Monday, June 28, 2010

Donabe and Japanese Cooking...Private Class in Santa Monica

This past weekend, I was invited to do a "private" donabe and Japanese cooking class for 12 ladies, and it was a lot of fun! The class took place at a private residence of the host of this was a special class for to celebrate her birthday.

The theme was Japanese Vegetarian. We cooked 5-course lunch menu, and at the end of the class, everybody sat down and enjoyed the healthy Japanese vegetarian meal.

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I was very lucky to be given an opportunity to offer a class to these wonderful people. They were enthusiastic to learn the donabe and Japanese cooking, and they were very nice.

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I didn't get to take pictures of all the dishes we made, but here are some of them. My volunteer sous-chef, Jason, helped me so much during the class. Arigato, Jason.

Here's the menu of the event. I was so happy that everybody enjoyed the class and they told me they loved the dishes, too! We are happy to offer private classes for your group. For inquiry, please contact us at


Broccolini “karashi-ae” (marinated in a light Japanese mustard broth)


Tofu “shira-ae” salad


Steam-fry tofu steak with mushroom sauce


Home-grown orange butter donabe rice


Kabu (Japanese turnip) miso soup

Wine Selection

2009 Château Soucherie, Cuvée L’Astrée, Rosé de Loire (AOC)