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CACAO dishes from fruit to bar

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CACAO dishes from fruit to bar

1 review
Discover the flavorful history and potential of this tropical treat.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 7 people
Cuisine
Fusion
Hosted in
English
Cooking

CACAO dishes from fruit to bar

Cooking

CACAO dishes from fruit to bar

1 review
Discover the flavorful history and potential of this tropical treat.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 7 people
Cuisine
Fusion
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Cacao is a food experience that will take you to the tropics and explain, in a very unique way, how we go from the fruit to the bar. Each part of the chocolate-making-process will be represented by a dish, to show you how the sub-products of the process can be used in cooking. Upon arrival, guests will be invited to make their own cocktail, as I teach you about "spherification"; a technique developed by El Bulli restaurant. This will be the first taste of the Cacao fruit. We will then move to the table, were the tasting menu starts. As we progress, I'll be explaining to what part of the process that dish belongs to and what sub-product we are using. We will go from the pulp, to the seed, then the cocoa butter, the cocoa mass to lastly arrive to the chocolate. During the dinner, guests will be engaging with the ingredients I bring to the table, as well as with each other. This is very much the case were everybody ends ups sharing and knowing each other! For dessert, guests will be asked to plate their dessert, all together, in the same table where they have been sharing bread. My hope is that people leave happy, satisfied and with a deeper understanding of the cacao fruit, it's origins and of the people the grew close to it. You'll also get a little good-bye gift to remember us by! Please note that, although this is a highly engaging experience, it is not a cooking class.
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Your host

Paola

Host on Airbnb since 2013
A chef with 15 years of experience in professional kitchens, my wide and varied journey is reflected in the way I cook. Born in Venezuela to an Italian, Spanish, and German family, the combination of my European roots and the tropics make for a classic cuisine with Caribbean sabor! Fun, taste, and never taking life too seriously are the main ingredients in my recipe for cooking and life! I've worked in many different sectors, from 3 Michelin star restaurants to food product development. Since 2017, I've been hosting food experiences in the UK and Europe, where each has a theme and uses food to create connections. I'm particularly interested in how gastronomy can elevate memories, feelings, and places for people.

What's included

Food
FRUIT: Cacao mimosa with lychee & guanabana sphere ~ SEED: Artichoke croquettes, cocoa nibs & truffle ~ BUTTER: Cauliflower…
Drinks
Lichi & Guanabana mimosa ~ Paired cocktail BYOB or For +£15 per person, paired wines can be offered with dinner. Each…

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Where you'll be

Dinner will be taking place at my place in Haggerston. I have duplex facing a park, right next to the overground station, so it is very easy access. Plants and loads of art make our home cosy and cool and I hope you feel warm and welcomed, not only by the food but also by the space. Kitchen and living room are in the same open space, so we should be quite comfortable. Tunnel, our cat will be hanging around too. Smoking is allowed in the balcony

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 18 and up can attend. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also consider that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry,…

More tips

Vegetarian option is available, please request it when booking (needs to be booked in advance). We try to accommodate most food requirements, however make sure you specify them when booking and wait for our confirmation
Paola
CACAO dishes from fruit to bar
1 review
From $85/person
1 review
From $85/person