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La Casa de los Sabores Cooking School

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Address: Reforma 402-B | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: 201 255 6104
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Many people who come to Oaxaca want to know more about the wonderful...

Many people who come to Oaxaca want to know more about the wonderful unique food from this region especially the variety of "mole" sauces, the banana leaf-wrapped tamales and the vast array of soups, all using typical Oaxacan ingredients.Experienced chef and owner of La Olla, Pilar Cabrera, offers you the opportunity to learn, hands-on, the complex cuisine of Oaxaca. Pilar´s cooking classes, held in La Casa de Los Sabores (House of Flavors), are set in her spacious, newly remodeled traditionally styled Oaxacan kitchen. In a warm and inviting atmosphere, you will learn to create the traditional Oaxacan dishes of your choice, made famous throughout Mexico and spreading worldwide. Shared and private classes include an explanation about the ingredients, a tour to the local market, hand-made meal preparation, mezcal tasting and, of course, the five course meal you prepared which you get to enjoy at the end of the class. Pilar will teach you her family´s generations-old cooking secrets so you can learn and enjoy a Oaxacan culinary legacy.

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Basking in the Ambiance of Oaxacan Cuisine

My daughter and I took the class together with three other interesting women. It was an intimate experience. My daughter loved the visit to the market -- it was so clean and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
ruth w
Shelbyville, Kentucky
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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We visited Oaxaca during the off-season and our originally scheduled cooking class had to be moved due to a conflict in the owner's schedule. While this was a minor inconvenience for us, chef/owner Pilar Cabrera more than made up for it -- we were the only two people in the class and so got her full attention. The class started... More 

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My daughter and I took the class together with three other interesting women. It was an intimate experience. My daughter loved the visit to the market -- it was so clean and for a small market had a great variety of special produce. I just basked in the ambiance of Pilar's home, listening to conversation, creating masterpieces together with new... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My husband, daughter and I took the cooking class with Pilar and two other young (and delightful) women. We first went to a local market, a favorite of Pilar's, and ended up buying items for ourselves to take home (dried chili's and spices). Pilar is lovely and a very good instructor. We cooked in her beautiful home, where she had... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Four friends and I attended Pilar Cabrera's cooking class last Friday, July 17. It was amazing! We met at her restaurant (La Olla--also fabulous!) and then headed to the market to purchase ingredients for the class as well as the restaurant. We even stopped at the molino to have corn ground into two different types of flour for the tamales.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My husband and I love food and cooking so we were excited to be able to take a cooking class with a top chef from Oaxaca. We booked and paid online which was very easy and all of our questions were answered promptly via email. I actually got sick and was unable to make the class I was scheduled for... More 

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The cooking school started with a tour of a nearby market which was interesting and informative. Then we made several excellent dishes including a Mole. My favorite dish, and the one I have repeated for guests, was a dessert made with guavas. I do highly recomend the cooking school. My only complaint is that the recipes that we were given... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I really thought it was quite hands on. We had a smaller group (7) than other reviews. There were so many tasks to do. I don't know how it would have been possible for each to do there on course as one review suggested. We all made tamal separately. I sliced onions, olives,and chilies. I also roasted chillies,garlic,and tomatoes. Others... More 

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Barely in Oaxaca 12 hours and in class with chef Pilar Cabrera and 9 other students ready to take on estofado and several other courses for this divine experience. What a great teacher Pilar is and a fabulous cook. The day was filled with market trip, prep, cooking and resulted in a divine meal with fellow classmates. Highly recommend her... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The owner and chef of La Olla Restaurant, Pilar Cabrera, offers an opportunity not to be missed for anyone interested in cooking Oaxaca cuisine. Pilar began with a shopping trip to select the ingredients we would be using. "Freshness" was her mantra. Leaving the market and heading to Pilar's home, ten of us gathered around the huge cooking island and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Do you ever wonder how some people manage to be so incredibly generous? Chef Pilar organizes 'real' meal making events from the market to the kitchen with an easy professionality, you start observing the unique relationships she has cultivated with sources/farmers in the market to tasting and building authentic Oaxacan meals in her 'home' kitchen. The class translates for serious... More 

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