December 2012

Sat
01
Fundamental Knife Skills
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Fundamental Knife Skills
Saturday, December 1st
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $70

 

 

Demonstration and Hands-On, $70  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Let Culinary Center Educator Wai Chu teach you the basic knife skills that every cook should know. Work on vegetables and fruits of all shapes and sizes, utilizing precision cuts to create classic French dishes that will quickly become part of your at-home repertoire.


On the Menu: Potato-Leek Soup; Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Walnuts; Baked Fish en Papillote with Lemon-Herb Butter; Classic Ratatouille.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator

Tue
04
Hanukkah Festival
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Hanukkah Festival
Tuesday, December 4th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $50

 

 

Hands-on and Demonstration, $50  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Happy Hanukkah! It’s that time of year again, when we fry up traditional holiday treats with lots of love and enthusiasm—and absolutely no guilt. Learn how to prepare popular Hanukkah foods from scratch: “almost traditional” latkes (potato pancakes), and sweet, airy sufganiot, which are traditional Israeli-style yeast doughnuts with honey and orange rind, filled with raspberry jam or vanilla custard. Let chef-instructor Lynn Kutner show you how to shape, rise, fry, and fill these delicious doughnuts. We’ll also get creative with latkes, using fresh-grated zucchini, Peruvian blue potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Discover how fun it can be to make Jewish classics for friends and family.


On the Menu: Potato-and-Zucchini Latkes Served with Sour Cream and Apple Sauce; Sufganiot with Custard Cream; Chocolate Glaze.


Instructor: Lynn Kutner, Culinary Instructor and Author, Bountiful Bread and A Pocketful of Pies (Irena Chalmers Cookbooks)

Wed
05
The Better Basics
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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The Better Basics
Wednesday, December 5th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $65

 

 

Hands-On and Demonstration, $65  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Calling all aspiring cooks… our ongoing series is designed for the absolute beginner, or any home cook who wants to continue building a foundation of essential techniques and recipes. Master the skills that will change the way you approach any meal, and jump-start your kitchen confidence with classic recipes that will lead you towards a lifetime of better cooking.


On the Menu: Pan-Roasted Steak with Chimichurri Sauce; Casual Cassoulet with Lamb and Butter Beans; Classic Macaroni and Cheese; Pear and Blueberry Buckle.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator

Thu
06
The Gift of Baking with King Arthur Flour
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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The Gift of Baking with King Arthur Flour
Thursday, December 6th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $65

 

 

Hands-On and Demonstration, $65  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

This holiday season, show your love by creating some irresistible gifts for family and friends. In this class, learn how to make sweet and savory baked goods, using a variety of techniques and flours from King Arthur Flour; then package these handcrafted treats into “tastefully” elegant gifts, perfect for the winter holidays and beyond. Beginners welcome!


On the Menu: Savory Cheese & Herb Crackers with Red Pepper Jelly; Mexican Chocolate Cookies; Handmade Buttery Pretzels; Individual Blueberry-and-Pear Tarts; Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Lemon Icing.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator
 

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/ 

Sat
08
KIDS! Edible ABC’s with “Boddler Bites”
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Bowery location, first floor (across from Customer Service)
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KIDS! Edible ABC’s with “Boddler Bites”
Saturday, December 8th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bowery location, first floor (across from Customer Service), FREE!

 

 

This event will be held on the first floor of Whole Foods Market (Bowery), across from the Customer Service booth. Registration not required—just show up!

 

Calling all Culinary Center parents! Stop by with your toddler this afternoon and see how local supermom/wholesome-food advocate Shannon Pappert’s new “Boddler Bites” flash cards—complete with yummy (and healthy) “kid food” ideas and recipes—can make mealtimes fun, easy, and full of color and texture. Picky eaters welcome!

 

On the Menu: Local Apples with Sunbutter; Butternut Squash Purée with Butter and Maple Syrup; Organic Cereal with Blueberries and Ground Flax Seed.

www.boddlerbites.com

Sun
09
Easy Vegetarian Cooking with an Indian Twist
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Easy Vegetarian Cooking with an Indian Twist
Sunday, December 9th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $55

 

 

Hands-On and Demonstration, $55  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Just one bite of Chef Nandini Anant’s Indian fusion cooking and you’ll realize that healthy, vegetarian cooking does not have to mean bland and boring. Of course, bold seasoning is key, as well as mixing it up with various whole grains and fresh vegetables. Then bring it all together with mouthwatering sauces and toasted Indian spices, and yes… healthy desserts do exist! Come get inspired by a whole new world of healthy cuisine, and learn new recipes that will be sure to bring color and new life to your dinner table.


On the Menu: Lentil Soup with Cilantro; Crostini with Corn and Pesto; Quinoa with Indian-Style Tomato Sauce, Topped with Cucumbers and Cilantro; Baked Cauliflower with Pecans in a Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce; Caramelized Banana Slices with Basil and Coconut.

Instructor: Chef and Food Blogger Nandini Anant
 

http://curryliciousme.com

Tue
11
KIDS! Composting with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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KIDS! Composting with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Tuesday, December 11th
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $5

 

 

Lecture and Hands-On, $5
 

Registration required. To register, visit www.lesecologycenter.org or call the LES Ecology Center: 212-477-3155.

 

Calling kids of all ages who are curious about worms! The NYC Compost Project is holding a composting workshop, in which kids will learn about earthworms and other busy critters that work the magic of turning banana peels into dirt. Come and see why it’s so important to compost garbage, and why we should help recycle nature’s nutrients while reducing the amount of waste each family produces.

Tue
11
An Evening with MEALKU: Holiday Potluck
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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An Evening with MEALKU: Holiday Potluck
Tuesday, December 11th
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, FREE!

 

 

Tasting and Potluck, FREE!     CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Admission is free, but registration is required. Please note that this is a food-sharing event—all participants should bring a prepared dish. 

 

German Weisswurst, anyone? How about Scottish Dundee cake, Finnish gravlax, or Mexican tamales? If you’ve got a favorite holiday dish that hails from outside the United States, bring some along, share with fellow cooking enthusiasts, and taste what Mealku (a new food-sharing cooperative) is all about. The team from Mealku will be on hand to celebrate holiday food traditions from around the world while also spreading the word about Mealku’s delicious mission to share wholesome, home-cooked dishes within its community. Members of this local cooperative swap meals that cover a wide range of ethnic flavors and health-supportive cuisines while revitalizing the true idea of community, common interests, and reciprocity. Come learn more about this exciting new venture, and get inspired to cook and share!

www.mealku.com 

Wed
12
French Bistro Classics
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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French Bistro Classics
Wednesday, December 12th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $55

 

 

Hands-On and Demonstration, $55  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

No, we cannot instantly transport you to a dimly lit Parisian brasserie in the 18th Arrondissement, where you nestle in a cozy banquette for hours, tucking into your favorite comfort foods, immersed in red wine and conversation. We can, however, show you how fun and easy it can be to replicate traditional French bistro menus in your home kitchen with easily available ingredients. Stop by tonight and learn the culinary tricks behind such effortlessly elegant yet satisfying dishes. (Slightly aloof French waitress and skinny cigarettes not included.)

 

On the Menu: Classic Onion Soup; Poulet with Forty Cloves of Garlic; Gratin Dauphinois; Sautéed Haricots Verts; Traditional Clafoutis.

Instructor: Chef Carl Raymond, Cooking Instructor

www.chefcarlnyc.com

Thu
13
Local & DIY: Crafty Gifts with Anarchy in a Jar and MILKimchi
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Local & DIY: Crafty Gifts with Anarchy in a Jar and MILKimchi
Thursday, December 13th
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $15

 

 

Demonstration and Tasting, $15  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

 

When it comes to holiday giving, it’s “the thought that counts,” as they say. When gifting edible things, good thoughts are nice—but how about good taste? Ditch the hockey-puck fruitcake and stale gingerbread houses. This year, impress friends and family with the help of local artisanal producers who know a thing or two about crafting delicious things with love and care. Let Anarchy in a Jar’s Laena McCarthy and Mother-in-Law Kimchi’s Lauryn Chun show you how simple and affordable it can be to create fabulously original handmade presents, along with how to prepare a few signature dishes that will change the way you use condiments forever.

 

On the Menu: Easy Homemade Jam; Easy Homemade Vegan Kimchi; Mussels with Kimchi Purée; Grilled “Kimcheez” Sandwich on Country Bread; Cranberry-Bacon Chutney; “Hot Fireman’s” Grilled Cheese.

Instructors: Lauryn Chun, Owner of MILKimchi and Cookbook Author (The Kimchi Cookbook, Ten Speed Press);
Laena Mira McCarthy, Owner of Anarchy in a Jar and Cookbook Author (Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, Viking Studio)
 

www.milkimchi.com

www.anarchyinajar.com

Sat
15
Holiday Cookies Made Easy
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Holiday Cookies Made Easy
Saturday, December 15th
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $55

 

 

Hands-On and Demonstration, $55  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

You don’t need to be a pastry chef to make festive cookies from scratch that will dazzle family, friends, and coworkers. In this class with dessert blogger Aaron Hamburger, we’ll unlock the secrets of successful holiday baking and presentation. Begin by working on mouthwatering (and surprisingly simple) cookie creations that balance a variety of unique flavors, colors, shapes, and textures. Then we’ll play with different ways to show off your mini-masterpieces, which will make you the guest of honor at cookie swaps and holiday parties for years to come.

 

On the Menu: Chocolate Snowfall Cookies; Lemon, Lime, and Pink Grapefruit Mini-Tarts; Divine Raspberry Jam Crumb Bars; Gingerbread Holiday Trees with Icing Garlands.

Instructor: Aaron Hamburger, Dessert Blogger
 

www.aaronsweetspot.com

Sun
16
KIDS! Winter Wonderland
12:00 AM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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KIDS! Winter Wonderland
Sunday, December 16th
12:00 AM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $30

 

Demonstration and Hands-On, $30

 

Click on links below for registration options:

 

Ages 2 to 5 (+1 caregiver), 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ages 6 to 9 (drop-off class), 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ages 10 to 13 (drop-off class), 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

The recipes may vary, but one thing remains the same—cultures from all over the planet celebrate the winter holidays with family and food! In this hands-on class, kids of all ages will learn how to make some fun and festive holiday favorites that celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, all in one afternoon.

 

On the Menu: Mashed-Potato Latkes with Applesauce and Sour Cream; Kwanzaa “Celebration Stew” with Chicken and Collard Greens; Gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple-Cinnamon Frosting; Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Organic Valley Milk.

Instructors: Cricket Azima, Children’s Cooking Instructor (The Creative Kitchen) and Cookbook Author (Everybody Eats Lunch, Glitterati); Min Liao, Culinary Center Director

 

www.thecreativekitchen.com

www.organicvalley.coop

 

Wed
19
Winter in Vienna
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Winter in Vienna
Wednesday, December 19th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $60

 

Hands-On and Demonstration, $60  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

The city of Vienna comes alive during wintertime with snow-dusted streets and bustling holiday markets. It also boasts some of Europe’s most recognized comfort-food dishes, along with a dazzling array of pastries and desserts. Join us and prepare an Austrian-inspired feast that will help celebrate the season with joy and flavor.


On the Menu: Chestnut Soup with Dumplings; Salzburg-Style Schnitzel Stuffed with Mushrooms and Bacon; Braised Red Cabbage with Apples; Austrian Scrambled Pancakes with Cherry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn); Poppyseed Cake.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator

 

Thu
20
Chocolate Truffles: Incredible Edible Gifts
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Chocolate Truffles: Incredible Edible Gifts
Thursday, December 20th
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $60

 

Demonstration and Hands-On, $60  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Let Culinary Center Educator Wai Chu show you how to make chocolate truffles that are guaranteed to satisfy even the most diehard chocoholic on your holiday list. Students will leave with a stocking-ready box of hand-rolled truffles, plus extra ganache for even more truffle-making fun at home!
 

On the Menu: Champagne Truffles; White Chocolate Truffles with Fruit and Nuts; Mocha-Hazelnut Truffles.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator

Thu
27
Fundamental Knife Skills
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor
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Fundamental Knife Skills
Thursday, December 27th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bowery Culinary Center, 2nd floor, $70

 

Demonstration and Hands-On, $70  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Let Culinary Center Educator Wai Chu teach you the basic knife skills that every cook should know. Work on vegetables and fruits of all shapes and sizes, utilizing precision cuts to create classic French dishes that will quickly become part of your at-home repertoire.
 

On the Menu: Potato-Leek Soup; Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Walnuts; Baked Fish en Papillote with Lemon-Herb Butter; Classic Ratatouille.

Instructor: Wai Chu, Culinary Center Educator

Events At Nearby Stores

Fish Friday
Friday, April 18th
12:00 PM
Seafood Dept, Free

Observing Good Friday? Stop by for Chef Kathy’s table in Seafood for inspiring fish dishes.

Observing Good Friday? Stop by for Chef Kathy’s table in Seafood for inspiring fish dishes.

Kids Class: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Friday, April 18th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cafe, Free

Just in time for Easter, we’ll be dyeing eggs using natural ingredients like spices, fruit and vegetable juices. Free. Registration required at Customer Service. 

Just in time for Easter, we’ll be dyeing eggs using natural ingredients like spices, fruit and vegetable juices. Free. Registration required at Customer Service. 

Spring Cleaning Product Swap
Saturday, April 19th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Customer Service, Free

Upgrade your spring cleaning products for Earth Month! Bring in a conventional cleaning product, new or used, and we’ll swap it for its natural counterpart. Limit one product per person.

Upgrade your spring cleaning products for Earth Month! Bring in a conventional cleaning product, new or used, and we’ll swap it for its natural counterpart. Limit one product per person.