Cooking Alaturka of Istanbul offers easy, enjoyable, very informative and fun half-day Turkish cooking classes to foreign visitors at her restaurant on Akbıyık Caddesi in the heart of Sultanahmet‘s hotel district.
Class participants meet at 10:30 am at the Cooking Alaturka Restaurant at Akbıyık Caddesi No. 72a, just off Mimar Mehmet Ağa Caddesi (map), just off the Hippodrome behind the Blue Mosque, for coffee and a general introduction to Turkish cuisine.
By 11:00 am you’re in the special culinary-course mutfak(kitchen). You’re ready to help the master chef prepare the midday meal using the best seasonal market ingredients.
|A celebratory glass of wine…|
Step-by-step instructions, and many willing hands, produce a delicious and varied collection of dishes.
As soon as all is ready, you sit down to luncheon and enjoy your handiwork, with genial comments and comparisons all around. Afiyet olsun! (Enjoy your meal!)
By 14:30 (2:30 pm), luncheon is usually over, the last questions asked and answered, the final pointers and recommendations conveyed, and you’re on your way to further explorations of Istanbul.
If you’d like to come back for dinner, it’s served most evenings except Sunday.
Turkish cuisine is no longer an exotic mystery, but an open door for further discovery.
Classes are held most days: email Cooking Alaturka to make arrangements and mention your wish to participate, and to confirm the date, time and fee (60 euros per person, which includes the complete lunch, with drinks).
—by Tom Brosnahan