Foodways of Mexico: Delicacies of the Northeastern Mexican Semi-desert

Chef and food researcher Abdiel Cervantes Escalona will discuss how different settlers of Northeastern Mexico have shaped its cuisine, culture, and history on Thursday, September 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at IBC Bank, 500 W. 5th, Suite 1300, presented by the University of Texas at Austin’s LILLAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. Beginning with the region’s pre-Hispanic roots, Chef Cervantes will explore how different peoples have influenced what is eaten in Monterrey today, from ingredients to cooking techniques. The free talk, open to the public, will be in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. Reception to follow with a tasting of regional specialities prepared by Austin’s El Naranjo Restaurant.

Foodways of Mexico

Abdiel Cervantes Escalona is a chef, researcher, and educator of Mexican cuisine and culture. He has served as executive chef in several restaurants in central and northern Mexico, and is currently the executive chef of “Mima & Abdiel” Cocina Tradicional Mexicana in Monterrey, Mexico. He is also chair of the Nuevo León Conservatorio de la Cultura Gastronómica de Mexico, and creator and director of Festival de Gastronomía y Cultura Mexicana del Centro Culinario de México, an annual festival celebrating Mexican cuisine.

Validated parking available. Instructions for parking:

  • Enter the IBC Bank parking lot on San Antonio St. (between 5th St. and 6th St.). Park on levels 2-6 (non-reserved parking).
  • Take a ticket and make sure to hold onto it. You will need it when you exit.
  • When you check in to the event, IBC will provide a validation receipt with a bar code that can be scanned.
  • At exit, insert parking ticket and then scan validation receipt.

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