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“Several wonderful days with Terresa”

La Cucina di Terresa
Ranked #41 of 135 Classes & Workshops in Paris
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We spent several wonderful days in early October with Terresa. She is an amazing chef and wonderful ambassador for Paris. We visited an incredible bakery, meat market, open air food market ,where we purchased lovely vegetables from local purveyors, and a cheese shop. We have been to Paris many times and were delighted to visit areas for the first time. After the tour we went to her apartment to prepare all this lovely food. Terresa does more than instruct. She teaches you how to take simple ingredients and create delicious food using ingredients you would be familiar with but never think to use in these dishes. We prepared kale pasta, a red cabbage salad, kale stems (which were delicious) and an apple tatin. She paired the food with lovely organic wines and cheese.

The next day we took the train to the Loire Valley and visited an organic winery and learned about the wine harvest which was in progress. It was very interesting to see the differences in the production of organic wine and visit with the local people who were working the harvest. Christophe, who owns the label and produces the wine, was wonderful and full of information about natural wine production. It was really interesting to visit the local cave where he stores wines and his farmhouse. His wines La Lunotte, were delicious and he was a gracious host. We also prepared a lovely vegetable bread soup and poached pears which we shared with the people who were involved with the harvest. There is a great difference between working for someone and friends working together. If you would like to depart from an orchestrated, scripted wine tasting and discover what a day in the life of a dedicated French winemaker is like, we encourage you to take this trip with Terresa.

We love to cook and always try to find interesting cooking classes when we travel. We certainly would rank our time with Terresa at the top of the list not only because of what we learned but it was a real pleasure meeting someone who is so knowledgeable and dedicated to her passion.

Thank Alex B
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

I spent an amazing time learning from Terresa about food, taste, and basically way of life. She is so inspiring, inventive and generous, cooking with her is a real experience, the kind of experience that you know it will change something in your life. Cooking was fun, and tasting was just amazing.

Thank amandine t
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Terresa is not only one of the best chefs I have ever known, but she is also the absolute most incredible woman. I had two cooking classes with her - one in Paris when I was on vacation and again in California when she was traveling by. Both are memories I will never forget!

Terresa shows up with the ingredients and a huge smile. She immediately felt like family. From there she told us about the nature of the food and the wine pairings, and weaved them in with personal stories of living in France and writing a book. The atmosphere was fun, energetic, and lovely...just the type of environment you want for a whole afternoon of cooking.

And a whole afternoon we did! We made everything from scratch, from the pasta noodles to the sauces, the appetizers, salads, and most decadent desserts. And as I mentioned, this woman can cook!!

The evening ended with two promises from Terresa: that she would send us the recipes so we could continue to practice (it does make perfect), and the second to keep in touch. And I most certainly will do just that!

Thank BohoPM44
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

A cooking class with Teresa begins with a stroll through a local organic market learning about and sampling heirloom vegetables and cheeses. Her knowledge of food, cooking and wine and her passion to share it is infectious. Teresa showed me how to use and store nearly ALL parts of the vegetables/ingredients we used while cooking and incoporate them into everyday meal planning.

Her recipes are delicious, her apartment/cooking studio tiny but cozy and the wine pairings she selects round out a one-of-a-kind day in Paris. If you like organic, vegetarian food and cooking, go see Teresa! You will not regret it!

Thank lagomorpheus
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our experience with Terresa's afternoon cooking class was more than a cooking lesson...it was a delightful afternoon filled with good conversation, delectable food, laughter & wine. It was one of the most relaxing days of our trip because Terresa made us feel welcome & at ease in her apartment. The dishes we made were unique, but still recipes we could follow at home realistically. Furthermore, Terresa's passion for quality ingredients is motivating! We also greatly appreciated her communication with us beforehand to prepare for a class that would suit us personally and then a follow-up that summarized everything we did together.

Thank ArtfulSol
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