A Day of Traditions with Chef Alejandro Ruíz
Oaxaca is a land of rich traditions and amazing bio-diversity. On this day-long experience we will have the privilege of learning about this region’s plant food traditions with a chef who has gained international acclaim for his restaurants (Casa Oaxaca – El Restaurante in Oaxaca City; Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City), as well as for the passion with which he shares his beloved Oaxaca’s culinary traditions far and wide.
Starting off in the morning, you’ll travel from Oaxaca City with your Oaxaca City expert Suzanne Barbezat to meet up with Chef Alejandro Ruiz at a weekly market in the village near his family farm. Chef Alex will guide us in sampling seasonal produce and plant-based snacks particular to this region, including highly nutritive naturally fermented beverages such as tejate, tepache and pulque.
We’ll use this opportunity to select some of the ingredients for our meal, seeking out those most unique to this particular region. The menu will be shaped around the produce that most intrigues us.
While in town, we’ll take a walk around the village to get to know a bit about the local traditions of the community where Chef Alejandro grew up.
After exploring the village and market, we will head to Portozuelo, the farm of Casa Oaxaca. In the outdoor kitchen with expansive views of rural Oaxaca we will prepare a plant-based meal using all traditional techniques and ingredients.
Under the guidance of Chef Alejandro and local women we’ll explore cocina a leña; roasting ingredients for salsas and making tortillas over the wood-fired stoves and clay comales. We’ll grind ingredients together in a molcajete to produce a regional salsa and work with the ingredients that we found in the market. Those who want to get their hands dirty can explore the farm that supplies Casa Oaxaca restaurants and harvest some of the ingredients for our meal.
Our efforts will culminate in a meal celebrating Oaxaca, our collaborative cooking efforts, and the plant foods of this country’s most sacred earth.
The day will wind down just before sunset, when warmed by the generosity of family and community (and mezcal), we’ll head back to the city.
This promises to be a day made of wonderful, delicious and meaningful memories.
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