Private Cooking Class & Historic Market

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Guided Cooking Class

Starting at US$ 29 per connection

Argentina Cooking

Cook side by side with me through a high-quality video call. I adapt to your pace and guide you through each step of the process while sharing my best tips for great results.

Choose from a variety of curated recipes: dulce de leche cookies (alfajores), empanadas, cheese bread (chipá), and more.

Enjoy on your own or share with distributed family, friends, or colleagues. It also makes a great gift experience!

Open class - small groups guaranteed.
Private class available.

Cooking Class & Historic Market

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Cooking Class & Historic Market

Starting at US$ 70 per person


Guided 1-hour visit to a 130-year old gastronomic market ("Mercado del Progreso").
Learn to cook empanadas (dough and fillings from scratch) and Argentinian pancakes in a local's home. Experience the culture and culinary traditions.
Taste mate, alfajores, and malbec red wine.
Tue to Fri, 10am - 4pm (6 hours)

Open class - small groups guaranteed.
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Cooking Class

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Cooking Class

Starting at US$ 60 per person


Learn to cook empanadas (dough and fillings from scratch) and Argentinian pancakes in a local's home. Experience the culture and culinary traditions.
Taste mate, alfajores, and malbec red wine.
Tue to Fri, start at 10am or 3pm (4h 30min)

Open class - small groups guaranteed.

Reviews

  • The experience with Shirly was a delight. She has a huge lot of knowledge about the people and the food culture of Argentina. Shirly is a natural host, but she goes out of the way to make her home a welcoming, comfortable space, definitely suited to the task at hand - cooking! I highly recommend this experience with Shirly.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking This class with Shirly was definitely a trip highlight for me and my boyfriend! Shirly is so sweet and so easy to talk to. We had a great time not only learning from her — we made two types of empanadas and dulce de leche pancakes — but also chatting with her about Argentinian culture. We also shared a bottle of wine and a cheese plate while we waited for the dough to set in the fridge. And had mate with alfajores when we first walked in! Perfection.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking A cooking class with Shir is something you will never forget... learned so much about Argentina and the cuisine. But more impressive and unforgettable is Shir and what a fun and wonderful person she is. The class in her beautiful apartment is an experience of a lifetime. She is an outstanding teacher and blends everything you do with an explanation of the history and customs of what you're drinking and cooking. If you want to learn about cooking in Buenos Aires and have an amazing evening with a fun and interesting person, go to this class.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking An amazing time. First time doing something like this and I'm very glad I did it. It was quite an experience and very educational on a lot of things. Great start to your trip as Shirly can help you find some local things to do in Buenos Airies.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking We chose this class because it included making the dough and because reviews sounded like it is well done. It did not disappoint!!! It was fun, interactive, well-structured, instructional, and we all got the chance to practice each step. We even got help learning how to practice pancake-flipping skills! In addition, sitting around the table consuming the empanadas we made was an opportunity to have a conversation that covered all kinds of topics about Argentina! Shirly, thank you so much!
  • 5 Argentina Cooking As with any vacation, a good amount of time was spent looking up “cooking classes in Buenos Aires” before arrival. Really good reviews for Shirly so decided to go with her. What a wonderful experience! She was so warm and friendly. The cooking experience was relaxed and fun. The empanadas that we made were delicious. She really made it seem like a visit to an old friend’s home. Would STRONGLY recommend this to my friends and family visiting BA.
  • 5 Argentina Cooking Argentina Cooking with Shirly was phenomenal. The day was filled with lessons in authentic cooking to Argentinian culture to local hidden gems, all delivered with extreme warmth and enthusiasm. We made various empanadas and warm pancakes with artisanal dulce de leche. Shirly and her partner made us feel so welcome and comfortable in their lovely home. It was an experience which my entire family will cherish for many years. I give it a 10/10!
Shirly - Argentina Cooking

About

I’m a passionate teacher and food enthusiast, I love both eating and cooking great food and I enjoy traveling, learning new things and meeting new people.

I think getting a grasp on traditional cuisine is a unique way to get to know the history and the culture of a place and its people. I want you to have an experience that is fun and where you can learn about Argentine's customs from a local's point of view.

My work experience is in the education field, I have a degree in Social Communication and I’m a professor. I’ve decided to combine my love for teaching and cooking by making my kitchen the classroom. Ever since I was little I loved watching grownups cook, that’s why most of the recipes I’ll teach you I learnt from my parents and my grandma. I invite you into my home to share a delicious and typical Argentinian meal.

~ Shir

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Instagram: @argentinacooking

Cooking Class & Historical Market

Argentina Cooking

We'll We'll start by visiting the Market of Progress, a 130-year old historic gastronomic market, where we'll pick fresh and organic ingredients for our meal, and try Argentinian treats. After that, we’ll make a brief stop in the English District to contemplate its architecture, and finally we will arrive at my home for the cooking class.

Once at home, you will taste and learn the rituals surrounding our famous hot beverage "mate", together with alfajores. Then we’ll start off with the cooking class: you'll make meat and corn empanadas, both the dough and the fillings from scratch. We'll make a short break where you'll get to try a typical picada, consisting of a salami and cheese platter. Then you'll learn how to make (and flip!) Argentine style dulce de leche pancakes, which we'll enjoy for dessert.

Finally, once we've finished with the cooking, we’ll sit around the table to enjoy the meal you’ve made, paired with Argentinian red wine and great conversation.

I'll accompany you on each and every step of the way, showing you the proper techniques and explaining a little bit of the history of the dishes and the different culinary traditions in the country. A fully hands-on experience!

What's included
Mate & AlfajoresSalami and cheese PicadaMeat and corn EmpanadasDulce de leche PancakesMalbec red wineBottled waterCoffee/TeaCookware
What to bring
✓ Desire to get your hands dirty
✓ Empty stomach
✓ Be ready to enjoy yourself

Additional information
✓ The class is limited to 5 people, so it’s always a small group.
✓ For private classes I may be able to accommodate more than 5 people, please ask me using the booking form.

Meeting point
Av. Rivadavia & Cachimayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
You can easily get here by metro (line A or E), bus, or Uber/Taxi.

Price - Full Experience
1 person: US$ 802-5 people: U$S 70 eachPremium: U$S 280, up to 4 people. Additional people at U$$ 70 each.
The Premium experience includes the option to customize the menu and custom date/time. Weekends are available on demand with an additional 25% fee.

Price - Cooking Class Only (no market tour)
1 person: US$ 702-5 people: U$S 60 eachPrivate: U$S 240, up to 4 people. Additional people at U$$ 60 each.

Online Guided Cooking Class

Argentina Cooking

I bring you curated recipes which we will cook side by side through a video call, so you can follow along and make delicious food that looks and tastes just like mine. This is not a demonstration and it’s definitely not a typical massive online class streaming: it is an interactive class where I adapt to your pace and guide you through each step of the process while sharing my best tips for great results.

All classes have high quality audio and video with accurate color reproduction, allowing you to get a clear view of how each step needs to look like. My setup consists of two cameras: a wide view and high-quality close-up view.

Classes can be private or shared; in all classes groups remain small to ensure an effective and fun learning experience. You can take the class by yourself, enjoy it with your partner or family, or share it with friends and relatives in other locations. A special class for kids is also available.
Private Class: closed group, choose your own schedule, recipes can be customized.Shared Class: open group, pre-scheduled. You can check the availability on my Instagram: argentinacooking.

Getting the right colors 🎨 is key for an online cooking class. This is why before each class I test the lights and colors and set up the two cameras accordingly.

Recipes Available

RecipeDurationPrivate class priceShared class price, per connectionIngredients and Equipment
Empanadas: Savory pastry turnovers3 hours$ 119 (*)$ 39List
Alfajores Marplatenses: Dulce de Leche sandwich cookies with Chocolate coating3 hours (1 hour break included)$ 119 (*)$ 39List
Alfajores de Maicena: Traditional Dulce de Leche sandwich cookies2 hours$ 99 (*)$ 35List
Challah: Jewish braided bread1.5 hours (allow for a total 3.5-hour span for proofing and baking)$ 99 (*)$ 35List
Chipá: Cheese bread balls1.5 hours$ 89 (*)$ 29List

Prices are in USD and do not include ingredients, which you will need to procure on your own.

(*) Private classes include one connection. Each additional connection costs $ 15.


Coming soon

Contact me if you are interested in any of the following:

Argentinian cuisine: butter bread (figazas de manteca), spanish omelette (tortilla de papa), chicken with green onions (pollo al verdeo), yellow rice and chicken (arroz a la valenciana), lentil stew (guiso de lentejas), fainá (chickpea flatbread), tiramisú, meat sauces: chimichurri, criolla, provenzal.Jewish cuisine: pletzalej (pastrami sandwich bread with onions and poppy seeds), muhammara (roasted peppers and walnuts dip), babaganoush (smoked eggplants dip), hummus (chickpeas and tahini dip), pita bread (pocket style flatbread), tabule (bulgur and veggies salad), leicaj (honey cake), latkes (potato pancakes).Chocolate chip cookies

Requirements

An Internet-enabled device where you can use the video conferencing app Zoom, ideally a laptop or tablet. I do not recommend using a mobile phone because the video quality will get reduced, but if that’s all you have, we’ll make it work :) Just make sure you have the recipe at hand, which will contain photos to aid you in the process.A kitchen space with basic cooking equipment. Some recipes may require special equipment, be sure to check the recipe details for more information.Ingredients. If you choose the All-Inclusive experience, I will have the ingredients shipped to you so you don’t have to worry. Otherwise, you will need to procure them yourself. In that case, I’ll help you get the right ingredients.

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Alfajores de Maicena (Argentinian Dulce de Leche Cookies)

“Shir’s class is engaging, easy to follow and ends with some pretty yummy alfajores. She is such a warm person who is easy to talk to, and she is able to pitch the class to any cooking or baking skill levels.” - Noah and Michael, Melbourne, Australia

About the Recipe

A very traditional and delicious Argentinian sandwich cookie filled with Dulce de Leche that is easy to make regardless of your cooking skills (anyone can do it!).

Class duration: 2 hoursYields ~3.3 pounds (1.5kg), 20-25 alfajores. Enough to share with friends and family or eat for many days :)

Ingredients and Equipment Needed: See details.


Price
Private class: USD 99 (one Zoom connection included). USD 15 per additional Zoom connection.Shared class: USD 35 per Zoom connection.Corporate: (contact me)
The pricing does not include ingredients, which you will need to procure on your own. I will provide a detailed list and will help you pick the right ingredients.

Empanadas (Savory Pastry turnover)

“Shir is a wonderful teacher and makes her class fun. The instructions she sends beforehand are very clear and made it easy to follow her patient lead during the online class. And my empanadas turned out great!” - Elizabeth from Austin, USA

About the Recipe

This is a very traditional Argentinian pastry turnover filled with savory ingredients. In the class you will learn to make two fillings, which could be: beef, chicken, cheese and onion, corn, caprese, and ham and cheese.

Class duration: 3 hoursYields: 12 empanadas (~1.5 kg = 3.3 pounds), serves 4 people.
Ingredients and Equipment Needed: See details.


Price
Private class: USD 119 (one Zoom connection included). USD 15 per additional Zoom connection.Shared class: USD 39 per Zoom connection.Corporate: (contact me)
The pricing does not include ingredients, which you will need to procure on your own. I will provide a detailed list and will help you pick the right ingredients.

Chipá (Cheese Bread)

“Shirl is a fabulous cook. Her recipes are delicious & she gives clear instructions on how to cook them. If you have an opportunity to take her class you’re belly will be so grateful.” - Cynthia, Cleveland, USA

"Awesome way to experience Argentinian cooking with an expert from the comfort of your own home. Invaluable way to feel connected with people from all over the world during this pandemic." - Victoria, Pittsburgh, USA

About the Recipe

A traditional cheese bread 🧀 eaten in Argentina, with a gooey cheesy interior. Delicious! We normally eat them accompanied by mate for merienda (our afternoon snack time).

Class duration: 1.5 hoursYields: 25 chipá balls (~1 kg = 2 pounds)

Ingredients and Equipment Needed: See details.


Price
Private class: USD 89 (one Zoom connection included). USD 15 per additional Zoom connection.Shared class: USD 29 per Zoom connection.Corporate: (contact me)
The pricing does not include ingredients, which you will need to procure on your own. I will provide a detailed list and will help you pick the right ingredients.

Alfajores Marplatenses (Dulce de Leche Cookies with Chocolate Coating)

“The class was so well structured. Shir’s use of two cameras allowed us to easily see what she was doing and compare her dough to ours. The video and audio quality were great. The alfajores were so delicious and were really fun to make!! The length of the class was perfect, and we had the opportunity to talk about the various kinds of alfajores and just learn more about the whole process. It was amazing!!” - Sheila, New York City, USA

About the Recipe

Our most famous sweet: sandwich cookie with Dulce de Leche filling and Chocolate coating. These are a little harder to make than the Alfajores de Maicena, but still accessible to anyone.

Class duration: 3 hours, includes a 1-hour break.Yields ~3.3 pounds (1.5kg), 12 alfajores. Enough to share with friends and family or eat for many days :)

Ingredients and Equipment Needed: See details.


Price
Private class: USD 119 (one Zoom connection included). USD 15 per additional Zoom connection.Shared class: USD 39 per Zoom connection.Corporate: (contact me)
The pricing does not include ingredients, which you will need to procure on your own. I will provide a detailed list and will help you pick the right ingredients.

Challah (braided Jewish bread)

About the Recipe

Jewish braided bread, traditionally prepared for Shabbat (Saturdays) and holidays. It's an enriched dough, very fluffy and delicious.

Class duration: 1h 30 min, but allow for a 3.5-hour span in total for proofing and baking. There will be a 30-45min break to allow for the first (out of two) proofing. By the end of the class, you'll have the shaped dough, which you will need to leave to proof and finally bake it on your own. We'll be in touch through chat until your challah is ready.Yields ~1.9 pounds (860 grams), 1 big challah or two small ones.
Ingredients and Equipment Needed: See details.


Price
Private class: USD 99 (one Zoom connection included). USD 15 per additional Zoom connection.Shared class: USD 35 per Zoom connection.Corporate: (contact me)
The pricing does not include ingredients, which you will need to procure on your own. I will provide a detailed list and will help you pick the right ingredients.

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~ Shir