Osechi Ryori: Japanese New Year

$165 per person

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Be able to build a rich, dashi-based broth
  • Understand how to incorporate Mochi into savory and sweet dishes
  • Understand symbolism behind of a wide variety of ingredients central to Japanese cuisine

About This Class

As in all cultures, New Year’s is a time in Japan to make new resolutions and eat foods that bring different forms of good luck in the New Year. Most Japanese families prepare these traditional New Year’s foods, called Osechi Ryori, at year’s end so they can slow down and rest during the New Year’s celebrations. This means most dishes are prepared in advance, then gently heated or served room temperature, like a salad.

Together, we will make several of these “good luck” dishes in class that can be served individually as appetizers or side by side as a family style meal.


Ozoni (Chicken, Vegetable Soup with Mochi), Chirashi Sushi (Pilaf-like Sushi with Tamagoyaki), Daikon and Carrot Namasu Salad with Dried Persimmons, Nishime (Kombu with Stewed Taro, Burdock, and Carrots), and Kinton (Sweetened Satsuma, Potato, and Chestnut Toasted Mochi with Roasted Soy Flour)


  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Ages 18+


What is the format of a typical cooking class?

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.

When should I arrive for my class?

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.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

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.


Do I need to eat before class?

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.

What should I wear to class?

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.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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