North Central resident Nancy Matsui had had a lifelong love of cooking, which she now shares with the community through her Onion Enterprise-Education in Flavor series of classes.

Matsui offers cooking classes in her home near 15th and Northern avenues, and occasionally features guest chefs. Each class includes demonstrations with each dish served, and a copy of all recipes.

A new series begins in February, will classes taking place 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. First up is Mac & Cheese on Feb. 11, going from appetizer to dessert.

The second class features “Flavorful Fermented Foods” on Feb. 25. Knowing how to use these special ingredients in your weekly menu can help keep your body healthy by having the “good” bacteria (probiotics) in your stomach. Featuring American and Asian fermented foods.

Then on March 18, enjoy a “Spring Fling” with guest collaborator and Health & Wellness Coach Pat Mayer. Enjoy light but filling meals that will help reduce overall sugar in your diet.

Other classes include “Asian Accents” on March 25; “Smoking Permitted” featuring indoor smoking of foods on April 8; “The Transition Dinner” (from omnivore to vegetarian to vegan) on April 15; and a “Sweet and Savory Bits and Bites Buffet” on April 22.

All classes are $45 each. 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, or call 602-618-6527.

To pick up a hard copy of the Education in Flavor brochure, with a full description of each class, the Uptown Farmers Market information booth, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Natural Grocers at 655 W. Indian School Road also has brochures in their Community Board in the kitchen area.



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