I know, I know, it's not quite spring yet, but, if you're visiting New York City over the next couple of months, forget whatever the weather's doing and learn how to prepare light, healthy bites in anticipation of warmer days.
The International Culinary Center is offering a couple of classes that focus on Japanese cooking techniques. The first, Mastering Basic Sushi, is a three-hour class that will have you turning out sushi rolls like a pro -- in addition to learning other key techniques, such as how to prepare sushi rice correctly. The class ends with a one hour dinner, and it's on March 12th 2010, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (BREAKING NEWS: The class is sold out, but you can either sign up for a waiting list or plan waaaaay ahead and join the September class.)
Or go beyond sushi in Springtime in the Japanese Kitchen, which focuses on traditional Japanese techniques to produce dishes like spring vegetable soup with kombu dashi, a whole poached fish with kimizu sauce, and rice with miso lamb. This class runs on April 9th, and also includes three hours of class time, and one hour of dinner.