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9/12/2011 (18:00 h)

10/10/2011 (18:00 h)

11/14/2011 (18:00 h)

12/12/2011 (18:00 h)


Instituto Cervantes - Sala de actos
31 W. Ohio St.
60654 Chicago Illinois

Spanish Culinary Workshops


The Spaniard culinary expert Blanca Valencia will be presenting a series of recipe tastings open to all those interested in discovering the world of Spanish cuisine, considered one of the most diverse in the world.
The opening of these sessions will be hosted by Chef Ryan Poli, Executive Chef and Partner of Tavernita, his newest Chicago venture, due to open in September, 2011.   Discover and enjoy a combination of all of Chef Poli’s international culinary experience, featuring the cuisine of Spain with Latin influence - under his theme of: “Vegetables are the new Pork.”


Ryan Poli refined his techniques by working at the renowned restaurants such as Sergi Arola´s La Broche, El Celler de Can Roca and Martin Berasategui in Madrid, Spain.  Chef Poli will demonstrate how to prepare some of his own culinary creations in an intimate environment encouraging students’ participation.

Each class will have a maximum of 20 participants, who can question, taste and experience all ingredients, recipes and dishes that are explored in these workshops.


Blanca Valencia was born in Spain and raised in Latin America. She graduated from the acclaimed culinary arts school Le Cordon Bleu (London). Among other places, she has developed her professional career in the Divertimenti Cookery School and Books for Cooks (London), El Bulli Hotel (Seville) and the School of Cooking El Alambique (Madrid).


Monday, September 12: Introduction to Spanish Extra Virgin Olive oils and Olives

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Monday, October 10; Introduction to Spanish Cheeses

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Monday, November 14: Introduction to Spanish Charcuterie

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Monday, December 12: Introduction to Spanish Fish Preserves

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$25 general admission

$20 IC students, members & seniors

Special discount for registering for the four workshop series:

$90 general admission (4 workshops)

$70 IC students, members & seniors (4 workshops)

Limited seating.


Blanca Valencia
Ryan Poli

Entidades Organizadoras

Instituto Cervantes (Chicago)

Collaborating Organisation

Culinary Collective

Matiz España

Zócalo Gourmet



Teléfono de reservas:   312-3351996

Instituto Cervantes

31 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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