Gonul Blum's cooking has kept east Sacramento tasty for the past eight years or so, first with Gonul's J Street Cafe and now Vanilla Bean Bistro at 3260 J St. She mixes Sacramento's seasonal bounty with dishes inspired by her native Turkey and beyond, and now you can learn some of her tips and recipes. Blum's kicking off a weekly cooking class at Vanilla Bean Bistro, starting this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn all the prep work and see the secrets for turning out such dishes as lentil soup and moussaka, a baked dish that includes lamb or beef with layered eggplant. Other courses for this inaugural cooking class include a seasonal green salad and Vanilla Bean bread pudding.
Blum needs a minimum of 10 participants for each weekly cooking class, with attendance topping out at 18.
The cost is $39.50 per person, and includes wine pairings and recipes. For more information: (916) 457-1155.