Explore “Little India” with a trained chef who grew up eating & cooking Indian food
As a child, I grumbled about having to eat home cooked Indian dishes day after day. (“Really, mom. Rice again?") Over time, I slowly, but surely, learned to appreciate my Indian roots, thanks to the comforting aromas wafting out of my mom’s kitchen. I also learned to cook up a mean curry. The Culinary Tour of Devon Avenue is designed to share my passion for Indian home cooking and to inspire and empower food lovers, like you.
Find the freshest, most affordable spices
You’ll need a mix of spices to make authentic Indian dishes at home. Don’t let that intimidate you! During the tour, I’ll lead you to cardamom, turmeric, ajwain, and other spices and show you how to select, store, and prepare them.
Track down hard-to-find ingredients
Together, we’ll peruse grocery aisles in pursuit of fiber-rich lentils, aged basmati rice, coconut oil, and other ingredients you’ll need to make your favorite Indian dishes – be they vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or fit for a carnivore.
Enjoy a bit of snacking along the way
Indians love to treat their guests with sweet and savory snacks. To honor that tradition, we’ll stop by a snack shop to sip on rich masala tea and indulge in a few munchies.
Recreate the flavors of India at home
By tour’s end, you will be armed with secrets that I have learned from cooking (and eating) innumerable home cooked Indian meals and from traveling to Kerala, the spice capital of India. You’ll also have three of my favorite family recipes in hand so you can continue your Indian culinary adventure at home.
Imagine all of that for less than the cost of a night out!
Susan developed a passion for flavorful food as a child. Under her mother's wing, she learned to prepare everyday Kerala dishes. The hypnotic rhythms of the kitchen (mincing, chopping, mixing) always drew her back to its belly. As a college student, she made simple comfort foods like spaghetti riddled with garlic and tacos spiked with cilantro.
In her twenties, Susan moved to Tokyo in search of adventure where she embraced Japanese culinary traditions. There she learned to value individual ingredients and tapped into the power of plating.
Once back in the U.S., Susan earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy. Her passion for the culinary arts led her to Kendall College in 2005 where she trained as a chef. After a foray in the food industry, she started Cardamom Kitchen. Her mission is to promote home cooking and nutrition in the kitchen and on the policy front. Susan has led cooking classes at Whole Foods, Gilda's Club, the City of Chicago's World Kitchen, Common Threads, farmer's markets and private classes for children and adults. Using her policy expertise, she advocates for changes to the food system that promote wellness and address hunger.