Hands-on cooking activity in Arequipa, a city where cooking and eating are one of the most important activities in life! Prepare your own Peruvian food, following the instruction of a trained cooking staff. All of them have been cooking from the time they were walking. A cultural souvenir to take back home and share with your family and friends. This isn't a passive class where you’ll sit back and watch a cook preparing your food– you plan, prepare, and serve your own delicious Peruvian recipes. And of course, enjoy feasting in a great family environment, after you finish. Two hours of fun and a great chance to meet new friends while sharing in the local culture.
Options: Add a Market Tour where you buy the ingredients for cooking, in Spanish! Also available, a great way to end any party by preparing and enjoying the famous Pisco Sour cocktail.
The closest feeling to being local. Intense living experience doing a regular daily activity: preparing food with love.
The activity is held in Casa de Avila Hotel located four blocks from the Main Square and close to most touristic hotels in town. When you arrive at Casa de Avila, a welcome refreshment will be served and you will be invited to the garden to wait for everyone to arrive. You can leave your belongings in a secure area, get your cameras ready and wash your hands to get ready for the fun!The cook in charge will introduce him/herself and will invite you to the cooking area. Find your space around the cooking table. Take your apron and your cooking hat (a must!) and dress up for the activity.
Time to start the activity. The cook will give a general review of the Menu and its cultural background, as well as the ingredients we will use. Both English and Spanish groups are available. In couples, the group will start preparing the ingredients– peeling, cutting, slicing; the group will do all the preparations together. This isn’t a “sit and watch” activity, this is a “do-it-yourself” activity! Once all the ingredients are ready, we’ll start preparing the menu
Three Menus are available. The first person to register chooses the Menu. The Fish menu depends on weather conditions (we use fresh fish), so we’ll confirm on arrival.
- The Traditional Menu includes Causa Rellena and Lomo Saltado. Causa is a mashed potato pie seasoned with lemon and local chili, filled in layers with avocado and a veggie salad or tuna fish salad, and then served in individual molds with your own personal style of decoration and presentation. The second dish is Lomo Saltado, a sautéed mix of veggies, chili, and tenderloin served with fries and rice.
- The Andean Menu consists of Soltero de Queso and Rocoto Relleno. Soltero is a boiled vegetable salad (beans, carrots, etc) with fresh local cheese, corn (the local corn is quite different from the one you’re used to!), and quinoa, all seasoned with lemon and vinegar. Colorful, healthy, and fun to prepare. The second course is Rocoto Relleno: a local capsicum bell pepper stuffed with a two-meat sauce, and a side dish of a potato and cheese pie
- Finally, the Sea Menu includes Ceviche and Chorrillana. Ceviche is the famous dish of fish marinated in lime, a delicatessen of Peruvian cuisine. Chorrillana is a fried Peruvian-style fish, topped with a hot onion and chili sauce and served alongside french fries and rice.
When you finish your preparations, you’ll plate them and add your own personal artistic touch to the recipe. This is the perfect moment for a photo-op! We can help take photos of your group for free. Then it’s time to get to the table to enjoy your meal. Refreshments for everybody and a dessert will also be served. We’ll send you the recipes and pictures from the day!