Category Archives: April

Trade Route Talks: Sublime Saffron

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Trade Route Talks: Sublime Saffron

Tuesday 4/16 at 7:00pm 

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories

The history of saffron cultivation and usage dates back over 3,000 years and spans cultures and continents. Take a trip around the world through the eyes of this exclusive spice.

“Trade Route Talks” are series of monthly discussions about agriculture, trade, and how our taste for foods have changed the landscape of our world. Students are greeted with a topical appetizer and, after the conversation, participate in the hands-on cooking of a dish which uses the theme of the day as the main attraction. ($45)

Classes meet at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
395 Santa Monica Place #329
Santa Monica, CA 90041

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Cur-ATE: Sri Lanka – Culinary Crossroads

Cur-ATE: Sri Lanka – Culinary Crossroads

Tuesday 4/23 at 6:00pm

LACMA

Enjoy a special evening dedicated to the love of food and art while exploring the museum after hours.

Sri Lanka is a cultural crossroads, rich in history that reflects many outsiders who visited there, settled there, or invaded. As a result, its cuisine is an eclectic mix of cultures: Indian, Moorish, Portuguese, Dutch, and more. Begin this evening with a private tour of the special exhibition, The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka, led by Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites. Then enjoy a specially prepared dinner planned by Chef Fernando Darin of Ray’s and Stark Bar.

The first accounts of this beautiful island date to Ancient Greek and Roman times. See why Sri Lanka’s lush tropical beauty, precious gems, and rich culture attract millions of visitors to this complex, diverse, and multicultural South Asian hub.

($100 members/$134 with wine-tasting; $110 non-members/$144 with wine-tasting)

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image: Buddha Shakyamuni, Kandy period, 18th century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Murray and Virginia Ward, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Cookbook Club: Lizzie Black Kander

Cookbook author Joan Nathan and her collection of “The Settlement Cookbook” at her home in Washington, DC.

Cookbook Club: Lizzie Black Kander

Saturday 4/27 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

New School of Cooking Pasadena

Each month we discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s cooking this month:

The Settlement Cookbook, Lizzie Black Kander, 1901
Originally published in 1901 by Lizzie Black Kander, a Milwaukee social worker, for young immigrant women, the many editions of “The Settlement Cookbook” have defined and documented the story of Jewish cooking in America. ($115)

Classes meet at New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

Though reading the book prior to each class date is not necessary, it is available to read here.

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