Every year Los Angeles celebrates the authentic flavors, ingredients and traditions of the wonderful cuisine of our neighbors to the south, Mexico. Known as the Taste of Mexico, this annual event, this year celebrating 5 years, is the brainchild of Los Angeles restauranteurs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana, Vicente del Rio of Frida Mexican Cuisine, Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza Restaurant and Ricardo Cervantes of La Monarca Bakery.
We’ve been a part of everyone of these celebrations and each year is just a little different. As growth happens, and currently over 5000 people attend each year, the event moved last year to the LA Plaza in the heart of perhaps the most Mexican city outside of Mexico.
So what does it look like? A massive party held under the stars with 5000 of your closest friends where you get all the samples of the best Mexican food in LA you can eat, all the mezcal and tequila you can drink and even unlimited beer, unless of course the Victoria runs out, as it did this year. While it is gonna set you back $75.00, it is definitely worth it, or as we say in Mexico, “Vale la Pena!”
You get a chance to talk directly to the chefs, make lots of new friends and try some food you’re never going to find at your neighborhood place where they smother everything in grated yellow cheese. In my opinion, there is no better place to experience the breadth of tastes and flavors that you will find across My Mexico anywhere in the US.
Simply put, the Taste of Mexico is a most delicious food tour you should never miss!
Here’s a great pic of Chef Natalie Curie, of El Coraloense serving up a delicious halibut fish taco with a huitlacoche butter garlic sauce and a tasty shrimp ceviche with dehydrated mango. A spectacular combo!
Chef Jimmy Shaw’s Loteria Grill served up a nice taco de chile en nogada, but the standout had to be the taco dulce, a dessert taco. Loaded with mango, grilled pineapple, sweet cheese cream, corn croutons, and a hibiscus reduction sauce, this was our photographer Brother Joe’s favorite of this years Taste! He called it unexpected, original and full of flavor from start to finish.
New to the Taste this year was Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr, of Chichen Itza Restaurant, bringing the flavors of the Yucatan. He offered up salbutes, a traditional dish found in Merida, where we’ll be touring in February. Loaded with pork shoulder, beef short rib, pickled onion, cilantro, avocado, tomato and served on a puffy corn tortilla this was incredibly unique!
PettyCash Taqueria had 2 delicious offering at this years Taste. They served up a great hamachi ceviche with tomatillo and avocado that was incredibly well balanced and loaded with flavor. Their 2nd offering was a killer oxtail mole tostada. Really good with a subtle deliciousness. They are a great addition to the Taste and an up and coming star in the Los Angeles market.
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