Cooking class: global flavours; global citizens

18:30 - 21:00
Sep 9th 2019

Join us for Lola's cooking class where you'll learn to prepare delicious dishes from Cuba, followed by a sit-down dinner. Tickets £38.32 sold by the initiative Migrateful via EVENTBRITE (link below) covering cost of ingredients and a donation towards this progressive initiative.

For more information contact Jo Winsloe Slater on

Migrateful is a social enterprise that empowers and celebrates refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to integration by supporting them to run their own cookery classes. We are excited to be welcoming Migrateful chefs at St Ethelburga’s as part of our Refugee Allies project.

What better way than food to bring people together?  This month come and learn the home-cooked deliciousness of Cuban food with Chef Lola, followed by a sit-down dinner.

Sample Menu*

  • Tamales
  • Quimbombo (Cuban okra stew)
  • Yuca con Mojo (Cassava marinated in garlic and lime)
  • Cascos de Toronja (Grapefruit skin cooked in cinnamon)

Meet the Chef

I am Lola and I am from Cuba. I like to make people laugh. I often can’t find the words in English, but I find a theatrical way to express myself especially when I’m teaching my recipes. I am passionate about Cuban food and I like teaching. I’m happy to speak Spanish with you and also teach you some Cuban salsa moves. In Cuba I was a vet working with farm animals. I came to the UK 12 years ago to live with my daughter and her son. I only speak Spanish at home so I’ve never managed to learn English which feels very isolating when you live in a country where you can’t speak the language. I’m 71 years old, and I’ve decided I’m determined to try to learn English and Migrateful is helping me to do that because I get to practice English with my cookery students. I came from a very poor family in Cuba and so every meal I really value every meal I eat. One of my favourite dishes to teach is called “Con gris” which has black beans and white rice. This dish was about celebrating diversity in Cuba, when white and black people mix together. (translated)

What to expect

During a Migrateful cookery classes you will work within your group to prepare dishes to be served family-style. Some dishes are prepared by the chef and demonstrated to you, while some dishes will have you preparing it from beginning to end while learning our chef’s authentic techniques from their home country. Our classes appeal to those interested in learning international recipes, practising a different language and in meeting new people for a cultural exchange in an intimate setting, as well as to those wishing to support migrants and refugees struggling to rebuild their lives.


The ticket price covers the cost of ingredients and a donation to support the innovative work of Migrateful.  £38.32 (booking fee included) sold by Migrateful through Eventbrite.  Book soon to avoid disappointment!

If this class is fully booked – join us for the next one!   Each month Migrateful chefs will be bringing their traditional cuisine and teaching a new class at St Ethelburga’s.

About Migrateful

Migrateful helps refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants on their journey to employment and independence and promotes integration. It runs cookery classes led by migrant chefs struggling to integrate and access employment due to legal and linguistic barriers. The cookery classes provide ideal conditions not just for learning English and building confidence, but also for promoting contact and cultural exchange with the wider community.