In the past on this blog, you’ve probably seen announcements for upcoming cooking classes at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. If you haven’t been to one, you may soon have a chance to take a *free* class to preview some of the upcoming cooking classes being offered at the Co-op this spring.
On Monday, April 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Co-op will be offering a “Cooking School Preview: Free Cooking Class.” Like most of these classes, this one will be held at the Co-op Community Learning Center & Cooking School at 1914 Alhambra Blvd., just around the corner from the Co-op. Although attendance at this class is free, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, go to www.sacfoodcoop.com; or call (916) 868-6399, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or stop by the Co-op at 1900 Alhambra Blvd. (Due to limited parking space at the Co-op, participants are requested to please not park in the Co-op parking lot for the class.)
What kinds of classes are in the works this spring? Here are a few in the current schedule (available for free at the Co-op) that caught my eye:
On Saturday, April 9 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m., Jill Simmons introduces classic French cuisine dishes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in “Jill and Julia.”
On Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cris McKone picks up on the popularity of TV shows like “Cupcake Wars” and shows you how to make delicious cupcakes with “incredible” frostings, in “Cupcake Creations.”
On Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Shankari Easwaran teaches you how to make biryani, an Indian dish traditionally made for royalty, in “Biryani Galore.”
And on Monday, May 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., local chef Kurt Spataro teaches you about the flavors, techniques and ingredients of regional Mexican cuisine in “Authentic Mexico with Kurt Spataro.” Or, check out the “Tamale Workshop” led by Dioniso Esperas on Monday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., and learn how to make three different types of tamales.