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Cooking Class: A Bite of Brazil

Cooking Class: A Bite of Brazil

Wed., August 21, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

201 Somerville Ave. , Somerville

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Joe de Souza, owner of the marvelous Modelo Bakery in Magoun Square, and a native of the Brazilian state Minas Gerais will guide us in making a scrumptious Brazilian meal!

Joe de Souza is the owner of Modelo Bakery & Café in Magoun Square in Somervillle and Everett. He hails from Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Minas Gerais is known as the state with the best cheese in Brazil - a fact that might not surprise you if you’ve eaten Modelo’s delicious pão de queijo (cheese puffs made with cassava flour). Joe will teach us how to make these irresistible cheesy breads along with a marinated & grilled picanha steak (seen up top). Picanha is one of the most prized cuts in Brazil, and is a staple in churasco, the Portuguese word for Brazilian barbeque.  Picanha, while little used by North American butchers, goes by the name of “rump cap” or “top sirloin cap”. No one is serious about their meat like Brazilians, and picanha is a juicy, premium cut that you don’t want to miss.

We will accompany our Brazilian barbeque with the traditional rice (cooked with garlic) and tomato vinaigrette (made with onions, peppers, oil, salt and vinegar - a staple at any Brazilian restaurant). We will conclude our meal with Açaí na tigela (literally translating to Açai in the bowl; this dessert is like a frozen açai pudding). Açai products became an American craze once folks caught onto their potential nutritional benefits from high levels of antioxidants and fiber. Joe will show us why their delicious taste in traditional bowl form is still their biggest attraction!

Tickets are $40 and are available here.

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