February 16-23, 2013
Mexico City is one of the most exciting and diverse places to eat anywhere I have ever traveled in the world and on this trip we will cram in as many gastronomical experiences as we can, but always focusing on the historical and cultural background of this city, one of the world’s largest. In years past we have spent a day or so here on our way to other places, this will be the first time I have ever focused a whole trip here and I hope to create a new experience to anyone who has been here before, including staying in a new place, The Red Tree House.
Mexico City has been the long time home of Chef Ricardo Muñoz who has been my collaborator on many of my trips during the last 20 years and assisted me in writing my new book Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine to be published this October by the University of California Press. While here we will eat at least one of his highly acclaimed restaurants. He will be with us for much of the trip, introducing us to the neighborhoods, markets, and places where the locals eat.
Chef Rick Bayless, a highly appreciative aficionado of Mexico City’s constantly evolving food world, also will be with us giving classes and sharing his experiences and knowledge of the diverse tastes to be found here, perhaps eating tacos or barbacoa with you in markets or fondas, or at some of his favorite restaurants where the chefs serve, a new take on traditional dishes. Rick recently was awarded the prestigious Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government for his promotion and dissemination of cultural expressions for their national cuisine in general and Mexican cuisine in particular. Past recipients have included former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill and Melinda Gates, Diana Kennedy and Placido Domingo.
The trip will start and end in Mexico City and the cost is $3,850 which excludes airfare. Single room supplement will be an additional $400. Maximum of 20 participants.
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