Basque Food & Pintxo Cooking Course in a Traditional Basque Villa in Bilbao
Learn how to prepare some of the most delicious and authentic Basque cuisine, with our Bilbao semi-private cooking class. With a professional chef, you will learn how to make pintxos – the famous ‘tapas’ of Northern Spain. This experience will take place at our HQ (Casa de Montaña) – a beautiful traditional Basque stone villa, set in a stunning mountainous landscape.
*Our Bilbao cooking class is one the most local and authentic you can get.
*This is a very enjoyable experience, which can be adapted to all cooking abilities.
Private transport in a 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano. We'll pick you up from your hotel/airport in Bilbao.
Semi Private Tour
Max 6 people
Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Course With Open Bar
Visit to Castro Urdiales With Local Drink & Food
NSG Apron & Recipes
Hotel Pick Up & Drop off in Range Rover Sport
INTRODUCTION TO NORTHERN SPANISH GASTRONOMY
In our traditional Basque villa, we'll give you an introduction to the gastronomic traditions of Northern Spain, with a focus on pintxos - the tapas of the north.
The key to making great pintxos is the choice and quality of ingredients. During our Bilbao private cooking class, we will only use seasonal ingredients, depending on what’s available from local producers, or our own vegetable garden, where you can even pick the vegetables yourself.
What to Expect:
Cook in A Traditional Basque House where the chef lives
Discover the proper Basque Country Side
Learn all the traditions and history of the Basque Cuisine
PREPARING THE PINTXOS
Our Bilbao private cooking class will take place in our large country kitchen, where we'll enjoy a back-drop of chill-out music and relaxing mountain views.
Whilst we cook, we will let the wine flow, enjoying some of the best Spanish cavas, albariños, txakolis and riojas as we go.
Combining the finest ingredients from the land, sea and farms, we will prepare traditional and sophisticated pintxos. With our expert guidance, you will find these pintxos relatively easy to prepare.
What to Expect:
Open Bar: Rioja (red wine) and Verdejo (white wine)
Cook 4-5 pintxos with local ingredients
Reduced groups: maximum 6 people
VISIT CASTRO URDIALES
To burn off a few calories after our Bilbao private cooking class, we will take a short tour around the charming fisherman’s town of Castro Urdiales, located on the border of Cantabria and Basque Country, just 25 minutes’ drive from Bilbao.
We'll stop along the way for a coffee, wine or non-alcoholic drink in a small little bar overlooking the port, before heading back to Bilbao.
What to Expect:
Walk around this gothic fisherman village
Eat rabas (the traditional fried calamaris of Basque Country) and drink a local alcoholic drink overlooking the port
"Perfect! I cannot use enough superlatives to convey how wonderful and special this experience is."
"My husband and I had a wonderful afternoon at Irene's home making pintxos. I loved Irene's gentle guidance as I chopped and sauteed and tasted. She was knowledgeable, well organized and so warm"
"My 2 friends don't cook but agreed to this trip to satisfy me. They said the day was once in a lifetime. We made 3 tapas using their fresh home grown vegetables and local meats and fish. "
"Delightful, personal and priceless. The house and kitchen – oh, the kitchen! – are perfectly arranged for a group afternoon of preparation, cooking, eating and drinking together."
We are a small family company, experienced and licensed in conducting Bilbao private cooking classes.
We always use the best quality ingredients and wine pairings during our course.
We have over five years' experience in the world of gastronomy and teaching cooking classes.
If you need transportation, it will be provided by a 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano.
All types of debit/credit cards are accepted for payment of the class.
We partner with small family producers, who maintain a respect for sustainability.
We approach Northern Spanish wine with passion, as we considerate it an art.
We will use only seasonal produce, when making the pintxos during out Bilbao private cooking class.
We visit the small port town of Castro Urdiales and show you the places that rarely appear in the guide books.
We are a team of four, each with skills in the wine and gastronomy worlds.
Our team are locals who know the North of Spain and its cuisine, like the backs of their hands.
Whilst we have carefully planned our cooking class, we aim to cater to our clients' needs, and will adjust the day as required.
With us you will not feel like you are in a class, but rather cooking with local friends.