Tired of the frustration of not knowing what to cook and then resort to ordering out? Want to surprise your friends and family with a fabulous lunch or dinner?  When your spouse says: "Is it ok if I bring the boss over for dinner tonight?" your first response will be: "Of course darling!" as you will have all the confidence that you can whip up something lovely and fabulous in no time!

Join us for intimate, hands on classes where you will learn how to throw a cocktail party in a snap, make fabulous family dinners and easily entertain in no time.  We will show you how to create something amazing out of simple ingredients that should always be in your pantry and freezer. Come hungry because you get to eat everything you make!

All classes are held in Shunyi, close to ISB. Location details will be included in your confirmation.

Classes have a maximum of eight students (minimum six) so reserve early to guarantee your place in the kitchen! 

NEW:  Cancellation policy:  Cancellations within 24 hours of the class must pay for their space unless a replacement is found.

Personalized Classes
Can't find what you are looking for? Do you want to get a group of friends together and do something fun and different, say cook?  Do not fret, email us and we can work together and come up with a personalized class - only for you and your group at a time convenient for everyone and with a theme created especially for you.
Email us at to register.


Class schedule Spring 2016

Tuesday February 16
Wednesday February 17

Never ever will we sacrifice the taste – not even when we need to cut the calories.
With some scientifically proved detoxing ingredients we will create a meal that still keeps in mind your New Years resolution…

Chicken soup for the soul
Tuesday February 23
Wednesday February 24

Those bitingly cold Gobi desert winds may still chill us down but what warms us up better than a nice bowl of chicken soup?! Obviously accompanied by nice trimmings and a fabulous dessert!

Après ski
Tuesday March 1
Wednesday March 2

Though it’s warming up outside we can still spend the day on the slopes. And after a day swishing down Nanshan overlooking the beautiful Chinese Alps we need a hearty meal to replenish those spent calories.

International Women’s Day
Tuesday March 8
Wednesday March 9

The theme for IWD 2016 is Pledge for Parity (not Party).

Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let's also be aware progress towards gender parity has actually slowed in many places around the world so urgent concrete action is needed to accelerate gender parity.” (

But hey; let’s have a party and celebrate the awesomeness of being of woman!

Irish cocktails
Tuesday March 15
Wednesday March16

I guess it’s time to bring out the Jameson once again and figure out ways to make delicate canapés from cabbage! To celebrate Saint Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland (and for driving snakes out) we will make a fabulous green cocktail party

Bikini line
Tuesday March 22
Wednesday March 23

Spring break is coming up and summer is just around the corner! Time again to cut the calories without sacrificing the taste and style. A delicate menu filled with flavor, but on the lighter side.

Rub it on
Tuesday April 12
Wednesday April 13

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect weather for a bbq.
We’ll cook up finger lickin’ good rubs and glazes and throw it all on the open fire.

There’s something fishy going on
Tuesday April 19
Wednesday April 20

Wish you want – fish you will get! Despite living in the desert there is an abundance of fish to be found – you just have to go looking for it. And by looking we do not mean in Roma lake or Shunyi river. Let’s stick to Sanyuanli and Momo’s shall we?

Mood swings
Tuesday April 26
Wednesday April 27

Staying or going? Summer plans up in the air?
These can be stressful days, weeks and months before decisions have been made, tickets have been bought and farewells have been schedule. To battle it all we will do what we do best – eat and drink fabulously and enjoy it while lasts.

Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday May 3
Wednesday May 4

For the third year in a row we will cook up a Mexican fiesta to celebrate Mexico’s independence from France. You thought we had made it all? Nope, you are wrong chica; with a real latina in the house you are in for a surprise!

Picnic in the park
Tuesday May 10
Wednesday May 11

Before the heat hits us – let’s enjoy eating al fresco and hope the mosquitos do not attack us too much. There will be no sad sandwiches or dry jiaozi on this picnic! Did we mention that we never sacrifice style or taste? Nope, not even when we are eating in the park.

BBQ galore
Tuesday May 17
Wednesday May 18

Leaving party coming up? What is better than cooking up a barbecue with style? Keeps the guests outside and why not put them to help with the cooking as well? After having prepared everything – you can relax and enjoy the party.

Summer holiday – clean out the pantry
Tuesday May 24 OR
Wednesday May 25

Time to clean out the pantry! We will repeat the success of last year and have a master chef competition. Everyone is welcome and the proceeds of the class will go to charity.

New to the STARAfamily?  Email us at to be added to our mailing list for new class announcements, musings, restaurant finds, reviews and more!

Check us out also at

No comments:

Post a Comment