Blessed with a springtime climate, culture, arts and traditions. If you ask most people right now what they've heard about Oaxaca, it's probably going to be something about food.
Rich in gastronomy, Oaxaca is the capital for food in Mexico, say's everybody! The cooking here is deeply rooted in tradition and native dishes like Zapotecan cuisine which can be traced back 2500 years.
If you're coming to Oaxaca and love food, well, get yourself signed up for one or both of these iconic cooking classes.
Below are two of the most popular and respected chefs and culinary instructors in Oaxaca.
Reyna Mendoza Ruiz andNora Valencia.
If you want proof that Oaxaca is one of the top food destinations in the world, these talented ladies will prove it effortlessly.
Hungry, thirsty and happy.
We booked a private cooking class to celebrate a friends birthday. Nora begins her classes off at Mercado de la Merced which is just a few blocks from her home where she opens up her family kitchen to you.
She introduces herself and immediately draws you in with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the history of Mexican food. "The history of food is important to the world. To it's heritage." Mexico's blended cultures from Spanish and African influence have infused their traditions into ancient zapotec traditions and are some of the reasons people flock here just to eat.
She also explains the importance of it's markets. "If you can find the market, you will find the town church." People still prefer to come to the market instead of the more modern supermarkets. Nora explains that "You will know the history of the people by going to the market."
We were assigned tasks and rotated through them as we sipped mezcal and planned our future dinner parties when we returned home.