The Central Collective

923 N. Central St. Knoxville, TN


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Taste of India: A Vegetarian Cooking Workshop

Cost for class, which includes dinner, $50.  Reserve your spot here.

Savor the Flavors of India in this cooking class.  Indian food can often be spicy, but that does not necessarily make it hot. Participants will learn how to make an entire Indian meal that is flavorful and delightful to the senses.

 What you will get:

·         Tips and tricks about the spices and techniques

·         Hands-on experience in a laid back setting

·         Friendship, fun and delicious food (complete dinner)

·         Printed recipes of the dishes to try at home


Raita (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

Roasted Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and Potato Roasted with Indian Spices)

Vegetable Basmati (Basmati Rice with Mixed Vegetables)

Aloo, Palak and Tamatar (Potato, Tomato and Spinach "Dry Curry")

Chickpea Dal (Garbanzo Bean Curry)

Mango Lassi (Yogurt Mango Beverage)


 Jes Thomas was first exposed to fine cuisine while working in New York City, ordering gourmet foods for picky clients in advertising and public relations. Working in such a global community, she savored foods from around the world.  This lead to various means of culinary education through magazines, online videos, and occasional classes from professional chefs. She also took classes at the Institute of Culinary Education covering cooking essentials, bagels, croissants and pretzels.  She now has over 20 years of experience, cooking for everyone from busy single executives to catering bridal showers.  She appears regularly on WBIR, Ch 10’s Live at Five at Four.  She is a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association, ServSafe Certified, licensed and insured.  She appears regularly on WBIR, Ch 10's Live at Five at Four.  She is the owner of Soul Food Personal Chef Service as well as a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association.  Her website is