BYOB & Bengali Cuisine!

Ever wanted to make traditional Indian cuisine in your home? Bet you didn’t think you could… or that it was surprisingly simple right? If you want to learn how to cook authentic global cuisine, then you must check out the company Global Kitchen! This company works with chefs, culinary personalities, restaurant owners, and caterers who are from a particular country and or region. These culinary enthusiasts teach you to cook like they do through a series of hands on demonstrations. Here interested home cooks (like myself) get to watch, chat, and even help with the cooking process. IMG_4384

Recently I attended the Bengali cooking class with Reshma Sinha, a NYC chef and TV personality. She has a show on PBS called Eat Free and she specializes in Bengali and Indian cuisine with a vegetarian, clean focus. She does of course cook meat and many other dishes, but this class was all about the reinventing your vegetables and making them even more delicious!

One reason I love these classes and will attending many, many more, is because it’s BYOB. It’s hard to find great food, great company, and the chance to bring your own wine or beverage outside your home in NYC. I brought a J. Lohr Riesling, which is spectacular with Indian cuisine. Why? Well, because Riesling has that little bit of residual sugar on the tongue that cuts through the spice in the cuisine, but doesn’t over power it or change the flavor in anyway.

IMG_4387       Other people brought reds and beer, but when I have Indian, I choose a Riesling first, then possibly a Malbec or Pinot Noir (if I am having lamb or goat Saagwalla of course)! Once dinner is ready, everyone sits down together and gets to know each other. This is a great way to meet new people, and to be honest, it was one of the best nights I have had in a long time!

            Be sure to check out all the Global Kitchen classes. Once you attend one, you will be hooked…kind of like this Somm is now!

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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