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Cultural Gastronomy & Travel

Cultural Gastronomy

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Experience the culture of another country with a special meal prepared for you or your event. Or enjoy a private or group cooking class as you learn to prepare a meal from another country. Our personal chef catering services and cooking classes are customized for your needs. Explore some options below and contact us to learn more.

Dining Experiences

Cultural Gastronomy Dinner

min 5 people  |  max 10 people
$55/person casual dinner
$75/person formal dinner
$10/person drink pairing
alcohol optional

Learn the dining culture of another country while enjoying a delicious regional meal—made, served, and shared by a native of the featured country.

Closeup of bowl of soup with a Portuguese dinner menu

Specialty Dinner

min 5 people  |  max 10 people
$105/person
$15/person drink pairing
alcohol optional

Treat your group to a unique, catered experience. This custom night is built around your desires for that special event. Menu is based on your requests.

Two women enjoying a meal

Pig Roast

20–30 people  |  4–6 hours
$115/person  |  $25/person drink pairing

Enjoy a whole roast pig or lamb. Great community event—no one leaves hungry!

Two cooks working at the barbecue while guests mingle in the background

Weird Food for Weird People

min 5 people  |  max 12 people
$115/person
$25/person weird drink pairing
alcohol optional

A wacky meal for Friday the 13th and other unnatural days. Blood rice, camel milk mousse, octopus, brains, barnacles, crickets.

Eerily-lit table set for a large dinner group

Sunday Brunch

min 3 people  |  max 10 people
$45/person
Contact Maria to schedule

Join Maria and Ines for brunch at an intimate “old world” home for a morning of amazing food and conversation. Be welcomed by a sparkling beverage followed by a delicious creation from Chef Ines. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a mouthwatering masterpiece by Maria and finish with coffee.

Brunch spread with a variety of pastries and china coffee cups

Friday Afternoon Tea

min 3 people  |  max 10 people
$45/person
Contact Maria to schedule

Join us for a delightful afternoon tea, while you enjoy floral or Earl Grey tea, finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and cake.

Tea setting with teacup, teapot and pastries

Cooking Classes

Cultural Gastronomy Cooking Class

min 5 people  |  max 10 people
$65/person  |  3 hours

Learn to cook a meal from a foreign country as Maria teaches you to build a cultural dinner.

Chef Maria in the kitchen at the stove

Private or Group Cooking Class

Maria teaches private and group classes in your home, for you and your family or friends. Let us know what you are interested in learning, and we'll tailor a special class that will expand your cooking horizons.

Group dinner guests smile as they hold up their glasses for a toast

Mixology Class Series

min 8 people  |  max 15 people
$45/person
Four Class Series $160

Four courses: Mixology 1, Mixology 2, History of Mixology, Punch Class. Select one or more classes, or take the full series. All classes include a cheese pairing.

Mixology instructor explains how to mix a beverage

Kid’s Etiquette Class

min 5 people  |  max 10 people
6–9 yrs old  |  9-12 yrs old
$45/person

Learn the proper etiquette for a formal sit down dinner while enjoying a cultural immersion meal experience.

Closeup of formal place setting

Build a Birthday Together

min 5 people  |  max 10 people
2–3 yrs old  |  4–6 yrs old  |  6–9 yrs old  |  9–12 yrs old
$45/person  |  2.5 hours

We make a tea party together. Bake a cake, and while it’s baking make and enjoy sandwiches and tea. Decorate the cake together and sing Happy Birthday!

Platefull of little cakes made to look like cars, with a star-shipped cake in the center

Personal Chef Services

Maria provides in-home personal chef services, whether you need a healthy meal prepared weekly, monthly or for a special occasion or event.

We create our service based on your needs. We know your time is precious and cooking well-balanced healthy meals can sometimes be a challenge. Let us take the pressure off and provide you with meals that aim to please!

Chef Maria in the kitchen at the stove

Working with Maria

Chef Maria creates personalized cooking classes and dining experiences for you and your family or friends. The menu will be customized to your desires.

  • Please book three weeks to six months in advance
  • Free one-hour initial consultation
  • Non-refundable 50% deposit is due at time of booking
  • Dining events and classes usually take place in an intimate home in Shoreline
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