Halloween Boo-don: Handmade Udon - In Person

Tuesday, October 31, 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.

Halloween is around the corner and there’s no better way to prepare for the holiday than with some spooky handmade udon noodles, BOO-don…if you will. The slippery, silky, chewy texture of each noodle is undeniably addicting, and it’s almost scary how simple it is to hand make it yourself! Elise will guide you through mixing and shaping the dough, and, most importantly, the foot stomping technique to knead the dough into the perfect texture. Don’t forget a clean pair of socks!

Even though the noodles need to rest, we’ll be busy shaping and frying Curry Korokke into the tastiest ghouls of the season, and whisking up a black sesame dressing to adorn our homestyle salad. We’ll also unveil the secrets to creating a delicate yet umami filled Mentsuyu broth to engulf our Nabeyaki ingredients. All these will come together in a tantalizing pot to simmer, and we’ll slurp the night away as if we were sitting around a small table in the middle of the Yorii prefecture.


Nabeyaki Udon Soup with:

Handmade Udon Noodles
Mentsuyu broth
Simmered chicken thighs and vegetables
Marbled egg

Curry Korokke (potato croquettes)

Homestyle Salad with Black Sesame Dressing

*Menu can be vegetarian with advance notice. Email info@18reasons.org to request a vegetarian substitution.*


This menu contains the following common allergens: Soy, Wheat, Fish, Eggs, Sesame. 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.


Photo by Elise Hayashi