Chef's Tour and Brunch at La Casita Mexicana

Hosted by Pleasure Palate

Public group

Canceled

Price: $58.00

Alameda Swap Meet

4501 S Alameda Street · Los Angeles, CA

How to find us

Meet Abby at the 45th and Alameda. 626-290-3443

Location image of event venue

Details

**IMPORTANT: RSVP as Maybe until you've pre-paid for this event. When I receive your payment, I will be the one to change your RSVP to Yes. To ensure you don't miss out on this event, I really recommend the use of Pay Pal.

COST:

$58 via Pay Pal (www.paypal.com) to [masked]

$55 via Check (email me for address)

Payments need to be made by 06/13 to reserve your spot. The payment will cover the entire event. IMPORTANT: You can not just show up for this event. Only a pre-payment will guarantee your RSVP.

All payments are non-refundable after 06/13.

**Only 12 Spots Available**

$20 of each payment will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles on behalf of La Casita.

Today's event is very SPECIAL because it'll include a Chef's tour of a local Mexican market followed by a lunch that will be utilizing the fresh produce from that market at La Casita (http://www.casitamex.com/home.html)!

This event will be even more special because we'll be hosted by the two Chef/Owners of La Casita themselves, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu. Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo were both in the airline business just a few years ago, when they realized that in L.A. they couldn't get the kind of real and fresh food their mamas in Jalisco used to make. So they left their 9 to 5 jobs way behind and opened La Casita in Bell, California.

Their delicious Mexican cuisine soon gained them such a devoted following that they caught the eye of Univision, the largest Spanish television network. Soon after, this dynamic duo became well known for their cooking segments on that particular channel as well as other television channels. They also received even more acclaim by being selected as the "best representatives of traditional Mexican food" in California by noted critics, newspapers and magazines, both at the national and international spectrum. Just recently, they were nominated for a James Beard Award and they were even part of a Throwdown with Bobby Flay episode. These two guys definitely get around and amazingly enough they've agreed to slow down long enough to spend a few hours with us sharing their knowledge of how to incorporate fresh produce and herbs in Mexican cooking.

The afternoon will start with the Chefs Del Campo and Arvizu accompanying us to the Alameda Swap Meet, a local swap meet where you can buy local fruits, vegetables and herbs. It's here that we'll learn more about varieties of produce and herbs specific to Mexican cooking and in fact, our time spent there will include the Chefs purchasing all the fresh local ingredients needed for our lunch after our tour. This will be a great opportunity to find out from our guides what to look for when shopping for Mexican ingredients and maybe, even get help being able to identify produce that usually seem very foreign to us.

After our trek to Alameda Swap Meet, we'll head to La Casita for featuring some of the dishes cooked with the produce picked up from the Market for a tasty brunch. If you're a food lover, this will definitely be a day to remember so please join me for what will be a fun and delectable Mexican culinary adventure.

Read about our previous Chef's Tour at:
http://pleasurepalate... (http://pleasurepalate.blogspot.com/2006/10/alamada-swap-meet-and-la-casita.html)

See photos below:
http://www.flickr.com... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addict/sets/72157594224654031/)

To read my recent blog entry about La Casita, go to:
http://pleasurepalate... (http://pleasurepalate.blogspot.com/2009/03/la-casita-opened-my-eyes.html)