This private cooking class in Cascais is a fabulous gourmet experience for guests looking for a luxurious and imaginative excursion from Lisbon. Learn all about Portuguese cuisine, characterized by its use of fresh ingredients such as fish, shellfish and vegetables; its world class olive oils, cheeses and cured hams; and its tantalizing desserts (the Portuguese have a major sweet tooth!). Some star products include Queijo de Serpa (from the beautiful Alentejo region) and Pico (from the Azores Islands); Pão de Milho (traditional cornbread); olive oils from the Esporão and Quinta das Marvalhas estates; “Ameixas de Elvas” (Elvas plums); “Piri- Piri” sauce (spicy sauce imported from Angola); “Salpicão” smoked sausages; and the ubiquitous “Bacalhau” (salt cod, a Portuguese delicacy).
With your own private chef you will prepare a three course traditional but elegant meal, that might include dishes like “Salmonete” (red mullet) or Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato (steamed clams with garlic, cilantro and white wine) followed by a fish stew (“Caldeirada) or “Bifes de Atum (Tuna steaks) and culminating in a deliciously naughty dessert like “Barrigas de Freira” (colorfully translated as nuns’ bellies). Over a meditative dessert wine finish off with homemade “mermelada” and Portuguese cheeses like the irresistible Queijo da Serra da Estrela with its gooey center and a contrasting hard cheese such as the spicy “Picante da Beira Baixa”. After your full morning of cooking, you will sit down and taste your dishes, along with excellent Portuguese wines. You can go sightseeing in Sintra in the afternoon and enjoy a digestive walk before returning to Lisbon. Contact us for more information on this gourmet experience.
Cascais Food & Wine Tasting Tour Highlights:
- Private Cooking Class with Top Chef
- Luxury Excursion from Lisbon
- Visit Cascais and Sintra
- Gourmet Lunch and Wines
- Mercedes Chauffeured Tour
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Cascais Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Private Cooking Classes in Cascais
- Lunch with wines
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
This morning your private chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel in Lisbon and you will drive along the Atlantic coast to the aristocratic seaside town of Cascais. Cascais has long attracted nobility and wealthy foreigners and many beautiful villas were built along the sea in the 1800’s. In one of these lovely villas, with your own private chef, you will embark on a Portuguese culinary adventure this morning. Your cooking class will have a partial demonstration and be partially hands on and will include a three course menu, as well as other nibbles and wines. While you cook, enjoy the sea views, and after a fantastic morning learning all about Portugal’s gastronomic heritage, you will sit down at an elegant table to enjoy the meal you have helped prepare.
After lunch, enjoy a little free time in Cascais to get some photos, pop into a gourmet shop or two and have a little stroll. Carry on to the beautiful town of Sintra next, where you will have your own private guide to show you around. You will visit the striking Pena Palace, without a doubt Portugal’s most beautiful and bizarre palace. After a walking tour of the old town, enjoy some free time to explore. Pick up some great bottles of wine at the Loja do Vinho, choose some pretty little pastries at the Pasteleria Sapa and purchase some ceramics from the many artisan shops. In the early evening, your driver will take you back into Lisbon, dropping you off at your hotel. And this concludes your memorable gourmet experience today. Hope you had a magnificent time!