The Art of Arabic Cooking
Fall/Winter Arabic Cooking Series

Welcome to our Winter/Spring 2024 Arabic Cooking series, featuring classic Arabic recipes taught by experienced, local cooks. If you have any questions, please email us at info@alifinstitute.org.

Cooking is one of the best ways to get to know a culture! Join us for a fun-filled and educational afternoon learning to cook and enjoy popular Arabic dishes with our talented guest chefs. Want to support this program? You can also SPONSOR a session with a tax-deductible donation of $250!

  • All classes this semester are on Saturdays, from 2 PM – 4:30 PM. (Except our first Valentine’s Day class on February 10, which goes from 5:30 – 8 PM.)
  • Ages 13 years old and up!
  • No experience is required and all levels are welcome.
  • Spaces are limited, so first come, first served for registration.
  • You can register by yourself or share your station with a partner.
REFUND/CREDIT POLICY:  To ensure that we provide the best experience possible for all our Art of Arabic Cuisine participants, we ask that you kindly provide notice as soon as possible if you aren’t able to attend a reserved class. 
  • Up to 48 hours prior to the session:  Refunds and credits are available up to 48 hours prior to your reserved session. For refunds, an administrative fee of $5 will be applied.
  • No credit or refund is available after 48 hours before a reserved class.

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Click here for recipes from our cooking series!

Saturday, February 10, 2024
5:30 pm – 8 pm
$55 / $60 non-members
$75/pair,  $80/pair, non-members

Registration deadline:
Friday, February 9 at 10 AM

To become a member, please click HERE.
(You need to be signed into the website as a member to get the member price.)

Guest chef:  Rania Renno of Hungrily Homemade

Saturday, March 23, 2024
2 pm – 4:30 pm
$45 / $50 non-members
$65/pair,  $70/pair, non-members

Registration deadline:
Friday, March 22 at 10 AM

To become a member, please click HERE.
(You need to be signed into the website as a member to get the member price.)

Guest chef:  Widad Saad

“Be it Easter or Eid, holidays in the Levantine region of the Middle East are incomplete without a shortbread cookie called maamoul. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan or Lent.

The dough is made with wheat flour or semolina (or a combination of the two), then pressed into special molds, traditionally carved in wood. And the fillings are fragrant with rosewater or orange blossom.”
NPR




Saturday, June 15, 2024
2 pm – 4:30 pm
$55 / $60 non-members
$75/pair,  $80/pair, non-members

Registration deadline:
Friday, June 14 at 12 PM

To become a member, please click HERE.
(You need to be signed into the website as a member to get the member price.)

Guest chef:  TBD

Shakshuka is a nourishing originally Tunisian meal made by the combination of simmering tomatoes and / or red pepper sauce, onions, garlic, spices and gently poached eggs. An easy one-pan dish, the name Shakshuka comes from the Tunisian word for “shaken up.” It is also popular in northern Africa and in the northern Levant Arab countries.

Saturday, August 24, 2024
2 pm – 4:30 pm
$55 / $60 non-members
$75/pair,  $80/pair, non-members

Registration deadline:
Friday, August 23 at 12 PM

To become a member, please click HERE.
(You need to be signed into the website as a member to get the member price.)

Guest chef:  Hadia Ibrahim

Kufta is a seasoned ground beef consisting of tomato, parsley, onion and warm spices that give it a moist texture. Baked kufta with potatoes “kafta bi-siniyeh” can be made flattened in a baking pan or made into oblong, football-shaped pieces along with potatoes and tahini sauce (sesame seed paste). The ingredients are layered into a baking dish and baked until the flavors meld and become deliciously tender.

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