Paladar y Tomar offers you access to one of the most persuasive experiences a gourmet could ever dream of: enjoying a meal at a Sociedad Gastronómica in San Sebastián. Gastronomic societies play an important role and serve as meeting places where men of all social classes, known as cuadrillas, go to cook, eat and socialise.
Called txokos in Basque, these popular institutions had a significant impact on Basque cuisine. Many traditional dishes have been rescued or resurrected by sociedades gastronómicas and would have otherwise died out. Male members – traditionally men only where allowed, women are nowadays admitted in to eat but not to cook – meet in a private club fully equipped with kitchen and dining areas with a modest but cozy decor, either with other members of the society or with their families and friends. Don’t expect sophisticated recipes but only traditional preparations such as the bonito con tomate that reminds us of our childhood summers, the yummy bacalao al ajoarriero or a classical T-bone steak called txuletón, you will soon discover the Basque Country is a temple of beef.
- A unique and very limited experience
- A real immersion in the rooted Basque culture
- Feel like a local
Your personal host will meet you at your hotel in San Sebastián to take you to La Bretxa food market before heading to the txoko, within a walking distance. The vibrant food market has a privileged setting in the Old Town of San Sebastian. There are more than forty retailers, selling fruits, vegetables, canned goods, all kind of delicacies, and impressive meats and fishes. The farmers' stalls are located outdoors and offer vegetables, cheeses and flowers.
It will then be time to walk up to our gastronomic society where the chef is waiting for you ready to show you how to prepare some of the most emblematic recipes and pintxos while providing you with some useful cooking tips. In fact a gastronomic society distinctive aspect is the fact of being a space opened to participation.
Might you wish to extend your journey or add any specific activity - a pintxos tour is not to be missed -, please let us know and we will be glad to assist you.
What type of food will you eat?
Traditional Basque home made recipes cooked with local ingredients by a chef and member of the gastronomic society. Dishes can include pil-pil cod fish, hake fish Basque style, t-bone grilled steak with gernika peppers and will vary depending on the local market.
Duration: 4 hours
From 11 to 3 pm or 6 to 10 pm (the schedule may vary)
Minimum 4 people
Please inform about any allergy or food intolerance.
Prices are available upon request since each itinerary is different and adapted to your party details, needs and schedule. Minimum of guests: 4 (we need a small group, that's the raison d'être for a sociedad).
- Private bilingual local native guide
- A guided tour across La Bretxa food market
- Food and drinks during the meal
- Gastronomic society fee
- Exclusive experience for you and your party
- Personal purchases