North Central resident Nancy Matsui had had a lifelong love of cooking, and during her 35 years of elementary school teaching she managed to sneak a few healthy cooking experiences into the classroom with her students.

She began teaching cooking classes at a local community college and in 2011 formed Onion Enterprises– Education in Flavor through which she offers cooking classes in her home near 15th and Northern avenues, and occasionally features guest chefs.

After the summer off, Education in Flavor returns for fall and begins with a saucy touch. The first session, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, will feature “Curds & Condiments” that will be great for fall get-togethers.

The second class, from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 16, features Michele Redmond, guest chef, who is a registered dietitian and will dazzle with “Chickpea Products.”

Other classes include “Fall Salads” on Oct. 3; “A Tribute to Yotam Ottolenghi” on Oct. 10; “Holiday Appetizers & Sides” on Nov. 7; and “Confection & Dessert” on Nov. 14.

Recipes are provided and each of the dishes prepared will be served. Each session will include a raffle for assorted kitchen tools. Class fee is $20 per session. More than half of each class fee will be donated to one of two local charities; the rest is used to purchase groceries and print recipes.

Space is limited, so RSVP quickly. Payment must be received prior to the class in order to hold the reservation. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail Nancy Matsui at

For a copy of the Education in Flavor brochure, with a full description of each class, visit the Southwest Gardener at 300 W. Camelback Road, or John’s Amish Country at the Uptown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.




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