Training your Taste Buds: Creating and Balancing Flavor

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Zoom Video Live Stream PT
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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This is a live, interactive, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. See our event policies at the bottom of this webpage.

How do you become skilled in the kitchen? Often it is a combination of time and effort. The road to becoming a better cook has several common pitfalls and one of the biggest ones is learning to correct and create flavors. Our muse for this class will be the humble, agreeable carrot. Join Marie to learn how to wield this vegetable in 3 different ways through specifically curated recipes that are aimed at honing your taste buds.

Highlights will include:

  • The importance of developing a vocabulary for describing foods beyond “good” and “bad"
  • How to think about and weave in the 5 tastes
  • The value of contrast in dishes



Curried Carrot Soup with Yogurt and Pistachios

Mustard Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms

Carrot and Orange Salad with Chicories


Equipment and Ingredient List for this class can be found here.

This menu contains the following common allergens: Dairy, Tree Nuts. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.


If you’re new to 18 Reasons Online, please read this guide: How to Take an Online Class at 18 Reasons. Five calendar days before class, 18 Reasons may decide to cancel this class if not enough tickets are sold. We will notify registrants by email about cancellations.


Marie Brennan graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Dietetics. An avid traveler, she has explored her love of food while on the road. Marie's travels have taken her to study cheese-making in Tasmania, raw food in Western Australia, tea and fermented foods in the mountains of Korea, Ayurvedic cuisine and herbology in Kerala and the kitchens of numerous meditation centers around the world. She moved back to the USA to attend a holistic culinary arts school in Berkeley, where she also worked and taught at for several years. Marie presently lives in the Bay Area and works as an educator, private chef and is the Culinary Creative Director for Café Umami. You can find her at and follow her IG @hedonistinmoderation