Maria Ruiz-Castañeda Offers Cooking Classes for your Small Meeting Groups in Orlando


Maria Ruiz-Castañeda Offers Cooking Classes for your Small Meeting Groups in Orlando


Want to know how to add a pinch of this and a pinch of that to Moroccan chicken while your group bonds over a glass of wine? Here’s one way. Maria Ruiz-Castañeda, chef and owner of Kernel Desires LLC, maker of spiced nuts and other creations, leads classes at the Ancient Olive in Winter Park.

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After stints at The Ancient Olive and The Spice and Tea Exchange across the street, Ruiz-Castañeda decided to teach other people what she had learned using the oils and vinegars at Ancient Olive and the spices at The Spice and Tea Exchange. Here, she begins with the first course, squash soup. 

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Using the oils and vinegars, here in stainless steel vats at the Ancient Olive, her creations come to life. Ever heard of Fig balsamic vinegar? Visitors can try anything before they buy.

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Ruiz-Castañeda offers classes like this (soups and stews), appetizers, cocktail classes, and elegant desserts, among others. The classes are held at The Ancient Olive, but meeting professionals and groups can reserve a private class anywhere they would like. Above, the start of Moroccan chicken, rubbed with Spice and Tea Exchange spices.

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All products used in recipes are available for purchase, or meeting professionals can put together a goody bag as a pillow gift for their guests. All of these classes can be tailored for spouses or teambuilding events.

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