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+
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.