At the Heart of Maitland Since 1896


Cultural Cooks


Everyone loves to try to new foods and learn about different countries. We have developed the opportunity for area cooks to show off their cooking and expertise of several different countries and regions. The areas we have visited include Vietnam, Italy, Cuba, Venezuela, the Caribbean, Cameroon, Liberia, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, and the American South.

Our Cooking workshops consist of demonstrations of recipes and tastings of the items made that day. All workshops are presented in the Community Room.

To ensure that our presenters bring enough for all, please register online or call 407-647-7700.

Upcoming Classes:

Vietnamese Cuisine, by Ha RodaA quarterly series

  • Sundays in 2017;  February 5, May 21, August 20, November 19
  • Ha Roda is the Pho Queen and author of the James Beard Award-nominated The Vietnamese Kitchen. Ha has been presenting delicious Vietnamese cuisine at the Maitland Public Library since 2010.

Punjabi Vegetarian Cuisine with Shahzad Gill – miniseries

  • Sunday, January 15, 3-5 p.m. Sabzi Pulao (vegetable rice)

Cupcake Decorating with Eric Brewingtonminiseries

  • Dates TBA.
  • Eric Brewington is a local baker and owner of Brew’s Bakery. He’ll be discussing the fine art of cupcakes.

Puerto Rican Cooking with Chef Joann Corvoisierminiseries

  • Dates TBA.
  • Chef Joann Corvoisier brings the taste of Puerto Rico to the Library for this delicious three-part series.

Cuban Cooking with Maria Darnellminiseries

  • Dates TBA.
  • Maria Darnell returns to MPL with great acclaim, bringing with her the spice of Cuba!