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Academy of Cooking and Other Pleasures

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Address: Rua Dona Geralda 288 | Centro Historico, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 55 24 3371 6025
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Join renowned Brazilian chef Yara Castro Roberts and retired...

Join renowned Brazilian chef Yara Castro Roberts and retired French/American executive Richard Roberts to prepare and enjoy together a refined Brazilian dinner with the best of Brazilian cuisine. The menus are from six regional and historical cuisines such as Minas Gerais, Bahia, Amazonas, Cerrado. These are also the subject of our new book “The Brazilian Table” that have been nominated and a finalist at International book awards. The evening begins at 8:00 PM sharp and end about 11:30. We start by serving a caipirinha and Richard Roberts shows a unique way to make it. Next, guests are invited to gather around the stove to join or just watch the preparation of the dishes. Then we all sit at our decorated table and enjoy the four-course dinner we made together, with wine from Argentina or Chile. We end with coffee or mint tea and a tasting of aged cachaça.

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Wonderful night with delicious Brazilian food and interesting Brazilian history

My boyfriend and I recently visited Paraty for 2 days. We signed up to have cooking lesson/dinner with Yara and Richard. Yara and Richard are both so lovely and delightful. There... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 March 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

My boyfriend and I recently visited Paraty for 2 days. We signed up to have cooking lesson/dinner with Yara and Richard. Yara and Richard are both so lovely and delightful. There were 2 other couples with us, one from New Zealand and one from the US. We all took part cooking after Yara's explanation and demonstration. While dinner was cooking,... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

This was our favorite activity and favorite meal in Paraty. Yara and Richard are a wonderful duo and have thought of everything. For those concerned about the price, don't worry! You get your money's worth and more. After a lesson in caipirinhas with Richard, we all helped prepare and then eat food from Yara's home state of Minas Gerais, which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

This was seriously one of the best holiday experiences i have ever had. Sounds cheesy and fake but it's true!I thought perhaps the write up in Rough Guide would mean i went and was disappointed but it really just felt like having a lovely dinner with friends. I learnt so much about Brazilian food and culture and loved the chance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015 via mobile

We found out about Yara and Richard through Lonely planet, and will never regret spending an evening in their company. They gave us a warm welcome, opened their home and shared their knowledge about food, cooking and Brazilian history and culture throughout the evening. They speak several languages, and appears to be experts in good conversation. We learned how to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Slightly last minute in our part, we were sorted out by Richard and Tara despite not confirming in time! Dinner began with caipirinhas and some insight into the spirits and then progressed to us helping to make a delicious meal with a fusion of cooking from around Brazil. Really good and the kids with the family we were with were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Three of us had the pleasure of dining with Yara and Richard during our stay in Paraty. Their home/cooking school was located just around the corner from our rented home in the old historic center, which made it very convenient. Richard began with a caipirinha-making lesson. I learned that Yara prefers hers without the sugar, and I later tried it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

If you've an evening in Paraty, and any interest at all in the history of Brazil, it's food and culture, then you must pay a visit to Yara & Richard. A superb experience all round - Richard begins the evening with a caipirinha-making masterclass, which is followed by an hour or so in the kitchen, learning how to make the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

Yarra is a charming host with a wealth of information about Brazillian cuisine and culture. First a hands on demo of how to create the perfect Cachaca cocktail. Next a palm hearts starter. Followed by fish fillet rolled and stuffed with crab meat cooked in a traditional moqueca sauce. We were just 7 students so taking a turn at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

We saw reviews both in the Lonely Planet and on TripAdvisor and were keen to take part during our stay in Paraty. We managed to sign up on the day itself, taking the last 2 spots. The evening itself was fantastic. We arrived at 8, and met the other 6 people that we would be spending the evening with. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Wow. Totally unexpected for a colonial town in Brazil. A modern concept executed flawlessly. Yara and Richard welcome you into their home as though you are family. They teach you cookery but also history and give you a wonderful culinary tour of Brazil and a great meal. This is a must. This couple are fantastic, lovely, knowledgeable and just brilliant!

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