The word arepa, that sacred mixture that has its origin in pre-Columbian America, comes from the language of the Taino indigenous people who used the term "erepa" to designate "corn". Its existence has been documented since the arrival of Colombus and later in the chronicles of numerous explorers who realize that by the time of the discovery the recipe for the arepa was already widely spread throughout the continent, since then, this native bread began a culinary transformation adventure thanks to the encounter with new ingredients and the diversification of its cooking techniques that today define it as a mestizo food to which we worship. Whether in the morning as a breakfast star, at lunch as a side dish or at night as a snack for a light dinner, the arepa remains valid at the local table even with the ups and downs of modern life.
Sweet, salty, fried, roasted, charcoal, in firewood, cooked on banana leaves, mixed with cheese, curd, ash, greaves or panela, stuffed with egg, with what comes from the imagination of a seasoned cook, there are a number of preparations that vary according to the region and make us believe that, if the land were flat, in Colombia we would undoubtedly say that it has the shape of an arepa.
What you’ll live
With more than 70 different versions, the arepa is considered a national gastronomic symbol that has adapted to the culture and diversity of each territory. Connect with our roots by kneading two recipes that stand out among the wide repertoire of Colombian arepas by summarizing the trietnia that identifies local cuisine and the creative use of techniques and flavors. The contribution of the Spaniards and the new ways of cooking that we learned from the Africans were mixed with indigenous ingredients to give rise to the culinary explosion that Cartagena experienced during the colonial era. Centuries later, that legacy has a special place in the fried tables where the arepa of egg and the arepa of anise are the result of that rich and exuberant cuisine.
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 foodies interested in world's 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.
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Restrictions: The menu is suitable for vegetarians, gluten and lactose allergy sufferers. Vegetarians may exchange pork or beef for their preferred substitutes.
Age: 12 and over.
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