC
Photo: Home Cooking NYC

 

While you probably don’t have to be told that adding more vegetables in your life is important for a multitude of reasons, it couldn’t hurt to brush up on the vast array of veggies you see in local markets and understand the best techniques to cook them. Check out this great Vegetable Boot Camp for some new ideas for veggie based dishes.

 

 

photo: Noah Fecks
photo: Noah Fecks

Head over to the East Village’s modern Thai kitchen for some hands-on Thai cooking tips from the chefs of Ngam.  All dishes can be prepared vegetarian or vegan and will be made using locally sourced ingredients!

 

  • Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 AND Saturday December 20th, 2014
  • Time: 11:30am
  • Location: Ngam Restaurant
  • Price: $95/person

 

Candle 79, Stuffed Avocado. Photo: Liz Rueven
Candle 79, Stuffed Avocado. Photo: Liz Rueven

This class will light the way to mastering modern, unique vegan cuisine. Joy Pierson of Candle Café, Angel Ramos of Candle 79, and Jorge Pineda of Candle Café West are joining forces for a demonstration class at DeGustibus where they will cook for you, teach you, and answer any questions you might have.

 

 

Photo: Jesse Blonder for CKCA
Photo: Jesse Blonder for CKCA

Join Chef Avram Wiseman and Pastry Chef Philippe Kaemmerle of The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts as they help you revamp your holiday menu this year. In this class, you get to sit back, relax, learn and eat (yes, all of the sample dishes are strictly kosher).

 

 

Photo: Home Cooking NYC
Photo: Home Cooking NYC

This class is sure to cut down on the number of take outs you call in when that Indian food craving creeps up. Chef-Instructor Jennifer Clair will demystify classic spices and techniques in her Indian cooking class at Home Cooking New York, where you will learn to make braised cauliflower and chickpeas in a tamarind-coconut curry, matar paneer (curried peas and tomatoes with fresh cheese), red lentil dal with tadka (spiced butter), fresh cilantro-mint sauce and basmati rice pilaf with whole spices.

 

Allergen free pumpkin spice bagel babies. Photo: Liza Schoenfein
Allergen free pumpkin spice bagel babies. Photo: Liza Schoenfein

Trained at NYC’s Pure Food & Wine, Chef Hadas Margulies offers personalized, hands-on cooking classes right in the comfort of your own kitchen. While you are free to collaborate on the exact menu items, this Chanukkah she is whipping up detoxifying latkes, healthy raw vegan desserts, and creative side vegetable dishes, all with immune-boosting spices and fermented ingredients (which is “really great for the gut, especially during the holidays when people tend to overindulge,” she says). Check out her website and give her a ring to set up your private cooking class.

 

  • Date: YOU choose!
  • Time: Yep, your choice again…
  • Location: Your Kitchen
  • Price: $100/person

 

VEGAN – CT

 

Photo: Jeff Skeirik (a.k.a. Rawtographer)
Photo: Jeff Skeirik (a.k.a. Rawtographer)

One of our favorite local vegan joints, Catch a Healthy Habit, is inviting you to Rawk the Holidays with cacao, herbs and seasonal spices.

 

 

VEGETARIAN – CT

Photo: Tim Lindabury
Photo: Tim Lindabury
photo: Tim Lindabury
photo: Tim Lindabury

 

 

Head up to Hunt Hill Farm for a night of “latke magic” and learn some new takes on the classic latke, like sweet potato with mango chutney.

 

 

KOSHER FRIENDLY – CT

 

Photo: Videler Photography
Photo: Videler Photography

AMG Catering believes that if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. But if you teach a man to cook fish, he can eat for a lifetime. And that is exactly what they are going to do in their winter Fish Cooking Class this January. You’ll learn how to master kosher-friendly, freshly caught Tilapia, Yellowfin Tuna and Chilean Sea Bass in this hands-on class.

 

  • Date: Tuesday, January 27 th, 2015
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: AMG Catering
  • Price: $90/person

 

 Watch for fresh information about new classes on Kosher Like Me’s facebook page and in our Side Dish column here on the blog.  Remember to let us know about any classes you find so we can share like good friends do. 

OOOOH! You know what’s coming soon??!!

 

Silo Cooking; Photo: Tim Lindabury
Silo Cooking; Photo: Tim Lindabury

 

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