in partnership with The American Institute of Wine & Food
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Institute of Wine & Food's Days of Taste® and Scholarship program. Click here for details.
About the EventAdventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the American Institute of Wine & Food for an Adventure on the Mexican Table with author, chef, & host of an award-winning PBS program, Pati Jinich.
Our Adventure on the Mexican Table will take place at the famous Cafe Coyote in Old Town, San Diego. Over an authentic Mexican meal and margaritas, Pati will discuss her second cookbook, Mexican Today, where she not only continues to prove that Mexican home cooking can be simpler and quicker than most imagine, but also, that it can evolve as it transverses borders.
About the Author & BookPati Jinich is a self-described "overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a powerful blender". Pati is on a mission to show the world that true home Mexican cooking isn't what they've come to expect. Pati was born and raised in Mexico City and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She has resided in the Washington, DC, area for the past 14 years, where she and her husband are raising their three boys. Pati didn't set out to be a chef, as a child, she could be found reading and dreaming of becoming a writer. She was professionally trained as a policy analyst with a graduate degree in Mexico City and later on at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. It was out of nostalgia for the foods she grew up eating in Mexico, and a few nudges from her husband, that she left her career as a policy analyst to pursue her passion for food. In 2007, she launched an ongoing series of culinary programs comprised of informative talks, cooking demonstrations, and tasting dinners at the Mexican Cultural Institute, where she is the official chef. Pati's success and popularity, both with event attendees and the media, transferred into a nationally aired Public Television Series, called Pati's Mexican Table, that is going into its fifth season. In each episode, Pati embarks upon an exciting and entertaining journey, where each dish serves as a point of departure into Mexico’s rich history and culture, Pati’s personal experiences, her family life, and her ongoing conversations with cooks in both Mexico and the US. In her second cookbook, Mexican Today, Pati shares easy, generous dishes, both traditional ones and her own new spins. Some are regional recipes she has recovered from the past and updated, like Miners’ Enchiladas with fresh vegetables and cheese or Drunken Rice with Chicken and Chorizo, a specialty of the Yucatán. “Sweaty” Tacos with ripe tomatoes and cheese are so convenient they’re sold on Mexican streets by bicyclists. Her grandmother’s Cornflake Cookies feel just as contemporary now as they did then.
What is the AIWF?The American Institute of Wine & Food is a non-profit organization and public charity founded on the premise that gastronomy is essential to the quality of human existence. The AIWF was established in 1981 by Robert Mondavi, Julia Child, Richard Graff, and others to provide a forum for the study and enjoyment of gastronomy.
AIWF Days of Taste® scholarship program activities bring chefs and farmers into fourth and fifth grade classrooms to teach students in an engaging way about the importance of fresh food and how ingredients weave their way through daily life, from farm to table. Known as the signature program for AIWF since 1994, we pride ourselves on reaching out to thousands of children each year. Our focus and main objectives are to build a food and nutrition vocabulary, understand that locally grown ingredients are the freshest, and gain the experience to contrast flavors and develop taste memories.