My friend Shannon (the one with a knack for finding great places, as noted in A Day Trip to Branson) discovered that a high-end local grocery store was holding cooking classes, and that the next class was on making sushi. I pretty much have to be forced or tricked into trying new things, but I make an exception for anything cooking-related. We signed up.
When we arrived in the kitchen classroom, each place was set with a bowl of rice, a bamboo sushi mat covered with plastic wrap, a plate of nori (seaweed paper), a cup of water, a small cup of sesame seeds, and three different sushi sauces: sushi pink sauce, soy sauce, and ponzu sauce.
The chef, Terri Smith, immediately put us at ease with her friendly manner. A couple of kitchen helpers brought tea and water to our tables throughout the lesson and added a special touch of hospitality. Terri and her sous-chef never talked down to us, but always explained things in very simple terms — which I really appreciated because it can be a little intimidating to learn a new craft, especially if you’re a perfectionist.
I especially enjoyed the fact that they let us sample our sushi as we went along, and even gave us boxes to take home the leftovers! We learned a ton about sushi, got lots and lots of tips, and I can’t wait to sign up for the next class.