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Culinary Crossroads: A Turkish Cooking Demo & Tasting with Aliye Aydin

  • Pacific Food & Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 (map)
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Turkey sits at a crossroads, both geographic and cultural. And its cuisine, the delicious product of millennia of culinary cross-pollination, reflects that. Join PacFAB on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 pm and let cooking instructor Aliye Aydin, the east-west daughter of an American mother and Turkish father, teach you the how and why of the food she ate growing up and traveling with her family in Turkey. Then Chef Aliye will prepare two of her favorite homestyle, Turkish vegetable dishes and have you taste them!



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Aliye Aydin is a natural foods chef and culinary coach who helps busy professionals find the time and motivation to cook dinner at home. Her simple online meal plans and time-saving tips help her clients feel relaxed and satisfied at the end of a long day.

Chef Aliye was born and raised in Long Beach, California, by her American mother and Turkish father. Her style of cooking spans the Mediterranean and Middle East, using lots of fresh veggies and wholesome ingredients, with spices in just the right places, to create vibrant craveable meals. Aliye’s passion for cooking was ignited when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune kidney disease at age 15, a challenge that ultimately led her to discover the ability of natural, wholesome food to heal her body.

Aliye created and managed a produce home-delivery business, beachgreens, in Long Beach for eight years, shopping weekly at the Santa Monica Farmers market and deepening her understanding of regenerative farming and the incredible flavors of produce. Prior to that, Aliye studied nutrition at UC Berkeley and attended the whole-foods-based culinary school, Natural Gourmet Institute, in New York. She harvested coffee for a season on Kuaiwi Farm in Kona, Hawaii, and attended Quillisascut Farm School in Rice, Washington. She has worked at various restaurants, co-hosted pop-up dinners in Long Beach and Brooklyn, and has been a featured chef in the Taste Tent at Music Tastes Good. Chef Aliye’s dinner “YES!” meal plans can be found at