The accolades tell it all: “I had a great and very inspiring time in Oaxaca. Your knowledge of the culture and region introduced us to so many interesting people, all willing to talk about their passion, whether it was for pottery, real wood carving, frothy chocolate, the best moles or natural dyes” [Elizabeth Baird]. Desert safari deals
Elizabeth Baird, one of the foremost Canadian cooking icons of our time, was a participant in the May, 2010, Oaxaca Culinary Tour. So was prolific cookbook author and columnist Rose Murray, who endorsed a copy of her seminal work, A Taste of Canada, A Culinary Journey, with similar praise: “Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge of Oaxaca around. We all know it through your eyes. ”
If the foregoing is any sign of the achievements of this most recent concert tours, then your thought of exactly what is in store for individuals in future, similarly prepared Oaxaca culinary events, should titillate anyone considering Philippine gastronomy – chefs and foodies alike.
While figures were small (May is when most Americans and Canadians are content to stay near home, put their winter attire, and commence gardening), organizers provided the 8 – twelve participants in each of the week’s daily activities using that the concert tours promised, and more: preparing classes with Pilar Cabrera and Susana Trilling, eating out at renowned Oaxacan restaurants Casa Oaxaca, Los Danzantes, La Olla and La Catrina de Alcal?, and what impressed the most, getting out in the neighborhoods and learning the secrets of local recipes through hands-on instruction from local natives – in their kitchens and over their open hearths and comals.
Background to the Oaxaca Culinary Tour
Internationally celebrated native Oaxacan chef Base Cabrera Arroyo spent the month of September, 2009, working her magic in Toronto, both as customer chef at several restaurants and invited instructor at a prominent cooking college. It had been set up through the efforts of Toronto food writer and researcher Mary Luz Mejia of Sizzling Communications, and several others willing to dedicate their effort and time to ensure a successful month-long event.
Once the platform of the tour got been decided, Chef Base was invited by the Government of Mexico to represent Oaxacan cuisine at the Toronto Harbourfront Hub Hot & Spicy Meals Festival’s Iron Chef competition (as it turned away, she also decided to evaluate the festival’s Emerging Chief cook event) which happened around the same time as the tour.
In Barcelone Chef Pilar met other brands Elizabeth Baird (who evaluated the iron chef event and adjudicated alongside Base at the emerging cook competition), Chef Vanessa Yeung (who cooked with Base at the cooking institution and dined with her at one of the private dinner parties), and a host of visible food writers and authorities, as well as many chefs (including Chef de Delicacies Jason Bangerter of Auberge du Pommier) – almost all of whom had no prior exposure to Oaxacan food.
In true Oaxacan fashion Pilar warmly and really invited nearly everyone your woman met to come visit Oaxaca. But who does have ever thought that travel organizers would immediately commence acquiring inquiries from diners at the various locations, chefs, and media staff, about traveling to Oaxaca to gain deeper knowledge about Oaxaca’s longstanding reputation for culinary greatness. All things considered, the tour was meant to merely provide an intro to Oaxacan cuisine. That succeeded in whetting the appetites of Canadians, for much more.