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Understanding the Five Basic Tastes & Flavor Tripping!

Have you ever really focused in on how to taste and balance flavors in food? Drawing ideas from the ingenious "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat and the cook's best friend "The Flavor Bible" we will experiment to gain a better understanding of how we use the 5 tastes to our culinary advantage. This class will work like a "choose your own adventure" book. As a bonus, we'll finish by "flavor tripping" with miracle berries that turn sour foods sweet!

We will do a series of experiments to help you understand the difference between taste and flavor, and to really hone in on each of the five tastes, and how each of them interact with each other.  You will try each individually, then combine some, and try them in different amounts.  

For practical experience, we will have a variety of ingredients available for you to choose from, and with chef's input and some of your own experimentation, you will make a salad containing ingredients with each of the five tastes. If done successfully, you'll end up with something really delicious. For the main course, we will make a pesto, incorporating each of the five tastes as well, and serve it over pasta.

To finish, we're going to "flavor trip" by eating miracle berries then tasting a variety of sour and bitter foods and drinks, and you'll be amazed at how they taste. It's really fun.

Guests receive a 20% discount on future classes and 10% discount on any in-store purchase on the day of class!

  • 3 "Choose Your Own Adventure" Courses
  • Salad w/ Five Tastes & Vinaigrette
  • Pasta w/ Fresh Pesto
  • Fruits & Other Goodies for "Flavor Tripping" Dessert
  • Blindfold Taste Test
  • How Flavors Interact Taste Experiment
  • Flavor Tripping
  • Flavor Dynamics
  • Balancing
  • Vinaigrettes
  • Pesto Making
  • Mortar & Pestle

Chef Instructor: Timmy Kirk
Chef Timmy is a Cincinnati native, and a born roamer. He has lived in a few places around the US and lived and worked in Asia for 5 years. While there he traveled as much as possible, and every time he traveled, his goal was to study the cuisines and cultures of the regions he visited. He has taken more than 40 cooking classes throughout China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, India, and more. He learned the authentic flavors and techniques, and now he is bringing them back home to share the secrets with you. In Denver, Timmy was part of the team that won Q House Modern Chinese the title of "Best Restaurant Denver 2018" by Eater Magazine and helped earn a nomination for “Best New Restaurant in America” by the James Beard Foundation.  Although Asian cuisines are his specialty, his knowledge and skills of world cuisines is extensive.  Recently, he earned his Level 1 Sommelier Certification.

Our recipes use common ingredients that may or may not be specified in the menu, including various fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, spices, wheat flours, etc. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction we should be aware of, please call or email before attending the class. We may or may not be able to accommodate.

A minimum 48-hour notice via phone or in-person (not email) is required for class cancellations or rescheduling for reservations of one to three guests.  A minimum 7-day notice via phone or in-person is required for class cancellations or rescheduling for reservation of four or more guests. 
If you are unable to attend a class, you are encouraged to send someone in your place. We cannot make exceptions.

If you have a large group, consider a private party!

Got questions? Call, email, or check our FAQ page.

Classes are two hours, but duration is approximate and may vary by 10-15 minutes, it is best to plan accordingly.

For same-day booking, call us at 513.847.4474

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