Building bridges through cross-culinary adventures! As part of Welcoming America's Welcoming Week campaign, we are partnering with individuals and organizations to do monthly cooking kits and classes, all taught by our neighbors with refugee and immigrant backgrounds.
Every 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 ask you to provide the perishables and a few staple items!). 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. The goal of this program is to build bridges across our community, so please invite friends and family to sign up with you!
February Classes: Chinese Cooking with Ouxi
Virtual Cooking Classes:
- Saturday, February 13th, 5:00-7:00pm - Sold Out Emails have gone out, please check your SPAM/junk folder for emails from firstname.lastname@example.org if you registered and haven't received anything. - Saturday, February 20th, 5:00-7:00pm - - Sold Out
Kit Order Deadline: 1 week before class, or when sold out!
Recipe: Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs* & Hand-torn Pancake *Note about this recipe: The pork ribs for this recipe can be purchased pre-chopped at Idaho Capital Asian Market. We'll send you instructions on where and how to get them.
Kit Pick-up Dates/Times: Kits must be picked up at the Jannus building (1607 W. Jefferson St.) the Friday before the class.
Kit pick-up for Feb. 13th class will be Friday, February 12th between the following times: 8:30am-10:00am 11:30am-1:00pm 4:00pm-6:00pm
Cooking Instructor: Ouxi Zhu I was born in Wenzhou and raised in Shanghai, China. I came to the U.S. in 2010 for university. Food has always been a very important part of my life, even all my jobs are related to food industry. From wholesale food supply chain to restaurants, and now I am managing my own store, the Idaho Capital Asian Market. It is my pleasure to bring all those special products to the community and seeing customers leaving with satisfaction makes me happy!
Kit & Class Cost: $25
Recipe/Kit Serves 4 (only one registration needed per household)
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.
Your Kit will include most of the ingredients you will need to make the dishes
You will have to provide perishables and kitchen staples.
Your kit includes
Light soy sauce
Sweet soy bean sauce
Frozen hand-torn pancakes
You need to provide:
1lb pork short spare ribs (most easily purchased from Idaho Capital Asian Market). Can substitute for chicken wings or tofu, but the chef will be demonstrating with pork
Fillings for Pancake: Ouxi will be using cheese, lettuce, ham, and ketchup, but you can also add any vegetables you like, bacon, etc.
Upcoming Classes We'll be taking a short break in March but will resume classes in April!
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?
Kits will have to be picked up at a designated location in Boise. Pick-up dates, times, and location be outlined for each class.
Can I get a refund or switch my class date?
Unfortunately, we aren't able to offer refunds as we are purchasing ingredients as your order comes in. We are also unable to switch class dates, as we order specific amounts for certain dates well in advance. If you can no longer use your box, please share it with a friend so you help build bridges in our community!
What are the recipes we'll be using?
Each month we'll have a different chef and a different meal. You'll receive the recipe and equipment list via email before the class. An important note about recipes! Like many of our special family dishes, the dishes our chefs are sharing have been passed on to them by their family members and often don't have a written recipe. We do our best to create one for the class, but please know recipes in these classes are guides. The chefs look forward to showing you and discussing the process for cooking these dishes.
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 (email@example.com). Our chefs can offer ideas for meat alternatives, though the original recipe and class will follow their most authentic version.
How is this only $25?!
Generous partners like Welcoming America and the Doris Duke Foundation have made it possible to provide classes with culinary ambassadors and ingredient kits at the subsidized price of $25. Our goal is to reach new people across the Treasure Valley and make it as affordable as possible to try something new and learn about our neighbors!
How can I help further? How can I get involved?
Please consider buying a kit for a friend or family member who hasn't participated in an event with a refugee or immigrant. The goal of this program is to build bridges, and we'd love your help doing that! If you are interested in attending a storytelling event or having a speaker at your office, please visit the Refugee Speakers Bureau page. For more information on donations and volunteering, click here.