Nibble started with this blog. The blog spawned a book, and now we are thrilled to extend Nibble to include culinary classes. Yes indeedy, we are teaming up with Homemade Modern Co. (formerly City Chicks) and Kitchen Inc. in Union Square to launch a cooking series! Here is your chance to take a culinary spin around the globe by learning how to craft beautiful sushi, make a traditional Nepali meal and whip up a batch of orecchiette stuffed with homemade mozzarella—right here in the ‘ville. These classes—part cooking tutorial, part community feast—will take place at Union Square’s thriving kitchen incubator, Kitchen Inc., which is specially outfitted for teaching culinary classes. Homemade Modern Co already is running classes at Kitchen Inc., ranging from pressure cooking to locavore meals to pudding and custards. The Arts Council is adding four new classes to the mix, which are listed below.
All tickets will be sold via our online store only!   Arts Council classes (the first four listed below) cost $40 and limited to either 12 or 15 people maximum. The price for Homemade Modern Co classes vary; visit their site for details and to register.

Food of the Americas cooking class with Ryan Redmond

Sunday, January 27, 3-7pm

One of the things that really interests me, as a chef, is the history of food. I’m not particularly interested in authenticity as it relates to cuisine, but I am curious to know where foods come from and the story of how they travel and change. The Columbian Exchange – the global transfer of crops, animals, people, ideas, and diseases that came about after the voyages of Christopher Columbus in the 1490s – stands as a major episode of food history. Many foods now found in many corners of the world – potatoes, tomatoes, chiles, corn, squash, peanuts, chocolate and much more – have their origins in the Americas.
This “Foods of the Americas” cooking class highlights a number of those pre-Colombus American ingredients. We’ll prepare a roasted winter squash soup garnished with hazelnuts and parsley; blue corn flatbread; seared cod glazed with a maple syrup-mustard sauce topped with a carrot, dried cranberry, pecan salad; and a roasted winter squash, wild rice salad.

Sushi Class with Sushi Chef Jose Garcia
Tuesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30pm  

Learn the art of crafting delicious and exquisite sushi and rolls with sushi chef and Ebi Sushi owner, Jose Garcia. Trained for 8 years with Japanese sushi chefs, Jose is well equipped to teach students how to prepare the rice, cut the fish, assemble sushi and make accompanying accoutrements like wasabi and pickled ginger. You will make your own California roll and the more complex avocado roll. Jose will also show you how to make nigiris (more commonly known as sushis) and the rainbow roll—a California roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp and avocado on top. You also will learn how to eat sushi while Jose shares his deep knowledge of sushi evolution and customs and explores the differences between Japan and American sushi traditions.

Nepali Meal with Bimala Thapa (Vegetarian Friendly)
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30pm
 Katmandu native and Union Square resident will teach attendees to make a complete Nepali meal. Dishes include Golbheda Ko Achar with Timur and Dhaniya (a tomato-based chutney seasoned with timur) and Pulao (Nepali rice with nuts and Cardamom). We will also make two traditional curries: Mattar paneer (vegetarian but not vegan) and one with chicken (we’ll make this one last so vegetarians can skip this). Finally, for dessert, we’ll create a batch of jeri (deep-fried wheat flour served with a sweet syrup). Once our feast is ready, we will sit down on the floor, Nepali-style, to eat together and learn more about Nepali culinary and cultural traditions.

Italian-via-Hoboken with Valeria Amato and Lourdes Smith (of Fiore di Nonno)
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-9:30pm
Lourdes, owner of Fiore di Nonno (a local cheese producer of Italian cheeses), and Valeria, Somerville resident, are both Italian Americans with roots in Hoboken, NJ where both of their families immigrated to from Italy.  In the 20th century, many Italians immigrated to Hoboken to start a new life. Italians brought along their hometown recipes, foods, and traditions.  Lourdes’s grandfather opened his own shop, Fiore, which is still open today and selling what many still name the #1 mozzarella around.  Valeria’s family, who are also regulars at Fiore’s, made it a point to keep their food traditions alive, including pasta and foccacia making. This class will cover two great loves of Italy: mozzarella and pasta.  Lourdes will teach you how to make your own delicious mozzarella. Valeria will show you how to make orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta from the region of Puglia, where her family is from.  Once we’re done cooking, we’ll sit down and enjoy a delicious meal together.  You’ll also leave with recipes to make at home.
To register for any of the above classes, go here: SAC cooking class registration

The following classes are run by our partners, Homemade Modern Co.

Visit their site for prices and to register:

30 Minute Meals: Pressure Cooking

Thursday, January 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Michael Dulock, butcher and owner of M.F.Dulock. takes us through beef stew, a quick chicken stock, and a homemade tomato sauce…all made in the pressure cooker!

Cooking with Local Winter Produce
Thursday, January 31st, 6:30-8:30pm
Join Chef Andrea Morales as she cooks up turnip risotto with bacon and creates delectable cupcakes from parsnips!

Pudding For Your Puddin’
Tuesday, February 5th, 6:30-8:30pm
Join Heather Schmidt to learn the basics of a simple custard and how to create fun and delicious flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate or butterscotch.

Butchering 101: Snout-to-Tail
Sunday, February 10th, 4-7pm

Butcher Vadim Akimenko is taking us whole hog: demonstrating the process of taking a whole pig and turning it into a variety of different cuts of meat that you can bring home to cook and enjoy.