A few of my favorite things – Oaxacan chef+mezcal+Oakland
I am showing my bias here… Chef Pilar Cabrera of La Olla in Oaxaca is in the Bay Area to promote her new book – a collection of recipes from Casa de Los Sabores, the cooking school she started in Oaxaca some 20 years ago.
I first ventured to Oaxaca in 2003 to learn about Oaxacan cuisine and culture, inspired by an article I had read in some long forgotten magazine piece. Those were the early days of researching travel stuff online, and finding any real info about Oaxaca was pretty scarce, so I asked around to various friends, a collection of hardened travelers, chefs and Mexicans, if they knew anything about cooking schools in Oaxaca and voila, all paths led to Pilar. It was an amazing experience and set me on a path that, not to sound dramatic, changed my life.
There’s a book signing at Tamarindo Restaurant this Wednesday, and a special prix fix dinner, with of course, one of Tamarindo’s famous mezcal cocktails on Sunday. In case you didn’t know, Gloria Dominguez, chef at Tamarindo has guest chefs series in which she collaborates with some of the most innovative Latino chefs around. There are still some tickets available for the dinner, so grab one quick before they are all gone! Tamarindo also suggests RSVPing (no cost) for the book signing.