Today was the Closura, or graduation for this year's International Cooking Class. The Neighborhood Training Classes of Parroquia San Cristóbal offer classes to help people learn employable skills. We offer classes in cooking, sewing, Belleza (hair-dressing and make-up and manicures and pedicures; that kinda stuff), and even classes in making furniture from PVC pipe or corrugated cardboard.
The Cooking Classes have been doing some amazing stuff since Reinaldo Beckford started teaching them. They serve a several-course meal to their family and friends as part of the graduation. I give the invocation, hand out certificados to the instructors, and then eat!
Here are photos of today's event.
In the kitchen beforehand
Family and Friends
Profesor Beckford listens as a student thanks him for on behalf of the class
Just before we started handing out certificados, the heavens opened up and it poured! People had to move over towards the wall.
Folks receiving certificados
Reinaldo would tell a story about each person before they received their certificate
Our first beverage
Course 1 A soup tasting of fish with just a touch of cayenne pepper
Course 2 A pasta salad with raw mushrooms, some vegetables, pepperoni, and a dressing of sour cream with dill
Course 3 Rice with red and yellow bell peppers, spinach, and dill. Bacalao (salted codfish) in a paprika sauce, and pollo moruno, chicken marinated in spices and then grilled. It was very spicy!
Our second beverage
I guess it's tossed salad for dinner tonight!