Kitchen of Exotic Eats
Learn. Discover. Explore.
If you are interested in becoming a community chef, click here to learn more.
Our signature Kitchen of Exotic Eats program offers online and in-person cooking classes to individuals, the community, and organizations in a cultural culinary environment for eager aspiring community chefs and general participants to learn how to cook cultural dishes the way they were prepared and eaten in the origin country using traditional cookware. Many cookware items / equipment and ingredients may not be easily accessible in various geographical locations of the participants; however, the participants will learn tips for substituting ingredients and how to cook the original recipes using modern and accessible cookware. The cooking class will incorporate human journey and cultural stories connected to the significance of certain dishes and its ingredients. Participants will enjoy learning about the cooking techniques and symbolic meaning / purpose of various cookware, ingredients, and elements throughout the preparation and cooking processes as they relate to the diaspora topics surrounding the human journey.
Cooking Class and Culinary Cultural Experience
Welcome to the IMID’s Kitchen of Exotic Eats cooking class program co-hosted by the Idaho Office for Refugees (by Jannus, Inc.) – our legacy partner. If you are interested in becoming a community chef, click here to learn more. The program offers two opportunities for both chefs and eager participants:
Cooking class: This online cooking class is an immersive experience that engages online participants in learning how to cook exotic eats alongside our community chefs beaming in from their own kitchens. Participants will learn, discover, and explore a culture-inspired cuisine by making an authentic dish and virtually taught by various community partners ("community chefs"). The class is open to individuals with all levels of culinary experience and will be offered regularly.
Culinary Cultural Experience: Unlike an actual cooking class format, this in-person cultural culinary experience invites participants who are interested in learning about cultures through the lens of foods. The goals of this experience aim to connect and inspire through food, enlighten local audiences to new cultures, increase awareness about the refugee community’s cultural diversity in Boise, and make new friends! The experience will allow participants to observe, hear stories from the community chef, #LearnDiscoverExplore how the chef prepares and cooks exotic eats, and sample exotic eats in a fun in-person environment that will tempt your taste buds. The Idaho Office for Refugees in partnership with the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora, is offering paid cooking opportunities for talented home cooks and trained chefs from refugee and immigrant backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to share your culture through food, practice public speaking skills and introduce yourself to new audiences! These will take place every other month in 2024 beginning in January at JUMP in downtown Boise. Our next Culinary Cultural Experience is scheduled for January 11, 2024. Click here for more details.
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | Culinary Cultural Experience
In-person Cultural Cooking Experience | Register here.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with JUMP, in
collaboration with Idaho Office for Refugees, for the location
of our 2nd cultural cooking experience, free of charge!
Date & Time: Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 6:00pm-7:30pm
In-person location: JUMP at 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702
Platform: In-person only
Cost: No charge - free to the community | Registration required
Registration: click here
Chef: Noel Argote from Adlefas Comida Cubana
Featured Recipe(s): Arroz con Pollo
Calling all Chefs!
ONLINE COOKING CLASSES ONLY
Home cooks and chefs, unite! It's time to share your culinary talents and kitchen secrets with the world, and we have just the opportunity for you! Our Kitchen of Exotic Eats program is calling on all community chefs to teach online cooking class participants in an immersive cultural cooking class experience through the nurturing power of foods because food connects people and communities. Our cooking class is designed to celebrate your cultural heritage. Join our #culturalfoodmovement and email us today at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming an online Kitchen of Exotic Eats chef.
Class duration: 1 hour (online) | 1.5 hours (online only)
Class schedule: Flexible
CULINARY CULTURAL EXPERIENCE CLASSES ONLY
The Idaho Office for Refugees in partnership with the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora, is offering paid cooking opportunities for talented home cooks and trained chefs from refugee and immigrant backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to share your culture through food, practice public speaking skills and introduce yourself to new audiences! These will take place every other month in 2024 beginning in January at JUMP in downtown Boise. Our next Culinary Cultural Experience is scheduled for January 11, 2024 (for more information, see above and/or register here).
Event schedule: 1.5 hours (in-person only)
Event schedule: 5-6pm (set-up) | 6:00-7:30pm (event) | 7:30-8:30pm (clean-up)