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Cultural Cuisines cooking classes at Buford Highway Farmers Market

(image courtesy of Buford Highway Farmers Market)

(image courtesy of Buford Highway Farmers Market)

For the next couple of weeks, the Buford Highway Farmers Market (BHFM) is offering “Cultural Cuisines” cooking classes starting this evening with Chef Joe Truex of Watershed restaurant. (Watershed shuttered its Decatur location last year, but will be reopening in a new Buckhead venue sometime this spring.)

Tonight, February 21 at 7 p.m., Truex will be demonstrating how to make dishes from his native Louisiana such as stuffed eggplant with smoked sausage and shrimp, and red snapper en papillote (in parchment).

This Cajun-inspired class is $45 per person and should be reserved by contacting Bill Schroeder at, or call 678-873-7447. The class fee includes the lesson, a $10 gift card for the farmers market and of course, samples prepared during the lesson.

Truex will also return to the market this Saturday, February 25, to demonstrate global culinary techniques with dishes like curried winter squash soup and a soufflé cheesecake with exotic fruit compote. (Class fee is $45.)

BHFM teaching regular, Sean Higashida, will offer a health-centric class this Thursday, February 23 from noon to 2 p.m., using Japanese techniques and ingredients.

Higashida will prepare a Harusame salad with noodles, shiitake mushrooms and a creamy, sesame dressing, as well as a dish made with shirataki (yam) noodles that Higashida calls “vegetarian idol.” (Class fee is $20.)

Next Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m., Chef Tim Dondero, of Dondero’s Kitchen in Athens, will demonstrate how to prepare Mediterranean meze (small dishes).

Among a few other dishes, Dondero plans to make hummus bi tahini (chickpeas with sesame paste) with pickled radish, apricot-stuffed meatballs, roasted cauliflower with tahini lemon sauce and Greek salad. (Class fee is $35.)

If you are interested in learning more about India’s street food culture, Gulshan Singh will be at the market next Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m., to demonstrate how to make samosas, pani puri, and two types of chaat (snacks) — papadi (”crispies”) and fruit. (Class fee is $30.)

All classes include a $10 BHFM gift card. Contact Bill Schroeder at, or call 678-873-7447 to reserve a class spot. Reservations take in order of receipt. For other upcoming classes, please inquire with the market.

by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

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February 21st, 2012
4:47 pm

What a great idea, and very reasonable prices for the classes, I think. I’m especially interested in Dondero’s class.

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February 22nd, 2012
8:19 am

Definitely sounds like fun! Will have to keep an eye out for additional classes.