The turning of the new year is a fine time to sharpen your cooking skills. And here in Orange County, you have the chance to get instruction from chef and restauranteur Zov Karamardian, whose hallmark has always been taking a modern approach to classic, pan-Med flavors. It’s no longer unusual to see Middle Eastern seasonings and ingredients on a restaurant menu—a very good thing—but no one does them better than Zov, owner of Zov’s Bistro and six other restaurants.
At her Tustin flagship on Saturday, Jan. 30, Zov will teach a Mediterranean Small Plates class featuring a slate of mouthwatering dishes: fire-roasted eggplant dip, spanakopita bites, olive salad with tahini sauce, white beans with tomatoes and olive oil, stuffed baby eggplants with herbs and garlic, and beef keftas. Add a pitcher of batched negronis and that’s a cocktail party. Coming up: February has a pre-Valentine’s Day class on Aphrodisiac Cooking, then in March it’s Chicken Chicken Chicken, including The Perfect Fried Chicken. A bold claim, but: fried chicken Zov’s-style? I believe it. (Click on the links for registration info.)