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Casa Crespo Cooking Class
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Oaxaca Cooking Class
Ranked #3 of 20 Food & Drink in Oaxaca
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Owner description: Cooking classes are held at CASA CRESPO Restaurant. Casa Crespo is a cooking school devoted exclusively to the cuisine of Oaxaca. What better way to learn more about this region´s culture than by savoring Oaxacan cuisine?
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

I didn't get an opportunity to take the class, sadly. I went in on a Saturday to sign for the Sunday class. I discussed the menu options with the chef and the time i should arrive the next day. I was told to come the next day at 11am. I showed up on time and was told by the only Spanish speaking staff the chef was 'sick" (which i doubt, because he seemed healthy the day before, i can only speculate that it may have had something to do with me being only one person and no one else was attending the class) I had been looking forward to this class all morning. Casa Crespo had my contact information, it would have been nice if they could have contacted me before i came to Casa Crespo, so i could made alternative plans. There are far superior cooking classes in Oaxaca, i would suggest signing up at one of them.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Nice to have a choice what the group would cook. Oscar walked us to the market, gave us the routine tour of the market, but was somewhat dismissive of any questions. He talks fast and low volume so it is difficult to pick up much of what he says. The time is short so we feel rushed at every step, and participation in cooking is somewhat limited - again questions are dealt with quickly with curt, clipped replies. The minute the class was over, we barely saw Oscar, not even to ask how the food tasted. Yet the food was terrific, the other Mexican couple who joined the class gracious and entertaining. What could have been a terrific experience was soured by what seemed to be indifference. Tomorrow we try a new chef and another cooking class.

3  Thank tomshiff
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Oscar is such a lovely man and incredibly knowledgeble. If you stop by here for a class you'll be taught by one of the best chefs in all Oaxaca. We made so many different things including Ceviche, Mole, Hibiscous water, Flan etc. What's great is that he'll give the group the chance to chose what they want to make from a range of things, and also translate the ingredients, so if you don't have certain ingredients in your country he'll tell you what you can use instead. The recipes are emailed to you after the class so no having to write notes of the worry of losing paper as you're travelling. Well worth the money.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We were lucky enough to have the class to ourselves so was just the 2 of us and Oscar. To start we were served coffee and bread with the restaurants hibiscus jam whilst Oscar talked us through the hundreds of options we had on the menu to cook. We picked based on our favourite dishes and ingredients and what we most wanted to cook again back home. We found Oscar was interested and accommodating to all our decisions, unlike some descriptions of him in other reviews below. Next was a trip through the market not only to buy the ingredients for the day but Oscar gave us a detailed tour explaining what each ingredient was used for (even those we would not be using). The last stop was a trip to the tortilla grind to have our corn ground before our eyes into the dough we would be using to make our tortillas. Back at the restaurant Oscars lovely staff had prepared our cooking station. He then took us step by step through preparing each dish: regular tortilla, squash flower infused tortilla, 3 salsas, guacamole, squash flower and Oaxaca string cheese quesadilla, ceviche, shrimp soup, stuffed chillis, Oaxacan chocolate ice cream and hibiscus drink. Oscar was helpful and attentive during the entire class and answered all questions we had including substitutes for ingredients back home overseas. It was VERY hands on with us doing all the chopping, kneading, blending, frying and crushing ourselves! Not sure if the reviews below were from a full class rather than 2 people so maybe this made the difference to us in how much you physically do yourself. After a few photos with teacher we were led to our table and left to enjoy our feast (complete with complimentary beer and mescal) It was only then we realised just how much we had learnt to create and all of it was absolutely delicious. The best ceviche we have had in Mexico and the chicken, almond, raisin and olive stuffed chillis were fantastic. The value for money at $65US we felt was well worth it for the hands on experience and the very large meal (and our cute apron souvenirs!) Cannot wait to go home and cook for all our friends with the recipes emailed to us by our fabulous guide Oscar.

1  Thank chasethesun2012
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We really enjoyed the class but to be honest you do more watching than cooking. You don't get your own cooking station but rather huddle around one table and take turns chopping, stirring, blending, etc. if you want to get your hands dirty don't do this class (especially at $65 a pop). Oscar cooked well but was disengaged at best. You only 'cook' for 90 mins. The food was delicious though!

4  Thank 30greenfeet
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