September 2, 2014

Turkish cooking classes in Cary start Saturday

The Divan Center, started by the Turkish-American Community of NC, is offering a series of cooking classes this fall, starting Saturday.

The Divan Center in Cary is offering a series of Turkish cooking classes this fall, and the first one is this Saturday.

Students pay $20 per two-hour class and learn three recipes each session. You can attend one class, several or all of them. The classes are from noon to 2 p.m.

Sept. 6: Turkish-style borek (pastry), mucver (zucchini patties) and pudding with kataifi (shredded dough).

Sept. 20: Karniyarik (slashed eggplant), cacik (cucumber yogurt sauce) and kunefe (pastry with cheese)

Sept. 27: Lentil balls, Turkish chicken soup and dessert

Oct. 11: Mixed stuffed vegetables, hacegan soup and tavada borek (pastry)

Subsequent class dates are Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and 15 and Dec. 6. Menus for those classes are to be determined.

There will be an end-of-year celebration and class on Dec. 13.

Please RSVP by email to at least two days before class.

The Divan Center was started in 2005 by the Turkish-American Community of North Carolina. The center’s mission is to “enable people of diverse cultures to create a foundation of understanding which nurtures friendship, respect, and charity,” according to the website.

The center is at 1903 N. Harrison Ave., Suite 100, Cary. For info: 919-386-3464 or

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