5. Madrid: Paella & Tapas Cooking Class with Local Market Visit
Meet your expert guide near one of Madrid’s most historic markets, where neighborhood residents have been shopping for over a century. Head inside to discover a gastronomic haven of delicious, high-quality Spanish products that form the building blocks of local cuisine. Chat with the vendors and pick up fresh ingredients to take back to the kitchen. Now that you have a solid understanding of Spanish food basics, it’s time to get hands-on. You’ll head behind the scenes of one of the most exciting restaurants in Madrid’s Huertas neighborhood into a beautiful cooking space reserved just for your small group where a friendly local chef is waiting for you. Enjoy a typical aperitif of sweet vermouth in the kitchen and assemble a cheese plate and traditional tapa from the Basque region before you start cooking. While enjoying the aperitif, observe your local chef as they prep a beloved Spanish dessert, crema catalana, for you to eat at the end of class. Over the next few hours, you'll work elbow to elbow in the kitchen with your small group to prepare a second tapa, homemade croquetas, and finally authentic paella from Valencia. Evoke all your senses as you smell, taste, and touch the ingredients that define Spanish cuisine. Along the way, your local guide will share their insights about each dish, including the history behind paella and how to spot true paella Valenciana. Sit down to enjoy your homemade lunch and dessert with your choice of beer or wine. You'll feel bonded to this new group of friends after cooking this special meal together. Leaving class, you'll have a deeper knowledge of Spanish cuisine and several easy, delicious recipes to recreate in your own kitchen.