Arte Culinario by Mavi Graf

Arte Culinario by Mavi Graf

Arte Culinario by Mavi Graf
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Die-hard foodies & wine aficionados need apply! For those genuinely interested in the food & culture of Mexico. Private Cooking Classes w/local celebrity Chef Mavi Graf in the comfort of her home. Traditional or Contemporary Mexican cuisine: guided tour of local food markets to shop for ingredients, wine pairings, complimentary appetizers, craft cocktail & recipes of your Menu. One-on-one experience inside Chef Mavi's home with breathtaking views of Marina Vallarta.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • LVworldTraveler
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not your normal cooking class: much better!
    Small classes up to six persons. Your group only: no strangers. More fun and individual instruction than the several other classes I’ve been to. Mavi is a top chef, but so relatable for everyone. 35yrs in the area. From a small Mexican town. Successful businesswoman. My wife and I did this last year. We brought two friends with us this year and they were blown away by the experience. You pick your menu: 1 of 19 appetizers, 1 of 17 main courses, 1 of 6 desserts. Her recipes, plus some from her mother and grandmother. You learn and participate in all phases of prep. And, of course, you eat it all. If her husband, Kirk, is available he’ll add to the many stories to be told. We will be back again. ChefMavi.com.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Meagan R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing dinner!
    Our dinner with Chef Mavi was magnificent! An intimate dinner in her beautiful casa is exactly what we were looking for. We chose items from the Traditional Mexican Menu and everything was amazing! So many beautiful options means we will need to go back again soon!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Michele A
    Seattle, Washington1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend cooking with Chef Mavi!
    Our cooking class with Chef Mavi was superb! While full participation in the preparation of our meal wasn't mandatory, Chef Mavi, her husband, and her assistant were very supportive and encouraged us all to participate in the preparation of the three menu items we chose. Chef Mavi is an excellent instructor and we learned much about the ingredients and cooking techniques. It was a well guided, hands-on lesson of the varrieties of foods in various regions of Mexico. After completing the preparations, we dined on Chef Mavi's lovely terrace overlooking the Marina. Everything we prepared (sopes, birria, and chocolate tamales) was delicious. Our only regret was how quickly the time passed but we know we will arrange another cooking class with Chef Mavi when we return to Puerto Vallarta. This experience was great fun and one that should not to be missed.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Lilia J
    Houston, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good class with great company.
    We had an amazing time with Chef Mavi. We enjoyed the trip to the market where we saw fresh fish, different cuts of meat, veggies, and lots of spices. We chose to learn how to make cochinita pibil, crispy tacos, and tortillas. She showed us some tricks in the kitchen and the view was magnificent. We highly recommend you take this class along with the market tour.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Chris S
    Rome, Georgia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend!
    Chef Mavi was excellent! Warm and friendly, but also very professional and a great teacher. We had so much fun going to the markets with her! And the meal was a nice balance of hands on but relaxing once the meal started.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Murad H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We highly recommend Chef Mavi!
    We loved our time with Chef Mavi. In the morning, we met outside her condo and she drove us to the different local markets in the city. As we drove through the streets, she showed us Puerto Vallarta. This was helpful since this was our first time to the city , and was a great way to get the lay of the land. We stayed in an airBnB with a kitchen so we could cook a few meals at home. After spending the day with Chef Mavi, we knew where to go for the quality ingredients. When we got to the markets, it was so much fun shopping with her. She knows so much! Chef Mavi has been living, eating and cooking in Puerto Vallarta for over 30 years and this it shows in how she interacts with her market friends.She told us her favorite places to eat in the markets, told us which fish mongers and vegetable stands to go too. It felt so natural taking the day to shop in the markets with Chef Mavi and then being welcomed into her home. Chef Mavi and her husband Kirk were the most gracious hosts. We had lovely conversations and a phenomenal 3 course meal on their patio overlooking the marina. By far one of the best decisions we made on our travel to Puerto Vallarta. Highly recommend!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Extraordinary751136
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day
    The cooking class was really fun. Mavi was very sweet and get home and kitchen were gorgeous. If you enjoy cooking and want to learn how to cook Mexican food, but don't really know where to start- this is a great class for you.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2024
  • andydunn
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique very local cooking class
    What a great day - Chef Mavi picks you up and drives you around her favorite markets. A few bonus stops for some tourism on the way. Then back to her apartment where she walks you through the recipes. Great drinks and company and then you get to eat the fruits of your labour with a great view. Much better than the cruise ship excursions. As gardeners we loved the tour of the amazing things you grow on the balconies too.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
  • kcrosby
    Mukwonago, Wisconsin1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable Experience
    We booked Chef Mavi on a recommendation from a friend. It was everything we had hoped for and more. Since we did the private meal and shopping, we spent the entire day shopping local markets, listening to some of the history of Puerto Vallarta and her experiences, and cooking an amazing meal with her guidance. She welcomes you into her home and her husband is just as kind and knowledgeable about the area as she is. When it’s all finished, you feel like you’ve made new friends that could honestly be family. Our meal was sopa de tortilla, Chamorro en Salsa de Tres chiles, and for dessert we chose Arroz con Leche y Pasitas. We also made fresh guacamole and salsa. Chef also picked out a few local fruits that were in season, which were a snack while we cooked. We would do this again in a heartbeat!!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2024
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MReeve
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had the best day with Mavi. It was a thoroughly marvelous experience . The day started by visiting several unique markets that allowed us to buy the freshest vegetables, seafood and pork for our menu. These were hidden gems in the city of which we had only been to one previously. At stop at Pitilial to a secret spice shop was an education in itself. She showed us the spices that are the basis of many wonderful Mexican dishes. We sampled a fermented corn drink from a vendor who has occupied the same corner for the past 37 years. We also learned where to get the best churros. Her kitchen was set up to accommodate meal preparation and to teach us to be better cooks. What I enjoyed the most was her conversation and knowledge of food and Mexico. The final meal was like going to a 5 star restaurant. We plan on going back to learn more from her.
Written March 1, 2020
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Penny77Travels
Seattle, WA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Our love for Mexico, the people, food captured our hearts after a day at Mavi’s cooking class. Mavi is an exceptional cook with a bright personality. Our day started out at the market where she explained on how and where to buy seafood, meat, fresh produce and spices. After we pick up our food we went to her house where we made our modern Mexican dishes. Mavi offers classes in traditional Mexican cooking as well as modern, with a twist to your favorite dishes. We were offered wine pairing with each dish which was an added treat. The atmosphere was lively, personable, filled with laughter. Her husband was there offering his love for Mexico, family and his wife. My husband hit it off with him when he found out he born and raised in Ohio near my husband’s father. We went home with a to go bag of food to enjoy for lunch the next day. The day of cooking was the highlight of our trip while in Puerto Vallarta. We almost forgot about the world of COVID while we were enjoying what seemed like the good ole days.
Written December 17, 2020
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Dear Penny, Thank you so much for your kind review, we really appreciate it!! Yes, for us too, was such a fun day! We hope we get to see you in the kitchen again in your next trip tpo Puerto Vallarta!!
Written January 19, 2021
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Janet N
Chicago, IL12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I’ve been fortunate to have 3 private dining experiences with MAVI. She is incredibly knowledgeable with all the regional cuisines of Mexico. She is very eager to share her
professional secrets and short cuts!
We were three couples ....all who enjoy learning new techniques and recipes.
A dinner with MAVI has become a treasured tradition when we’re in Puerto Vallarta.
Written January 18, 2021
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Dear Janet, Thank you so much for your review, it is really appreciate it! it is so much fun to cook with youa dn the whole Chicago group! Thank you so much for three consecutive years of making our Cooking Class part of your vacation in Puerto Vallarta.
Written January 19, 2021
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Silvia Faris
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to experience a culinary high. Mavi and her sou chef were amazing in the kitchen. My husband and I had an amazing time learning not only about what we were preparing, but in addition learning about all the special herbs and plants used in mexican cooking. Mavi is one outstanding teacher and great chef. And, to top all this experience we were treated as friends and guests and dined with Chef Mavi and her dear Hubby!! what a deal!!!
Written January 31, 2022
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LVworldTraveler
Playa del Carmen, Mexico813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
What an AMAZING time. We’ve been to cooking classes before, but your time with the chef was limited based on larger class sizes, time limits, menu limits, etc. We enrolled in the dinner class. Chef Mavi and her husband, Kirk, open their home to you (not some sterile commercial kitchen). Her and her mama’s personal recipes are prepared by you, with her guidance. And the results are awesome. You choose your personalized menu from the list of 19 starters, 17 entrees and 7 deserts. Learn about culture from her home village in Sinaloa and the growth of PVR from a small city over her decades here. We enjoyed dinner on her terrace overlooking the Vallarta Marina and multi-million dollar yachts with the green mountains in the background. You MUST do this!
Written October 14, 2022
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JASON H
Portland, OR19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Start your day by shopping locally for ingredients across Puerto Vallarta, Mavi takes you to her favorite butcher, fish market, spice store, produce market . Enjoy the hospitality of chef Mavi in her home, while you prepare the meal you have selected. Hear about local traditions as you prepare the meal, and then sit down to eat the creation while over looking the marina. Mavi is a very talented chef. The food that you cook with her will be amazing.
Written March 15, 2020
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cdearmond
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Absolutely perfect day with Mavi! She took us to the local markets for fresh ingredients for our meal, then back to her beautiful home, overlooking the marina, to make the most amazing meal. She is a beautiful soul and an outstanding chef. We felt so at home with her. We can't wait to visit her again and hope she and her husband come to Texas someday soon! Te amo mucho, Mavi!!
Written November 9, 2020
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Marietta G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I took this cooking class with a friend while vacationing in PV and it was a truly unique experience and a highlight of our trip! There is no better way to experience the culture and food here than spending a day with Chef Mavi! We selected one of her many delicious menus to prepare and she took us around to local markets to shop for ingredients. She educated us on the area and food we were preparing throughout the day. Then we were welcomed into her home to prepare the meal which added an additional local touch. I highly recommend this experience for your trip, it truly is one of a kind!
Written March 26, 2021
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JanKaplan115
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I’ve been visiting Puerto Vallarta for 14 + years and have experienced many different activities, but if you want the BEST experience, that you will forever talk about, and replicate, it’s taking an authentic Mexican cooking lesson with Chef Mavi.

We immediately hit it off. We first went shopping to the fish market, where I experienced learning about so many different kinds of fish. We then went to the vegetable market where I saw radishes the size of softballs! From there we went to where they make tortillas! I will never eat a packaged tortilla again. I sampled one right off the press – literally! From there we went to Pitillal Centro, where I experienced the most incredible spice market ever, and I have been to many.

After shopping for all of our delicious food, we went back to Chef Mavi’s beautiful condominium to cook! With her sous chef at her side and me (Sous Chef #2) we prepared the menu I chose from a list of many different choices.

Preparing the authentic Mexican salsa with true guacamole (no tomatoes) to a delicious shrimp cocktail made with scratch shrimp stock, that I have made at home, was a total delight. I chose the hibiscus enchiladas, they were mouthwatering, stuffed poblanos, a foodies joy, and then we prepared a ginger tart with jackfruit. (Something I have seen in grocery stores – Chicago -but never purchased.)

The wine flowed, the conversation never stopped, and I was completely in awe of this delicious food we cooked and ate together. Chef Mavi also taught me how to style the plates for the presentation. I have made a friend for life. Even if you’ve never held a knife, or chopped an avocado, this experience is something you cannot miss!
Written February 22, 2022
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Jason J
New York City, NY40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Mavi prepared a very special New Years Eve dinner at our house - and it left both our hearts and stomachs full. There was immense thought and love put into each and every dish that was served - it felt like we were all part of her family. Her team was extremely professional and the meal itself surpassed even the highest rated restaurants in PV. We can’t wait to dine with her again!
Written December 31, 2020
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Dear jason, thank you so much for your kind review, we really appreciate it! It is absolutely the best compliment we can receive, when we get only empty plates back in the kitchen! thank you so much and happy and healthy New year!
Written January 19, 2021
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