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May 1, 2010

1 MAY 2010
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day — but it does mark the brilliant Mexican military triumph over Napoleon III’s invasion force on May 5th, 1962.  The defeat hampered the French to such an extent that they could no longer provide help to the American Confederate cause, which certainly contributed to its downfall the following year.  Plenty to celebrate, north and south of the border!

In collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Alfredo Solis, we will demonstrate the preparation of four dishes from the Cinco de Mayo tasting menu.

April 27, 2010

27 APRIL 2010
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner featuring a menu based on modern twists that traditional Mexican food has experienced throughout the 20th Century. Private event for a Woman’s Organization.

March 18, 2010

18 MARCH 2010
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Enjoy the lingering pre-Hispanic flavors still inherent in exquisite dishes, sauces, desserts, drinks and all sort of concoctions that were prepared in convents to please Mexican royalty in Colonial times. From Mole Poblano to Buñuelos, it will be a meal to remember as you hear entertaining stories of the historical fusions between European and Native ingredients and cooking techniques.

To register and for more information click here.

February 27, 2010

27 FEBRUARY 2010
9:00 AM to 5:45 PM

Les Dames d’Escoffier is holding an Expo to salute women in gastronomy. It will feature culinary samples, products, cookbooks, and experts.

I am thrilled to join them in the Panel for the Ethnic Ingredients and Where to Find Them Session from 10:30 AM to 11:40 AM, along with Najmieh Batmanglij, Janet Yu, and Liesel Flashenberg, to discuss how to find and use the best ingredients from ethnic food stores.  I will stay along for the rest of the conference to listen to the rest of the fascinating panels too.  Join us if you can!

For more information and to register click here.

January 15, 2010

15 JANUARY 2010
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

January brings along one of Mexico’s favorite celebrations: Dí­a de Reyes or Wise Men Day. The traditional foods eaten are Rosca de Reyes, a soft and sweet style bread covered with candied fruits and sugar, Mexican style hot chocolate and the quintessential party food, tamales. During this class, we will walk through this colorful celebration as we talk about, demo and eat a full menu inspired on this theme.

This is an event prepared for Slow Food DC. To Register click here.

December 10, 2009

10 DECEMBER 2009
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
(registration deadline: December 3)

The cuisine from Yucatan differs from the rest of the country. The Mayas, who inhabit the region, have had a unique indigenous cuisine to start with. In Colonial times, the Maya cuisine mixed with that of the European settlers, creating the traditional Yucatecan food. It is absolutely scrumptious!

It was mainly in the kitchens of the Haciendas, which were once main production centers and grandiose households, where this culinary intermarriage blossomed. These days, some haciendas have been turned into luxurious hotels with restaurants that serve loved traditional dishes as well as some new spins.

Join us for a Rediscovery of the Yucatan Haciendas. Enjoy an entertaining demo and a full menu of Yucatan cuisine and music. After class, you will leave with a packet of recipes and some ingredients to recreate some of these dishes in your own kitchen.

Click here to register for this event.

October 6, 2009

6 October 2009
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner featuring a menu comprised by recipes from some of the leading ladies in the history of Mexican Cooking since the 1950s. Participants will not only learn bits and pieces from the fascinating lives of these women, but also how to make their signature dishes and listen to some of their wise advise, passed down through generations, which extends well beyond the kitchen. Private event for a Women Organization.

September 24, 2009

6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cooking demonstration and tasting dinner at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
(registration deadline: September 17)

Join us as we try to capture how Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two iconic figures of Mexican culture and history, celebrated one of Mexico’s most important celebrations. We will share with you a meal comprised of dishes eaten at their table and characteristic of this celebration. You will also hear interesting stories behind their lives and art as well as Mexico’s traditions. You will leave with information about key ingredients, cooking techniques and dishes, a packet of recipes and some goodies so you can try these recipes at home.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

August 26, 2009

26 August 2009
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Foggy Bottom Market (I St, between New Hampshire and 24th St, NW)

It is tomato week at Freshfarm Markets! This will be a cooking demonstration and sampling of two easy, delicious and versatile ways to use ripe tomatoes.

For more information click here.

August 24, 2009

24 August 2009
12:00 PM ET on the Food Network, repeat. Show aired for the first time on August 15.

This I can say: Cooking with Paula couldn’t have been more fun! She is as scrumptious in person as she is on TV. I tried to make the tastiest menu and she topped it off with a fried ice cream! If you can, watch the show…

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