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Host: Ainara

Chicago, IL, United States

USD
$50-$60 per person

Traditional Spanish Tortilla and Cooking Class in Chicago's South Loop

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Ainara

Ainara lives in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. She is a world traveler and absolutely loves cooking Spanish dishes for her guests. Ainara grew up in the northern part of Spain known as the Basque Country. At an early age, she was immersed in the culture of top food experiences that is so prevalent in northern Spain. This has greatly influenced her delicious home cooking that has kept her guests from around the world returning over and over again. Ainara is known by her friends and family as having a great sense of humor and being an incredibly gracious host - she goes out of her way to make sure that her guests have a great experience. Join her for a delicious evening, and be sure to ask her about her adventures in the Basque Country!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Join your host Ainara and her husband Jay in their modern Chicago high-rise apartment for a wonderful evening of Spanish cuisine. Start your experience with a welcome drink of Spanish wine while you get to know each other. Then sit down at their dining table to enjoy a meal featuring classic Spanish dishes that Ainara grew up eating. Your menu will includes Ainara's mouth-watering tortilla de patatas, a Spanish favorite that is an egg omelet filled with potatoes and onions. You will also enjoy Ainara's popular Gazpacho, a chilled soup served with chopped cucumbers and peppers that is absolutely delicious. The meal will also feature pan tumuca and for dessert tocino de cielo, a decadent dish similar to flan (that many say is even more delicious!).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join your host Ainara at her home kitchen to learn how to cook a traditional Spanish meal that has been a favorite in Spain for generations. Your Spanish cooking class will last about one hour during which you will learn to make 3 different dishes. You will learn to cook dishes such as tortilla de patatas, gazpacho, and pan tumaca. Have a great time learning about the techniques involved in making delicious Spanish food before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Ainara.

Notes: Spanish wine will be included in the price of your experience.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)
  • Gazpacho (Chilled Soup)
  • Pan Tumaca (toasted bread with garlic and tomatoes)
  • Tocino de cielo (Similar to flan)
  • Spanish wine

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
Ainara was such a fantastic host. The Spanish omelette and quesada dishes she prepared were delicious. The other guests at her home all knew each other, but I felt extremely welcomed in the environment and we had a ton of laughs. I am definitely going to have more meals with them in the future!
- Sameer June 01, 2014
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Ainara

$50-$60 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $53 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $53 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
7:00pm-7:00pm

Meet Ainara

Ainara lives in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. She is a world traveler and absolutely loves cooking Spanish dishes for her guests. Ainara grew up in the northern part of Spain known as the Basque Country. At an early age, she was immersed in the culture of top food experiences that is so prevalent in northern Spain. This has greatly influenced her delicious home cooking that has kept her guests from around the world returning over and over again. Ainara is known by her friends and family as having a great sense of humor and being an incredibly gracious host - she goes out of her way to make sure that her guests have a great experience. Join her for a delicious evening, and be sure to ask her about her adventures in the Basque Country!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Join your host Ainara and her husband Jay in their modern Chicago high-rise apartment for a wonderful evening of Spanish cuisine. Start your experience with a welcome drink of Spanish wine while you get to know each other. Then sit down at their dining table to enjoy a meal featuring classic Spanish dishes that Ainara grew up eating. Your menu will includes Ainara's mouth-watering tortilla de patatas, a Spanish favorite that is an egg omelet filled with potatoes and onions. You will also enjoy Ainara's popular Gazpacho, a chilled soup served with chopped cucumbers and peppers that is absolutely delicious. The meal will also feature pan tumuca and for dessert tocino de cielo, a decadent dish similar to flan (that many say is even more delicious!).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join your host Ainara at her home kitchen to learn how to cook a traditional Spanish meal that has been a favorite in Spain for generations. Your Spanish cooking class will last about one hour during which you will learn to make 3 different dishes. You will learn to cook dishes such as tortilla de patatas, gazpacho, and pan tumaca. Have a great time learning about the techniques involved in making delicious Spanish food before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Ainara.

Notes: Spanish wine will be included in the price of your experience.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)
  • Gazpacho (Chilled Soup)
  • Pan Tumaca (toasted bread with garlic and tomatoes)
  • Tocino de cielo (Similar to flan)
  • Spanish wine

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
Ainara was such a fantastic host. The Spanish omelette and quesada dishes she prepared were delicious. The other guests at her home all knew each other, but I felt extremely welcomed in the environment and we had a ton of laughs. I am definitely going to have more meals with them in the future!
- Sameer June 01, 2014
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $53 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $53 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$55 $50 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
7:00pm-7:00pm
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