Oaxaca is a food lover’s paradise. The city’s culinary landscape reflects the diversity of the state’s geography and has been influenced by many cultures, including the pre-Columbian Zapotecs and Mixtecs. Oaxaca is internationally known for its coffee, cheese, and mole, a complex sauce made using chili peppers, chocolate, and other ingredients. Of course, the best way to experience Oaxaca’s delicious food is to visit its restaurants and cafes. However, those wanting to learn how to make some of Oaxaca’s signature dishes can enroll in a cooking class, such as the one offered by Casa de los Sabores at the La Olla Gallery and Restaurant.
Casa de los Sabores’ cooking class begins at La Olla Gallery and Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. with a brief overview of what the class will be followed by a trip to a local food market.
“Shopping in our markets is a sensory experience that one will never forget. The students not only get to know the products, but also the people that buy and sell at the market; the music; and the smell of all the flowers, herbs, and food,” said Pilar Cabrera, La Olla Gallery and Restaurant head chef and course instructor.
After the trip to the market, you’ll return to La Olla to review the recipes of the day while snacking on churros, a Spanish fried-dough pastry, and sipping on Oaxacan coffee. Once you’re done, you’ll get to work preparing appetizers, soups or salads, main dishes, and deserts, and you may make your own tortillas and salsa as well. The class ends around lunch time when you sit down to enjoy the delicious meal you prepared, having learned much about Oaxacan cooking and culture.
Casa de los Sabores’ cooking classes are held in English and/or Spanish Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. To reserve your spot in an upcoming class, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Stay:
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