Soup to nuts and curry too, vegan style

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

It’s a new year, so get some new skills. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Community Learning Center & Cooking School is offering two vegan cooking courses during January. First up is the Vegan Curries class on Monday, January 15. Instructor Shankari Eswaran will guide students in making flavor-rich South Indian vegetable kurma, aloo jeera (that’s potatoes, people!), carrot and beet slaw with five spices and coconut, garlic-spinach dal and masala chai made with almond milk. Next is the Vegan Soup course on Wednesday, January 17. The class will cover the basics of soup making, plus how to use nuts, beans and potatoes to make creamy and textured bowls. Instructor Meadow Linn has cream of mushroom soup, West African vegetable peanut stew, hummus soup and creamy celery soup on the syllabus. The classes begin at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, and cost $45-$55. Purchase tickets at or at the Co-op, 2820 R Street.