Join us for a very special mini cooking workshop with the League of Kitchens cooking instructor, Smitha! Come cook & then enjoy two vegan dishes while learning more about this amazing organization that just opened in Los Angeles.
The League of Kitchens is an immersive culinary experience where immigrants from around the world teach intimate cooking classes in their homes and lead eye-opening tours to their favorite shops and snack spots.
-Roti (Whole Wheat Flatbread)-A traditional flatbread made with Indian whole wheat flour cooked on a hot skillet and finished over an open flame.
-Kosambri (Soaked Moong Dal Salad with Coconut)-A fresh salad made with soaked moong dal, grated fresh coconut, cucumber, and cilantro.
-Green Moong Bean Curry (Mung Bean Curry)-A warm stew made with whole moong beans, tomatoes, onions green chilies, mustard, cumin, turmeric, coriander, tamarind, and jaggery.
The League of Kitchens is a culinary dream-team of immigrants from around the world who will welcome you into their homes, teach you their family recipes, and inspire you with their personal stories. Cooking classes and food tours are now available in New York City and Los Angeles.
Each experience offers opportunities for meaningful connection and social interaction, cultural engagement and exchange, culinary learning and discovery, and exceptional eating and drinking. Through this experience, the League of Kitchens seeks to build cross-cultural connection and understanding, to increase access to traditional cooking knowledge, and to recognize and celebrate the incredible knowledge and expertise that immigrants contribute to our culture and society.
The League of Kitchens has been featured in Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Chew, Tasting Table, Saveur, The Splendid Table, Eater, and Time Out New York, among others. Conde Nast Traveler called the League of Kitchens “quite possibly the coolest foodie thing to do whether you’re a visitor or local.”
Smitha was born in Hubli, the second largest city in the Indian state of Karnataka. Hubli is located in the northern part of Karnataka, which is located in the southwest of India. Due to her father’s work, Smitha spent much of her childhood living in different parts of the country and poking around her neighbors’ and friends’ kitchens. However, the dishes she craves and now cooks everyday are the ones she saw her mother, grandmother, and aunts make at home. Each woman that passed through her family’s kitchen taught Smitha a different cooking skill, as well as her special take on traditional dishes. Smitha continued to learn and seek out these communal cooking sessions while studying in Bijapur by frequently visiting her dad’s sister who lived close by. She’s been cooking the unique cuisine of North Karnataka for herself and everyone around her ever since and has even surpassed her mother as the roti master of the family. Smitha moved to the US in 2013, and has been working full time as a software engineer. She now spends her time enjoying newlywed life in LA while exploring different culturally specific supermarkets and hiking trails with her husband.
Accessibility information for this event: WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact [email protected] at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.
Childcare for this event: We do our best to provide low-cost, on-site childcare for our events when requested at least a week in advance. If you are interested in childcare for this event, please fill out this form.
*All members get 20% off paid programming. A limited number of free spots are also available for Warrior & Goddess level members. Email [email protected] to inquire about free tickets.
Our program costs go directly towards compensation of the instructors and staffers who work the event. We want to make programming as accessible as possible to anyone who is interested, however, so we offer volunteer opportunities in exchange for membership, as well as free community tickets to each program (number varies depending on capacity of the class). Email [email protected] for more info or to find out more about these opportunities for a specific event.