Cooking in Catalonia
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from $ 3000 to $ 4000
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The program combines hands-on cooking lessons with visits to markets, artisans’ workshops, and restaurants. We share with our guests an interest in authenticity and sustainability, and we always find seasonal delicacies, festivals, or customs to learn about. Each day offers a different experience in beautiful settings that are still a bit off the beaten path. Classes begin at an 18th century farmhouse in the Garrotxa, where the hill towns are known for their cheeses and cured meats. Here, guests cook at an open hearth, using local produce, game, and herbs, with our farmhouse host, Inés Puigdevall. A trip to her sister Fina’s masía rounds out your understanding of this cuisine; Fina runs the Michelin-starred yet still obsessively locally-oriented Les Cols restaurant. The course continues in the coastal Empordà, where fresh ingredients come from terraced olive groves, rice paddies, and the sea. Your instructor here is chef Viçens Fajardo, whose kitchen and cuisine combine tradition with modern elegance. Wine tastings with sommelier Monica Ferré are a treat, as she loves to show off Catalonia’s range of styles from sparkling cavas to the rich reds of the Priorat. The program is limited to 14 participants. The course begins with a Garrotxa farmhouse dinner on Monday night and ends after breakfast in the Empordà the following Saturday. The course fee of $3,250 includes accommodations throughout: in a rustic casa rural farmhouse and in a luxurious country villa hotel. It covers daily classes and tastings, visits to markets and with local artisans, three lunches and three dinners, always paired with wines. It does not include transportation – you will need a rental car, or we can help you arrange for a driver. We think you’ll appreciate having your own transportation for exploring the region during your free time.
This Trip is Recommended for:
Day 1 -6 - Spain
Hands-on cooking with local chefs combined with visits to markets and tastings of wines, cheeses, chocolates, and other specialties make these courses memorable for home cooks, culinary students and professionals, or anyone who loves good food.
Three hands-on cooking classes, one at a farmhouse and two with a local chef.
Two in-depth, off-the-beaten-path culinary experiences: a visit to a market town known for its artisanally made cured meats, and a sailing trip on an antique fishing boat complete with the freshest local seafood.
Tastings of cheeses, cured meats, and other seasonal Catalan specialties.
Tastings of cavas and an array of reds from the Priorat and its neighboring d.o.s.
Five breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners, both traditional and innovative, including a Michelin-starred adventure.
Gratuities at our restaurant meals.
Accommodations throughout: two nights in a rustic casa rural farmhouse and three nights in a luxurious country villa.
Insider background information and tips on enjoying your free time in the region.
Travel medical insurance MedEx TravMed Abroad.
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