February 21st Cooking Class: The Spice Kitchen

$ 65.00

We are partnered with Christopher Kimball's Milk Street to bring you Milk Street curated classes and recipes.  This class is a demonstration-based iteration of The Spice Kitchen.

Doors open at 6:15pm, class begins promptly at 6:30pm and runs until approximately 8:30pm. Port Plums 50 Water Street Suites 402 & 403, Newburyport, MA. (P) 978-462-7700

Class Description:


If all home cooks take just one step to transform their cooking, it should be learning how to use spices. At Milk Street, we can’t cook without them anymore. Mashed potatoes are lackluster if we don’t finish them with caraway seeds bloomed in brown butter. Chicken soup falls flat without the Somali spice blend berbere stirred into the broth. Cake is a one-note confection if we don’t soak it in a bay infused syrup or stir ample spicy-sweet dried ginger into the batter. When you start cooking with spices, it’s like painting in full color after a lifetime of black, white and gray. 

In this class you will learn why, how and when to toast and bloom spices; why we grind spices in some recipes and leave them whole in others; how to use savory spices to make better desserts; Milk Street's essential spice and spice blends; and buying and storing basics.

Recipes in this class include:

Curried Tarka Popcorn
Tahini Cauliflower with Dukkah
Somali Chicken Soup with Berbere
Pinchos Morunos, Sspiced Basque Pork Tenderloin
Honey Apricot Compote with Bay and Greek Yogurt

Please note: This is not a hands-on class. In this class you will watch and interact as the instructor prepares several dishes using a variety of strategies and techniques. You will sample from generous tasting portions of the demonstrated dishes. 

Food Allergies/Restrictions: Please notify us at least 7 days in advance of the class if any food allergies or restrictions in your party by emailing info@portplums.com. We will do our best to accommodate when possible. Most classes can be made gluten-free with advance notice.


What are my parking options getting to the event?

We are located in The Tannery Marketplace at 50 Water Street, Newburyport, inside Mill Building #4 which is on the Water Street side of the complex.

Parking lot and street parking is available. When attending a class or event with us, you may park in the 15 minute parking spaces in front of the store for an extended stay.  

Is this a demo or hands-on cooking class?

This is a demonstration-based class. 

Should I eat a snack before class?

We recommend eating something before the class. Generous tasting samples will be provided during the event. 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes. All students must be 18+ years old. Students 14-17 years old are welcome to participate with an adult guardian or parent. Those under 21 will not be able to participate in the wine tasting portion of our event. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

By Phone: 978-462-7700

By Email: info@portplums.com

Is my registration/ticket refundable or transferrable?

Yes. Tickets are refundable or transferable to another class up to seven days before an event. Tickets are transferable to another student for the same class at any time. Within seven days of the event, we do not offer refunds or class credits.