La Bodega Gourmet launches monthly paella event

Eric Paz hosts a monthly paella event at his shop, La Bodega Gourmet, in Bee Cave. Photo from @ericbodega.
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Eric Paz hosts a monthly paella event at his shop, La Bodega Gourmet, in Bee Cave. Photo from @ericbodega.
Eric Paz hosts a monthly paella event at his shop, La Bodega Gourmet, in Bee Cave. Photo from @ericbodega.

Eric Paz hosts a monthly paella event at his shop, La Bodega Gourmet, in Bee Cave. Photo from @ericbodega.

Since we’ve been talking about Spanish food this month, I’m happy to mention that Eric Paz, who owns the new La Bodega Gourmet specialty food shop and sells a make-your-own paella mix, is now making his famous paella once a month at the new store at 11500 Bee Cave Road.

To be able to buy tickets to the event, you need to sign up for his Paella Club newsletter by stopping by the store or emailing him at eric.paz@sbcglobal.net. Only 40 tickets ($25 each) are sold for each event, and the next will be at 6 p.m. July 31.

He’s also preparing paella to-go on Fridays and Saturdays, which you can order ahead of time by calling 512-263-8844. You can choose from two kinds — Valencian (shrimp, pork and chicken) or seafood (shrimp, squid and mussels) — and they cost between $15 and $18 per person, with a 5-person minimum order.

Another local paella expert you should know about is Fer Candil, a native of Madrid who has been catering and teaching cooking classes in Central Texas for several years now. For her catering company, Paellas, Tapas & More, Candil makes gazpacho, gambas al ajillo, tortilla de patatas and, of course, paella for weddings, parties and business events. You can find out more at her website,paellastapasandmore.com.

Want to learn how to make patatas bravas at home? You can also hire her to teach private cooking classes by emailing chef@paellastapasandmore.com.


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