Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and highlighting one of our market sellers.
With humble beginnings in her grandmother’s kitchen, at the age of seven, Sukhi remembers recreating a dish after seeing it cooked “only once.” She never needed recipes and had a natural gift and passion for Indian cooking. Fast forward a few years and Sukhi was a trained teacher, with her husband in the Air Force, traveling across India and learning first hand about the country’s diverse, regional cuisines. She spent time with families in their kitchens absorbing the culinary techniques and traditions of each region. In 1985 Sukhi moved to the U.S. and expanded her teaching to the culinary arts. A natural entrepreneur, with the support of her family, she began cooking in a rented kitchen and selling products at local farmer’s markets in the Bay Area. In many ways a classic immigrant journey — the entire family pitched in, demand grew, and a business was born.
In 2005, Sukhi’s three children, who grew up in the family business, returned after years of following their own professions. Banding together they brought their collective expertise to grow every aspect of the business. As a result, Sukhi’s Gourmet products have flourished to the delight of people who love Indian food as well as those who are new to the cuisine. The family’s dedication is steadfast but remains true to Sukhi’s original vision of bringing authentic, flavorful and regional Indian cuisine into the homes of people who love good food.
All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »