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!

March 15, 6:45pm - The 2016 season will kick off when Mexican Table returns with La Pepita: the Power of Green and Pumpkin Seeds. This session invites you to discover and taste a range of dishes that have been historically based on pumpkin seeds, or the pepita. From a green pozole to meat bathed in green pipián mole, to pepita marzipan, you will be amazed at the breadth and depth of this wondrous seed. (Sold Out)

October 20, 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 Tabasco: Flavors from Eden. Tabasco, a southern Mexican state, is a large agricultural production center whose traditional recipes are some of the most authentic due to the continued use of pre-Columbian recipes and ingredients.



Additionally, on May 17 at 7:30 Chef Pati will present her new book "Mexican Today" which features new and rediscovered recipes for contemporary kitchens. This is not a cooking demonstration and is free and open to the public. RSVP here.



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

For more information on Pati Jinich log on to patismexicantable.com or follow her on twitter @PatiJinich.

2016 Sessions:

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

Thursday, October 20: A Date with the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel with guest chef Ana Saldaña

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

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


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