May is a celebration of global fare with BriarPatch Co-op’s cooking classes held at In the Kitchen cooking school.
Kiyoko Wilcox, BriarPatch’s accounting manager and a native of Japan, will teach how to create a beautiful spring-themed Japanese “bento,” a seasonal boxed meal, May 9. This traditional bento features rice cooked with vegetables, a slice of broiled miso-flavored fish, a Japanese-style rolled omelet, several kinds of vegetable side dishes and more. It is going to be a perfect sampler of Wilcox’s quick cooking.
The intrepid traveler won’t want to miss May 16’s Raw Snacks class taught by Eva Tobie and Atma Campbell. This class will teach so that even the novice raw foodie fan can confidently fill-up a dehydrator to create high energy raw snacks in a simple way. With a focus on healthy, go-to and sustaining, nutrient-packed trail snacks, Tobie and Campbell will demonstrate goodies such as kale chip varieties, super food hiking bars, crackers, and much more. All ingredients are organic, plant-powered, gluten and soy free and raw.
Then, May 23, Kayla Wexelberg will teach Indian Curry and Cuisine. Come enjoy learning the history and health benefits of Indian spices with a hands-on cooking class making Indian curry, flat bread, and yogurt. Discover the rich significance in each bite and why Indians hold true to their cooking traditions. Leave with a full belly and recipes to take home. Wexelberg has studied food culture in India and enjoys sharing what she has learned.
The month ends with Lucinda Tyrrell’s class, Think Global, Act Local: International Vegan Dishes. Spring into the new season with a lighter diet May 30. Dishes include a Spicy Thai Vegetable Wrap, Southwestern-style Tempeh Tacos, and Cinnamon-scented Chickpea and Lentil Tagine with a Lemony Quinoa Tabbouleh.
More classes and descriptions are listed at www.briarpatch.coop. All co-op classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at In the Kitchen cooking school, 648 Zion St. in Nevada City. The fee for most classes is just $30 for BriarPatch owners and $35 for the general public. For more information or to pre-register, call BriarPatch at 272-5333x129.