Holy Grains churns out batches of organic, gluten-free products, including oats, rice, and freshly milled flours and mixes. More than just a source of healthy provisions, the business provides a multitude of educational opportunities, leading classes and doling out recipes that focus on the sugar-, corn-, and dairy-free sides to eating. Holy Grains also offers nutritional counseling and private coaching to those who want to take their organic diets to the next level.
A state-of-the-culinary-art kitchen with Viking appliances and professionally trained chef instructors make the Viking Cooking School an ideal place to sharpen the santoku knives of your culinary prowess. All recipes are created by professional chefs and made to be recreated by you at home. Choose one class from the upcoming schedule of hands-on workshops, demonstrations with informative discussions, guest-chef classes, and classes for kids (7–12) and teens (12–15). The Barbeque Basics ($135) teaches pit-mastering techniques such as adding smoke flavor, basting, making homemade barbecue sauce, and properly dribbling that sauce on your face or bib. Learn animal-free recipes at various veggie classes such as the Vegetarian Dinner Party ($79), which will construct a menu with such items as eggplant roulades with oven-dried tomatoes and chèvre cream sauce and wild-mushroom baklava. Take a look at the full calendar of classes here.
Laila Hardman and Annie Gilbert came up with a singular vision for a culinary boutique, where shelves lined with gourmet coffees, cookbooks, and European cookware and gadgets open up into a demonstration kitchen that accommodates groups of up to 20 people. There, experienced instructors take culinary influences from around the globe and show students how to whip them up with healthy and fresh ingredients. In addition to a running packed schedule of specialty classes, they also cater to private groups for date nights or bachelorette parties.
With more than two decades of Japanese culinary experience as his guide, chef Joe Takeda crafts and serves creative sushi rolls with artful authority. City Weekly writer Ted Scheffler relished in the chef's expertise when he dined omakase-style at Mt. Fuji Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine, letting Joe surprise him with a parade of custom rolls and a sampling of the teriyaki, tempura sauce, and spicy mayo, all of which are made from scratch. As he dined, Scheffler unearthed stories from the chef's lengthy career, starting at his birthplace in Osaka, Japan, and moving on to the cauldrons of sushi rice he made, weighty boxes of fish he hauled, and wasabi-breathing dragons he conquered on his journey to rolling and slicing his own sushi.
A long chrome counter in front of Mt. Fuji's sushi bar seats patrons for an up-close view of the chef's expert skills as he rolls Gokudo rolls with ginger and mackerel and Nemo rolls stuffed with salmon topped in unagi and mango. The kitchen also serves Japanese cuisine from shoyu ramen with sliced pork to chicken teriyaki to wasabi steak. Chef Joe transfers his master skills to novice sushi rollers in BYOB sushi-making classes every weekend, during which they can eat their freshly wrapped creations and belt out love songs dedicated to the most beautiful salmon at karaoke parties.
With a kaleidoscope of cookware, utensils, and food gadgets, Bosch Kitchen Center equips kitchen arsenals for the most daunting of alimentary ambitions. A bevy of blenders, juicers, and slicers by Waring Pro and Oxo truncates fresh ingredients into savorable portions, and professional cutting boards by Wusthof keep blades honed for chopping and fending off gangs of unwashed carrots. Meanwhile, meal gurus demonstrate a variety of gadgets and techniques that help students to save money and spend less time in the kitchen. Classes emphasize healthier eating and the benefits of preparing meals from scratch, instilling skills in making bread, forging quick meals, and crafting dishes from international recipes.