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Conversation Kitchen

Conversation Kitchen

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Campus Recreation, Conversation Kitchen is a unique series of culinary workshops designed to explore the significant influence that food has in defining and shaping culture. Each free workshop will focus on two countries’ food characteristics, preparation and consumption. Chef Jessica VanRoo, Campus Recreation culinary education director, will present a three-course menu with two dishes unique to each country and one dish shared or similar to both. Hosts representing the countries will be present during the workshop to discuss their food traditions and experiences. Participants will gain an understanding of each country’s food culture through the experience of sharing a meal among friends.

Where: Anteater Recreation Center Kitchen Classroom

When: Select Wednesdays | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

2017 Schedule

March 8: Japan & Korea
Participants will delve into the world of rice, green tea and fermented foods, while observing the importance of presentation.

April 4: Cooking with "Top Chef" finalist and UCI alumna Melissa King '05

April 12: India & Pakistan
Two countries known for their robust flavors and liberal use of spice, all connected by the traditional naan bread and sweet tea.

May 10: Cuba & Mexico
Both countries influenced by Spanish and indigenous flavor combinations, with rice and beans classically on the side.


NOTE: All workshops have reached capacity registration. Please look for future offerings.

The Conversation Kitchen series also is supported by Illuminations, International Student Excellence Programs, Program in Religious Studies and UCI Libraries.