This unique experience utilizes the power of food to help you connect with Moroccan cuisine, culture, and people. You'll meet an inspiring group of women and learn how to cook local delicacies as they share stories about their lives.
The foundation of your experience is a traditional cooking class focused on the all-stars of Moroccan cuisine: you'll either cook a delicious Tagine (a spice-infused stew named for the earthenware pot it simmers in) or couscous with seasonal vegetables, poultry, lamb, or merguez sausages. What makes this class particularly special is that your culinary teachers, aside from being experts at making delicious food, are local women within a non-profit. This organization empowers them through culinary arts and provides a stable income.
In Moroccan culture, meals are a vibrant and vital component of one's community. While you chat and connect with your teacher, the tagine cooks slowly over charcoal. When ready, you'll share your meal as a group! Learn the timeless techniques of preparing Moroccan dishes and make a genuine connection with the women in this NGO; as you steam couscous, you'll exchange stories, setting the stage for a close family-style meal at the end of your lesson. You're also likely to encounter some of Morocco's signature flavors and ingredients — think preserved lemons and spices like ras el hanout and saffron.
Before you leave, ask your teachers for their favorite shops, treats, and places nearby. You'll depart with a full belly and a full heart. Walk off your decadent meal this afternoon as you stroll around the neighborhood and explore the town, hopefully through a new, more personal lens.