Workshops & Cooking Classes

Hula: Hawaiian Culture Through Music and Dance

Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm
Laurie Soriano and Liane Torricer-Adler, instructors

“Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”
~King David Kalākaua

Hula is much more than dance steps set to music. It is a spiritual art which cannot be separated from Hawaiian language, music, beliefs, and culture. This class will share with students the aloha spirit that informs every part of Hawaiian life, with a specific focus on the music and hula traditions of the islands.

The first hour of each class will focus on playing ‘ukulele and singing, and the second hour will involve learning to dance hula. International House members are welcome to join one or both sections of the class. No prior knowledge of ‘ukulele or hula is necessary.

The class will initially run on Tuesdays only, starting Tuesday, November 13th. In the spring of 2019, the class will expand to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Classes are open to members only and are free with a membership. To become a member of I-House Davis, please click here or call I-House at (530) 753-5007. Thank you!

Cooking Classes

Cooking with Herbs from the Arboretum

Session 1: Tuesday, Mar. 12, 5:30pm
Rowan O’Connell-Gates, instructor
$35 per person. Members receive a 10% discount.
Register here

Session 2: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 5:30pm
Sandra Clarke Jergensen, instructor
$29 per person. Members receive a 10% discount.
Register here

The UC Davis Arboretum grows an abundance of fresh, aromatic herbs. Herbs are some of the few greens in the human diet that provide a density of antioxidants usually only found in wild plants. Learn how to add these nutrients and new flavor dimensions to your cooking with herbs that flourish in Davis.

Each class is limited to 15 students.

About Rowan O’Connell-Gates’s class:

Rowan O’Connell-Gates is a fourth-year student at the University of California, Davis. Growing up in Berkeley, CA, Rowan learned to appreciate food from an early age. He has spent the past year working in the kitchen of Alice Waters’s acclaimed Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse. He is the founder of the Davis Supper Club.

This cooking class pairs with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s class, Herbs and Veggies: Creating Your Edible Garden. Register for the gardening class class here.

Fine Dining at Home with UC Davis Arboretum Herbs

– Tomatillo Salsa with Parsley and Cilantro
– Hollandaise Variations with Tarragon and Winter Savory
– Gremolata with Cilantro, Mint, Parsley, and Vietnamese Coriander

– Fried Fish and Braised Pork Tacos with Sauce Maltaise, Tomatillo Salsa, and Herbs
– Thin-cut Beef Sirloin with Saged Potato Purée, and Gremolata

– Spearmint Tisane
– Herb Infused Cocktails
– Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

About Sandra Clark Jergensen’s class:

Sandra Clark Jergensen teaches home cooks how to cook like a natural–with ease and natural-focused ingredients–through seasonal cooking. She is a cooking instructor, recipe developer, and the founder of The Kitchen Natural.

Creative and Quick Dishes with UC Davis Arboretum Herbs

– Honey Carrot Ceviche
– Olive Oil Egg Salad Smash
– Braised Cilantro Chard Tangle
– Herb-Sugared Fruit
– Lemon Thyme Curd

This cooking class pairs with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s class, Make Your Garden Pop for Pollinators. Register for the gardening class here.




Updated: 2/13/19