Steal This Idea: Cooking Lessons From the Grandmas You Wish You Had

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Steal This Idea: Cooking Lessons From the Grandmas You Wish You Had Steal This Idea: Cooking Lessons From the Grandmas You Wish You Had
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Steal This Idea: Cooking Lessons From the Grandmas You Wish You Had

by Adele Peters

March 31, 2013

This is an idea worth resurrecting. Culture Kitchen was a San Francisco start-up that didn't end up lasting, but could provide inspiration for another city. Started by two Stanford design grads in 2011, Culture Kitchen originally provided cooking classes taught by local immigrant women, sharing their own cultures' cuisine. Local food lovers could come to a class, learn an authentic recipe from another part of the world, and hear their teacher's personal story. 

As founder Abby Sturges explained on Shareable:

We use the phrase, 'Authentic ethnic cooking from the grandmas you wish you had,' to help explain the type of experience Culture Kitchen offers. Our chefs know how to make incredible food and use recipes from memory that have been passed down for generations and generations. Our classes focus on in depth explanation of the ingredients because we know most students aren't familiar with the ethnic ingredients our chefs use. We reserve the last 30 minutes of every class to sit down as a group and enjoy the meal together, and we intentionally keep classes small to uphold the intimate experience.

Image courtesy of Culture Kitchen

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