The cooking classes at CASA CRESPO focus on rich and varied Oaxacan gastronomy. Using ingredients and techniques from all eight regions of the state, it places special emphasis on dishes that can be easily recreated when you return home.
Aside from being a world class restaurant, Casa Crespo is a cooking school dedicated exclusively to Oaxacan cooking. It has been widely recommended by newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times and Bon Appétit, among others.
Along with the colonial architecture of the Historic District and the archeological zones of the Mixtec and Zapotec cultures, Casa Crespo has become a not-to-be-missed spot for any visitor to Oaxaca.
Casa Crespocan be found just a few steps from the Santo Domingo church—one of the most beautiful in Latin America in a viceregal house from the eighteenth century. Its colonial interior, its art collection of local artists and interesting cooking library all create an excellent ambience for enjoying the meticulously-prepared food and drink.
What makes any class in Casa Crespo such a delicious experience is that you learn directly from chef Oscar Carrizosa. His careful attention and personable conversation while sharing a cup of coffee or tea or going to the neighboring market turn a morning at Casa Crespo into a memorable experience.
The classes at Casa Crespo are designed for people who like culinary arts and learning about new cultures. Every class begins with coffee, tea, marmalade and bread, then ends with a fabulous meal that you have prepared under the guidance of chef Carrizosa. As this takes place, you will receive information about Oaxacan cooking, its development, the importance it holds in national gastronomy and its contribution to world ingredients. You will also take part in a tour of the market where you will be shown the local products. In class, you will learn how to make several dishes that are a cinch to make at home.
The classes are small, but the learning is personalized. From the start, chef Carrizosa offers the menu options and the students chose which dishes to prepare. As such, there is no pre-established meal, making the culinary experience at Casa Crespo always unique.