New date added due to popular demand!
SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2022
SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022
Join Julie Le Clerc, one of our most popular guest presenters and inveterate traveller, on this class all about Julie's travels to Croatia.
"I grew up surrounded by Croatian cooking and the joy of eating different food in the homes of Croatian neighbours and friends. I was always fascinated by the unusual and delicious food they made and curious to learn their cooking secrets from a young age. We had a culinary cultural exchange going on, whereby my mother taught our neighbours NZ recipes, such as Pavlova and sponge cakes, and in return they taught me their traditional dishes.
So, in 2019 I was thrilled to finally sail and eat my way around the Croatian coastline and discover more about the food in its country of origin. The mainland is rustic and charming but island hopping around the spectacular Dalmatian coast was the biggest revelation. I loved discovering the specialty dishes of each small island while exploring the picturesque villages and markets.
Being nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, the food of Croatia is defined by the sea, wild caper plants, fig and pomegranate trees, rambling olive groves and vineyards. The local cooking is honest, simple but inventive. The cuisine has evolved from many cultural influences and has some similarities with Italian, Greek, Austrian, Hungarian and Turkish food, making it both comfortingly familiar and yet interestingly different.
Local farmers’ markets are an integral part of everyday life and every meal is rich in fruits and vegetables. Local baking has evolved from historic Austro-Hungarian links, so think fruit-filled strudels and tarts, and also Italian influences such as donuts and crisp fried pasta-like pastry creations. Wine has been made here for centuries and Croatians were some of the first to grow and make wine in New Zealand. My neighbours made their own wine in their back garden in suburban Auckland 50 year ago!"
10.00am – 4.30pm, morning tea served from 9.15am in our Garden Room
Price: $240 per person
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If any 2022 Class or Special Event dates are not able to proceed due to Covid-19 we would try first to reschedule you to a suitable date. Should no suitable dates be available we will give you a gift voucher for the full value which can be used in our Kitchen Shop and online or for a future class. Classes and events are otherwise non-refundable.
Our events are set menus however we will provide alternative menu items that are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and nut free. If your dietary requirements fall outside of this, please phone before booking.