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A Middle-Eastern Feast by Nirmala's Kitchen Cooking School at the Farmstead

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Date(s) - 07/06/2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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In the Hudson Valley at Highland, New York


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The mother of one pot meals, the tagine, is a perfect way to look and feel fancy and such a simple and delicious way to create a satisfying meal that is just as perfect for a Sunday dinner, weeknight meal and or classic date dish!

Travel the world to discover big bold flavors from our spices paired with local and seasonal ingredients to create rustic, rich dishes that embrace global cultures- In this class we create a classic Moroccan Tagine spiced organic chicken with chickpeas and a fiery Algerian style crostini used to soak up the juices from your savory tagine.

Show off with new farm skills! Learn about canning by creating your own jar of preserved lemons.

Come visit our farm here in the Hudson Valley and create classic dishes that truly draws inspiration from the Middle-East (Maghreb region of Northern Africa)

This is a three-hour hands-on cooking class, unless otherwise stated, where you will be cooking the first two hours and sitting to eat generous tasting portions the last 30-45 minutes.

Please bring empty containers to take home leftovers to savor in the comforts of your home with family and friends.


Join us at the farm in our state-of-the-art kitchen, for classes that will transform your home cooking.

Our school at the farm offers:

– Hands-on learning with Nirmala and her expert teachers and peers

– Transformative flavor combinations of spices, techniques and local CSA produce to nurture the whole body.

– Practical, relevant lifestyle skills

At the farm school, there are no hard-to-find ingredients, strange cookware, but all your meals cooked will deliver big flavors.

“A true talent for discovering wonderful things—we refer to her as the Indiana Jones of spices.” Eric Ripert, Executive Chef/Co-owner at Le Bernardin

“the spice rack that has everything” by The New York Times

“The Mistress of Spices” Martha Stewart


Nirmala’s Kitchen is a leading specialty spice manufacturer headquartered in New York’s Hudson Valley and founded in 2003 by Nirmala Narine. She has travelled to over 167 countries working with local farmers in search of unique spices, studying their flavors and combining her extensive Ayurvedic knowledge to create spice blends that fuse cultures through food.

Nirmala started out selling spices at local markets, cultural events and at museums. Now Michelin 3-star chefs seek after her flavorful line of distinctive and high quality spices. Her line of products are sold on six continents

Today, Nirmala’s farm is truly a destination, once a working dairy ranch and vibrant rodeo from the 1800s through the 1960s. Five decades later, she has reincarnated the farm to the art of whole living; an Agro-ecology destination, Spice Shop, Apiary, a hands-on learning Cooking School, Spice Suppers, and an Ayurvedic holistic wellness center, focusing on transcendental yoga meditation.

Nirmala is a sought after speaker and consultant on global trends, flavor, and fragrance. She is the author of a YA novel, Ellishiva Cinnamon, and multiple travel-memoir cookbooks, the television host and executive producer of Nirmala’s Spice World (ZLiving Network), and the founder of Nirmala’s Farmstead, a foundation dedicated to empower, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource curators.


Do you offer this class as non-vegan?

Yes, all of our classes can be customized to vegan and non-vegan – after purchase send us an email at and we can accommodate you.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes. All students must be 18+ years old. Students 14-17 years old are welcome to participate with an adult guardian or parent.

What is your Registration/ticket transferrable and Canellation Policy?

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. If you are unable to attend a class and notify us at least one week (7 days) in advance, you may select another class of equal value within the following two months.

Although it very rarely happens, we reserve the right to cancel or change the time or date of the event or class due to weather, safety, or other uncontrollable circumstances. You may schedule or select another class of equal value within the following two months by emailing us at

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you are driving to the event, directions from the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) are as follows:

Take Exit 18, New Paltz. Pass through the toll plaza to the traffic light. Turn right onto Route 299. Proceed through two traffic lights. At the second light by Lowe’s make a left, go one block to a stop sign, make a right.

We are less than a half-mile, look for white horse fence on the left. If you past the church you have gone too far.

Bus and Train Travel

Bus service is available on Adirondack Trailways to the New Paltz. Service departs from Port Authority in NYC, Albany Trailways, Route 17 in Ridgewood, NJ and locations in southern New York and Long Island. Trailways can be reached at 800-858-8555 and online at Bus is 80 minutes from NYC.

Train service is available via Metro North and Amtrak trains to the Poughkeepsie Train Station, approximately 15 minutes away from Highland. From New York City, Metro North leaves from Grand Central and Amtrak leaves from Pennsylvania Station. Information is available at for Metro North, and for Amtrak trains. Train is 95 minutes from NYC

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Please wear close-toed shoes and tie back long hair. You are welcome to bring a phone or camera. We will supply aprons and all cooking equipment/tools. However, if you prefer to use your own kitchen knife, you are welcome to bring it.

Please bring containers to take home your delicious creations.

No pets allowed.


By registering for a class at Nirmala’s Kitchen, the guest agrees to the following policies. Nirmala’s Kitchen is not liable for the following:

  • Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property and/or equipment.
  • Any bodily injuries or damages that you may sustain as a result of participating in any class, workshop, or program on Nirmala’s Kitchen property.


Unless you explicitly make a request to our management team not to be photographed, Nirmala’s Kitchen has full consent to take photographs while you are on our premises. Nirmala’s Kitchen has full and unrestricted publishing and use rights of these photographs.

Curriculum is subject to revision.

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