This is seriously cool: Encantada Gallery of Fine Arts is hosting a ~TAMALADA NAVIDEÑA: THE ART OF THE TAMALE~.
Here's more on this hands-on Mexican holiday cooking class:
In Latino communities, the Christmas Tamalada is a time for sharing chismes, family stories, recipes and preparations for the Holidays. From the traditional red chile pork tamales to unique gourmet tamales made with organic masa and seasonal ingredients, learn how to let your imagination drive your tamales wild! This hands-on cooking class will also include recipes for Christmas Ponche and tips on where to shop and dine in San Francisco's Mission District. Feast your other senses as well at Encantada's fabulous Bazaar Navideño where you can find Folk Art to decorate your tree, fine art from local artists for gifting and unique Mexican ceramics and textiles to set your Holiday table.
Classes are taught by Laurie Mackenzie a chef and a passionate scholar of Latin American Cuisines. She travels frequently to Mexico, lived in Nicaragua and studied at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Locally, she worked at the Hayes Street Grill, Restaurant Carta, was the chef at the Headland's Center for the Arts in Marin and most recently helped to launch La Cocina Community Kitchen. In her classes, Laurie teaches the art of using local, seasonal and sustainably grown products in Mexican cooking.
Class size is limited. Advance registration required.
Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17, 2006
Encantada Gallery of Fine Arts
908 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
$70 per person