After reading many reviews of the Spice Lab I signed my husband and myself up for an evening cooking class with Melanie. Melanie has 2 Culinary degrees, her husband has one, and her father-in-law is an accomplished chef,(he even prepared the bean packet for our bean dish). Melanie was very responsive to our questions prior to reserving our class, with many suggestions on the type menu that was available to cook. It was important to me that my non cooking husband would enjoy himself, since this activity is outside his comfort zone! Melanie is a great teacher, the food we prepared was delicious,( her 7 year old son caught the fish we cooked) and we had fun! Melanie even came to our hotel and picked us up and drove us back. However, I did not realize that cooking in her kitchen or cooking in the Olive Grove were 2 different activities. I obviously did not ask enough questions at the outset. I thought we would cook in her kitchen and eat in the Grove or prepare most of the food in an indoor kitchen and grill outside in the Grove. The website is somewhat confusing,(it does list Pt A Ema kitchen,and the Grove separately) but to me since Melanie is pictured standing in her kitchen a reasonable inference would be that you always cook in the kitchen. It also doesn't accurately describe the Olive Grove's unique rustic qualities,(totally outdoors, although covered, and only outdoor restroom facilities). In my case how rustic it was is crucial since my husband is not an "outdoorsy" kind of guy. Also, it rained the entire evening of our class,which is problematic if you are outdoors. Her actual kitchen is 25 minutes from the Grove so we couldn't get out of the cold and wet weather. Not withstanding the aforementioned the meal we prepared and ate was fabulous and it was a true privilege to be in her family Olive Grove and prepare and eat our dinner where her family prepares and eats all their family lunches from Easter through the fall.
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