Food and Drink

Get Cooking With These Great Classes

Although we would argue ordering off a menu is a skill in and of itself, sometimes it pays to have a few delicious recipes in your own culinary repertoire.

Looking to add a little spice to your next dinner party? Olive Tree at Hawthorne Plaza is offering an Indian dinner cooking class on July 23 with Jyoti Mukharji. Dishes featured in the class include rice and lentil pappad, curried garbanzo beans with mushroom, baingan bharta (roasted eggplant curry), home sprouted moong bean salad, rice and vanilla ice cream with mango puree. The lineup isn’t just delicious (and sure to impress any future guests); the dishes are also vegetarian and gluten free. Reserve a spot by calling (913) 338-2700 now.

If you love the food at Story, you’ll probably love the cooking class the restaurant is hosting with “BBQ Queens” Karen Adler and Judith Fertig on July 26. The $40 class includes a three-course lunch, a cooking demo and a copy of the duo’s latest book, “Patio Pizzeria.”

Get pointers from some great local chefs most Sundays now through October at Powell Gardens. As part of the Garden Chef Series, chefs and culinary enthusiasts demonstrate recipes featuring ingredients grown in Powell Gardens’ Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation’s largest edible landscape. The demos are free with admission, and upcoming guests include Jasper Mirabile on August 3 and Charles d’Albaing, executive chef at The Raphael Hotel, on August 10. Get more info and the full schedule online here.

Ian Denney, sous chef at The Raphael Hotel, teaches Powell Gardens visitors to make red currant sorbet. Photo via Powell Gardens’ Facebook page.