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May 15, 2012

15 MARCH 2012
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

From the Northern region with simple and hearty grilled foods to the ethnic richness and wide array of ingredients in the South; from the exotic Eastern Gulf Coast to the long Western Pacific shoreline, Mexican flavor is everywhere. Join us on a culinary tour highlighting the signature flavors from four culinary regions in Mexico in a single night.

To register and for more information click here.

May 10, 2012


10 MARCH 2012

8:30 AM to 5:45 PM

Les Dames d’Escoffier is having their eighth salute to Women in Gastronomy. The symposium includes speakers, hands on cooking classes and a culinary expo, amongst other activities.

I will be joining fellow Dames that day as an attendee, but I will also be teaching a hands-on participation cooking class.

It will be called Mexican Cooking: Limitless Possibilities of the Avocado. It will run from 2:40 PM  to 3:50 PM. I look forward to sharing recipes as well as my ways with this amazing fruit. I am thankful for the assistance of Judy Rusignuolo, First Vice President of Les Dames D.C.

You can join the symposium too. For more information and to register click here


February 18, 2012

18 FEBRUARY 2012
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration, dinner and auction for WPSU.

I am so honored to have been invited to cook, teach and design a menu for the 20th Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner and related events, which will be named Fiesta de Invierno as we will feature all Mexican food. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Chef Tom Schilling from The Nittany Lion Inn in preparation for the events and I look forward to the full blown celebration.  

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October 13, 2011

13 OCTOBER 2011
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

For this session, we are delighted to welcome Chef Jose Ramon Castillo, considered to be one of the top chocolatiers in Mexico and has done extensive research and cooking with cacao-based products.  The menu will use only local ingredients paired with cacao.  From soup to dessert, you will learn how cacao is processed and experience its surprising versatile flavor.

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The Cacao Route

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September 11, 2011
11 SEPTEMBER 2011
2:30 to 4:30 PM

I will be speaking for the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC about Mexican culinary traditions. 

The talk will discuss the importance of September, the month of Mexico’s Independence, and it’s significance towards Mexican cooking. 

For more information click here.


July 24, 2011

24 JULY 2011
2:00 to 5:00 PM

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will be hosting the second annual Living Earth Festival this July. 

On July 24th, from 2 pm to 5 pm, there will be an Iron Chef-style cooking competition at the museum’s outdoor amphitheater between Mitsitam Cafe’s executive chef, Richard Hetzler, and Don McClellan, the executive chef at Atria Vista del Rio in Albuquerque, N.M. 

I am honored to have been invited as a guest judge for the competition along with Scott Drewno, of The Source by Wolfgang Puck and Brian Patterson, chef instructor at L’Academie de Cuisine.

Come join us for the competition!  You will also learn to create American Indian dishes and see live food demonstrations with farmers and artisans from the Hopi, Tesuque Pueblo and Tuscarora tribes!

For more information click here.


July 10, 2011

10-12 JULY 2011
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Come join me at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2011!  Located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. is North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event.  I will be running the kitchen for the Mexico Pavilion and offering many appetizers for you all to try, I hope to see you there!

For more information click here.

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Fancy Food Show

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June 24, 2011

24 JUNE 2011
9:45 AM ET on NBC.

It was such a blast last year to visit the set of the Today Show. I’m thrilled to come back this Friday! I will cook up yummy Mexican food that’s perfect for the summer.

Be sure to tune in! I’ll do my best to give you some great ideas.


May 25, 2011

25 MAY 2011
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

In Mexico, every meal is a cause for celebration, in this session we will share the preferred dishes served at special occasions.  Fany Gerson, who recently published My Sweet Mexico, will join in on the fun by pairing drinks and desserts with Pati’s menu.

To register and for more information click here.

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Festive Mexico

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February 24, 2011

24 FEBRUARY 2011
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Chef Alejandro Ruiz, utmost expert on Oaxacan food and moles, will do us the honor of joining us for this class: Straight from Oaxaca, from the Award winning Casa Oaxaca restaurant, he will come to share his food and expertise!

An intoxicating blend of chocolate, chiles, garlic, onions and nuts and so
much more.

Oaxaca is known as the land of the “seven moles”. But a quick visit to that
enchanting, incredibly diverse state will reveal that there are many more
than that. Comprising an infinite rainbow of earthy colors such as black,
brown, brick red, yellow and green and varying textures and ingredients.

The region’s moles which include, negro, rojo, coloradito, chichilo, verde,
amarillo, mancha manteles, almendrado, pipian, de Castilla use a variety of
chiles, almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, tomato, garlic, onions, plantains,
chocolate, spices, chile seeds and a wide array of ingredients. From the
incredibly complex and laborious to the simplest with just a handful of
ingredients, this is a class sure to surprise and please all your senses.

To register and for more information click here.



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