EVENTS & CLASSES

North Cambridge Holiday Stroll! 
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 

Join us with the other fabulous local businesses of Mass Ave here in North Cambridge for an evening of holiday sips, sweets, shopping & serenades. Thanks for supporting local, brick & mortar businesses this holiday season!

Spindler Confections
Urban Hearth
Nussli 118
Raspberry Beret
Bluebag Records

CLASSES

Classes are offered at our Cambridge shop, unless otherwise noted. They are intimate classes (limited to 10 students) and fill up fast. Don’t hesitate to email us with questions: info@curiospice.com.

Class gift certificates are available, too! Click HERE to purchase.

Spice 101 ~  Winter Refresh   $85
MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd   7PM – 9PM 
With Claire Cheney

As happy as they are, the holidays can leave us weary and unexcited about stepping back into the kitchen. Spice 101 ~ Winter Refresh is sure to reinvigorate your kitchen mojo.

In this class, you’ll learn how to use spices in unexpected ways, gain some olfactory training (something like sniffing fine wine), and master some technical skills, such as knowing when to toast and grind spices or not. We’ll explore a bit of spice history and introduce you to the science of aroma — and you’ll enjoy a tasting menu of memorable drinks, appetizers, mains, and desserts. You’ll return home armed with recipes and new culinary excitement. CLICK HERE for a ticket.

An Old-Fashioned Romance ~
Sweets for the Sweet   
$85
Monday, FEBRUARY 12th   7PM – 9PM
With Claire Cheney & Susan Turner

Rekindle your love of spiced desserts — and just in time to make your beloved a fragrant, homemade treat for Valentine’s Day! We’ll explore the history and lore linking spices to romance and tokens of esteem. And, we’ll demonstrate making several historical recipes from Europe, India, and North America, including ginger cake, lavender shortbread with rose icing, and sandesh (a cardamom-infused Bengali sweet, something like fudge). All the recipes, which you’ll take home, are simple and a joy to make at home.

To keep you sustained through class, we’ll serve a tasting menu of the recipes we demonstrate, along with coffee/tea, and a prosecco-spiced cordial cocktail. CLICK HERE to purchase a TICKET! 
 

Little Snacks & Treats ~ Big Flavors   $85
Monday, FEBRUARY 19th   7PM – 9PM
With Claire Cheney & Susan Turner

 

Learn to make delicious (and deliciously easy) snacks and treats to enliven your next gathering, whether that’s a fancy cocktail party or a casual get-together with friends. The recipes, which we’ll demonstrate and you’ll sample, will expand your repertoire of tasty nibbles and prove that a little spice can add some exciting, big flavors!

The recipes you’ll take home include cocoa-spiced hazelnuts, Persian granola bars, Chili-Today pimento cheese, homemade crackers, and a surprise cocktail. CLICK HERE to purchase a TICKET!

 

Spice Identity ~ An International Tour   $85
Monday, FEBRUARY 26th   7PM – 9PM
Taught by Claire Cheney

Together, we’ll “trek” to three countries during the evening, making a virtual visit to Japan, Greece and Sri Lanka, each an important source for Curio’s spices. We’ll regale you with a few origin stories and learn about the key spices of these three ancient cuisines. You’ll learn how to make a dish or two that are typical of each country. We’ll discuss why spices play an important role in defining the identity of place and the terroir of spices and how honoring this tradition will make your cooking more vivid.

You’ll enjoy a tasting menu of memorable drinks, appetizers, mains, and desserts and head home armed with recipes and new culinary knowhow. CLICK HERE to purchase a TICKET! 

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Thai Cooking with Renu Kaewdulduk
October 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us at Curio with Chiang Mai native & wonderful chef Renu to learn about the spices and flavors that are signature to Thai food. You may have tasted her cooking at one of her pop-ups at Urban Hearth, next door, but now you can learn how to re-create those flavors at home. Curio founder Claire spent 4 months in Thailand before launching her business, and will share some of her knowledge of Thai spices. Learn how to make som tum (green papaya salad), Thai cocktails, and even your own authentic Thai curry paste. $65 per person includes drinks, tasting and recipes to take home. 

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Spice 101 Class ~ Summer Cooking
Thursday, June 29th 6:30-8:30pm @ Curio Spice

In Spice 101 Summer Cooking you'll learn new techniques on how to make the most of your spices for your summer recipes, from grilling to picnics to simple dinners. With both sensory training like how to tell the difference between black, pink and sichuan peppers as well as why to use certain salts with certain foods you'll leave feeling both energized and inspired to cook. We'll cover a bit of history and science while also arming you with recipes for cool drinks, appetizers, mains and desserts with flavors you won't forget.

Limited space ~ Click here to purchase a ticket!

ROSE & FLOWERS SPICE CLASS

Wednesday, June 7th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
with herb farmer Eva Sommaripa & Chef Didi Emmons

Learn about using beautiful edible flowers in your cooking. From fresh flowers like Rosa rugosa petals to dried flowers like culinary lavender, your heart and palate will be truly lifted. Eva will bring gorgeous edibles from her garden and Didi will teach you about how to prepare some simple & heavenly dishes. 

Sweet Sugar Sultry Spice: Exotic Flavors to Wake up Your Baking ~ Book Signing with the Author
Saturday, May 13th 12-2 pm

Book Signing with the author, Malika Ameen!
Come meet Malika and pick up some wonderful spices to pair with her beautiful new baking book. The book is brimming with gorgeous photos and original recipes.

"Malika has a deep understanding and love for spice with a style that is uniquely her own. She writes with a Chicago heart, French respect, and a Pakistani soul, sharing sweet memories and recipes that change the way we experience flavors in dessert."
- Ana Sortun & Maura Kilpatrick, authors of Spice and Soframiz

 

EARTH DAY PARTY!
SATURDAY APRIL 22 ~ NOON - 6PM

How will climate change affect FOOD in the future? How can you be a part of positive change? Join us for a tasting of delicious global snacks and activities to deepen your knowledge of climate change and food security with the new United Nation's Cookbook "Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables" (check out the Globe article here) now available at Curio for a suggested donation to the United Nations Development Programme. 

Andrea Egan from the UNDP will be here from 1-3pm to show a slide show of photos from her work with the UN Development Programme around the world. 

"[The Cookbook] features traditional recipes from six countries – Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Haiti, Mali, Niger and Sudan – and tells the personal stories of how people have coped when their traditional sources of food have begun to change." - Jennifer Baumwoll & Andrea Egan United Nations Development Programme

 

SPRING SPICE DINNER at URBAN HEARTH - April 6-8 at Urban Hearth Restaurant

On April 6th, 7th and 8th neighbors Urban Hearth and Curio Spice Co. pair up to celebrate the new season with a menu highlighting Curio's directly sourced spices and Urban Hearth's seasonal, creative cuisine. Urban Hearth is a lovely café during the daytime (Tues-Sun) and for three nights each week they offer dinner service featuring seasonal, global cuisine in a warm, convivial environment. 

The spring spice dinner (prix fixe for either 3 or 5 courses, including a complimentary cocktail!) will delight your senses with dishes such as: burrata with lavender oil, orange and fennel, Peketoe crab with rose and coriander, locally fished Skate with morels, saffron and vanilla, and goat cheese Tortelli with peas, young garlic broth and Curio's signature Herbes de Romance. Chef-owner Erin Miller and Curio founder Claire will be there to join the conversation and share their shared passion for flavor.

To reserve your spot at the Spring Spice Dinner, head over to Urban Hearth
Hope to see you there!

 


 

INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA & SPICES with Tobin Hack
Tuesday, March 21st ~ 6:30 pm FREE!

Join us Tuesday evening, at Curio Spice, for a taste of Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth -- the five great building blocks at the foundation of this 5,000 year-old medical art. Which of the elements make up your unique constitution, and how can you harness their power – through diet, lifestyle, and judicious use of culinary spices – to bring yourself into balance? You’ll leave with an understanding of the three constitution types – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – as well as plenty of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips, and a recipe for a delicious bedtime tonic called Ojas Milk. Tobin Hack Tobin is a Boston-based writer. She holds an MFA in fiction from NYU and a BA in English from Princeton University, and is working towards a 650-hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Join us Tuesday evening, at Curio Spice, for a taste of Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth -- the five great building blocks at the foundation of this 5,000 year-old medical art. Which of the elements make up your unique constitution, and how can you harness their power – through diet, lifestyle, and judicious use of culinary spices – to bring yourself into balance?

You’ll leave with an understanding of the three constitution types – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – as well as plenty of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips, and a recipe for a delicious bedtime tonic called Ojas Milk.

Tobin Hack

Tobin is a Boston-based writer. She holds an MFA in fiction from NYU and a BA in English from Princeton University, and is working towards a 650-hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

From the Field: MADAGASCAR SPICE CLASS
Thursday, March 23rd 2017 ~ 7pm (Ticketed)
Taste - Smell - Learn - Help

An evening to learn all about Madagascar spices and how to cook with them. Our friend and former Peace Corps volunteer Matt Amato will join us to share his experiences working with vanilla farmers, and you'll take home recipes and your own vial of vanilla beans. 25% of your ticket purchase (as well as any Malagasy souvenirs you choose to buy) will benefit Macolline, a non-profit working to protect the Madagascar forest and generate jobs in the region we source vanilla. *UPDATE: Macolline is now working to help with recovery efforts related to the terrible destruction of cyclone Enawo and your help is greatly appreciated.

An evening to learn all about Madagascar spices and how to cook with them. Our friend and former Peace Corps volunteer Matt Amato will join us to share his experiences working with vanilla farmers, and you'll take home recipes and your own vial of vanilla beans. 25% of your ticket purchase (as well as any Malagasy souvenirs you choose to buy) will benefit Macolline, a non-profit working to protect the Madagascar forest and generate jobs in the region we source vanilla. *UPDATE: Macolline is now working to help with recovery efforts related to the terrible destruction of cyclone Enawo and your help is greatly appreciated.

Limited space! Click here to purchase your ticket. The cost is $25 per person and includes a tasting of dishes made with Malagasy spices as well as a vial of vanilla beans to take home. Questions? Give us a call @ 617-945-1888 or visit our blog to learn more.