Bistro chef Kaytlin Dangaran.

Through August and September, chef Kaytlin Dangaran and her culinary team will be teaching cooking classes at Sarasota Art Museum. Dangaran is the head of Bistro, the museum's restaurant, which focuses on using Florida ingredients in dishes inspired by cuisines from around the globe. Bistro's summer cooking demos will kick off with a class on food from Greece on Thursday, Aug. 26, then continue with India (Thursday, Sept. 16) and Thailand (Thursday, Sept. 30).

"Food is my passion and bringing it to others makes me truly happy," says Dangaran. "I really enjoy teaching and trying to make cooking less scary. I want people to come and learn all the tricks of the trade so that they can take that into their lives and feed more people."

At the classes, guests will be seated around the chef's counter as they watch and learn how to make simple, tasty dishes and enjoy the final product. Classes will typically host around 18 guests, to allow people to ask questions and learn.

Not only will attendees learn to cook, but each meal will be paired with a classic spirit, wine or other beverage. Each class runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $120 per person. The menus for each class can be found online.

The Sarasota Art Museum is located at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more info, call (941) 309-4300 or visit the museum's website.

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