All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


About Mexican Table

Mexican Table is the Mexican Cultural Institute's popular culinary program hosted by Chef Pati Jinich. Each year the institute hosts various sessions that spotlight the dishes and culinary traditions of different regions in Mexico. Diners are treated to a lively cooking demonstration, followed by a sumptuous dinner served with wine, beer, and cocktails. As a souvenir, each guest takes home recipes and some ingredients to get started cooking at home.

This year, Mexican Table is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with four sessions you won't want to miss!

2017 Sessions

March 14, 6:45pm - Mexico & Guatemala Mano a Mano with Guest Chef Mirciny Moliviatis - SOLD OUT
For centuries, Guatemala and Mexico formed part of the viceroyalty of New Spain under the Spanish Colony. From 1821 onwards, Mexico and Guatemala went on separate paths, however, their kitchens retain the memory of their shared past, not only under the Spaniards but also of their Maya heritage. Join us as Mexican Chef Pati Jinich and Guatemalan Chef Mirciny Moliviatis participate in a mano a mano, of ingredients and dishes, that both unite and distinguish Mexican and Guatemalan cooking.

June 15, 6:45pm - Puebla de los Angeles: Culinary Stars from the City of Angels - SOLD OUT
It is in the city of Puebla, and mainly in its convents, where a lot of the Spanish and Mexican intermarriage or mestizaje of Mexican cuisine took place. With its colonial and baroque influences, themes and tones, some of the culinary stars of the city have remained and continue to be passed on through the centuries. Come take a bite of history!

October 19, 6:45pm - The Magic of Oaxaca - SOLD OUT
Chef Pati will demo and serve a menu based on the state of Oaxaca. Taking a culinary tour of the state, you will re visit and taste the dishes and flavors from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the city of Oaxaca and the Coast. She will also describe the ingredients, techniques and traditions that make this state one of main cradles of Mexican cuisine.

December 7, 6:45pm - Rediscovering Baja - SOLD OUT
Baja California has entered the worldwide culinary radar because of its wines, which now stand on par with those from California and France. However, little is known about the culinary roots and creative reinvention happening in Baja kitchens. Join Chef Pati for a culinary reconnaissance of the region.

Chef Pati Jinich

"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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