Brazilian cooking class comes to Rockland

Jan 21, 2013
New to faculty is Sao Paulo, Brazil native, Jean Pierre, shown preparing a churrasco marinade.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, Penobscot School offers its first-ever Brazilian cooking class.

The class will be taught by Jean Pierre who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He says of his homeland, "Our cuisine is based upon the locally-raised meats and vegetables found at many farm markets around my city. For this first class, we will do a traditional dish called Escondidinho, which uses a dried meat (corned beef) as a flavor counterpoint to starchy manioc, which is prepared mashed with herbs."

Newly-married and relocated, Pierre works in graphics design. Cooking, for him, is relaxation and a way to bring the flavors of Brazil to his new life in Midcoast Maine. Penobscot School, in its 26th year of language learning through cultural exchange, welcomes Pierre to the faculty and encourages local residents to join in or watch for future events with him at the school on Brazilian cuisine.

The class runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes the meal and recipes. This is a hand-on class and participants should bring their aprons and appetites. Penobscot School is located at 28 Gay St. in Rockland. Space is limited; please pre-register at 594-1084, or online at



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