Updated: May 23, 2021
Small plates of food with drinks enjoyed with friends - sounds like our kind of party! Here are some tips to bring Spanish Tapas to your next get together. Maybe even transport to Spain for the afternoon in our Spanish Cooking Classes.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SNACKS
Tapas is all about lots of small things to eat. Alleviate some extra time in the kitchen, gather up things like olives, Manchego cheese, Spanish hams (like Serrano or Iberico), pickles, Marcona almonds and other things people can graze on.
GET IN THE GROOVE
Music can help transport you to a memory and help everyone get in the groove. Download some Spanish music, throw on some tunes & get into the Spanish vibe. Here are some Spanish artists to get you started - Enrique Iglesias’s Spanish selections, Mala Rodríguez, David Bisbal, or Rosalía. Booking a class with The Chef & The Dish? Awesome! Ask your Kitchen Assistant to share the Spanish Music Playlist.
IT'S NOT JUST SANGRIA
When most people think of Spain, Sangria comes to mind but in Spain this drink isn’t as common among the locals as one may think. The real drink many Spaniards enjoy tapas with is a Tinto Verano, which is 1 part red wine mixed with 1 part fruity soda like Fanta. Serve garnished with a slice of orange and enjoy!
GET IN THE KNOW (OR AT LEAST TRY TO)
Seek out Spanish newspapers and toss them on your counter or coffee tables for guests to skim through just like they have in the bars in Spain. Part of the fun is seeing what you can comprehend. It makes for easy conversation and lots of fun when you translate what the article actually says.
IT ISN'T TAPAS WITHOUT TORTILLA
Although it is made with eggs, the Spanish Tortilla is much different than a frittata and is one of the most commonly found foods during tapas. Try your hand at flipping a Tortilla or explore other traditional Spanish dishes in a Spanish Cooking Class. Learn about the difference between tapa and pinchos with our chefs in Spain who teach everything from tortilla to paella to papayas bravas. Think paella isn't a "tapa"? Think again! Learn more in your private class!
KEEP THE DRINKS COLD
Get a big bucket, fill it with a ton of ice and load it with Spanish cervezas like Estrella, Mahou or San Miguel for guests to easily grab and make your life as a host a little easier.
"DOS CERVEZAS, POR FAVOR!"
Another fun idea is to grab a conversational Spanish phrase book and try your hand at Spanish. Try to learn a few phrases before your party and use them with your guests.
Tapa Cooking Class
Video conference a chef in Spain into your home. Learn how to cook Spanish tapas classics like Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic), Leeks with Two Dressings, Tortilla, Seafood Paella - in a private cooking class.