Flavors of Latin America (3 class series)
$415 per person
Please note that this class takes place over the course of three weeks
What You'll Learn
By the end of the course, you will:
- Know the basic ingredients of the Cuban, Salvadoran and Peruvian pantry
- Be able to make your own Aji paste, curtido (pickled cabbage) and ceviche
- Be able to make homemade pupusas
Note: This course takes place over three consecutive Wednesdays
About This Class
Let’s take a trip to Cuba, El Salvador, and Peru! This three-session series will guide you through some of our favorite dishes from Latin America. Each country differs in its cuisine but you will also see similarities in flavors as we explore the native ingredients, cooking methods, and traditional dishes of Cuba, El Salvador, and Peru. Each night will dive deep into one cuisine, wrapping up with a stellar meal of everything you’ve made.
Chef Patty’s ancestry is from El Salvador and she has taken several trips to Cuba, Peru, and throughout Latin America so she brings her love of travel and food together in each recipe.
Cuba: Croquetas de Jamon, Congrí (Rice and Black Beans), Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef), Pollo Frito a la Criolla (Creole Fried Chicken), and Arroz con Leche
El Salvador: Curtido, Tomato Salsa, Yuca, Pupusas (with cheese, beans and chicharon) and Sweet “Quesadilla” Cake
Peru: Ceviche, Ahi Paste, Papas a la Huancaina (Potatoes with spicy cream sauce), Shrimp and Lomo Saltado, and Alfajores
- Wine included
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Three-session series
- Ages 18+
All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.
We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.
The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.
Doors will open 10 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).
Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.
Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.
You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.
Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.
After spending almost 20 years leading travelers all over the world and exploring delicious and exotic cuisines, Patty decided to pursue her passion for cooking. She enrolled and graduated from the Professional Culinary Program at San Francisco Cooking School. Patty trained at the highly rated Italian restaurant, Perbacco, in San Francisco where she learned first-hand the intricacies and complexities of food preparation, presentation, and service. Today, Patty works as a private chef, teaches cooking classes, and still makes time to travel.