Friday Feature Photo: Baking Bread in the Algarve
written by Gabriella Opaz | 11th December 2015
Although this southernmost region of Portugal has developed a reputation for its warm climate, beaches, golf, surfing and welcoming locals, few know its unique history with food. Actually, if you observe the natives (Algarvio’s), in meal preparation mode, you could say it’s more of an obsession.
On your half day Algarve Market Tour & Cooking Class, you’ll embark in a rich culinary adventure exploring both its history and culinary traditions. From east to west, southern portuguese cuisine would be best described as a rustic twist to Mediterranean, and very much from sun, earth and ocean. Traditional Algarvio’s insist on using the regions infinite nutrient resources and demand fresh, honest and unpretentious ingredients which you’ll source with your local Chef at a private Farmer’s Market in Faro. Influences from its nautical and colonial past are heavily present in their various recipes that include fresh fish and seafood – the very same ingredients that will be used in your cooking class to whip up an aromatic and mouthwatering Seafood Cataplana.
This cooking course is highly tailored to your dietary needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information! Everyone should have an opportunity to savor a cuisine rich in hi(story).
“It’s not easy to plan a wine trip, especially for a group that expects a high level of wine communication, education, and experience. Ryan Opaz and the team at Catavino exceeded all expectations in my first visit to the Douro. The knowledge base they represented, the contacts they have, and the professionalism they exhibited is of the highest caliber. Beyond that, and possibly most importantly, Ryan was simply a blast to travel with.”
Begin your day with a vivid, hands-on plunge into the culinary traditions of Portugal with a market tour and cooking class! The first hour is spent weaving through the colorful stalls of a famous fresh produce Market where you will accompany your expert Chef with more than 30 years of experience in buying the fresh products for your private cooking course. Vegetables bursting with flavor and dusted with dirt from nearby farms. Seafood of the highest caliber alongside aromatic and decadent herbs. After the market tour, you’ll return to the Chef’s restaurant near Albufeira to cook up the most iconic dish of the Algarve – the Seafood Cataplana. As the ingredients change with the seasons, each class highlights the flavor of the classics with a touch of modernism, leaving you with a picture-perfect final meal to be shared among classmates. All food and wine included.