by Gargs Allard

Nimai Larson, co-founder and drummer of the art-rock/psych-dance band Prince Rama, stopped by Tune Groover Studios to talk about her side project Nimai’s Kitchen, under whose auspices will be conducting a series of plant-based cooking classes at the Wooly in downtown Gainesville beginning November 8th and November 15th from 6 to 8 pm.

The core-duo of Nimai and Taraka Larson, started out as punk band Dasi over a decade ago, being heavily influenced by Blink-182. In Boston, the band morphed into Prince Rama of Ayodhya, with Michael Collins in the lineup. After moving to Brooklyn, the band became Prince Rama and was discovered by Animal Collective’s Ave Tare and signed by their label Paw Tracks. Since then they have released more than a half-dozen albums, including two, Shadow Planets and Trust Now, which have charted on the Billboard New Age charts at #3 and #6 respectively. Their latest LP, Extreme Now, also includes Ryan Sciaino, and was released by Carpark Records in 2016.

Nimai, who is also a published writer, said the theme of the cooking class will be Fall Harvest from the Swamp. There will be beer tasting during the classes compliments of First Magnitude Brewing Company .

Details from Nimai’s Kitchen event page on Facebook:

Nimai’s Kitchen partners with The Wooly to present a new cooking class series, Those Who Sauté Together Stay Together: Healthy Cooking Classes for Downtown Gainesville.

All of the classes will be enthusiastically led by Nimai, offering her vegetarian culinary experience and inclusive atmosphere.

The first classes of the series with be your choice of November 8th or 15th. The theme is Fall Harvest from the Swamp – and will be paired with a exclusive First Magnitude beer tasting! We will be cookin’ up a couple of Thanksgiving-inspired dishes prepared in a tasty, yet healthy way.

-Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary Pine Nut Gravy
-Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries
-Spiced Acorn Squash Butter

$35 includes the class, a light snack to munch on while cooking, iced tea or soda, and a beer or glass of wine. During the class you will consider new methods of vegetarian cooking for Thanksgiving. You’ll also get to take home one of Nimai’s original recipes. Come prepared with an apron!

Tickets are available at nimailarson.com and thewoolygainesville.com.

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