Cooking Class Tortillas and Nixtamal. This workshop is quite interactive; you’re going to actively participate in preparing the food we all are going to eat. Either you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a master chef. The only thing I ask is that you’re passionate about cooking.
I’ll share with you some stories, especially from how corn was domesticated in what today we know as Oaxaca and other parts of the continent. Finally, we all are going to enjoy the meals we cooked, I’ll show you a couple of techniques to make your food look fantastic with little effort (food love starts with the sight!) Mexican food, thus, Oaxacan cuisine has a significant foundation on corn, so we are going to learn about this cornerstone ingredient of the gastronomy here. One important topic that will be covered it’s the Nixtamal process, which is the cornerstone of Mexican gastronomy and culture.
We are going to meet at the local market. We will buy the ingredients we are going to use later for the cooking class and explore the local fresh options we’ll have. Then we’ll head to my cooking studio to get a deeper introduction to the ingredients, process, and dishes we’ll prepare.
Once we are settled and refreshed with some fresh Aguas Frescas (flavored infused traditional drink) we are going to start preparing the food, I’ll assign to the participants different tasks and responsibilities in order to achieve our main goal; having our three-course-meal menu prepared. When the food is ready, we are going to share the table and finish the journey while enjoying the delicious things we worked on.
I created this workshop, Cooking Class Tortillas and Nixtamal, in Oaxaca City that shares this ancestral practice and made it useful to chefs, researchers, and food passionates. We will discuss the relevance of corn in food systems and how the dominance of corporations are putting in risk life and techniques like Milpa. The importance of how ingredients like corn, beans, pumpkins, and Quelites (herbs) are grown. The significance of ecosystems like the Milpa, which is a virtuous techbique developed centuries ago..
As we learn and discuss those topics, we are going to cook and prepare corn-based traditional dishes that are the result of those ancestral practices.
In a scenario like this, Oaxaca is one of the last bastions in Mexico’s food autonomy. Here is one of the places where we can still find locally grown corn while maintaining the ancestral traditions and practices like the Nixtamal process.
$1,600.00 6 hours
Price in Mexican Pesos.
Discount will apply in checkout depending on number of students.
We had a beautiful time cooking with Luis. My partner and I were keen to deep dive into Oaxaca’s rich food culture, and Luis was able to teach us about local plants and recipes to give us a true experience of Oaxaca. We were guided through the intricate nixtamalization process (and made tortillas from scratch) as well as making delicious salsas, salads, frescas, and soups to complete an amazing meal. We also shopped with Luis and the market and made lovely homemade champurrado to start the day. Importantly, I myself am vegan and my partner lactose intolerant – which can often be tricky to navigate in Mexico more generally – but it was no problem with Luis. We cooked up an authentic vegan/veggie Oaxacan feast that worked for us. A big thank you Luis! We’d wholeheartedly recommend.
I’ve been to several cooking workshops in Mexico, and I can confidently say that the cooking workshop with Luis is one of the best experience I’ve ever had so far. As a veteran teacher, I can tell that Luis is a great instructor. He is well-organized, caring, patient, fun, and knowledgeable. He also gives clear instruction step-by-step to make sure everyone is following up.
The whole workshop is well-paced, from buying the fresh ingredients at the local market, learning about the local ingredients, the food culture and the history of the indigenous people and language, teaching us how to prepare the food, taking us on a field trip to the local mill, to finally finish cooking and sitting together to enjoy the delicious and healthy food.
You can tell Luis’ love and passion for cooking and sharing his knowledge of indigenous culture. He is conscientious about the environment, social justice, and the right of the indigenous people. I’ve learned so much from him. This is not just a cooking class. It’s truly an authentic cultural experience that you do not want to miss if you are ever in Oaxaca.