Tamale class at The Pantry
Many of you already know my love for The Pantry. Although I have only taken a couple classes there so far, I find them to be hands on, informative and most of all fun. I always leave the classes feeling inspired and with the confidence necessary to tackle more difficult recipes in the kitchen. The instructors are a combination between rotating chefs and onsite staff, all are true experts in their chosen course.
The Pantry offers such a wide range of classes there is something bound to catch your eye; from homemade candy bars, to Summer grilling, Empanadas and jamming. Aside from the regular evening classes, they offer a few day time classes and even a few field trips. If time and money were no object I would sign up for almost all of their classes.
On this particular evening we were learning how to make tamales from Rob Tallon, owner and founder of Mighty Ramen. I have always been interested to try my hand at making homemade tamales, but due to how labor intensive I thought they were I have been hesitant. In a few short hours Rob taught us the basics for making four different kinds of tamales, both savory and sweet ones.
Rob was a great instructor, laid back, but authoritative. He allowed plenty of time for questions and never made you feel rushed or silly for asking something. Rob has a calm presence in the kitchen and I was interested to hear of his past work as a nanny and his current work in a montessori.
After our hours in the kitchen, sampling our work is always the most anticipated part. My favorite tamales were the Pork Adobo and the Tomatillo Chicken. I found the vegetarian tamale to be a little bland, but I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet pineapple tamale. I would have never thought to make a sweet tamale, so this is just one of the reasons I love taking these classes.