Sooke Harbour Birthday Bash

Thank you Sinclair and Frederique Philip and your wonderful staff at Sooke Harbour House, especially Chef Robin Jackson and his staff for making this a fantastic birthday celebration. And to my special friends and family who made this even more memorable. Enjoy this clip put together by my wonderfully talented granddaughter, Caitlin McIntyre. Enjoy life, and dance a lot! Besos!

Book Signings in October

San Antonio, Texas
October 5 – Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio Campus
Noon in the breezeway of the CIA’s campus specializing in Latin Cuisine
Historic Pearl Brewery complex, 312 Pearl Parkway. Telephone: 210-554-6400

October 5 — 7-9 p.m. La Vida Gallery
716 S. Alamo St. Telephone 210 224-3232

Austin, Texas
October 6 – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Restaurante El Naranjo with Chef Iliana de la Vega at 85 Rainey Street, Austin.
Telephone: 512 474 2776

October 7 – Noon-2 p.m. Fonda San Miguel, 2330 W. North Loop. Telephone: 512 459 4121

Gig Harbor, WA
October 21 – 2-4 p.m. Tides Tavern with Chef Ernie Davis, 2925 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, 
Telephone: 253 858 3982

Seattle, WA
October 24 – 5-7 p.m., Flying Fish with Chef Christina Keff, 300 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle.
Telephone: 206 728 8595

A Chef’s tour of Mexico City with Roberto Santibañez

Photo by David Hagerman for The New York Times

My friend and chef extraordinaire, Roberto Santibañez, met his friend and co-author, J. J. Goode, of two of his cookbooks, Truly Mexican and the new Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales, in Mexico City where Roberto was able to share his love of his hometown. The outcome was recently published in Goode’s article in The New York Times.

I first met Roberto many years ago when he was a chef at an exciting new restaurant in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa where he introduced me to poblano chiles stuffed with a tangy cheese enveloped in puff pastry. Roberto later started his own restaruant in Mexico City before heading to the U.S. where he became the chef at Fonda San Miguel in Austin and then to Rosa Mexicano in New York City. He recently opened his second Fonda restaurant in Manhattan. I am so lucky to have Roberto as an occasional guest chef on my culinary trips to Mexico.

Roberto’s new book will be available in October. You can preorder from Amazon now.

An Incredible Feast–Seattle

This is the place to be for food lovers in and around Seattle. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend, as I will be in Texas at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio campus for the CIA’s 5th Annual Latin Flavors, American Kitchens Symposium, an annual invitation-only event that focuses on the world heritage of Latin cuisines, their future on American menus, and the advancement of Latin American culinary professionals.

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is hosting its eighth annual fundraiser, “An Incredible Feast – Where the Farmers are the Stars!” on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Swanson’s Nursery from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

You can purchase your tickets on Brown Paper Tickets.

Created by noted Seattle Chef Tamara Murphy, this event helps fund the NFMA’s low-income programs, free community events, local food education, and farmer advocacy. This event also provides critical support for the NFMA’s Good Farmer Fund, which helps local farmers with disaster relief in the event of extreme weather and other hardships.

An Incredible Feast features an astounding cornucopia of local food prepared by 23 of Seattle’s top chefs, with raw ingredients provided by market farmers. A silent auction will feature unique, exclusive opportunities to win local farm and gourmet food experiences – plus games with plenty of prizes, live music and local wines and microbrews.

CHEFS this year include:

Philippe Thomelin ‐Olivar
Lisa Nakumura ‐Allium
Taichi Tikamura ‐Tamura
Tamara Murphy ‐Terra Plata
Dylan Giordan – bin on the lake
Seth Caswell ‐emmer and rye
Jason Wilson – Crush
Michael Easton – Il Corvo
Dustin Calery – La Boucherie
Karen Jurgensen/Jennifer Gardner – Seattle Culinary Academy/De la Ferme Catering
Daisley Gordon ‐Marché and Café Campagne
Renee Erickson ‐Walrus and the
Carpenter/Boat Street Café
Chester Gerl ‐Matt’s In the Market
Jacky Lo – Wild Ginger
Dezi Bonow – Palace Kitchen
Autumn Martin ‐Hotcakes
Phil Lehman‐Carmelita
Wiley Frank ‐ Little Uncle
Zephyr Paquette – Skelly and The Bean
Matthew Lewis ‐Where Ya At Matt?
Charles Warpole – The Blind Pig

FARMERS participating:

Alm Hill Gardens
Amaranth Urban Farm
Bluebird Grain Farms
Cascadia Mushrooms
Collins Family Orchard
Five Acre Farm
Growing Things
Hama Hama
Hayton Farms
Jerzy Boyz
Kittitas Valley Greenhouse
Let Us Farm
Local Roots
Loki Fish
Nash’s Organic Produce
Nature’s Last Stand
Olsen Farms
Pipitone Farms
Rama Farm
Rents Due Ranch
River Farm
Rockridge Orchards
Sea Breeze
Skagit River Ranch
Tahoma Farms
Tiny’s Organic
Tonnemaker Family Orchard
Whistling Train Farm
Willie Greens Organic Farm

Photographer Jane Fulton Alt

Jane Fulton Alt

Danzon Dancers
© 2012 Jane Fulton Alt. All Rights Reserved

One of my favorite photographers, Jane Fulton Alt will be showing in her home town of Chicago at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center from September 13-November 6th. Her photography, of which I own quite a few prints of scenes in the various regions of Mexico where she has traveled with us on Rick Bayless’s annual staff trip, is exquisite and if you live in the neighborhood, I highly recommend that you visit the Center. The opening reception is Sunday, September 23 from 3-5 p.m and her show is entitled, The Burn.

You can follow her blog here.

Viva de Dolores, Mexico’s Day of Independence

Welcome to the first posting of Marilyn’s Blog. I know that many of you will be surprised that I am doing this, but with the help of my colleague, Kathie Vezzani, forward I will go into social media. I will periodically post events about my friends and colleagues in the food world, particularly as they relate to what is happening in the culinary world in Mexico. Please feel free to sign up and follow this blog and whenever a new posting is up, it will go to your email inbox.

La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine

Published by the University of California Press

My new book, written with Chef Ricardo Muñoz of Mexico City, is out in bookstores now and I am scheduling booksignings in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston in October and a couple of local ones in the Pacific Northwest as well. I will post later with the specifics. If you have already purchased the book and would like a signed book plate, just contact me and I will be happy to mail one off to you–and thank you for your support!

Do celebrate Mexico’s Day of Independence this September 16 with the traditional chiles en nogada, with the vibrant green, white and red of the Mexican flag, and Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), Viva La Mexico which was exclaimed on this day in 1810 in the small town of Dolores near Guanajuato by the Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo, starting the War of Independence from Spain. Every year, before midnight in Mexico City the bells are rung at the National Palace and the President repeats the cry to the huge crowd gathered in the zócalo. This same celebration occurs throughout the country.

You can find the recipe here.

Buen Provecho, and have a toast of tequila for Mexico.