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Academy of Cooking and Other Pleasures

Neighborhood: Historic City Center
Cooking classes, Food & Drink, Sightseeing Tours
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Address: Rua Dona Geralda 288 | Centro Historico, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 55 24 3371 6025
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Activities: Dining
Description: Join renowned Brazilian chef Yara Castro Roberts and retired...
Join renowned Brazilian chef Yara Castro Roberts and retired French/American executive Richard Roberts to prepare and enjoy together a refined Brazilian dinner with the best of Brazilian cuisine. The menus are from six regional and historical cuisines such as Minas Gerais, Bahia, Amazonas, Cerrado. These are also the subject of our new book “The Brazilian Table” that have been nominated and a finalist at International book awards. The evening begins at 8:00 PM sharp and end about 11:30. We start by serving a caipirinha and Richard Roberts shows a unique way to make it. Next, guests are invited to gather around the stove to join or just watch the preparation of the dishes. Then we all sit at our decorated table and enjoy the four-course dinner we made together, with wine from Argentina or Chile. We end with coffee or mint tea and a tasting of aged cachaça.
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Unique food experience

We saw reviews both in the Lonely Planet and on TripAdvisor and were keen to take part during our stay in Paraty. We managed to sign up on the day itself, taking the last 2... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We saw reviews both in the Lonely Planet and on TripAdvisor and were keen to take part during our stay in Paraty. We managed to sign up on the day itself, taking the last 2 spots. The evening itself was fantastic. We arrived at 8, and met the other 6 people that we would be spending the evening with. We... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Wow. Totally unexpected for a colonial town in Brazil. A modern concept executed flawlessly. Yara and Richard welcome you into their home as though you are family. They teach you cookery but also history and give you a wonderful culinary tour of Brazil and a great meal. This is a must. This couple are fantastic, lovely, knowledgeable and just brilliant!

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New York, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We stumbled upon Yara and Richard in the Lonely Planet. It seemed like a fun way to spend an evening, so we signed up. They do require a 50% deposit in advance, but since we were only arriving the day of the class, they graciously allowed us to bring them the deposit the same day. Yara and Richard provided a... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you're interested in food and some good stories to go with it, sign up for a fantastic evening with Yara and Richard. You will taste some great local food (and help prepare it) and at the end of the evening your head will be full of great stories. And as a bonus you'll learn how to make the perfect... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

A wonderful and authentic Brazilian evening. Fantastic food and drink, not to mention company. A definite highlight of our stay in Paraty

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Paris
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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The cookery class was one of the highlights of our 10 days in Brasil. If you are interested in food, Brazilian culture and history, or just good company, don't hesitate. Book it!

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São Paulo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I’ve lived in Brazil for 4 years now, have traveled a lot, and done many different activities here, so when my parents visited me for two weeks, I was hesitant in participating in this class, especially after hearing the price. While this is not an inexpensive activity, it is worth every dime! Robert and Yara are amazing hosts that personalize... More 

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had a great evening at the Academy, with pleasant and interesting conversation. The food was good, but it's more the concept that makes the difference. It could have been Excellent instead of a Very Good if the wine was on the table instead of in the fridge ... a petty.

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Burlington, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We are so glad we decided to do this. Yara and Richard are such great hosts and we learned a lot about the Brazilian cuisine. We also met so many great people that we continue to stay in touch with. It was one of our most favorite nights of our 3-week honeymoon in Brazil. Can't recommend it enough!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I took my father here and it was well worth it - a highlight of our trip. Fantastic company, great food, and some good lessons on Brazilian food, wine, and history.

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