A Mexican Cooking Class-Preparing a Fiesta Menu
Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
Join cooking instructor and Chef/Owner Terry Paetzold of In Terry's Kitchen and guest chef Ruth Alegria of Mexico City for a hands-on Mexican cooking class featuring a fiesta menu suitable for hosting your own Cinco de Mayo party. Ruth Alegria, founder of the Princeton Cooking School and former owner of Mexican Village Restaurants, now resides in Mexico City where she organizes cultural culinary tours for chefs, writers and media personalities. She hosts cooking classes at her school, Mexico Soul and Essence, which was named by Saveur Magazine (Sept 2012) as one of five destination culinary schools to attend in Mexico City. She is a classically trained chef and has studied and worked with many outstanding and celebrated chefs in the culinary world including the ‘grand dame’ of Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy.
Our extensive afternoon cooking class will offer students the opportuinity to experience a variety of cooking techniques used to prepare traditional delicious Mexican dishes-- using a wood oven as well as a comal for roasting, a molcajete for grinding; introduce the how to's of using fresh masa dough, as well as where to find good Mexican seasonings and ingredients from dependable local sources.
Ensalada Chapultepec--Jicama, Cucumber, and Orange Salad with Lime, Chili and Salt
Sopecitos de Guadalajara-Small rounds of toasted masa with beans, cheese and salsa
Fresh Guacamole and Homemade Salsas with Freshly Roasted Chilis
(using the traditional "molcajete")
Wood Oven Roasted Prawns Seasoned with Chipotle Chile-Chipotle Aioli
Slow Roasted Roast Pork in Banana Leaves
Tomatillo Chicken Tacos with Fresh Cheese
Cazuela de Frijoles (Mexican Beans with Bacon)
TEQUILA PAIRING: Grover and Scarlet Sanschagrin bloggers of Taste Tequila and founders of tastetequila.com will round out the class with a special tequila pairing to compliment the dishes of the day . They are the "go to" experts on how Mexican tequila is made and evaluated and the creators of the Tequila Matchmaker app, a mobile device for tequila lovers!
When & Where
Terry Paetzold, In Terry's Kitchen
Terry Paetzold is owner and chef-instructor of In Terry’s Kitchen,* a home-based cooking school in Lafayette, California located in the lovely hills of thel San Francisco East Bay. In Terry's Kitchen offers both demonstration and hands on cooking courses based on local and seasonal ingredients, influenced by those destinations where Terry has lived, traveled and worked including France, Italy, Mexico, Morocco and the Caribbean.
* www.interryskitchen.com is under construction and should be "live" by early Aprill. Keep checking for updates on late Spring and Summer classes and Fall Travel and Cooking tours.
Terry is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, holds a degree in pastry and baking, and also spent extensive periods of time working and cooking in France as a private chef. She was opening pastry chef for Postino Restaurant under the direction of Chefs Michael Chiarello and Cat Cora of Food Network Fame. She has worked as a recipe tester and developer to cookbook authors including Iron Chef Cat Cora.
She has been a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society as well as The International Association of Culinary Professionals since 1996.