In March of 2020, The Cooking Lab, a small brick-and-mortar cooking school in Port Washington, NY, had to close its doors due to Coronavirus restrictions. Initially, the idea of pivoting to a virtual format was daunting – we worried that the convivial nature of our in-person classes would not translate to online programming. However, we soon learned that our cooking students were eager for a creative outlet and grateful for human connection. Over the course of the fall semester, we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with Vista Higher Learning on a series of cultural cooking demos and workshops with VHL professionals and educator-clients. Our favorite aspect of every VHL workshop is the eager discussion that ensues after our cooking demo. We are inspired and amazed by the creative and innovative ways in which educators are introducing culture in their online classrooms despite the many challenges. The Cooking Lab is grateful to be a part of the forum created by Vista Higher Learning for the exchange of ideas and information related to teaching language and culture in this uncharted virtual world.

Empanadas Recipe

EMPANADAS with Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Corn Filling plus a full lesson plan.

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