Maui Food and Dining

Persian Cooking Class Directly Benefits School Gardens

June 24, 2014, 10:30 AM HST
* Updated June 24, 2:05 PM
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By Vanessa Wolf

Chef Paris Nabavi. Courtesy image

Chef Paris Nabavi. Courtesy image

Although Chef Paris Nabavi is the driving culinary force behind Lahaina’s Mexican Sangrita and Mediterranean Pizza Paradiso restaurants, his own background is actually Persian.

This Saturday, June 28, join Chef Nabavi for a cooking class paying tribute to his culture and held in his home.

Organizers promise there will be “food, fine wine, and good company as he shares some secrets from his homeland.”

The menu for Saturday’s cooking class features:

  • Kashk-O-Bademjan (eggplant goat cheese dip)
  • Salad Shirazi
  • Tabriz-Style Meatball (lamb/beef, Basmati rice, fresh herbs, plum, apricot, barberries, pine nut)
  • Persian Ice Cream
  • Raisin Cookies and Persian Tea

Moreover, your entire $100 class cost will be donated to Grow Some Good.

A scene from one of Chef Nabavi's previous cooking classes. Courtesy image

A scene from one of Chef Nabavi’s previous cooking classes. Courtesy image


Grow Some Good is a non-profit project dedicated to creating hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices.

The initial project started at Kihei Elementary School, where co-founder Kirk Surry explained, “we had three beds and one teacher and now we have a quarter acre and almost a thousand students involved.”

In just seven years, Grow Some Good has flourished and now serves several parts of the island.


The class is limited to 16 attendees and advanced registration is required.

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