Market Tour and Cooking Class: Culinary Experience with a Belgian Grandmother

Food, Wine & Nightlife in Leuven

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Meet your host Marie-Anne at her home and drive to the Heverlee market where you will buy fresh local produce for your cooking class.Upon your return, Join Marie-Anne in her kitchen and learn to cook three Belgian family favorites such as witloof (Belgium endive cooked in a creamy ham and cheese sauce) and vogelnestje (Flemish version of scotch eggs - mincemeat encased hardboiled egg) in addition to Belgian frietjes (homemade potato fries). Most Belgian homes have a deep fryer and Marie-Anne will show you how to make some of the best fries you've ever tasted!Cooking is a relaxing activity for Marie-Anne, so expect your class to take about two hours. Please note that for some of the classic Belgian dishes that take days to cook, Marie-Anne will prepare a few of the ingredients in advance to save time.
Marie-Anne is a warm and delightful host, a proud grandmother of four grandchildren and a wonderful cook. She grew up in Flounders and learned to cook from her mother and grandmother who were both excellent cooks. She still has fond memories of picking vegetables directly from their garden and cooking them in the cosy kitchen with her family. Marie-Anne remembers how her mother made everything from scratch including bread, jams and preserved vegetables for the winter. Marie-Anne offers dishes that are made from family recipes passed down through generations. She loves to eat and sit at the table with friends and family over home cooked food and is very passionate about cooking with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Marie-Anne hosts along with her husband Frank when he is in town during dinner experiences.They live in a welcoming home that has a beautiful garden in the back.Marie-Anne also makes excellent Italian food so if you are interested in learning to make pasta from scratch and other Italian dishes, let her know when making your booking request and she will plan an Italian menu.Learn about Belgian food and culture from this wonderful couple in Leuven, a historical university town famous for its breweries, and offer your taste-buds some authentic Belgian flavors they'll remember forever!Please note that this house has two dogs.

What’s included

  • Private market tour
  • Private cooking class + meal
  • Beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off