Joined by Chez Panisse co-chef and general manager Jennifer Sherman, Samin Nosrat will host an immersive cooking class as well as a book signing and meet-and-greet on June 30 to benefit “Feast Verde,” an upcoming educational summer program at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.
Nosrat won James Beard Awards for her “New York Times” bestselling cookbook “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” and Netflix docu-series of the same name, where she traveled to Italy, Japan, and Mexico to explore the basic elements that define good cooking.
“I love connecting with people and building community through food—and The Ecology Center speaks to the same values, ” said Nosrat. “I look forward to cooking, laughing and making new friends, all set against the backdrop of a beautiful, ecological oasis and creative space for learning.”
Nosrat got her start at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters‘ acclaimed restaurant in Berkeley focused on sustainably sourced, farm-to-table cooking. She worked alongside Sherman, who serves on the Board of Directors at The Ecology Center.
“Samin is truly an amazing person and ambassador for this kind of thinking on food,” said Sherman. “I think (the reason) people have gravitated towards her is that she has taken this mysterious thing to many people and brought it down to these four elements, which she partially learned at Chez Panisse, but we never codified it that way. She did.”
The two chefs will set out on a culinary adventure with an intimate group, foraging ingredients in the field, and designing and creating a meal from start to finish, taking inspiration from Nosrat’s cookbook.
“This really kind of goes to the heart of what Samin wants to teach people, ” said Sherman. “You look at the ingredients you have, and then you decide what you’re going to make. It turns the whole idea of how we cook on its head. It’s just going to be really fun because Samin is hilarious and a very open person, and we’re both quite meticulous about preparation, so it’s going to be well-curated and put-together.”
The funds raised from the master class will go towards “Feast Verde,” a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Juan Capistrano to create a multi-week educational program for underserved, low-income children in the community.
“Meaningful learning experiences outside of school aren’t always accessible for low-income families, and our goal is to bridge that gap,” said Evan Marks, founder and director of The Ecology Center. “Feast Verde’s hands-on creative workshops on the farm and in the kitchen will encourage real-world problem solving, exploration, and discovery.”
Private Cooking Class
June 30 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Book Signing and Meet-and-Greet
June 30 at 3 p.m.
The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz St
San Juan Capistrano, CA