This December, three of Mexico City’s top chefs take over the kitchens of three Vancouver restaurants to share the flavours of their native land.
During Sabores CDMX (Flavours of Mexico City), Vancouverites will be able to sample regional dishes native to Mexico at some of their favourite restaurants around town.
The Sabores CDMX venture was created by the Mexico City Tourism Trust to increase awareness of culinary tourism to Mexico City. Successful Sabores CDMX events have previously been held in Houston and Minneapolis, and because of its reputation for culinary creativity, Vancouver was chosen as the location for the Canadian launch.
Sabores CDMX is taking place in Vancouver December 8th through 10th. Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. will host Chef Mario Espinosa; Cacao’s Chef Jefferson Alvarez will cook with Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo; and Chef Tret Jordan will share the kitchen at Homer Street Cafe and Bar with Chef José Manuel Baños.
Each Mexican chef will serve a set menu for all three nights on December 8th, 9th, and 10th. The chefs are bringing special ingredients to create authentic yet modern dishes that pay tribute to their heritage — think bean soup with fried tortilla, mole with duck confit, and more.
The Chefs & Menus
Chef: José Manuel Baños
Hometown: Oaxaca, Mexico
He inherited a love of food and cooking from his grandmother. After attending culinary school he travelled to Europe, where he spent time in the kitchens of some of the world’s most lauded restaurants, including Arzak and El Bulli. He returned to Mexico and opened his first restaurant, the award-winning Pitiona Cocina de Autor, and followed this success in 2015 with a second venture, Aguamiel, a traditional Oaxacan tlayudería.
Vancouver Host: Homer Street Cafe and Bar’s Chef Tret Jordan will host Chef Baños on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.
Oaxaca Entrée Trilogy
fried “garnacha” with beef and cabbage
“pescadilla” with salad and pressed fresh cheese
pork tamale with “adobo costeño”
bean soup with fried tortilla, fresh cheese, “hierba de conejo”
chicken in black mole
pork in chicatana ant mole
Stewed beef tongue
Chef: Mario Espinosa
Hometown: Mexico City
He was born into a family of cooks, and began his career in the kitchen where his father worked as a chef. In 2005 he began working in kitchens under Chef Enrique Olvera, known as one of the world’s best chefs. Chef Espinosa has made a name for himself as a consultant, corporate chef, and as the owner of K’u’uk, named Travel & Leisure’s Best New Restaurant of 2013. He now oversees the kitchens of Rosa Sur 32º and Mexico City’s La Encomienda, where he specializes in regional ingredients cooked by traditional methods.
Vancouver Host: Burdock & Co.’s Chef Andrea Carlson will be joined by Chef Espinosa on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.
Grilled Beets and Potatoes
sikilpak and aged cheese
Short Ribs in Recado Negro
3 traditional Mexican sauces: pico de gallo, xnipec, borracha
Sweet Potato Purée
star anise, peanuts, cinnamon ice cream
Chef: Gerardo Vázquez Lugo
Hometown: Mexico City
Lugo leads Restaurante Nicos, named one of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America in 2016. The restaurant, which has been in the family for decades, was transformed under his influence when he took over the kitchen in 2006. Under Chef Gerardo, Nicos was revamped from a humble family restaurant to a high-end establishment featuring a progressive menu, giving nods to traditional cooking and recipes.
Vancouver Host: Chef Jefferson Alvarez at Cacao hosts Chef Lugo on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.
soup with prawn, tomato, pumpkin, corn dough
Manchamanteles Mole with Duck
confited duck with “manchamanteles” mole, apple, pear, pineapple