Northwest Language Academy


Language of Food:
Welcome to Türkiye!

March 28, 2015

SOLD OUT...To get on the waiting list, please contact our office.

Our acclaimed Language of Food Series continues with an exploration of the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Turkey. The evening begins with a social hour featuring a Turkish bazaar, with crafts, jewelry,and artifacts available for purchase. Regional wine will be served, as well as traditional Turkish beverages like anise and pomegranate tea. It will be followed by feast of authentic Turkish specialties, prepared by Süreyya Gökeri of Seattle’s Café Turko. Gökeri is passionate about Turkish culture and simple, delicious meals, and will lead a cooking class from 2:00-5:00pm on March 28, focusing on authentic Turkish food that can be made quickly and easily with local ingredients, as well as the country’s famous coffee culture.

The evening’s performance will be feature Turkish folk music by Yunus Emre Gündogdu, a master player and teacher of the stringed instrument balgama, along with long-time Turkish resident Bob Beer on balgama and kemenche fiddle, and Izumi Pinar Sekine Fairbanks, on drums, balgama, and kemenche. Northwest FolkLife Festival favorites the Anadolu Youth Dancers will also be performing. In addition, members of The Mevlevi Order of America's Mutrib Orchestra will present a program of classical Turkish music as well as songs and dances specific to Turkish Sufism. These will include ilahis, a call and response form of singing, in which the audience is encouraged to participate, sung by vocalist Jemilla Goldstein, and a demonstration of the Sufi practice of “turning.” The evening will also include performances of Turkish popular music and belly dance.

NWLA is pleased to collaborate on this event with Dilek Tezcan Anderson and Yasemin San of the Turkish cultural organizations Turckcha and Tacawa. We are also deeply honored to host Ufuk Bey Gokcen, the Turkish Honorary Consul of Seattle, and Recep Demir, Turkey’s Commercial Attache, at our event.

The event will be held at the NWLA Cultural Center in Langley, on Whidbey Island. Overnight accommodations are available in the Cultural Center’s luxurious Guesthouse, please inquire.

Dinner and Performances

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5:30pm - 9:30pm

An evening of traditional food, music and dance featuring Turkish folk music by Yunus Emre Gündogdu, Bob Beer, and Izumi Pinar Sekine Fairbanks, music by The Mevlevi Order of America's Mutrib Orchestra, Sufi "turning," performances by Anadolu Youth Dancers, belly dancing, and more!

Cooking Class
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Learn delicious, traditional Turkish recipes and accessible, at-home techniques with chef Süreyya Gökeri of Seattle's famous Café Turko.

Find out more about our Language of Food event or reserve your place at, or 360-321-2101.

You may also register for the Cooking Class via PayPal below:

Total: $35

Primavera In Paese! Beginner Level

April 18-19, 2015

In this fun, interactive Italian Immersion weekend, we’ll welcome spring Italian style and get out and about in Central Italy. From rustic Umbria to the breathtaking views of Abruzzo (and beyond) we’ll explore hill town adventures, regional specialties, and the seasonal festivals and traditions that make regional Italy so uniquely special. This dynamic 12 hour language intensive led by Professor Greta D’Amico emphasizes conversation in practical situations, complemented by cultural instruction, with tips on getting around and experiencing the local delights of the region. Together we’ll take in local activities such as village ‘sagre,’ explore special places, shopping at open air markets, and prepare and taste delicious seasonal specialty foods. Songs, lore, artistic life, and much more!

Overnight lodging available in our onsite Guesthouse. Reserve early!

$198 for each complete weekend. Includes some meals.

Volunteer and work exchange available - please inquire soon!

To register, please contact our front desk at 321-2101, email: or sign up via PayPal below:

Total: $198


Bistro Parisien

April 11, 2015

The NWLA Cultural Center, Atelier d’Ichère, and Auberge Edge of Seattle are pleased to join in presenting a very special culinary soiree celebrating the city of Paris and its lively bistro culture. Guests will take in the warm ambience of cobblestone streets through the steamy windows of a bustling restaurant as they learn about France’s rich gastronomic tradition and the simple excellence of bistro cuisine through storytelling, a hands-on cooking workshop, and a delicious three-course meal.

The evening will begin at 4:30pm with a presentation on French culinary history by Sylvie Joseph-Julien of Atelier d’Ichère. Learn how “France” came to be synonymous with “food,” and how humble bistro fare arose in the midst of that country’s grand cuisine. Joseph-Julien is the co-founder and manager of Atelier d’Ichère in both France and the United States. A storyteller in the French tradition, she has been writing and telling stories to children and adults since 2007, and leads story tours at the Louvre Museum, Opera Garnier, and Eiffel Tower, as well as several Seattle-area museums.

Beginning at 5:30pm, Chef Philippe Naud of Seattle’s Auberge Edge will lead participants in a hands-on cooking class, giving step-by-step techniques for classic bistro dishes like cassoulet, caramelized leek and goat cheese galette, and pork sauté with apples, fennel, and calvados. Participants will be taken on an adventure in taste, and learn to easily translate the bistro’s simple, elegant fare into their home kitchen. Chef Naud was born and raised in Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood, where at an early age he was introduced to the culinary arts by his father, a Chef cuisinier. Chef Naud moved to the United States in the mid-eighties, where he opened Café Mars, a European bistro in Seattle. He has worked for Auberge Edge as a Chef Instructor for the past five years.

The class will be followed by a three-course meal, prepared by Chef Naud and featuring French bistro specialties like warm cauliflower salad with capers, port tenderloin in port prune sauce, moules marinières, chicken cordon bleu, Alsatian apple tart, and chocolate pot de crème.

Tickets for the soiree are $165 per person. Reserve early, as space is limited! Onsite lodging is available in NWLA’s charming guesthouse. To register or book a room contact NWLA at (360) 321-2101 or

History of French Gastronomy 4:30 - 5:30pm presented by Virginie Blackmoor of French Truly

Cooking Class and Dinner Party 5:30 - 9:00pm
with Chef Phillipe Naud and Nancy Gates-Douglas of Auberge Edge of Seattle.

Total: $165

French Club

Le Club Français

Mondays, 3:00- 4:30
February 2 – April 13, 2015

Le Club is a mini immersion in French language and culture in a fun club atmosphere for middle school students. Arriving after school on the bus, students enter through the large wooden doors of the Cultural Center and are greeted by the delicious smell of something tasty and French being prepared in the kitchen. Following the French tradition of the after school “goute” - students gather around the big wooden table for the bricolage (crafting and art projects) followed by games and outdoor time. The final half hour is devoted to learning songs and lines for the theatrical performance that will be shared with family and friends at the end of the Club Session.

Le Club is co-led by Josette Hendrix and Melissa Koch. Make sure to learn the secret handshake!

FEES: $150 includes all materials & snacks. Based on 6 students minimum enrolment. Partial scholarships available.


Free Weekly Chat Groups,
Now in Six Languages!

French: Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:00am

Italian: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Russian: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Spanish: Thursdays 7pm - 8pm

For GERMAN, JAPANESE, CHINESE conversation groups, please inquire.

Are you planning to travel abroad? Would you like to tune up your skill in speaking another language, or learn some useful cultural tips? Drop in on these free-of-charge sessions led by native speakers! All levels of language proficiency are welcome, though a minimal familiarity with the targeted language is helpful. Donations are appreciated.

Private instruction can be arranged upon request. Please inquire with NWLA's office. Call: 321-2101 or email: