Discover the joy of Japanese cuisine and see what's cooking at The Center in our hands-on and demonstrative cooking classes and workshops! See below for details on our upcoming cooking workshops and Community Kitchen nights!



Upcoming Cooking Workshop Schedule:

Sunday, July 5, 2020: Tadaima! x Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Weenies Royale and other Camp Recipes



Sunday, July 12, 2020: Kenji's Kitchen: Oyakodon Online Cooking Class




Sunday, July 19, 2020: Tadaima! Webinar: "Tabemasho! Let's Eat!" A History of Japanese Food in America with Author Gil Asakawa

Japanese Cooking Workshops

Check out What's Cooking at the Center and see our full lineup of Japanese cooking workshops and cooking demonstrations for the entire year. Our cooking programs include quarterly workshops on traditional Kaiseki cuisine as well as Japanese cooking with chef Kenji Yokoo of Kenji's Kitchen YouTube channel, LA-based food writer Sonoko Sakai, and sushi chef Mark Gyotoku. Additional cooking demonstrations and workshops in collaboration with local artisanal Japanese food producers Aedan Fermented Foods and fine ingredients purveyors the Japanese Pantry will also be featured! More details on individual workshops below, including tasting menus and registration information.

Upcoming Cooking Workshops
Upcoming Seasonal Kaiseki  and Wagashi Cooking Workshops:

Please note: All dates listed are tentative and are subject to cancellation in accordance with COVID-19 Shelter In Place restrictions.

Kaiseki Workshop Prices:$50 Center Members  / $60 General Public
Wagashi Workshop Prices: $40 Center Members / $50 General Public

Upcoming Community Kitchen Nights:

Please note: All dates listed are tentative and are subject to cancellation in accordance with COVID-19 Shelter In Place restrictions. Community Kitchen sessions have been adapted to free online virtual potlucks for the duration of Shelter In Place.

Community Kitchen Prices:$16 Center Members  / $20 General Public

Community Kitchen Series

Baachan's Kitchen CollageOur Baachan's Kitchen program launched in 2016 has been adapted into our Community Kitchen series! Our Community Kitchen brings together members of our community to share Japanese and Japanese American family recipes and to enjoy an evening cooking and sharing a multi-generational dinner! More details on individual workshops below, including menus and registration information.


Community Kitchen is run by Center staff and a volunteer committee that meets regularly to compile recipes and set the menu for each dinner. We're always looking to expand the committee, so if you're interested in helping plan the menus and assist with making each Community Kitchen night a delicious success, join the Community Kitchen Committee! Contact us at (415) 567-5505 or e-mail to join our team!

Upcoming Dates for Community Kitchen - Japanese American Home Recipes

Past Cooking Workshops and Classes

Spring Kaiseki Workshop 

asparagus kinomeae

miso kiritampo dango

Winter Kaiseki Workshop


Autumn Kaiseki Workshop

Maguro Tatakitomato, tofu & avocado salad

Summer Kaiseki Workshop

unagi tamagoyose

Spring Kaiseki Workshop

Chirashi on plate

Umeshu Infusion Workshop

umeshu jars 2

Kimchi & Korean Flavors with Sonoko Sakai

Kimchi Jar

Homemade Tofu Workshop with Sonoko Sakai

homemade tofu

Summer Soba Noodle Workshop with Sonoko Sakai


Donabe Claypot Workshop with Sonoko Sakai


Common Grains Workshop with Sonoko Sakai

Koji Workshop LARGE

 Mochitsuki Workshops