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Richard LaMarita

Richard LaMarita is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and has been a Chef Instructor since 1986. He has worked in many popular restaurants in NYC, including Tabla. He has been practicing and studying Ayurveda for 30 years. He holds a Master’s Degree from Maharishi Vedic University and has worked with accomplished Ayurvedic masters such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dr. B.D. TriGuna. He has led seminars on Ayurveda, Diet and Nutrition, Cooking, Yoga, and Meditation throughout the US, in Europe, and in Asia. Presently, he works as a private chef, and is a Chef Instructor at NGI.

February 2018

Vegetarian Indian Street Food

In this hands on class, you will explore the wonderful world of diverse and delicious vegetarian Indian street foods. Chef Rich LaMarita will teach you a variety of culinary techniques using some exotic and some familiar ingredients to make croquettes, savory pancakes, paneer [homemade cheese], chaat salads and frankies. This class is sure to spice up your cooking repertoire. Cancellation Policy FAQ

Richard LaMarita

Tuesday, February 6

6:30pm — 9:30pm

Hands-On

Couples Cooking: Valentine’s Experience

As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, why not cook a fabulous feast together? From the first savory bite of wild mushroom until the last melting mouthful of chocolate, you and your special one will be swept along on a sensuous ride of textures, tastes, shapes, and colors. You’ll encounter foods that awaken the senses and spark the imagination. Along the way, Chef Richard LaMarita will share highlights from the history of aphrodisiacs and other love-enhancing foods. *Price is per person.…

Richard LaMarita

Sunday, February 11

1:00pm — 4:00pm

Hands-On

South East Asian Cooking

Asian cooking has many styles, in this class you will focus on the south east region where flavor is king. Travel abroad using only your palate for a look into many of your favorite Asian dishes. Learn the flavors that make South East Asia unique from the rest of the continent, and perfect your seasoning skills by understanding the ingredients in depth. Cancellation Policy FAQ

Richard LaMarita

Friday, February 16

6:30pm — 9:30pm

Hands-On

Achieving Balance with Ayurveda: 2-Day Workshop

Practiced for over 5,000 years, and rooted in the ancient knowledge of Vedic India, Ayurveda is a finely tuned, holistic system designed to help people live long, healthy, and well balanced lives. Taken from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning life, and veda, meaning knowledge, Ayurveda, a science of life, teaches how to prevent illness and promote healing through proper diet and lifestyle, understanding the nature of consciousness, and harmonizing body and mind. In this 2-day workshop, given on consecutive Sundays,…

Richard LaMarita

Sunday, February 18

9:30am — 4:30pm

Hands-On, Lecture

Delectable Dosa: The Art of Making Indian Crepes

Long before the advent of American fast food, there was the dosa – a crispy crepe made from rice and lentils. This crunchy, tangy wrapper perfectly complements an array of light yet savory fillings that are perfect for a quick meal. These crepes are satisfying in a way that no burrito or wrap could ever be, and they happen to be gluten free. Join Chef Richard LaMarita to make a variety of dosas with chutneys, a sambar, and a refreshing…

Richard LaMarita

Tuesday, February 27

6:30pm — 9:30pm

Hands-On

March 2018

Spices: The Heart & Soul of Indian Cuisine

Learning to season food is the key to cooking, but knowing which spices to use can be confusing at times, especially when learning a new cuisine. Follow Chef Rich LaMarita into the sumptuous world of Indian spices. You will learn about his true passion for the bold and savory flavors of Indian cooking while delving deep into the spice world that makes this cuisine one of the most uniquely recognized regions in the world. Learn how to balance without overpowering,…

Richard LaMarita

Tuesday, March 6

6:30pm — 9:30pm

Demonstration, Hands-On

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