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Mexico at International Culinary Week at the St.Regis

September 27 - October 1, 2016 at the St. Regis


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a week of culinary programming and menus focusing on Mexico at the St. Regis' Decanter. International Culinary Week will feature the cooking of Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte and Sous Chef Ángeles Ayala, bringing the flavors of Mexico to Washington DC.

Mexican chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte hails from the state of Chihuahua, and has earned national and international acclaim for her invaluable contributions to Mexican haute cuisine. Alongside a group of Mexican historians and fellow chefs, she has spearheaded the initiative to recognize Mexican cuisine in UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In Mexico, she has worked as Chef and Partner of her the restaurant, "Turtux" in Mexico City and her expertise and innovations have culminated in her publication of her two original books, "Tamales y Atoles Mexicanos" in 2012, and "Mexico, The Cookbook" in 2014.

Ángeles Ayala is a seasoned independent Mexican chef and sous-chef to Margarita Carrillo Arronte. As an independent chef, Ayala devotes most of her time to culinary consulting, private event catering, teaching, and writing recipe and cook books. In recent years, Ayala has participated in a number of international fairs and festivals promoting Mexican cuisine across the globe. She has also contributed to numerous articles to international magazines about contemporary Mexican recipes and traditional techniques.

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Decanter at St. Regis
923 16th and K Streets NW
Washington DC

Mexican Table for Kids

June 13, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Want to know more about the avocado? On Saturday June 13 from 11:00am - 1:30pm the Institute hosted the first Mexican Table for Kids (ages 7 - 14 only, limit 30 participants) focusing on this tasty ingredient. Mexican table isn't just for grownups!

Participants were part of a top chef style showdown with the avocado. Parents are invited to join the last 15 minutes of the class for the final award ceremony!Ingredients for this session courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Chef Daniel Ovadia at the Kennedy Center's Iberian Suite Festival

March 3 - 24 at the Kennedy Center


This season, the Kennedy Center presents IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, a vibrant three-week festival celebrating the cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking peoples, the impact they've had throughout the world, and the vast influences they've embraced from other cultures.

Chef Daniel Ovadía: A Taste of Mexico
March 12 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Join Chef Daniel Ovadía as he invites you to sample the flavors of Mexico! Chef Ovadía will take you on a culinary journey through Mexico in this one of a kind cooking class and tasting session. The Chef will demonstrate and speak about his recipes while you get to taste them.

One of the most innovative chefs in Mexico today, Ovadía is a successful restaurateur whose recipes are created through a thoughtful dedication to his cooking and the flavors that inspire it. He is the owner of several restaurants including Paxia and the recently opened Morablanca.


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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
March 3 - 24


December 4th, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join Pati as she explores Africa's influences on Mexico's cuisine with food from Veracruz! This Mexican Table will also feature a special tequila tasting courtesy of Herradura.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Yucatán: Mexico's Culinary Outlier

October 9th, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join Pati and guest chef Pedro Evia as they explore the cuisine of mexico's Yucatán!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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True Fusion: 16th Century Mexican Cuisine

June 5th, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join Pati as she introduces the Institute to the first fusion cuisines of Mexico, at the time of the arrival of the Europeans in the 1500s!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Diego Rivera's Table

March 19th, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join Pati as she delights in the culinary history of Mexico's first artistic couple, Frida and Diego, with a little added help from Diego Rivera's daughter, Guadalupe, writer of Frida's Fiestas, a seminal cookbook about growing up in the Rivera household!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Popular Mexican Holiday Dishes

December 5th, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Mexico's holiday tradition is much more than a piñata and poinsettias—join Pati as she shows us some of Mexico's most classic holiday offerings. Bacalao a la Vizcaina, Mexican Style Fruit Punch, Tamales and Festive Sweets take center stage for a delicious and wide-ranging exploration of Mexican holiday culture.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Mex-Americana: The Evolution of Mexican Food in the US

October 24th, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


While much has been made of Mexico's influence on American cuisine, this session aims to take a creative look at its converse. Sampling iconic dishes that represent the evolution and diversity of Mexican cooking in the US (Tex-Mex combo platter, anyone?), Pati crosses the country for the best in Mex-American cuisine, from Los Angeles Taco Truck Style Tacos Acorazados to Modern Mexican dishes a la New York.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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The Asian Influence in Mexican Cooking

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Asian demographic influence has a long and storied past in Mexico: Filipinos came through the Pacific trade on huge Galleons, Chinese communities worked to build Mexican railroads, and Japanese settlers found work on coffee plantations. Mexico's culinary heritage is no stranger to this influence—dishes have benefited from their steaming, drying and salting techniques, as well as the spices. Join us to explore the heritage of Asian cuisine in Mexico through dishes like Sriracha Tuna Tataki Tostadas, Mexican Miso Soup with Chipotle and Nopales, Amaranth Chicken with Ginger Piloncillo Sauce, Five Spice Jasmine Rice, Chinese Jicama and Mango Slaw, and Green Beans with Salted Peanuts and Chile de Arbol. We'll finish the meal with Pati's delectable Pecan Plum Empanadas with Cajeta Sauce and the traditional Cafe de Olla.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, May 30th, 6:30pm

Book Presentation with Pati Jinich

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Celebrate the arrival of Pati's popular new cookbook The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking with a free book presentation at the Institute on Wednesday, March 20th! In addition to some scrumptious snacks, Pati will converse with Beard Award-winning food critic Tim Carman, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public -- RSVP required.

Click here to read reviews and preorder Pati's new cookbook!

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Free Admission, RSVP required:


Mexican Table: Cinco de Mayo

May 24th 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


It is no secret that Cinco de Mayo is a much bigger celebration in the US than in Mexico. This class will explore how and why the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, marking its Sesquicentennial in 2012, has become a celebratory occasion in the US and will feature a distinct menu to commemorate the anniversary of a truly transnational celebration.

Mexican Table: A Culinary Compass

March 15th 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


From the Northern region with simple and hearty grilled foods to the ethnic richness and wide array of ingredients in the South; from the exotic Eastern Gulf Coast to the long Western Pacific shoreline, Mexican flavor is everywhere. Join us on a culinary tour highlighting the signature flavors from four culinary regions in Mexico in a single night.