Ofri’s Home Cooking Heats Up

Asheville is a town where eating healthfully and locally is the norm. With an abundance of farmer’s markets and booming small farms on the outskirts of the city, every Ashevillian has abundant access to good food. But it’s all for naught if you can’t cook it.

That’s where Ofri’s Home Cooking comes in. At the helm is seasoned expert Ofri Gilan. Gilan, who spent her earliest days gardening and cooking on a kibbutz in Israel, is no stranger to wholesome, holistic cooking.

After a sweeping career, which covered the globe and included stints at Harvard and in Australia, Gilan returned to her truest passion: cooking. She found success with her catering company and in therapeutic diet counseling in hospitals in Boston. Now, in Asheville, she’s started a new venture with Ofri’s Home Cooking.

The boutique cooking school offers a variety of hands-on classes and demonstrations in a homey kitchen overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re looking to refine your techniques, incorporate more local ingredients into your meal plan or want a step-by-step guide for preparing more exotic dishes, Gilan hosts a class for you.

Each class features a theme, from Thai to Italian. Throughout the course, you’ll learn three to six dishes, their history, cooking techniques and presentation, sampling and tasting as you go along. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, so you won’t have any difficulty reproducing them at home. Gilan keeps the classes small and intentionally intimate, so no one’s afraid to ask questions and folks leave as friends.

Most importantly, the meals you’ll learn to prepare at Ofri’s Home Cooking are healthy. At the base of every dish, you’ll find fresh, high-quality ingredients that are locally-sourced whenever possible. Learning to cook healthfully at home, Gilan points out, is the basis of good health.

There’s an opportunity to learn Thai cooking with Ofri’s Home cooking this weekend on Saturday, Feb. 4. Call to book your spot in the class, which lasts from 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $65 per person, $120 for couples. Call 917-566-5238. Email ofri@ofrishomecooking.com.

The next cooking class that will be offered is “Valentines Day the Southern Way,” which takes place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at 332 E. Sondley Drive in Asheville. To register for the class, visit OfrisHomeCooking.com or call 917-566-5238 or email origilan@hotmail.com.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.