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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)

Menu:
First Course: Scallop Pol Sambol (scallops with a traditional Sri Lankan sauce)
Wine Pairing: 2017 Fritz’s, Rheinhessen, Germany

Second Course: Egg Hoppers (rice and coconut crepe with eggs)
Wine Pairing: 2007 Stratus White, Niagra Peninsula, Canada

Entrée: Parippu (curried lentils)
Wine Pairing: Lagaria Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy

Dessert: Aluwa (traditional sweet made with sugar, cloves, rice flour, and cashews)
Wine Pairing: Patina Cuvée Sparkling Brut, France

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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

Trade Route Talks: The Bittersweet History of Sugar

Trade Route Talks: The Bittersweet History of Sugar

Tuesday 5/21 at 7:00pm 

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories

A commodity so common it is difficult to imagine a world without sugar. Trace the history of this sweet grass from classical literature, to slavery and the abolitionist movement, to the modern world stage.

Students are greeted with an 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. ($55)

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

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Trade Route Talks: Ancient Grains of Mexico

Trade Route Talks: Ancient Grains of Mexico

Tuesday 6/18 at 7:00pm

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories

Discover the loaded symbolism of maize and amaranth, the most important Native American grains. You will meet the pre-Colonial plants and the religious symbols associated with them,  from their repression and means of social control post-conquest to today’s industrial packaged flours.

Students are greeted with an 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. ($55)

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

register here