All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2016 season of Mexican Table, a program dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity and to demonstrating why Mexican cuisine was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010!

October 19, 6:45pm - Mexican Table will then host special guest chef Ana Saldaña in a session titled A Date with the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel focusing on the agave. The chefs will take diners on a culinary journey through the different regions of Mexico to learn about the diverse uses of the amazing agave, whose history begins in pre-hispanic times and tells the story of a nation rich in cultural and culinary heritage.

December 8, 6:45pm - Mexican Table will host special guest chef Aquiles Chávez as he presents The Flavors from Hidalgo, from Milpa to Table. The state of Hidalgo, was named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, man who spearheaded the Mexican Independence. Hidalgo boasts the flavors from Central Mexico: corn, chile and beans. Its gastronomy is not that well known north of the border, but Chef Aquiles will enlighten us with a full menu from the region.

During each event, we will show you why in November of 2010, Traditional Mexican Cuisine was included to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list and you will have the opportunity to watch an entertaining demonstration, followed by a sumptuous dinner served with wine, beer and music. As a souvenir, you will take home recipes and some ingredients to get you started cooking at home.

"America is obsessed with television food celebrities. Somewhere along the way, we forgot that, in the kitchen, there just isn't any substitute for passion and talent. We've conveniently chosen to ignore the fact that many of these "stars" are neither food experts nor stars. However, we have our own right here in DC, and she is always a star, even when there aren't any TV cameras around.

Her name is Pati Jinich, and she is a fount of knowledge about Mexican cuisine and food culture and the origins and history of ingredients. Her enthusiasm for her subject is infectious, and when she speaks, you are entranced by her warm smile and engaging, funny personality. She is a consummate professional whose recipes are well researched, tested, and easy-to-understand. Pati's classes are more like culinary extravaganzas where, in between cooking, chopping, and pureeing sauces in a blender, Pati entertains her guests with amusing, information-packed anecdotes."

- Summer Whitford, DC Event Junkie

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2016 Sessions:

Tuesday, March 15: La Pepita: the Power of Green and Pumpkin Seeds - SOLD OUT

Wednesday, October 19: A Date with the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel with guest chef Ana Saldaña - SOLD OUT

Thursday, December 8: Tabasco: Flavors from Eden with guest chef Aquiles Chávez - SOLD OUT

Tables fill as reservations are made. If you wish to sit with friends but have purchased tickets individually, please contact Pilar Orozco at

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