The origins of empanada, both word and recipe, present and alive in so many cultures in the world, date form thousands of years back, when nomadic cultures used bread dough as a means of transportation and conservation for meats and stews in their long journeys.
The verb “empanar” literally means to cover or lock something in bread, however, as all stories in gastronomy worth telling, the literal meaning soon got enriched with beautiful nuances as the world widened its horizons with conquests and new world discoveries, cultures got mixed together, the empanada turned into the quintessential crossbred recipe. Today an empanada holds sort of a formula: a thin dough, a stew or filling, heat, and boom! You have empanada!
Colombia, like many other countries in Latin America, adapted empanada to its geography, traditions and history, the dough is mainly made with indigenous corn, the fillings influenced by the Spanish conquistadors and subsequent adaptations in Colony times, and the heat method is mainly deep frying, inherited form the African Slaves. All this mixed together turned into what an empanada means to us: an iconic and delicious bite. Every region has their particular identity and will try to convince you they have the best one. We can only celebrate this diversity and party with so many flavors. Everyone in the family is welcome to this empanada party!
What you’ll live
Empanadas are the quintessential representation of our everyday life. All the recipes scream love and family, taste of home, of barrio, of students and workers feasting on a break, of afternoons spent with children having a snack and evening meals on the street posts and fried food mesas. Join this party so we can prepare, be it alone or as a family this very powerful bite-sized empanadas. You can fry or bake, you can freeze them so you can enjoy them many more times and remember a great time. The recipes we’ll share can be adapted to many different tastes and preferred cooking techniques, same goes for the fillings which can accommodate many food restrictions.
Invite the kids, your appetite and get ready to lay hands on the dough, so we can cook Colombian empanadas in an imaginary journey through our territory and the most representative ingredients of each region. Learn the best tricks to seal them properly, the right temperature to fry and alternatives to cooking, and off course a few connoisseur tips on how to properly eat them, as we do in Colombia
Our classes are one-on-one cooking workshops, so you can always have your microphone on and ask as many questions and comments. We limit the class capacity to small groups to guarantee an intimate experience and encourage the conversation among all participants. It’s a social event!
Who will enjoy it
Everyone will love it, specially families with kids, foodies, local gastronomy, travelers, people in love with Latin American culture, and Colombians nostalgic about their own recipes.
What to prepare:
Your apron, the ingredients, a notebook to write in, stories to share and good vibes.
How to connect:
Use your cellphone, Tablet or PC to connect form your kitchen. The link will be provided via email along with a list of ingredients and suggested cooking tools.
Tax exemption:Every foreign client needs to present a valid copy of their passport before we begin our experience to access the tax exemption, which is not included in this page. In case you are unable to provide it, you will be charged 19%.
Colombian citizens: Every Colombian must pay 19% tax.
Colombian cuisine menu.
Restrictions: None. Everyone will personalize their menus according to taste and dietary restrictions.
Age: 8 and over.
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If Foodies is forced to cancel a booked experience, any prior payments will be fully refunded.
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