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Uzbek Culinary Immersion in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by an Uzbek immigrant and Brooklyn resident.

Join Atlas Obscura and the League of Kitchens for a culinary and cultural adventure in Kensington and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

April 30, 11-1:30pm: Shopping Tour
With League of Kitchens' Uzbek instructor Damira as your guide, you’ll visit a Borough Park bakery that is straight out of Samarkand and explore Kensington’s Little Uzbekistan. Experience a small, bustling slice of Samarkand in Brooklyn while you learn all about Bukharan Jewish bread at Damira’s favorite Borough Park bakery. Then, learn about the extremely diverse Kensington neighborhood as you explore Damira’s favorite grocery store and butcher shop.

After your shopping, you’ll grab a well-deserved snack at a grand, two-story banquet hall/dance club where Uzbek families celebrate special occasions over traditional dishes. After your snack, explore Little Uzbekistan yourself to burn off that rich Uzbek cuisine and decide what to take back home to your own kitchen.

May 14, 1-6:30pm: Cooking Class Immersion (vegetarian)
Damira’s love of history and storytelling will shine as she teaches you to use traditional Uzbek cooking tools and explains the origins of her rustic, flavorful dishes. You'll make hearty and healthy food using fresh herbs, vegetables and spices, including mashhurda soup, pumpkin hanum dumplings, pumpkin sambusa pies, radish salid, qovok quymok (squash pancakes) then finish your meal with halvatar, a classic Uzbek holiday dessert.

Ticket options are for the shopping tour and cooking class ($250) or tour only ($75). Purchase a ticket for all 6 sessions here ($600). Ticket price includes all food.


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