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10/10/2011

Culinary offerings in Barcelona this Autumn

 

It’s that time of year again. Slowly adding more layers to our flimsy summer clothes, the atmosphere is mellowing with the onset of Autumn and now is the time to consider making provisions for the chillier months ahead.

In Spain, the shifting of the seasons is an organic and natural experience – residents go by what is available at the markets to set their seasonal clock. Slowly beginning to emerge in the markets throughout Barcelona are velvety mushrooms, artichokes, pears, pumpkins, chestnuts and sweet potatoes, marking the arrival of Autumn with their fuller, richer flavours and warming qualities.

 

There are so many ways to enjoy the culinary offerings in Barcelona this Autumn; be it snacking on roast chestnuts in the street, casually perusing one of the Artisan food markets, immersing yourself in a course of seasonal Catalan cuisine or inviting a private chef to cook in your own home. Here is a a selection of our favourites.

 

A clandestine dining experience
With pop-up restaurants and supper clubs an established phenomenon in cities across the world, it was only a matter of time until they began popping up here.

Kathleen Englehardt is storming the culinary scene here in Barcelona with her fresh and original Jezebel’s Clandestine Dining nights – transforming ordinary domestic spaces into unique restaurants for the evening. Taking place in various hip locations around Barcelona with a very limited availability of tickets, the next supper clubs take place on October 22nd and November 19th. Chef Kathleen is also available to privately cater for guests in the comfort of your own home, with prices ranging from 45€ to 75€. Email for details.

www.jezebelsclandestinedining.com

 

An artisan food market – mercado de comida artesana

In the heart of the old gothic quarter, this October 14th and 15th will see the charming Plaça de Pi packed with stalls of locally produced, artesan food; cheese, olive oil, honey, turrón, jams, biscuits, dulce de membrillo (quince jelly – a catalan delicacy), handmade kitchen utensils and embroidery, among plenty of other delights. Everything is made either in Barcelona or its environs and the market is a wonderful place to pick up a gift for fellow foodies and loved ones.

Plaça del Pi gourmet food market
Placa de Pi

 

Cook and Taste
If you are looking for a hands-on introduction to Catalan cuisine, Cook and Taste offers half and full-day cookery courses, presenting a seasonal menu that includes two tapas, paella (meat or seafood) and a traditional Catalan dessert. The courses kick off with a walk around La Boquería with a local who will guide you through the subtleties of market purchases – how, when and where to buy the freshest ingredients. All menus can be adapted according to diet restrictions and include wine, with a list of translated recipes to take back home to enjoy afterwards.

Cook and Taste
C/ Paradís 3
933 02 13 20
www.cookandtaste.net

 

Chestnuts roasting on an open-fire….
Castanyeras – an age old tradition, these stalls trading freshly roasted castanyas (chestnuts) and boniatos (sweet potatoes) are already out in force on the streets of Barcelona. The smoky aroma of charcoal is heavy in the air on every other street corner throughout the city as older generations guard the hot steel barrels. A warming afternoon snack, pay around 2.50€ for a cone of chestnuts to eat as you meander the city.

 

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