In Thailand, many have very little. Yet, no one is made feel unwelcome at the table. A family, including the kids, will go out of their way to make guests comfortable, slaughter a prize hog to serve, and even wait to eat themselves until all the guests are full. (This is why as a guest you never lick your plate clean, you always leave at least a grain of rice. Hosts will continue bringing out food until you are stuffed.)
The fact that Thai people are so willing to give so completely of themselves without any expectation of reward or compensation in return has always been a guide towards how I want to live my life. I loved that no one left a Thai meal feeling like an outsider, the family made everyone welcome.
Thai food isn't about a perfectly executed dish.
It's about making each guest feel welcome.
WHY THAI CUISINE?
Because Thai food is served family style, everyone eats the same thing together. Hosts modify the meal to accommodate everyone's dietary restrictions/allergies. As someone with dietary restrictions, I'm especially sensitive to having gone hungry as a kid because I couldn't eat anything at a party or at a family holiday dinner I'd been invited to.
I love that Thai cuisine is:
If you can boil water and wield a knife, you can master Thai cuisine.
TWO WAYS TO LEARN
I offer two complementary formats for you to master Thai cuisine. You can take an in-person class and then go deeper with the online session. Or, you can start with the online session, and then get hands on instruction after.
Both classes offer:
- An overview of the Thai flavor profile
- Sources for hard-to-find ingredients
- Recipe cards for each dish prepared
- Tips for accommodating allergies or dietary restrictions
- Private members kitchen where you can learn from each other
- A live call
- Q/A with me
Online from your kitchen
For those outside San Francisco or more comfortable learning in their own kitchen, join me in my virtual kitchen. During the initial launch, for the introductory price of $10, you get:
Live small group class
For those in San Francisco that would enjoy a live hands on lesson, you can join The Road to The Good Life Cooking Club for $149. You get:
WHY LEARN FROM ME?
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I love cooking; I started when I was 8 years old and haven't stopped since. My love of the Pan Pacific and of Thailand was instilled in me just as early as my love of cooking, a gift from my grandfather who ran a successful Pan Pacific Travel Agency and frequently traveled to Asia.
My passions collided in 2001 with an opportunity to work with a Thai chef using my marketing skills to create a personality/brand for his restaurant, develop the operations and compensation structure to support that culture/brand, and then create the packaging/promotion to bring his dream to life.
I ghost wrote a cookbook with him, translating all of his loose Thai recipes into repeatable recipes home cooks with little to no formal training could master in their kitchens. I developed hands on demonstration classes that got diners involved.
Family drew the chef back to Thailand, but I continued cooking Thai food and hosting team building nights where teams learned how to cook Thai food together. I've prepared over thousands of Thai meals in a variety of kitchens, including over camp stoves for a 60+ artist dinner in the Black Rock Desert. And I'm sharing this expertise with you.
Got questions about the class or what you'll learn? Send me an email. I can't wait to have you join me in the kitchen!