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Istanbul On-Line Cooking Class

CB Cooks (Online): Istanbul – Western Hemisphere

2-10 screens

In the comfort of your own kitchen

~2.5 hours

2pm EST

Quick Bite:  These lessons – journeys in their own right – are an exploration of some of our most beloved neighborhood kitchens, with menus inspired by their best recipes.  In this two-hour small-group experience, you’ll be led from start to finish through the steps of preparing three classic mezes.

We like to think of the kitchen as a kind of teleportation device, one that can magically transport you to a dramatically different location through the act of cooking. Mix together the right ingredients and, poof, you might suddenly find yourself in Istanbul. That’s the idea behind our online cooking classes – these aren’t simply lessons, they are journeys in their own right.

Going deeper, these lessons – led by members of the Culinary Backstreets team, all with professional cooking experience and deep relationships with the chefs and cooks whose dishes we feature – are also an exploration of some of our most beloved neighborhood kitchens, with menus inspired by their best recipes. We’ve spent years in the backstreets, as part of our tours and on our own, researching and digging into the very best dishes of our cities’ kitchens and getting to know the people who uphold their culinary traditions. Along the way, we’ve managed to collect some of the secrets of their iconic dishes, which we are very happy to share through our online classes.

For our Istanbul lesson, we’ve taken inspiration from some of our favorite local meyhanes, Turkey’s version of the taverna, and their deep devotion to the art of making meze, the flavorful small dishes that arrive in an endless stream during a meal in one of these rollicking spots. In this two-hour small-group experience, you’ll be led from start to finish through the steps of preparing three classic mezes: karniyarik, a soulful stuffed eggplant dish; mercimek köftesi, flavorful and refreshing red lentil patties; and kabak şayan, a dip made of zucchini, yogurt and walnuts that achieves a surprising and deeply satisfying depth of tastes and texture.

When your lesson is done, you’ll have your own small meyhane meal ready to eat – and prepare again. Sit back, raise a glass of raki (find some ahead of your class to complete the experience) and imagine yourself back in Istanbul. It won’t be hard to do.

Note: This booking calendar is for a later time in the day for Western time zones. If you are in an Eastern time zone and looking for an earlier time in the day, please book on the page for Eastern time zones here.

Please make sure that the email address on your booking is typed correctly as the confirmation email with the online meeting, ingredient and equipment information will be sent there.

Ingredient list (exact measurements will be sent with your confirmation email):


  • Ground beef
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini (courgette)
  • Tomato
  • Green pepper (ideally long and mild, like Anaheim peppers)
  • Green onion
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh parsley
  • Dill
  • Strained (Greek) yogurt
  • Lettuce leaves (romaine or similar) and lemon wedges for serving

Dry goods

  • Red lentils
  • Fine bulgur
  • Tomato paste
  • Red pepper paste (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Walnut (half pieces or smaller)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Sweet paprika powder
  • Medium hot chili pepper flakes (Aleppo pepper or similar)
  • Dried mint

Please note that the recipe document in your confirmation email will outline what to prepare ahead of class for each recipe.

Fee includes everything consumed on the walk. Some special features:

In the comfort of your own kitchen. Hands – on activity.
Ingredient and prep list sent in advance. Creates a full meal for your family or guests.
Children Welcome. Vegetarian friendly








What is included in the fee?  A full ingredient and prep list will be sent ahead of time.  The fee is for a hands-on cooking instruction per screen, not per person.

How does the payment process work?  Once you have selected an available cooking class and date, you will be able to pay the fee by credit card.  Our credit card processor, Stripe, is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification. None of your sensitive data ever hits Culinary Backstreets servers. It is all captured, processed, and housed on Stripes servers.  If you are registering for an activity that requires approval, your reservation request will need to be approved by an administrator before it is finalized. Once it is approved, you will receive an email directing you to pay your deposit and complete your booking.

What is your cancellation policy?  100% will be refunded if given one week notice prior to the class and 50% will be refunded if given 72 hours notice or more.

Are your classes public or private? How many people are on them?  Our classes are offered for  2-10 screens. The fee is per screen, not per person. If you would like to do a private activity for yourself or a zoom party, we may be able to arrange one. Please contact us at for more information.

Is this activity suitable for people with food allergies?  This can vary based on a number of factors, including the food item in question. Please email us at to discuss your situation before booking.

Are your classes suitable for vegetarians and pescatarians?  This cooking class activity is very suitable for vegetarians and pescatarians.

Is the cooking class suitable for children?  We have had children of all ages on our Shop, Cook, Feast activity and they seem to enjoy it immensely.

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