Chef Deborah Hansen
Ronni Baer

In November 2017, Oldways, chef Deborah Hansen (left), and Ronni Baer, Senior Curator of European Paintings (right), led an Oldways culinaria to Granada and Sevilla, two of Andalusia Spain’s most vibrant and historic cities. Andalusia is known as a region of olive oil, sherry, flamenco, festivals, tapas, and incredible historic and cultural landmarks. Based in the heart of both Granada and Sevilla, close to the major cathedrals in both cities, we made the most of the history and art of each place—learning how they shaped the culinary and cultural highlights of the region and these two iconic cities.


Exploration of Granada and Sevilla included:

Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Check-in at the Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula in Granada  
  • Welcome session along with guided tapas & wine tasting with
    Chef Deborah Hansen, followed by dinner in the chapel of the
    16th-century convent at the Hotel Palacio Santa Paula
Monday, November 13, 2017 
  • Guided tour of the Alhambra, followed by a traditional lunch at the Parador de Granada 
  • Afternoon siesta 
  • Evening tapas tour in Granada — divided into smaller groups, each with a tapas guide 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 
  • Visit to the Mercado de San Agustin and guided tour of Granada’s Cathedral, featuring Ronni Baer’s art tour of the Royal Chapel of Granada 
  • Lunch on own 
  • Early evening cooking demo with Chef Deborah Hansen and Spanish chefs, followed by dinner
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 
  • Check out of hotel and visit to a goat cheese farm and olive oil producer in Granada, followed by a light lunch 
  • Travel by bus to Sevilla and check in at the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia 
  • Flamenco evening with tapas before and after
Thursday, November 16, 2017 
  • Guided cultural tour of Sevilla’s Cathedral and Alcazar, followed by Ronni Baer’s lecture on Velazquez, Murillo, and Zurbaran in the Museo de Bellas Artes 
  • Free lunch 
  • Carriage ride to cooking class at a restaurant in the Maria Luisa Jardin 
  • Hands-on cooking class and dinner — everyone cooks!
Friday, November 17, 2017 
  • Visit to an organic olive oil producer Alcubilla at Castro del Rio and wine producer Alvear at Montilla 
  • Lunch in the wine cellar 
  • Free evening in Sevilla
Saturday, November 18, 2017 
  • Day of options — participants chose one:
  1. Hands-on cooking class 
  2. Flamenco dance lesson 
  3. Travel to Cordoba by AVE for a cultural day tour  
  • Final dinner at a restaurant close to our hotel
olive branch