Cooking Yucatán Plant Foods
Every Day!

Cooking class series


Mérida Centro


Tuesdays; 3 classes in consecutive weeks
Begins: Oct 8 /Nov 5 / Dec 3 / Jan 7




3.5 - 4 Hrs

Each Class Includes

Beverage and 4-course lunch


3-class session fee: $178 USD**
Includes free eBook download and Market Tour (date to be determined in class)
Join a single class: $62 USD

Group size

Maximum 8 people
This class will require 3 people min to run

* Individual classes  become bookable the Friday prior to start date, space permitting.

Your Instructor

Erin Gomez Danielson

Erin Gomez Danielson

Erin is a Certified Natural Foods Chef originally from California. Since marrying a Merida local, and moving there in 2013, Erin has embraced the ingredients and culinary techniques of her adopted home into her style of cooking.

What to expect...

This class series is an invitation to celebrate the regional fruits, vegetable and herbs of Yucatán, by learning how to integrate them into your own diet.
These classes suit vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. The only requirement is that you love to eat fresh, healthy and local and love to experiment!

Under Erin’s guidance, you’ll learn how to

  • Select ingredients for peak freshness, ripeness and delectability
  • Prepare locally grown foods as alternatives for those conventionally grown for export
  • Substitute local ingredients into familiar standard recipes (eg: Yucatecan pesto)
  • Make use of techniques and concepts from Yucatan traditions that will inspire your cooking forever
  • Support local communities by shifting your buying habits

Each class will focus on 4-5 seasonal ingredients that will include: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, tubers, herbs and legumes typical of this region, specifically those less commonly known (or virtually unknown) outside of Mexico.

Join the whole series of hands-on small group classes to explore the gamut of local ingredients, or take a class or two as you like.

At the end of each class, you’ll celebrate your cooking success with your new friends over a delicious lunch of the 4 courses + beverage that you’ve prepared using that days featured ingredients.

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Living and cooking in the Yucatan I attended 4 classes with Erin over two weeks. I wanted to learn more about cooking with the many exotic fruits and vegetables and herbs/spices of the area using traditional methods. Erin is a professional chef who approaches cooking in a relaxed, very creative and thorough manner.... and she's just fun to be around. The food we prepared was outstanding - delicious and healthy! I fell in love with so many recipes using plentiful foods like pumpkin seeds, chaya, coconut, amaranth and more. The tour of Lucas de Galvez Mercado was also interesting and really helpful. It's a very large market that seems to sell everything. I also learned how to use a comal, a very versatile Mexican "skillet." I recommend Erin's classes completely. Well worth the money for an authentic Yucatecan cooking experience with a talented and welcoming chef.
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Made my cooking so much better! I was able to join this class for just one day, but got a tour of the market as well as hands-on cooking instruction. It was at the start of a 2 week stay in the Yucatan, so I was able to buy chaya, chayote, pepita molida, sour oranges (naranj'agria), and other local produce at my neighborhood mercado and cook. Erin was a great teacher, easy going but thorough. Highly recommended.
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Great class in Merida, plant-based hands-on cooking class. a wonderful day of touring the market and cooking in a well-equipped kitchen by a knowledgable English speaking chef. I only had time to take one of the classes, as I discovered the class just before I was leaving, i plan on taking the series of 4 classes when I return to Merida in December. I am an omnivore who loves to cook but was a little bit at a loss of how to use the local ingredients. Erin showed us how to use local ingredients and shared her thought process on how she developed her recipes. it was a great day and it ended with a wonderful meal of the dishes we created. can't wait to return and take the whole series.