I got Elizabeth a class at Dave’s Fresh Pasta for her birthday. I chose a new class being offered, Puerto Rico, Island Food, because we went to Puerto Rico for our honeymoon and I wanted to have an evening focused reliving our food memories and the amazing time we had. On the menu for the evening were mofongo, pasteles, arroz con gandules. In the kitchen teaching was Chef Jason. He apparently teaches all the classes; as we learned, he went to a Boston high school that was predominantly Puerto Rican and this class was focused on food he group up eating at friends’ houses during his childhood.
We were greeted with some amazing wine and cheeses that he select from the store and the class started off with an interesting discussion on the ingredients and what we would be cooking. After that, with some quick demos on the cooking process, Jason put the class to work, getting the ingredients ready and cooked. There was definitely some experimentation going on and some of our classmates with Latin backgrounds did some riffing providing interpretations for food that they had grown up with. That combined with the impromptu Latin music in the background provided with an “authentic” cooking experience, lively laughter and delicious food. Here are some pictures I took from class.