Cretan Cooking Workshop & Wine Tasting – Saturday 28th September 2019

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Discover the flavours of Crete!

Cretan Cuisine is known for its unique ingredients and flavours. According to nutritionists, the Cretan Diet is the Original Mediterranean Diet, considered one of the healthiest ways to eat in the world.

Lida, our resident chef and anthropologist, comes from Crete. She has prepared a cooking class based on the essentials of Cretan cuisine, and wonderful wine pairings to accompany your menu.

Cook with wild herbs, harvested from hills and mountains and learn how these have been used in dishes since the antiquity.

We will taste vegetables and greens gathered from hillsides and around the villages.

We will use cheeses made from goat’s and sheep’s milk like graviera and galomizithra.

You will learn more about and cook with raki, a pomace brandy distilled from grapes.

And, most importantly, we’ll learn how to prepare paper-thin phyllo pastry made with flour, olive oil, lemon and raki.

Suggested menu:

Cretan salad with carob rusks, dried figs & galomizithra
Mixed beans salad with beetroot
Marathopitakia (Wild fennel & spinach pastries )
Sfakiani pita ( galomizithra pies drizzled with thyme honey)
Selection of Cretan cheeses

The workshop will include tasting of two Cretan wines and rakomelo.

It is a menu guaranteed to transport you to Crete instantly, so come prepared for the journey!

The workshop includes learning basic cooking skills, tasting ingredients and participating in every step, from prepping ingredients to cooking and plating. You will leave with a selection of the recipes and a 10% discount voucher for Oliveology’s products. And at the end of the workshop we all sit around the table and share the food we’ve made!

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Product Description

Oliveology’s Cretan Cooking Workshop & Wine Tasting

Workshop with Lida Papamatthaiaki

Lida is a trained chef and an anthropologist, focussing on food and the senses. Her experience working with food is diverse. Lida has worked in professional kitchens in Greece and London, consulted artisan food companies, joined food conferences and culinary seminars. She has also been writing and developing recipes for Oliveology for the last five years. In addition she has been volunteering in social kitchens for refugees in Athens. Lida is passionate about tangible and intangible heritage. She participated in an oral history research project documenting food practices in Northern Greece and worked for museums in Greece, developing food-related creative learning programs. She brings in her memories from her place of origin, Crete. Her workshops are inspired by the intersection of food heritage, culture and history.

Menu: Seasonal, Vegetarian, using Oliveology products and mostly organic produce. Please note that the workshop includes recipes with gluten.

Price: £120 per person (including all the food, drinks, recipes & wine tasting) or book 2 or more tickets and get 10% off!
Duration: 5 hours

Location: In our Railway Arch at Spa Terminus
Date:  Saturday 28th of September 2019
Time Slot: 10am-3pm

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Dietary requirements:

All menus are finalised two weeks before the date of the workshop. Please contact us directly with any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.
As our workshops are hosted at a shared kitchen space, we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment.

Cancellation policy:

A minimum of 4 weeks notice is required for cancellation so we can fill your space. You will be given a full refund or we can transfer you to another date. However, no refunds or changes can be made if cancellations are changed in less than four weeks. However, you have the option to give your ticket to a friend or family member.