Carousel announces its upcoming line-up of workshops and experiences, including ‘Preserving the Japanese Way’: a miso making masterclass with acclaimed author, Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Carousel, the revolving creative hub and restaurant in Marylebone, has announced its latest line-up of workshops and experiences, ranging from an exclusive miso making masterclass with best-selling author and renowned authority on Japanese preservation techniques, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, to wildlife drawing, pasta making and modern calligraphy.
As well as carving out a reputation as one of Marylebone’s foremost foodie destinations, the three-story building on Blandford Street has fast become one of London’s most vibrant cultural hotspots, playing host to an ever-changing line-up of art exhibitions, arts and crafts workshops, cookery classes and live performances.
‘Preserving the Japanese Way’: A Miso Making Masterclass with Nancy Singleton Hachisu
31ST MARCH – 11AM AND 2.30PM
Californian food writer, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, moved to Japan in 1988 after falling in love with a farmer from Saitama. Her adopted home has provided Nancy with endless inspiration for her cooking, resulting in her becoming one of the world’s leading authorities on Japanese cuisine with three best-selling cookbooks, including ‘Japan: The Cookbook’ (Phaidon, 2018).
Joining the Carousel team this March, Nancy will be hosting an exclusive masterclass to complement her evening guest chef residency. The workshop will teach students to make their own miso by hand, using an age-old method, specialist tools and a selection of authentic ingredients, including organic soy beans, koji and salt from the legendary Yamaki Jozo. The miso ‘mash’ can then be taken home and left to ferment in a beautiful ceramic croc for three months, until ready to use to transform even the simplest of dishes into complex, umami-fied treats.
During the workshop, Nancy will also reveal the processes that go into making shoyu (soy sauce) and how guests should go about using their miso paste, illustrated by an array of authentic Japanese dishes for them to enjoy, including ‘Miso-Cured Egg with Wadaman 7-Spice’ (as seen on Netflix’s ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’) and ‘Breakfast Radish with Brown Rice Miso’.
Tickets are priced at £95 per person, with signed copies of Nancy’s best-selling book Japan: The Cookbook (Phaidon, 2018) available for purchase through Carousel at a discounted price of £25.
Pasta Making Workshop with Ollie Templeton
Carousel Head Chef and Co-Founder, Ollie Templeton, will be hosting another of his ever-popular pasta making workshops. Guests will have the chance to knead, roll and shape two of Carousel’s signature pasta doughs (classic egg and simple semolina) before learning how to cook up a tasty traditional sugo (sauce) from scratch. The workshop ends with a glass of wine and the opportunity for guests to enjoy the fruits of their labours, while also taking home a cavatelli board and a box of fresh pasta.
Tickets are priced at £55 and including the workshop and lunch.
Wild Life Drawing – Micro Birds & Dominant Females
A unique life drawing workshop, which sees guest sketching all manner of unusual creatures instead of the traditional human form. Jennie Webber, artist and animal lover, will give guests a ‘how to’ on sketching animals from life while wildlife experts will be on hand to talk about the animals’ habitat and distinct characteristics.
At this month’s workshop on 18th March, Jennie will be leading a very special instalment of Wild Life Drawing at Carousel to celebrate International Women’s Day – guests will have the pleasure of meeting, drawing and learning about ‘dominant females’ from the animal kingdom.
Tickets are priced at £27.50 with 10% of all ticket sales going to wildlife charities.
Curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world, Sofar Sounds is the world’s largest ‘live music discovery’ community, responsible for unearthing breakthrough talent like Hozier and Bastille. Carousel’s Downstairs space will be playing host to one of their unique pop-up acoustic sessions.
Free entry, names must be added to guestlist by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
23rd March and 15th April
Hosted by green-fingered Emma Sibley from London Terrariums, this workshop offers guests the chance to learn about how a terrarium works, how the self-contained ecosystems survive so well on their own and how to look after them – all the while creating their very own to take home.
Tickets are priced at £40 for Tinyjohn and £60 for Demijohn (with an optional £20 additional fee to enjoy lunch in the restaurant)
Calligraphy for the New & Curious, Mother’s Day Special
Sunday 30th March
Guests will spend the morning learning modern calligraphy with stationery queen Alice Gabb, who will equip them with the skills to graduate from basic nib knowledge to writing their own name in Alice’s beautiful take on Modern Calligraphy.
Tickets are priced at £55