August 10th to 15th, we went to Xalapa, Veracruz to learn from Anthropologist and Cook Raquel Torres Cerdán. Raquel generously connected us with her students and peers.
These dessert photos reflect the new and traditional- from young Chef Alejandra Ramírez of Coatepec, infusing her creations with memories of childhood amidst coffee forests, Chef Luis Palmeros experimenting with his well learned local ingredients in Xalapa (check Instagram: ___whiteroom El Cuarto Blanco) to Pujol-trained Chef Erik Guerrero, revolutionizing fishing near his hometown of Veracruz and cooking up sophisticated delights with, again, local ingredients! Of course we have classic Xalapa with Raquel Torres and her superb flavors.
Chef Alejandra Ramírez
Chef Luis Palmeros
Chef Erik Guerrero
Raquel Torres Cerdán
Raquel Torres Cerdán
Below is a slide show of our trip which included Jim Maser of Picante in Berkeley, CA, Omar Rodriguez of Oyamel in D.C. , and Churchill Orchards of Ojai, CA.
Putting together a photo sampling of the Veracruz Trip, January 2017, causes me to muse on how sad we were with the thought of Marilyn closing down Culinary Adventures, while in the midst of this wondrous trip.
Creating a link, years ago, for others to experience the cultures of Mexico through our foods and people is a truly impressive attainment. Culinary Adventures is a pioneer in this. Ricardo, Ana Elena and I are so proud and happy to continue forward, and it is a tribute to Marilyn’s character to have found a way to continue this legacy through us, her original right arms!
I began to write up a timeline of our people from start to present but, the list is way too long and I refuse to leave out any of our respected cooks, chefs, restauranteurs, market stall owners, taco stand vendors, tamal makers… you get the idea, ¿no?
Suffice it to say that I find these to be prescient times to continue with cross cultural exchanges. Mutual appreciation and understanding create a positive world. And what better way than through food?
We look forward to seeing our highly appreciated ‘old’ friends and meeting news ones as we share our vision of Mexico with you.
Our Veracruz group in La Finca coffee plantation
Final day in Veracruz
Street of Tlacotalpan
Young girl in Tlacotalpan
Chef Ricardo Muñoz
Ricardo and young Chefs, Taller Acuyo, Xalapa
Ricardo Muñoz Class Xalapa
Raquel, Rick, Ana Elena, Carmen
Rick Bayless Class, Xalapa
Raquel torres @TallerAcuyo
Rick Bayless caught picking coffee, Coatepec, Ver.
Fish Market, Port of Veracruz