Iâ€™ve teamed up with my friend Rosa Maria Tortorici, who runs Living Spanish, a unique Spanish school, where she takes her students outside the classroom and to cafÃ©s, to the market or into her home to cook them a meal, all in Spanish. This way, she says, real life inspires their language learning and not the conjugations of verbs.
I met Rosa Maria a party that I hosted in 2002, but it wasnâ€™t until this year that we really started talking. The subject? The relationship of language, food and culture.
We were having dinner at Torito one night, and she mentioned that sheâ€™s taking culinary courses at George Brown College, and thatâ€™s when the conversation got very interesting. Before we knew it, we were on the subject of how we both teach in our prospective fields and that maybe we could do something together. Like a cooking class.
â€œLetâ€™s do it!â€ she said.
And this how itâ€™s going down: Living Spanish with Sabrosito
Special thanks to Esther Benaim of Great Cooks for opening the doors of her beautiful cooking studio to us, to Anne Theunissen of Pacific Wines and Spirits, who is going to pour the wine and tell us a bit about her matches, and to Stephanie Ortenzi of Pistachio, for helping us get our message out.
From Rosa Maria and I, Muchas Gracias
Yours in good food and new adventures,