It's a month of international cooking classes


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​It's around the world in a half dozen cooking classes!

Your journey can start this Friday with Sushi 101 taught by Joe Shirley -- Executive Chef of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City -- as part of the Asian Cooking Series at The Cooking Studio attached to the Whole Foods store in Overland Park. It's a chance to learn how to shop, chop and roll. The class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and is $40.

The Cooking Studio also has a course called Vegetarian Cooking: Taste of Thailand for $30 on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. You'll learn how to make fresh spring rolls with Thai peanut sauce, coconut lemongrass and ginger soup, and tofu pad thai.

Then it's on to the romance languages at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. The Cooking for Couples Homestyle Mexican: Classic Fiesta Class is on Friday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. Former CCKC Sous Chef Sergio Lara has returned to lead a three-hour class on how to make some of his family's favorite dishes, including chili rellenos, sopa de pasta and caramel flan. The class is $140 for two people.

A few days later, you can learn the secrets of Italian cooking with Chef Jasper J. Mirabile Jr.'s Tears of Napoli Class. On Monday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m., Mirabile walks students through making fresh mozzarella, pasta mont vesuvio and a Neopolitan tart. The class is $60 per person.

On Monday, February 15, Daniel Fikru shows students how to make injera (the spongy, flat national bread of Ethiopia) and misir watt (red lentils in berbere sauce) in his Communiversity class on vegetarian Ethiopian cooking. The class is $27 and meets at the Blue Nile Cafe in the River Market from 5 to 7 p.m. 

And you couldn't ask for an easier introduction to Indian food than Chicken Tikka Masala -- the chicken marinated in yogurt and spices before being bathed in a tomato cream sauce is as mild as it is tasty. Ajay Sood teaches how to make the dish on Wednesday, February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The class is $21 and meets at the Westport Roanoke Community Center. 

[Image via Flickr: sudhamshu]


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