October Culinary Gathering

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Bauman College

1007 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94710

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Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us in celebrating the diverse and rich Anatolian Cuisine with the Bay Area Turkish Society (The Berkeley Turkish School). This event will be the third in a series of Culinary Gatherings in Berkeley, and we would love for you to be a part of this experience with us.

We feel that sharing culture through cuisine is an inclusive and beautiful process. Once a month, we will come together and learn how to cook traditional dishes from different regions and ethnicities in Anatolia from a culinary expert within our community. After cooking together, we will set the table, gather around and will enjoy the delicious meal we prepared together with the lovely company of the participants.

  • Date: Sunday, October 6th, 2019
  • Time: 4 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Location: Bauman College, 1007 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Price: $75 (includes 3 courses + dessert - tea and coffee)

About the instructor: Nur Saglam

Nur Saglam is a real estate professional, serving the Bay Area since 2003. Before becoming a real estate agent, Nur worked as a software engineer at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Nur's culinary journey started long before she moved to the U.S. Her love of cooking has its roots in the motherland of Turks: Anatolia. She was raised and influenced by the cuisine of two different parts of Anatolia - the Black Sea Coast and Istanbul.

Nur loves cooking delicious and nutritious Mediterranean food and sharing her culture. She is very excited to share the art of Anatolian Cuisine with her Bay Area community and is looking forward to meeting other food enthusiasts. Her menu is especially unique in combining modern Mediterranean flavors with traditional Turkish cooking styles.

Menu Details:

  • Patlican Musakka / Eggplant Moussaka: Eggplant and ground beef casserole

  • Cacık / Cucumber Yogurt

  • Şehriyeli Pilav / Rice with Orzo

  • Kabak Tatlısı / Pumpkin Dessert

  • Turkish tea and coffee

Notes about the menu from Nur:

“Impressive Dish for Eggplant Lovers and a must try for Eggplant haters - it will change your opinion about eggplant! This is a very popular dish in Turkey and traditionally, it's made with ground lamb or ground beef but we are making it with ground beef and simple ingredients - onions, tomatoes and green peppers, parsley, oregano and sweet paprika.

Eggplant is one of the staple dishes of the Ottoman Cuisine and it's said that there at least 280 original recipes of eggplant. To make this dish healthier, instead of frying we cook them on open fire on stove top and we think that it tastes better this way. This musakka recipe is light and healthy and perfect when the eggplants are in season. CACIK is very similar to Tzatziki. 'Cacık' (JAH'- juck), or yogurt with cucumbers and herbs, is yet another Turkish favorite made with yogurt. It has only 3 ingredients, yogurt, cucumber, garlic. It is served cold like gazpacho.

Cacik; yogurt, cucumber and dried mint; delicious and refreshing. Plain yogurt is a staple in Turkish cuisine. It's used for everything from appetizers and salads to soups, toppings and desserts. Main ingredient in Cacik is yogurt.'Cacık' is a very simple dish that's served cold. It's eaten with a spoon, like soup, but it's enjoyed before or during the meal in place of a salad. “

Collected funds will support the enhancement and further development of programs of the Berkeley Turkish School, a 501c3 non profit organization.

Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you.


The Berkeley Turkish School



Is there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

At this time, we are offering this event to adults, only. For kids 14 years and older, please contact the event organizer.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of street parking on University Avenue and on 9th and 10th streets.

What can I bring into the event?

We provide all ingredients and equipment, aprons, and a recipe booklet. If you wish to bring your chef's knife, please do so, bu please be sure to mark it with your name.

What's the refund policy?

All proceeds are final.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, registration fee and tickets are transferrable. Please email the event organizer prior to the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Yesim Erim at erimyesim@gmail.com or Basak Altan at basak_alt@gmail.com

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