Chihuahua Event in New York City

by on 23/05/12 at 1:45 pm


Chihuahua Querida!

Zarela Martinez has put together a very special event to promote her homeland of Chihuahua, Mexico and it is filled with food experiences. You have to know that anything Zarela is associated with will be delicious- and this one is not to miss. Zarela, her son Aaron Sanchez and a host of presenters on the culture of Chihuahua are teaming up to make this quite a week.

Chihuahua Querida Schedule

Schedule of Events:

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.

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.

Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, 212-777-2600. Free

Thursday, June 7th 6-8pm: 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.

Centrico Restaurant, 211 West Broadway, 212-431-0700. Presentations/food free. Cash bar.

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. $95Saturday, 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.


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