Classes, Events, & Tours


Culinary Entrepreneurship: Pop-Ups + Special Events

As part of our Nibble programming, the Arts Council has come to recognize the value of food and culture as a driving force of economic development. For many of the instructors and market owners we’ve met along the way (many recent immigrants), preparing food for vending, catering, hosting pop-up dinners, etc. is not only a way for these Somerville residents to share their culture with others, but is also a way to generate a real income. Through our Culinary Entrepreneurship program, Nibble and the Somerville Arts Council are actively working to help develop and promote the culinary careers of these enthusiastic and dedicated individuals.

Nibble Cooking Classes

We team up with Foundation Kitchen, Union Square’s culinary incubator, to present this cooking class series. Here is your chance to take a culinary spin around the globe—by learning how to craft plantain canoes, roll spring rolls and concoct exotic dishes like Chiles en Nogada—without leaving Union Square! Our teachers are Union Square chefs and fabulous cooks we’ve met through our Intercambio Language & Culture Exchange program (organized with S.C.A.L.E.). Beyond offering delicious cultural programming, we’re interested in helping propel the careers of local chefs and caterers and promoting the culinary riches of Union Square.

  • Cost of Classes: $40-$45
  • How to sign up: Space is limited to 12 (so classes fill up quickly!).
  • Location: Classes meet at Foundation Kitchen, 121 Washington street, unless otherwise specified.

New cooking classes for this fall! 

Thursday, October 20th 6-8:30 pm Vegetarian Italian with Marco Muda

Thursday, October 27th, 6-8:30 pm Day of the Dead Cooking with Estela Calzada

Thursday, November 3rd, 6-8:30 pm Parent-Kid Venezuelan Arepa Class with Las Carolinas

Thursday, November 11th, 6-8:30 pm Ultimate Seafood Class with New Deal Fish Market

Thursday December 1st, 6-8:30 pm Vegetarian Indian with Kalpana Gajjar

Thursday December 8th, 6-8:30 pm Ethiopian Cooking with Meqdes Mesfin (Gluten Free)


Check out our past great classes: Nibble Cooking Classes Archive 

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Take a tour of Union Square markets!

Union Square’s numerous markets offer a wealth of culinary delights. These small markets are not only ethnically diverse – ranging from Brazilian to Bengali – they serve a surprisingly broad clientele, as well. You can visit the shops on your own (see the Markets section or pick up a brochure at City Hall or a Union Square shop) or take a group tour; either way you’ll discover the delicious diversity of Union Square! Each group tour visits three markets. Tours are free but we encourage you to buy a few things during the tour!

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Download the brochure: 

English Version

Spanish Version

Portuguese Version

Upcoming 2016 market tours are on the following dates:

Thursday, September 15th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information and to sign up, send an email Rachel Strutt to:


Nibble News

Union Square market tours were featured in Scout Magazine! 

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International Market Tour Presentation on Prezi

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