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Food Classes at
the Tucson JCC

Take cooking, food writing, and gardening
classes at the Tucson JCC this year!

July 14, 2017

Upcoming Events

It isn’t too late to accomplish that resolution you made six months ago to cook better, more often, or at all. Thanks to the Tucson JCC and their wonderful instructors, you have multiple opportunities to learn how to cook and garden from the best of the best. Beginning in August, the Tucson JCC will offer cooking classes in everything from Somali cuisine to farm to table cooking. Check out the list below for more detailed descriptions of the classes that will be offered. Then, get ready to put on your chef hat!

New! Somali Cuisine Cooking Class
Somali Refugee Chef Khadija will introduce you to Somali cuisine as she shares her expertise in creating delectable Somali dishes and shares her story about moving from Somalia to Tucson. Co-hosted with the International Rescue Committee in Tucson. The meal will be kosher and vegetarian.
When: Sunday, August 6, 12-3pm
Cost: $70/ $65 J members
Where: Demonstration Kitchen

Family Cooking Class  
Sunday, September 10,
Kids and grandparents are invited to celebrate International Grandparents’ Day and prepare for Rosh ha-Shanah, the Jewish New Year on Sunday, September 10. In our state of the art, kosher, Demonstration Kitchen, we will learn to cook a few delicious items for the Jewish New Year. All food will be kosher and vegetarian. For more information, contact Jennifer Selco, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at 520-618-5026 or
Cost: $20 members

New! Syrian Cooking Class 
Chef Shahd will teach you to make Syrian delicacies as well as a sampling of her signature recipes. Chef Shahd’s single-session cooking classes at The J have been featured on Tucson’s own Fox 11 news. Co-hosted with the International Rescue Committee in Tucson. The recipes will be kosher and vegetarian.
When: Sundays, 12-3pm, September 17-October 8
Cost: $220/ $200 J members for 4 weeks; $70/ $65 J members for an individual session
Where: Demonstration Kitchen

NEW! Thrive & Grow Vegetable Gardening Course
Are you wondering what it takes to have a successful vegetable garden here in the Southwest desert? Despite our warm dry climate, growing a lush, thriving vegetable garden is absolutely achievable here. In this series, Master Gardener Michael Ismail will demystify vegetable gardening in the desert, teaching you simple techniques which can produce tremendous results. Come learn about building and maintaining healthy soils, selecting the right seasonal varieties, proper watering, dealing with problem insects, proper fertilizing, and so much more! Whether you are new to gardening, or haven’t yet experienced the results you have hoped for, this gardening series is for you.
Instructor: Master Gardener Michael Ismail
When: Fridays, 3-4:30pm, October 6October 13 and October 20
Cost: $20/ $15 J members per class
Where: Jewish Heritage Center

New! Farm to Table Cooking with Tucson CSA
Are you interested in eating a more locally sourced diet? Whether you are a farmer’s market shopper, CSA member or are growing your own food at home, eating locally can be a challenge. In this class participants will learn how to avoid frustration and approach cooking with creativity. Participants will gain the tools they need to tackle unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, adapt favorite recipes to the seasonal availability of produce and develop a more intuitive sense of how to use fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes will be kosher and vegetarian. Sara will demonstrate a few flexible recipes and preparation techniques and discuss strategies for success over a delicious locally sourced lunch. Sara Jones is a long time employee of Tucson CSA and a frequent contributor and recipe writer for Edible Baja Arizona. She teaches cooking classes and demos at the CSA and local farmer’s markets.
Instructor: Sara Jones
When: October 29, 11:00am-2:00pm, $70/$60 J members
Where: Demonstration Kitchen

NEW! Introduction to Food Writing
Everyone’s a critic – especially when it comes to restaurants. That’s why crowd-sourcing sites like Yelp are so popular. But what we eat says a lot about our culture, and good food writing is an art – as well as a lot of fun. Join Tucson Guide’s Contributing Dining Editor Edie Jarolim for a feast of a class and refine your writing palate. The second class will be held at a restaurant for inspiration. Jarolim’s dining articles have appeared in a variety of local and national publications, including Edible Baja Arizona, Phoenix Magazine, Sunset, and Zagat.
Instructor: Edie Jarolim
When: Wednesdays, November 1-November 22, 5:30-7:00pm
Cost: $85/ $75 members
Where: SNS Room 1

New! Kimchi & Korean Cuisine
Local artist and gallerist Yun Gee Park will lead a kimchi making workshop as well as teach you how to make Korean vegetarian appetizers. The meal will be kosher and vegetarian.
Instructor: Yun Gee Park
When: December 3, 12-3pm
Cost: $75/ $65 J members
Where: Multipurpose Room

New! French Cuisine Cooking Class
In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Tucson, eat your way to France! This course will adventure through French cuisine: ratatouille, pistou, crepes and much more! The meal will be kosher and vegetarian.
Course details are TBD.

New! Learn To Bake Bagels!
Chef Jaime Lawhorn, Executive Pastry Chef at aka Deli and Bakeshop, will lead a baking workshop on bagel preparation and teach you how to make aka Deli and Bakeshop’s signature schmears. Jennifer Selco, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at The J, will give a short presentation on the history of bagel making in Jewish culture.
Course details are TBD.

To register for these classes, head to the JCC’s website.

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