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Mexican Favorites: Tortilla Soup, Mole & More

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Escape the winter blues in ICC’s newest one-day cooking class, Mexican Favorites: Tortilla Soup, Mole & More. Join Chef Danny Mena, ICC graduate and chef-owner of La Loncheria in Brooklyn, for a flavorful introduction to cooking with mole and other warming chiles found in traditional Mexican cuisine. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn to make three classic dishes and the signature sides to accompany everyone’s favorites, including how to make handmade tortillas!

From a traditional Mole Poblano with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon & dried chiles, to one made with pumpkin seed, chile Serrano & tomatillos, Chef Danny will teach you to prepare two distinctly different Mole and the various uses for them. Then, you’ll learn to make homemade corn tortillas, the perfect accompaniment for Sopa Azteca—a Classic Tortilla Soup made with a rich chicken and chile guajillo broth, queso fresco and chicharron. As a special treat, Chef Mena will demonstrate how to create a cocktail with what he calls “the earthiest of Mexican spirits,” Mezcal—a perfect complement to the cuisine. By the end of the class, you’ll have tasted all of your hard work and be equipped with the skills to host an authentic meal for your next dinner party!

What You’ll Learn to Make:

  • Sopa Azteca (Classic Tortilla Soup)
  • Mole Poblano
  • Mole Pipian
  • Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)
  • Frijoles de Olla – (Classic Soupy Beans)
  • Homemade Corn Tortillas
  • Mezcal Cocktail with Grapefruit & Aperol
ABOUT CHEF DANNY MENA

Danny Mena is one of New York City’s top Mexican chefs, acclaimed for the traditional Mexican food he serves. After forgoing an engineering career for culinary school and stints at restaurants Blue Hill and The Modern, Mena started Hecho En Dumbo in 2007. He and his team quickly outgrew that space and opened the current Manhattan location in 2010.  In 2018 he opened La Loncheria in Bushwick, Brooklyn, creating a Mexican style luncheonette showcasing the often forgotten but almighty, torta (the Mexican sandwich)

Another Mexican tradition close to Mena’s heart is mezcal. Partnered in a mezcal distillery, Mezcales de Leyenda, whose mezcals are considered among the very best available in both the U.S. and Mexico.  As a trained chef, now working his way to become a sommelier, his knowledge from production to final distillation is unparalleled.

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

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Mexican Favorites: Fish Tacos, Ceviche & More

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Escape to the coastal regions of Mexico this summer in ICC’s newest one-day cooking class, Mexican Favorites: Fish Tacos, Ceviche & More. Join Chef Danny Mena, ICC graduate and chef-owner of La Loncheria in Brooklyn, for a flavorful introduction to cooking with seafood in Mexican cuisine. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn to make three classic dishes and the signature sides to accompany everyone’s favorites!

cevicheFrom the refreshing flavors of a Sinaloa style ceviche, to a hearty shrimp soup with fresh vegetables, Chef Danny will teach you to make two appetizers highlighting the diverse uses of shrimp, or Camarón. Then, you’ll learn to make homemade tortillas, the perfect vessel for his delicious Blackened Fish Tacos—which you’ll learn to make from start to finish—including the Chile Lime Salsa to accompany it. As a special treat, Chef Mena will demonstrate how to create a cocktail with what he calls “the earthiest of Mexican spirits,” Mezcal—a perfect complement to the cuisine. By the end of the class, you’ll have tasted all of your hard work and be equipped with the skills to host an authentic meal for your next dinner party!

What You’ll Learn to Make:

  • Caldo de Camarón
  • Aguachile de Camarón (Sinaloa Style Ceviche)
  • Blackened Fish Tacos with a Chile Lime Salsa
  • Homemade Tortillas
  • Piña y Maguey (Mezcal Cocktail)

 

ABOUT CHEF DANNY MENA

Danny Mena is one of New York City’s top Mexican chefs, acclaimed for the traditional Mexican food he serves. After forgoing an engineering career for culinary school and stints at restaurants Blue Hill and The Modern, Mena started Hecho En Dumbo in 2007. He and his team quickly outgrew that space and opened the current Manhattan location in 2010.  In 2018 he opened La Loncheria in Bushwick, Brooklyn, creating a Mexican style luncheonette showcasing the often forgotten but almighty, torta (the Mexican sandwich)

Another Mexican tradition close to Mena’s heart is mezcal. Partnered in a mezcal distillery, Mezcales de Leyenda, whose mezcals are considered among the very best available in both the U.S. and Mexico.  As a trained chef, now working his way to become a sommelier, his knowledge from production to final distillation is unparalleled.

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten-Free Baking

Gluten Free Baking
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Gluten-free doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor—in fact, classic recipes can be re-imagined to achieve delicious and impressive results. All it requires is some ingredient substitution, and good pastry techniques, to recreate your favorite pastries without using wheat flour.

In this class, you’ll learn to use alternative starches (potato, rice, tapioca, etc) and xantham gum to recreate the much-desired gluten structure. Under the guidance of our expert chef-instructors, you’ll learn how to use common ingredients to create stable structures for everyday baking like orange and oats (you’ll even learn to make oat flour from scratch!). From gooey cinnamon buns, golden brown scones, mouth-watering oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and a decadent orange cake recipe—that also happens to be dairy free—your family and friends will never know these treats are gluten-free!

Please Note: This is not a gluten-free facility.

What You’ll Learn to Make:

  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Buttermilk Scones
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Orange Cake (or cupcakes)

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment. This class is also open to students 13 – 15 years of age, but they must be accompanied by an enrolled adult.

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Knife Skills, Deboning, Filleting

Knife Skills 101

Sharpen your knives—and your skills—while learning to execute essential knife cuts for precision in the kitchen. This one-day workshop, designed to give you greater consistency and confidence, will combine the techniques learned to complete a dish you can add to your repertoire at home.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
  • Knife sharpening
  • Honing your knife on a steel
  • To correctly hold your knife
  • Knife cuts (taught using assorted vegetables) include:
    • Julienne
    • Baton cut
    • Large dice
    • Medium dice
    • Small dice
    • Brunoise
    • Chiffonade
  • To properly cut an onion and shallot
  • To properly and safely use a mandoline (taught using potato for waffle cut)
  • Utilizing the above techniques to complete a dish in class

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Knife Skills, Deboning, Filleting
cooking the new delicious

Cooking the New Delicious

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Update your kitchen skills with the changing seasons—learn culinary techniques for cooking fresh, seasonal ingredients like the pros!

Discover how you can bring the bounty of the season into your home with our one-day Cooking the New Delicious class. From roots, tubers, apples, pears and hardy greens in the colder months; asparagus, peas and strawberries in the spring; or corn, zucchini, tomatoes and peaches in the warmer months, each season offers a wealth of fresh ingredients to get inspired by in the kitchen! In this class, you’ll learn how to identify ingredients that are in-season, as well as the principles of whole ingredient cooking—how to use the entirety of the product you are working with.

You’ll learn more than just recipes—this class will change the way you look at ingredients, as you use fundamental kitchen techniques to transform and deconstruct each seasonal item into delicious dishes. (You may never discard those apple peels or celery root tops again!) At the end of each class, you’ll learn how to cook a completely seasonal menu from start to finish, complete with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Plus, you’ll be able to taste everything you make along the way. Since our class menu changes with every season, you’ll always have something new to learn in Cooking the New Delicious!

What You’ll Learn to Make This Spring:

Duck Confit Salad
With radishes, citrus supremes, and citrus vinaigrette

Lamb Chops
With ratatouille and mint chimichurri

Creme Brûlée
With cardamom and lavender

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

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Wine Uncorked

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon opening up the world of wine in a lively and rewarding fashion.  We’ll outline wine-making traditions of the Old World and compare this sensibility with the extroverted can-do attitude of New World oenology. Learn to describe wine – wine as a second language! Then we’ll taste, talk and decide on our preferences. We’re on our own personal learning curves. Take the three hour hike on yours, the view is great!

Students must be at least 21 years of age to enroll in this course.

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Secrets of Spices

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Warning: This culinary class may not be for the faint of nose. In just four hours, you’ll acquire skills to properly match spices with dishes—not always an easy task, especially if a recipe calls for exotic international spices that you’ve never used.

Indulge your senses in a hands-on experience, with exotic spices from around the world. Learn how to maximize flavor and prepare spice combinations. You’ll cook (and eat!) a three-course meal that shows how the right spices can make even your regular dinner routine irresistible.

What’s Cooking:

  • Chilled Poached Shrimp in a Curry Vinaigrette with Avocado and Granny Smith Apples
  • Pan-Roasted Tenderloin of Beef au Poivre with Pommes Lyonnaise
  • Exotic Spice Fruit Soup with Spiced Cake and Mascarpone Cream

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

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Handmade Pasta

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Every pasta lover knows there’s nothing better than fresh, handmade pasta. Now, you can learn the techniques to make your Italian favorites at home!

In our one-day Handmade Pasta class, you’ll learn the secrets to silky, thin pasta—the perfect vessel for your favorite sauce. Our expert chef-instructor will teach you the ingredients and techniques to perfect pasta dough, as well as how to achieve the ideal texture—and know when it’s ready to be devoured! Understand the difference between various flours and learn why a high-gluten, very fine flour is necessary to achieve silky-smooth noodles. In four hours, you’ll mix, knead and roll your own dough, as well as learn how to cut different shapes including twirl-worthy tagliatelle, springy cavatelli, plus fill and fold raviolo.

To accompany your freshly made pasta, our chef-instructor will demonstrate three classic preparations—a Bolognese, Cacio e Pepe and Parmesan Herb Brodo—as well as the filling for a black truffle raviolo. You’ll return to these flavorful sauces time and time again! In addition to tasting what you make, you’ll be able to take fresh pasta home to prepare for your family or friends. Get ready to explore the world of pasta!

What You’ll Learn to Make:

  • Ricotta Cavatelli Cacio e Pepe 
    Handmade ricotta cavatelli, lemon garlic compound butter, Grana Padano cheese
  • Tagliatelle Bolognese
    Handmade Tagliatelle, cinnamon bolognese, whipped ricotta, mustard gremolata
  • Raviolo al Uovo Tartufo
    Egg yolk raviolo, black truffle, Parmesan herb brodo

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment. This class is also open to students 13 – 15 years of age, but they must be accompanied by an enrolled adult.

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Japanese Cuisine Expert Cuisine Hiroko Shimbo

Basics of Sushi with Hiroko Shimbo

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What Julia Child did to bring French cooking to the American home cook, so does Chef Hiroko Shimbo hope to do for Japanese cuisine. In this introductory class, you’ll learn the basics of making maki­zushi (rolled sushi), including how to shop for the freshest, sustainable seafood and how to use traditional sushi tools.

In addition to making several rolls in both the traditional and popular “inside­out” styles, you’ll be guided through techniques for preparing perfect sushi rice, pickled ginger and smoky dipping sauce,and tamago (sweet egg omelet). Over a sushi feast at the end of class, you’ll learn about the history and evolution of Japan’s most famous culinary export, as well as tips on how to order and eat in sushi restaurants.

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Japanese Cuisine Expert Cuisine Hiroko Shimbo
Japanese Cuisine Expert Cuisine Hiroko Shimbo

Ramen & Gyoza with Hiroko Shimbo

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

America is known for mouthwatering burgers, Italy for rustic pastas, and France for its fromage, and the Japanese have their own cultural obsession: ramen. Japanese ramen chefs are detail-oriented perfectionists, and the ramen lovers they serve are a discerning bunch who can pick out their favorite ramen ya from the thousands of restaurants and stands that dot the landscape.

Glean insight into the fascinating—and delicious—art of ramen and learn to prepare two popular styles (shoyu and miso) in this hands-on class with Japanese cooking authority, chef, and instructor Hiroko Shimbo.

The lesson begins by learning how to make flavorful stock from pork, chicken, beef bone. You will learn how to make ramen noodles. After that, you’ll build your dish, adding perfectly cooked noodles, boiled egg, vegetables and tender chashu pork. You’ll also learn how to make gyoza, tasty pork and vegetable filled potsticker dumplings that often accompany a bowl of noodles.

ABOUT HIROKO SHIMBO

Hiroko Shimbo is a chef-consultant for restaurants and food companies, trained sushi chef, cookbook author, writer, blogger, and instructor based in New York City. She is considered an authority on Japanese cuisine worldwide. Through her company,Hiroko’s Kitchen, she has also developed recipes for PF Chang, Ruth’s Chris, and University dining companies.

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.

Japanese Cuisine Expert Cuisine Hiroko Shimbo