Why Spanish Tapas Should be at Your Holiday Party
For those of you have been to Spain, the tapa bars may have been some of the most exciting dining discoveries of your trip. Tapas celebrate all that is good about regional Spanish cuisine. In Spain, if you are near the shore, the finest seafood is served to you. If you are in the city you are tantalized with deluxe cured meats: Serrano and Ibérico hams and chorizo. Wherever you travel your palate is drawn to the best of the region from succulent pork raised on acorns in the countryside to the flavor and aroma of fresh oranges from Valencia.
Tapas are not dinner but they can easily be your dinner. They are more closely related to Italian antipasto or French hors de oeuvres. In our local restaurants, we also choose to serve cold and hot first courses that celebrate the best of our own region’s delicacies. I frequently choose to dine on these small plates that the restaurant offers rather than a main course as my dinner.
There is nothing quite like a few good bites of something truly delicious, no guilt, just a warm sense of pleasure.
I not sure anyone comes to a party with a desire for cheese, vegetables and cold cuts, crackers and sliced breads. There has to be more and Spanish Tapas can provide the flavor and culinary challenge your party needs.
A party does not need to be predictable. It can have a standard baseline or theme, but there must be some surprises and mysteries. Tapas created from fresh local ingredients will add excitement and anticipation to your menu. And interestingly enough, many Spanish Tapas dishes can be started ahead or are best happily braised and reheated. Tapas are about recognizing regional diversity and celebrating it with small diverse dishes served with wine, champagne or sherry.
Seattle in particular has a close affinity for tapas and Spanish cuisine. We are one of only four cities with the celebrated shop “The Spanish Table” located on Western Avenue just below the Pike Place Market. With its diverse collection of Spanish olive oils, wines, sweet and smoky paprika, authentic Spanish chorizo, spices, Paella rice, Arbequina olives, wines and cooking supplies, you can easily gather authentic product for your tapas event.
At Bon Vivant School of Cooking (email@example.com) we love to celebrate the holidays with a Spanish Tapas Party Class. It can give you some great new ideas for your own Holiday events. Join us next Tuesday, December 9tth. There are just a few tasty spaces left.
Louise Hasson is owner and lead chef of Bon Vivant School of Cooking. Seattle’s premier cooking school for beginning and experienced chefs. At Bon Vivant Louise and her team of chefs strive to teach culinary creativity, not just recipes, in a relaxed home environment. Visit Bon Vivant on Facebook and get more recipes on her Blog.