Southdown will have a  virtual Culinary demonstration  one night per month.

Southdown’s Cultural Cooking Initiative Heating Up

Southdown will have a virtual Culinary demonstration one night per month.

January 25 , 2021

Southdown Primary School’s new cultural cooking demonstration initiative is heating up. Just reading about it gets the taste buds watering.

The demonstrations will be held virtually one night per month beginning Sunday, January 31 and continuing through Friday, June 11.

Southdown’s Cultural Cooking Committee consists of Linda Kohan, Melody Renick, Dorene Karivalis, Valerie Murray, Colleen Simko, Christine Moakley and Danielle Lopez.

“Each month we will have a different Southdown family share a favorite recipe from their heritage and demonstrate how to make the dish via Zoom,” according to a promotional flyer.

Prior to each of the demonstrations a list of ingredients for that month’s recipe will be made available so participants can purchase the items ahead of time and follow along with the instructions and immediately enjoy the dish.

The monthly demonstrations are scheduled for Friday and Sunday nights. Zoom links will be available several days prior to each of the sessions.

Interested in participating, but in need of assistance to purchase the ingredients? Send a message to school social worker Linda Kohan at or call her at 631-673-2085.

The Cultural Cooking Committee hopes to publish a cookbook that will be shared with Southdown families.

“I would like to thank Ms. Kohan, the committee and all of the volunteers for helping to get this great idea up and running,” Southdown Principal Scott Oshrin said. “We are constantly trying to find new ways to connect with the community. We hope you can join us for an evening of food and laughs.”

Here’s the line-up of cultural cooking demonstrations:

  • Sunday, January 31 at 5 p.m. – Miryam Palacio (Colombian Empanadas)
  • Friday, February 26 at 6 p.m. - The Rotunno Family (Korean Cuisine)
  • Friday, March 12 at 6 p.m. - The Butkovich Family (Irish Soda Bread)
  • Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. - The Reyes Amaya Family ( El Salvadorian Pupusas)
  • Sunday, May 23 at 5 p.m. - The Lanzilotta Family (Italian Lasagna)
  • Friday, June 11 at 6 p.m. - Shelley Stockner (Mandel Bread)