learning to make sushi at the downtown Pittsburgh art institute campus

Jess and I recently took a class on making sushi at the downtown Pittsburgh Art Institute campus. The school system – which employs both my wife and I – started a side program of one off and short series classes to the community. They teach everything from WordPress blogging to certain culinary classes like the one we attended.

Here is the Pittsburgh website if you are interested in exploring some of their options.

Once Jess told me she signed us up for the class I admittedly wasn’t too thrilled as we were still dealing with the after affects (the bills) from my time in the hospital. It turned out to be a fun distraction from our stress.

We walked to the campus from our apartment and had no trouble finding the class location. It was a cool looking cafe style ding room that was next to the large impressive professional looking on campus kitchen. We were the first ones to arrive, but additional classmates arrived quickly.

Jess let me take this picture before the class began:

before we learn to make sushi...

before we learn to make sushi…

The class was taught by Chef Aaron Hoover, who has worked in the local restaurant scene since the Top of the Triangle in the late 90s. I may have actually worked with him there as a dishwasher. haha

He began the class by talking about how to traditionally handle rice since it is the foundation of sushi. He described different kinds of sushi rice, their starch content and nutritional value.

Didn't realize I also caught the guy in the background crying over the beauty of the sushi...lol

Didn’t realize I also caught the guy in the background crying over the beauty of the sushi…lol

He then went into a quick monologue about different fillings for sushi – from the type of seafood to the vegetable to other possibilities – and then set us loose.

We were supplied with all the normal ingredients and Chef Hoover walked around offering advice and chit chat.

Here are some pics of our attempts:

we enjoyed a lot of sushi afterwards...

we enjoyed a lot of sushi afterwards…

I ate most of mine during the class lol

I ate most of mine during the class lol

Overall, the class was well worth it and a lot of fun. I’d urge anyone looking for small classes like this to take a look at the class schedule and attend one! There are many places to park in downtown for these classes. You can also – of course – take an Uber (use our code GoJessica for $20 towards your first ride!) if you are worried about driving and parking.

 

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