Milk Street Cooking School and former Boston Globe food editor Sheryl Julian are excited to announce a new co-hosted series called Dine out with Milk Street. These classes and dinners are hosted at Sheryl's favorite small restaurants. This is your window on traditional food made by cooks who learned in their parents' homes, which includes dishes from Armenia, Greece, and beyond.
Our first stop for a cooking lesson and dinner is Seta's Cafe in Watertown. Owner-chef Seta Dakessian will teach us how to make Winter Urfa Kebab, a summer dish Seta's mother adapted for the cold months. She layers meatballs with eggplant, tomatoes, and onions, and serves it on a bed of bulgur pilaf. After we learn how to make the dish, we will all sit down to enjoy it with Homemade Lavash and Seta’s Yogurt. For dessert, Seta will bake us an array of Armenian treats, including a pakhlava (baklava) and a variety of cookies. These one-of-a-kind evenings will include a history of the cuisine and lots of lively conversation.
You can read Sheryl's Boston Globe review of Seta's Cafe here.
photo: Aram Boghosian
About Seta Dekessian
First-generation Armenian-American Seta Dakessian, raised in Worcester, learned to speak English watching "Sesame Street." Her mother was born in Lebanon, her father, who owned a bakery, in Palestine. Seta's cooking is a combination of their experiences. She trained at Johnson & Wales and worked at Rialto before opening Seta's Cafe in Belmont in 2013, where she makes many dishes from her parents' and grandparents' repertoires.
About Sheryl Julian
Food stylist, writer, and photographer Sheryl Julian was the longtime award-winning food editor of The Boston Globe, and food writing instructor in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She trained at the Cordon Bleu schools in London and Paris, was deputy director of La Varenne cooking school in Paris, is co-author of “The Way We Cook,” and editor of “The New Boston Globe Cookbook.” She runs food styling workshops in the Boston area.
What is the maximum number of students per class?
Different classes have different student/participant caps. Here are general guidelines for maximum student capacity:
- Hands-on cooking classes: 16
- Taste of Milk Street: 30
- Milk Street Sessions: 50
- Be Our Guest: 12
- Wine with Stephen Meuse: 20
- Cooking Demonstations: 40
- Free monthly tour: 10
- Taste of the World: 20
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please note: This event takes place at Seta's Cafe located at 271 Belmont St, Watertown, MA 02472
What can/can't I bring/wear to the event?
Please wear close-toed shoes and tie back long hair. You are welcome to bring a phone or camera.
No pets allowed.
Is this a demo or hands-on cooking class?
This is a demonstration cooking class and dinner.
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.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is my registration/ticket refundable or transferrable?
Yes. Tickets are refundable up to seven days before an event and transferable to another student at any time. Within seven days of the event, we do not offer refunds.