WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Escape the winter blues in ICC’s newest one-day cooking class, Mexican Favorites: Tortilla Soup, Mole & More. Join Chef Danny Mena, ICC graduate and chef-owner of La Loncheria in Brooklyn, for a flavorful introduction to cooking with mole and other warming chiles found in traditional Mexican cuisine. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn to make three classic dishes and the signature sides to accompany everyone’s favorites, including how to make handmade tortillas!
From a traditional Mole Poblano with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon & dried chiles, to one made with pumpkin seed, chile Serrano & tomatillos, Chef Danny will teach you to prepare two distinctly different Mole and the various uses for them. Then, you’ll learn to make homemade corn tortillas, the perfect accompaniment for Sopa Azteca—a Classic Tortilla Soup made with a rich chicken and chile guajillo broth, queso fresco and chicharron. As a special treat, Chef Mena will demonstrate how to create a cocktail with what he calls “the earthiest of Mexican spirits,” Mezcal—a perfect complement to the cuisine. By the end of the class, you’ll have tasted all of your hard work and be equipped with the skills to host an authentic meal for your next dinner party!
What You’ll Learn to Make:
- Sopa Azteca (Classic Tortilla Soup)
- Mole Poblano
- Mole Pipian
- Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)
- Frijoles de Olla – (Classic Soupy Beans)
- Homemade Corn Tortillas
- Mezcal Cocktail with Grapefruit & Aperol
ABOUT CHEF DANNY MENA
Danny Mena is one of New York City’s top Mexican chefs, acclaimed for the traditional Mexican food he serves. After forgoing an engineering career for culinary school and stints at restaurants Blue Hill and The Modern, Mena started Hecho En Dumbo in 2007. He and his team quickly outgrew that space and opened the current Manhattan location in 2010. In 2018 he opened La Loncheria in Bushwick, Brooklyn, creating a Mexican style luncheonette showcasing the often forgotten but almighty, torta (the Mexican sandwich)
Another Mexican tradition close to Mena’s heart is mezcal. Partnered in a mezcal distillery, Mezcales de Leyenda, whose mezcals are considered among the very best available in both the U.S. and Mexico. As a trained chef, now working his way to become a sommelier, his knowledge from production to final distillation is unparalleled.
Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.
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