Leila - North Iran (for mobile viewing, view in landscape)

  • A Taste of Rasht, Iran (V) In Support of the Dr Peter Center
Experience Schedule (menus below)
Monday June 14th 6:00pm-7:30pm
28 spots available
A Taste of Rasht, Iran (V) In Support of the Dr Peter Center
$25.00 Sign up now

Private online experiences:

A great way to connect with family who live far away, and during this time when we cannot gather in person.   A fun way to spend time with friends, and a great team building activity for companies, schools, parent groups and clubs.  Any group!

Online experiences:

All online culinary adventures include interactive cooking instruction and a pdf packet with our host's family recipes.  Culinary adventures are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.   Our online culinary adventures require a minimum of 4 registrants to ensure they go ahead as scheduled.

Here’s how it works:

After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list and equipment list.  A day before your experience you will receive your zoom link and recipe packet.

At the scheduled time of your culinary adventure, you’ll click on the Zoom link and join your session live! Afterwards, you will receive a link to a video recording of your experience that you can revisit at your leisure.

Cooking with Leila

When you meet Leila, you will feel you have made a new lifelong friend.  Leila's generous hospitality and passion for people and cooking is infectious.  There is nothing Leila loves more than introducing her recipes and food to new friends.  


A Taste of Rasht, Iran (V) In Support of the Dr Peter Center

100% of registrations will be donated to support the Dr. Peter Center

Kuku Sabzi - Herb frittata

A traditional Persian frittata with loads of greens and eggs.  Pair it with feta cheese and walnut, and you will have the most delicious "fruit" (frittata).

Mirzaghasemi - Eggplant & tomato stew/dip 

This is a traditional dish from Northern Iran/Caspian Sea region.

About the Dr Peter Center:

Dr. Peter Jepson-Young was a young, gay Vancouver physician who shifted public views and brought a human face to HIV/AIDS. He chronicled his personal battle with the disease through the Dr. Peter Diaries, a weekly video diary that aired on CBC.

Shortly before his death in 1992, he established the Dr. Peter Centre with the mission of providing comfort care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, the Dr. Peter Centre manages a day health program, a 24-hour licensed care residence with specialized nursing care, and an enhanced supportive housing program, to provide comprehensive medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance use, and homelessness.

Since 2002, the Centre has been internationally recognized as the first health care facility in North America to integrate supervised consumption services into its model of care.

To learn more, visit www.drpeter.org/welcome

Get to know Leila:

Where were you born?

I was born in Rasht, Iran.

Rasht is a very unique area of Iran and is near the Caspian sea.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?

Both of my grand mothers had roots connected to Baku (Capitol of Azerbaijan).

I was raised in a mixed food culture, two very strong food cities (Rasht and Tabriz)

My grandpa moved from Tabriz (a city at the border of turkey) to my city to start a rice exporting business, later my dad took over the business and I grew up learning what is the best rice and how to cook it .

When and how did you develop your love for cooking?

Since I was a little girl ,my mom had an older lady who helped her at home, l would always sit next to her in the kitchen watch her and my mom  do all the preparations. My mom is a very patient lady, she would let me cook and bake and make a huge mess.

How do you express your love for cooking and culture?

I love to cook and bake it¹s therapeutic for me. I love to mix ingredients and create new recipes,I really enjoy cooking for friends and family it¹s very satisfying for me.

What are some of your favourite ingredients to use?

I love to use saffron, we call it the happy spice. Eggplant, I can make endless dishes with eggplant, last but not least RICE !

What makes Iranian cuisine special?

Iranian cuisine is special because we have lots of varieties ,lots of whole foods, great use of spices and lots of nutritional foods.

Do you have a cooking philosophy?

Yup the famous one! The way to anybody¹s heart is through their stomach:)


“The way to anybody's heart is through their stomach!”