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Food: Sushi for beginners

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | August 9, 2016 at 11:26 a.m.

Kelly Jo Viall has given “sushi bar” a whole new meaning.

While grains like barley and wheat normally get the spotlight at Stone’s Throw Brewing in downtown Little Rock, rice is the star this Monday night as Viall shows foodies how to make sushi, writes Jennifer Christman.

As the 24 students chew on the stylistically sauced cream-cheese-and-crab rolls Viall has prepared for them as a starter, she asks how they’d rate their previous sushi-making attempts on the scale of one to 10.

“About a five,” says one.

“Five,” agrees another.

“Negative four!” admits the reporter, wailing, “It was the rice. It’s so hard!”

Laid-back with a dry wit, Viall, who has taught more than 4,000 students in four years, remains unruffled. She promises the reporter that by the end of the class, which will cover shopping and cooking techniques and include a hands-on sushi-making tutorial, “I’ll get you up to an eight.”

For details, read Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Style section.


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