The Cooking School at  Patio Mexica in Zihuatanejo

MONICA DURAN PEREZ, FLUENT IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH, HAS COMBINED HER FORMAL TEACHERS TRAINING WITH HER NATURAL TALENT FOR COOKING MEXICAN TRADITIONAL AND REGIONAL SPECIALTIES, TO OFFER AFFORDABLE, CASUAL AND FRIENDLY COOKING CLASSES IN THE LA MADERA NEIGHBOURHOOD – THE HOME OF MONICA AND HER FAMILY. MONICA HAS LIVED IN ZIHUATANEJO FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS AND IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE TRADITIONAL FOOD PREPARATION AND CUISINE OF MEXICO.  MONICA’S FAMILY, ESPECIALLY HER GRANDMOTHER WHO OWNED A MEXICAN RESTAURANT, CREATED A LIFELONG LOVE FOR FRESH, LOCAL CUISINE PREPARED FROM SCRATCH WHICH MONICA WANTS TO TEACH VISITORS TO ZIHUATANEJO. MONICA HAS WON REGIONAL COOKING COMPETITIONS FOR HER CREATIVE USE OF LOCAL AND SPECIALTY INGREDIENTS.

EVERY CLASS IS HELD ON THE PATIO OF THE HOME OF MONICA, AND IN THIS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN ENVIRONMENT, SHADED OPEN AIR CLASSROOM, STUDENTS ARE EXPOSED TO THE REAL TRADITIONAL COOKING STYLES OF MEXICAN FAMILIES.   STUDENTS ARE SERVED REFRESHING BEVERAGES (AGUA FRESCA DE JAMAICA, AGUA FRESCA DE TAMARINDO) THAT ARE TRADITIONAL IN THIS AREA AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.

Shopping in the Farmers Market ..

LEARN HOW TO SHOP LOCALLY FOR FRESH FOOD IN THE ” MERCADO  CAMPESINO” . WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES AND BRING A HAT, THE CLASS WILL WALK TO THE FARMERS’ MARKET AND RETURN TO THE SHADY PATIO AT CASA MEXICA TO PREPARE AND SHARE A LIGHT MEAL USING THE FRESHLY PURCHASED INGREDIENTS.

Traditional Mexican Meal Classes

MONICA WILL TEACH STUDENTS TO PREPARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR MEXICAN DISHES. EACH CLASS ALLOWS FOR HANDS ON PREPARATION IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING, AND WILL ALSO INCLUDE LESSONS ON HOW TO PREPARE MARGARITAS OR MICHELADAS IF REQUESTED.  (MARGARITAS, BEER OR MICHELADAS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE IN ADDITION TO THE COST OF THE CLASS)

      HAVING SEVERAL OPTIONS

.     GO TO THE MARKET BACK TO COOK MEXICAN SALSAS, BEANS, AND TORTILLAS CORN, CACTUS SALAD,        SQUASH BLOSSOMS ROASTED.

  • GO TO THE MARKET BUY FISH……..BACK  PREPARE TACOS FISH, CEVICHE, TIRITAS….

NEXT OPTIONS NO INCLUDE MARKET TOUR:

  • TORTILLA SOUP, ENCHILADAS AND CHILAQUILES,  RED AND GREEN SALSAS
  • CHILE RELLENOS (FIVE STYLES),
  • MOLE POBLANO – THE AUTHENTIC STYLE PREPARED USING NUMEROUS INGREDIENTS,
  • BANANA LEAF TAMALES (NACATAMALES)

STUDENTS STAY AND ENJOY A LUNCH OF THEIR FRESHLY PREPARED MEALS.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BEFORE EACH CLASS IN ORDER TO ENSURE YOUR ATTENDANCE AND SUFFICIENT SPACE.

REGISTER IN PERSON AT PATIO MEXICA OR BY EMAIL:

cookingschool@patiomexica.com

Cel: 045 755 1167211

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MONICA ACCEPTS CASH ONLY WITH PAYMENT TO BE MADE AT THE END OF EACH CLASS.  A SMALL GRATUITY IS APPRECIATED.     MONICA WOULD BE HAPPY TO ARRANGE A CUSTOM CLASS FOR A MINIMUM OF SIX PERSONS IF REQUESTED.