It’s that time of year when you head into almost any restaurant and it’s full of parties dressed in ugly sweaters, Santa hats, and reindeer ears with tables full of white elephant gifts. Well I’m here to tell you about a new kind of holiday party or a fun date night or learning experience in general. This past weekend I took my writers to RA Sushi and we became sushi masters! Just kidding, we got to enjoy a private class that RA Sushi offers called Sushi 101. I did find out that I’m pretty good at rolling sushi but I’ll leave it to the masters. I also learned that it takes a lot of skill to prepare sushi rice and to wrap up those rolls with precision. RA Sushi offers these classes to the public or you can book private classes for a date, for a holiday party, for a birthday party or how about Valentine’s Day? And I’m giving two of you lucky readers the chance to win a private Sushi 101 class for 2. You’ll find all those details below but first check out some pics and how things went for us.
When we arrived in Old Town Scottsdale, although all of their locations have this class available, we were seated in the back away from the crowds. We ordered drinks and noshed on edamame and warmed up with miso soup. Our sushi Chef came out once we were settled and stood at the front of our party and helped us along with each step of the way. He went over the history of sushi and how difficult sushi rice is to get just right and then it was time to get hands on. Chef grabbed some rice and formed a ball in his hands and we all followed suit. He walked around to make sure we had the right amount and so began our process of creating nigiri, we did one with shrimp and one with salmon. One of my writers doesn’t eat seafood but that was not a problem, they can accommodate that with veggie rolls, so don’t hesitate to enjoy the class even if you don’t like seafood, it’s still just as fun.
The nigiri wasn’t too difficult to prepare but they start you off with the easy stuff and to prep you for making rolls. We made two different rolls, a California roll and a Tootsy Maki, our sushi Chef was patient and helped us all create delicious finished products. After we were done making the rolls, we all got our cameras out and proudly documented our creations and then we ate them.
We had such a blast doing this class we wanted to be able to share it with a few of our readers by giving away two private classes for 2. All you have to do is enter here: