Are you mystified by the magic of tamales? Yeah, me too. Fortunately, there is hope. ~LA COCINA~ and Evernote Food are pairing up to host a Tamale Cooking Class on Saturday August 25th, taught by Alicia Villanueva of Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas and Maria del Carmen of Estrellita’s Snacks. These wonderful ladies will be guiding attendees through the entire process, from making masa from scratch to proper wrapping technique. The class will be topped off with a family-style meal, including the tamales made during the class and some additional Mexican and Salvadorean dishes made by the teachers themselves. The class will be held at La Cocina from 6pm-9pm, and tickets are $45, including dinner. 2948 Folsom St. at 25th St.
Starting in September, ~18 REASONS~ is holding a cool series of classes by Michelle McKenzie, called Unsung: Autumn Vegetables. Classes will be held weekly, starting Monday September 10th from 6:30pm-9pm. Each week features two vegetables (and a fruit!) that don’t get enough love. Find out how to cook these vegetables so they are delcious, not overlooked. Here’s the schedule: September 10th, kohlrabi and fresh figs (in unusual savory preparations); September 17th, cauliflower stems and chicories; and September 24th, celeriac and sunchokes.
Tickets for the whole series are $180 for the general public, and $150 for 18 Reasons members. Classes can also be taken individually for $65. 3674 18th St. at Dolores.
One of Alicia’s tamales, in the stuffing stage. Photo by Lauren Atkins.