Food is Arte Presents: Chihuahua Querida

BY Juliana Nalerio | PUBLISHED: Friday, June 1st, 2012
Food is Arte Presents: Chihuahua Querida

Chihuahua Querida, supported by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, will celebrate Chihuahua, Mexico: the foods, arts, and cultura all this weekend and next week. We’re very excited for the many events thrown by Zarela Martinez, which will include the opportunity to learn to make spicy chorizo (I always wanted my papa to teach me, but this is a close second that will likely surpass his version). Martinez was born in Sonora, Mexico, and grew up in San Pedro de Ojitos, where she learned the special skills she’s going to share next week:

Though I was born in Agua Prieta, Sonora, and spent some time there in my youth, I’ve always considered myself more of a chihuahuense. I grew up in this mountainous, rugged, majestic state on our ranch San Pedro de Ojitos where I broke horses, cut cattle and cooked with my mother until I was shipped off to boarding school. Currently, the state of Chihuahua needs help in rebuilding its image after the negative international projection it has received lately. Chihuahua, being the largest Mexican state, has much to offer to the world in culture, culinary arts, history, crafts, products and sightseeing.

Martinez is not the only teacher you’ll meet in these special “seminars.” The programming will also feature anthropologists, potters, weavers, writers, artists, artisans, conservationists, scientists, musicians, distillers, storytellers, cooks, business men and producers of different products, we hear. The headquarters of all this activity is where else but Casa Mezcal, the center of the NYC indie Latin universe in many ways…

See the schedule of events below:

Sunday, June 3rd, 12pm: Class on how to use and prepare a pig from head to feet, the way it’s done on the Chihuahua ranch, San Pedro de Ojitos, where Zarela grew up. Chefs will learn how to make chorizo, carnitas, carne adobada, tamales, manteca, pickled pig feet and cueritos.  You will need a reservation. Price of the class is $65.00 plus tax and must be paid through Paypal or by calling 212-644-1646. Fee includes light lunch and a beverage. Jimmy’s 43, 43 East 7th Street, 212-982-3006. $65.

Monday, June 4th, 6-9pm: The Mexico Tourism Board hosts an invite-only press kick-off event with food by Julian Medina of Toloache. Zarela will give a presentation on “How I Learned to Cook, Break Horses and Cut Cattle,” featuring photographs of her life on the ranch and stories from her culinary autobiography, “Food from my Heart,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, 212-777-2600. Invite only.

Tuesday, June 5th, 6-9pm: Pancho Villa’s 132nd birthday celebration with performance artist Narciso Martinez – who appears as Pancho Villa. Photographer Raechel Running will also give a presentation of her magnificent photographs of Chihuahua. Appetizers and drinks will be served.
Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, 212-777-2600. $25.

Wednesday, June 6th 6-8pm: A comparison tasting of Sotol and Mezcal will shed light on the native Chihuahua spirit, which is about to make its mark on the tequila-mezcal bar scene. Unlike mezcal and tequila, Sotol is not made from agave, but from Dasylirion wheeleri. Casa Mezcal’s owner, Ignacio Carballido, will taste everyone through a wide range of styles and brands. Café Frida will serve burritos filled with machaca (mailto:Danielle@jigsawmgt.coma type of jerky)
Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, 212-777-2600. Free

Thursday, June 7th 11AM-3PM: A full lineup of Chihuahua food and presentations. Anthropologist Elsa Rodriguez Garcia will speak about the ruins of Paquime and other important Chihuahua discoveries. Zarela’s son Aaron Sanchez of TV’s “Chopped” fame will be serving authentic Chihuahua chuck wagon-style food and agua fresca (a non-alcoholic hibiscus flower drink). Ron Bridgemon will discuss tourism in Chihuahua. Conservationist Carmela Wallace will introduce master pottery maker Diego Valles. And Dave Hensleigh will speak about the famed Raramuri runners and the Copper Canyon.
Centrico Restaurant, 211 West Broadway, 212-431-0700. Presentations/food free. Cash bar. Reservations for the complete program will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis must be made through Danielle Kim, Danielle@jigsawmgt.com, 571-334-6058

Friday, June 8th 10am-4pm: Diego Valles, master potter of Mata Ortiz – a whole town dedicated to the art of pottery-making – will be giving an all-day class. He will speak about his technique and his art will be on display.
Greenwich Pottery House, 16 Jones Street, 212-242-4106. $95.

Saturday, June 9th, 11am-2pm: Learn classic Chihuahua cooking from the master. Zarela Martinez will all her favorite recipes she learned from her mother, including albondigas, carne con chile Colorado, flour tortillas, frijoles churros and calabacitas.
Suenos Restaurant, 311 West 17th Street, 212-243-1333. $50.

For tix & info click the image below.

Chihuahua Querida


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