Established by cookbook author and Ubud Food Festival founder, Janet DeNeefe, Casa Luna Cooking School teaches the art of authentic Balinese cuisine. These Ubud cooking classes often begin with an introduction to Balinese ingredients and end with a feast of homemade local fare. They’re held on the grounds of her Ubud hotel.
Take a market tour or learn more about the preparation of Balinese ceremonial dishes at the Casa Luna Cooking School. Half-day courses cover everything from a general introduction to Balinese cooking to vegan specialties and medicinal herbs. The menu changes daily, and classes are held in a fully equipped kitchen. Casa Luna Cooking School tours typically include door-to-door round-trip transfers from Ubud hotels, a class with a professional instructor, and lunch, washed down with rice wine and tea.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Casa Luna Cooking School is a must-visit for anyone who’s serious about discovering Balinese food.
- Casa Luna Cooking School is one of Ubud’s most established cooking schools; founder Janet DeNeefe has lived in Ubud since the 1980s.
- Menus vary according to the day of the week, with special classes on the weekend. Plan ahead to ensure you get the menu that you want.
How to Get There
Casa Luna Cooking School is on the grounds of the Honeymoon Guesthouses, on Jalan Bisma in the heart of Ubud. It’s less than half a mile (700 meters) from Ubud Palace, and easy to reach from central Ubud and most Ubud accommodations. Both Perama shuttle buses and the Kura-Kura Bus have regular connections to Ubud from Kuta, Sanur, and points across the island.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Casa Luna Cooking School depends on your interests. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays include a short market tour, while weekends often focus on medicinal or vegan menus. For a foodie tour of Ubud, time a trip to coincide with the Ubud Food Festival, a culinary extravaganza that takes place each spring in downtown Ubud.
The Art of Balinese Food
With around 18,000 islands, Indonesia boasts hundreds, if not thousands, of different cuisines, varying from island to island and even differing on certain islands. At the heart of Balinese food are fresh, tangy spice pastes ground up from fresh roots, such as turmeric, ginger, and galangal, with onions, garlic, and chili, as well as the bold flavors imparted by grilling.