Israeli Street Food: Sat, Sept 22; 6:30-9:30pm; Chef Mat Wertlieb (Berkeley)

From USD $115.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: PBD1VJ
  • Fresh Pita 
  • Falafel
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Cracked Farro Tabouli
  • Roasted Eggplant Babaganoush
  • Cucumber Tzaziki Salad
  • Homemade "Harissa" Chili Paste
  • Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

Class description:

When it comes to big flavors and healthy eating, Israeli street food is king. Fresh vegetables, tasty sauces, and unique preparations are all reasons why most Israelis opt for vendors in push carts and bedroom sized restaurants that are standing-room only when they go out to eat. Come and join Chef Mat for an exciting night touring some of the most famous Israeli dishes that are coming to the forefront of the culinary world not only for the incredible taste but also for the multitude of health benefits that come from a balanced Mediterranean diet.

Chef Bio:

Growing up in a family full of chefs and kosher caterers in New Jersey, Mat Wertlieb has felt at home in a kitchen since childhood. He first fell in love with the unique culinary scene of the Bay Area while working an externship at One Market Restaurant in 2000. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he spent a year and a half in Boston’s busiest restaurant, Grill 23, before the pull of Northern California’s food culture drew him back. He has worked for the past decade at some of the most successful restaurants in San Francisco and Berkeley, including Lark Creek Inn, Farallon, Lalimes, and Gather. Trips to Italy and Israel furthered his exposure and passion for the various cuisines of the world. Chef Mat now works part time at Gather restaurant when he is not teaching classes with the Kitchen on Fire team.

What to wear/bring to class: Please wear close-toed shoes to all classes. Feel free to bring a favorite apron, but know that we will supply all the tools you need at class.

Class format: Start your class with a snack and a lecture from the chefs about the theme’s tips & tricks. After this introduction, you will break up into teams of three or four people, and start cooking a recipe. Each team/station will make a different recipe, so the class as a whole prepares the menu in its entirety. You are encouraged to rotate from one station to another, but you won’t be able to make every dish. After you've finished cooking, sit down to a dinner party with your classmates and feast on the spread that you have just learned how to prepare. You are welcome to eat as much as you’d like in class, but unfortunately Kitchen on Fire’s zoning permit does not allow students to take food home.

Wine and other Alcoholic Beverages: We whole-heartedly invite class participants (who are 21 and older) to bring any beverages they would like to enjoy during their stay at Kitchen on Fire for personal consumption. We cannot sell or distribute alcohol and we uphold ABC regulations. No minor can drink and we cannot have intoxicated students attending a class. Our friends at Vintage Berkeley wine shop on Vine Street will extend a 10% discount on any bottles you purchase for your class at Kitchen on Fire - just bring in this letter.

Allergies: Please take a look at the class menu. If you think you might be allergic to anything on the menu please get in touch and we can double check the ingredient list (

Happy cooking!

Kitchen on Fire