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Culinary Event Focuses on a Taste of Spain

Gather your foodie friends and take a journey with Chef Mark Glass through the culinary delights of Spain from Andalusia, the southern most region of Spain, to Galicia in the northwest corner.

This culinary journey takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center as Oglebay Institute continues its popular culinary series “Tapas: The Art of Elegant Small Plate Dining.”

Guests will savor the truly wonderful world of Spanish food; learn how Spanish food reflects the country’s turbulent history, diverse geography and Mediterranean culture; taste the Moorish influence in a variety of dishes flavored with cumin, saffron and other exotic spices and discover how the rural, peasant areas of Spain produce the most sophisticated and flavorful dishes.

Chef Glass will prepare nine dishes, including seafood and lamb courses. Guests will enjoy tapas-style portions of each dish, wine pairings as well as a variety of nuts and olives. He will conduct cooking demonstrations, discuss each dish and explain the various ways foods are prepared in the diverse regions of Spain.

Glass has been a chef instructor at West Virginia Northern Community College for three years. He attended the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and has been in the culinary arts field for 35 years as a chef, restaurant owner and caterer, working around the world from Colorado to France.

“Tapas dining is a great way to eat light and taste a variety of different styles and flavors in one sitting,” Glass said. “The environment is informal, which lends itself to conversation and sharing, and is more relaxed that classic dining.”

Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 304-242-7700 or online at www.OIonline.com.

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