As part of Welcoming America's Welcoming Week, we are partnering with individuals and organizations to do 6 monthly cooking kits and classes, all taught by our neighbors with refugee and immigrant backgrounds.
Once a month, residents of the Treasure Valley can order a recipe kit with the dry and garden ingredients needed to make a dish inspired by a local chef from around the world (we'll provide everything but perishable meats!). In addition to the kit, you can then go online for a live, interactive cooking class with the chef, where you can learn the skills to make the dish as well as the history and culture surrounding it.
NOTE: All kits must be picked up at our downtown Boise office for the November 21st. There will be no delivery.
November Class - Kenyan Cooking Kit Order Deadline: November 16th, or when sold out! (whichever comes first!) Virtual Cooking Class: Saturday, November 21st. 5:00pm-7:00pm Recipe: Kenyan Chicken Tikka, Potato Bhajias, & Kachumbari
Kit Pick-up Dates/Times: There will be no local delivery for this kit. Kits must be picked up at the Idaho Office for Refugees building (1607 W. Jefferson St.) at one of the times below. Please note masks are required at the building. If you need contactless pick-up, you can call the front desk and they will set your bag outside the door when you arrive (208-336-5533). Thursday, November 19th: 12:00pm-3:30pm Friday, November 20th: 8:30am-1:30pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm Cooking Instructor: Salome Mwangi Salome Mwangi grew up in Kenya before relocating to the United States via the refugee resettlement program 16 years ago. Kenyan cuisine is as diverse as its landscape, featuring dishes that are authentic to each community and others that have been adopted by others, creating a fusion that is enjoyed by all. Salome’s father was a foodie! He delighted in trying out dishes outside of the Gikuyu community and raised his family with an appreciation of their neighbors’ culture and their cuisine. Salome’s family spent the formative years in Mombasa, a city nestled by the Indian Ocean on the Kenyan coast. The region boasts a robust blend of life, influenced by the Arabic, Indian and Bantu cultures, which is evident in region’s family life, religion, art, music, cuisine, etc. The cuisine around the Kenyan coast relies on the food found in the region as well as the abundant seafood from the Indian Ocean. Spices and aromatics are used to enhance the flavor of the dishes, with each family lending its own mix to theirs. They venture into a cooking place filled with onions, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric, coriander… (you get the picture) without fear! With this blend, it is challenging to trace back the origin of the dishes, since each claim to be the original owners. Salome has taken the cooking and storytelling skills and channeled them into dishes and moments that can be enjoyed across the oceans, and across cultures. Salome’s father was influential in developing her culinary skills where she not only learned to cook the dishes from her native Gikuyu culture, but those from the others as well. She is the coordinator of IOR’s Refugees’ Refugee Speakers Bureau and enjoys sharing her life with others in this community and beyond. She lives with her 16-year-old daughter, Deborah, with whom she navigates life across cultures, as a parent and a citizen.
Your Kit will include dry ingredients from Global Gardens, local farm stands, & ethnic markets.
Kit & Class Cost: $25
Final kit ingredients will be dependent on recipe and are subject to change. Final ingredients and recipe will be emailed and included in the box so you can prepare for the class.
Recipe/Kit Serves 4
Kit ingredients to come soon
Kit ingredients to come soon
NOVEMBER CLASS SOLD OUT
Future classes will be posted as they are scheduled.
What is in a cooking kit?
Residents in the Treasure Valley can purchase a cooking kit that has the dry/pantry and garden ingredients needed to make the featured cross-culinary dish of the month. Dry ingredients will be factory sealed and purchased from a local ethnic grocery store. Included produce will be supplied from refugee farmers at Global Gardens (while in season) and from local farm stands. All you'll have to get separately is any meat needed for the recipe.
How is the class taught?
This will be a (virtual) live, interactive class with a cooking instructor, taught through Zoom. You'll receive your ingredients, list of cooking supplies and other things you might need, and the recipe before the class date so you all can cook together! It will be a fun chance to learn about the history and culture of the dish as well as ask questions of the chef. These will be recorded so you can watch them later, and an abridged version will be available on YouTube for the general public.
How will I get my cooking kit?
We are not able to provide local delivery of kits during the winter months. All kits will have to be picked up at the Idaho Office for Refugees building in downtown Boise before the class. Designated dates and times will be outlined for each class.
What are the recipes we'll be using?
Each month we'll have a different chef and a different meal. The recipe and ingredients will be included on this site as they are finalized.
Where can I find out about allergens and vegetarian/vegan options?
The ingredients for each recipe will be posted as they are finalized, but if you have an allergy or food sensitivity please reach out to us before you buy the box so we can check the contents of any pre-packaged food items (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our chefs will offer ideas for meat alternatives, though the original recipe and class will follow their most authentic version.
Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we aren't able to offer refunds as we are purchasing ingredients as your order comes in. If you can no longer use your box, please share it with a friend so you help build bridges in our community!