Korean Chuseok Feast: Kimchi Making and Bojagi Wrapping - In Person

Thursday, September 28, 2023 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 12 students. See our registration policies here and our rules for in-person events here.

Happy Harvest Festival!! Korean Chuseok is a mid-autumn festival that is celebrated for three-days in South Korea, also known as Korean Thanksgiving. Koreans visit ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional foods! Chuseok is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea and we are excited to open our doors to share one of these days of celebration with you. This year we’re celebrating Chuseok with a Kimjang; a gathering to make a giant batch of kimchi! In traditional Kimjang style, we’ll feast on deliciously simmered pork belly wraps and japjae (glass noodles). Chef Elise will also guide you through making your own Chuseok Songpyeon and we’ll all wash down the meal with a refreshing glass of Sujeonggwa, a Korean cinnamon punch. 

This year's class will be a collaboration between 18 Reasons' Chef Elise and Jessica Ann of Nikoniko Gifts! Not only will you create a delicious and auspicious meal, Jessica will teach you the tips and tricks behind proper Korean Bojagi wrapping so you can take home your own gorgeous jar of kimchi. 


Mat (cut) Kimchi: plus a jar to take home

Bossam (보쌈): Boiled pork belly wraps with:

  • Doenjang (된장) ssam sauce - fermented soybean paste

Japjae (맛있): Sweet potato glass noodles with vegetables and mushrooms

Songpyeon: sweet steamed rice cakes

Sujeonggwa: Korean cinnamon punch

Served with steamed rice

*menu can be vegetarian with advance notice*


Bojagi Gift Wrapping: demo, instruction, and fabric provided by Jessica Ann


This menu contains the following common allergens: Soy, Wheat, Shellfish, Eggs. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together! 


Born and raised in Colorado, Elise Hayashi grew up in a family where knowing how to use a paring knife was more important than riding a bicycle. This sparked her passion for food and cooking at an early age, and she enthusiastically relocated to the Bay Area to study nutrition science at UC Berkeley. Outside of the classroom, Elise helped implement childhood obesity and exercise research, and worked as a pastry assistant to fill her free time with galettes and mousses. She also broadened her experience with food by studying and cooking her way through the Mediterranean diet in Italy, and working on an organic farm in Japan. Now, she is excited to merge her gastronomic backgrounds, and lean into her Japanese and Korean heratige to share her love of food with the 18 Reasons community. During the rare moments when she is not eating, Elise can be found trying out new sports, playing and listening to live music, or wandering the aisles of grocery stores and farmers' markets.

Nikoniko Gifts is a Japanese and Korean empowered gift shop owned by Jessica Ann that highlights and supports all Asian artisans from various backgrounds. You can read more about Jessica here! “Nikoniko” means to smile in Japanese and is written in both Japanese and Korean in the store’s logo to represent the owner’s two heritage and intent to provide joy through purposefully curated items. You can visit Jessica at the shop located at 2181 Union St, San Francisco, CA. 

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