Best of Bay: Istanbul Modern
$190 per person
Our Best of Bay classes bring notable, local food talents into our teaching kitchens to share their expertise in a hands-on cooking class.
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Identify common Eastern Mediterranean flavor profiles
- Execute Eastern Mediterranean culinary techniques (layering phyllo dough, filling dolmas, making bread)
- Understand how basic techniques can be applied to create different renditions of dishes
About This Class
With their hugely successful pop-ups, Sayat and Laura draw on some iconic middle eastern flavors and techniques to create unique dishes rooted firmly in northern California. Join them as they guide you through a menu with influences you will recognize as Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Arabic and Persian.
Some cooking done slow and low, and some à la minute, you’ll learn their take on classic dolmas and bourekas, as well less familiar dishes that are sure to become favorites.
Ahead of their pending brick and mortar location, Sayat and Laura are excited to share with you the cuisine that is iconicly Istanbul Modern.
Armenian Dolmas, Jilbir (or Turkish eggs) with Stewed Chickpeas, Simit, Kitkit Boureks (Phyllo Dough Filled with Custard)
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Ages 18+
The average duration of our current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.
Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.
Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.
Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.
Sayat Ozyilmaz & Laura Milan
Sayat Ozyilmaz & Laura Milan are a husband and wife chef team from Istanbul and Mexico respectively. Laura has worked at incredible places such as Cafe Boulud, Saison, Mugaritz and Eleven Madison Park. Sayat’s pedigree includes restaurants from Mumbai and Istanbul, as well as Le Bernardin, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Mourad. Together they’ve successfully been running Istanbul Modern SF since November of 2016 serving a cuisine that pays homage to the cultural legacy of Istanbul. San Francisco anxiously awaits their much-anticipated opening of their California-influenced Middle Eastern restaurant, Noosh.