A unique dinner will accompany my exhibition at Ceago Vinegarden on Sunday, October 11, 2009
Mexican Cuisine by Arminda Flores
The evening will begin at 6 PM with a tasting of wines selected specially for this event by Jim Fetzer. At 6:30 we will sit down to a Mexican dinner created by Arminda Flores. Arminda is flying up from Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan, Mexico for this occasion.
Arminda Flores was born in the ancient Purepecha town of Ihuatzio on Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan, Mexico. Her mother supported the large family by making tortillas every morning and selling them in the market in Partzcuaro.
She currently resides at Rancho Santiago near Patzcuaro with her husband Kevin Quigley, where they run a guest house, Casa Santiago. They specialize in introducing guests to indigenous culture around Lake Patzcuaro, and Arminda cooks sumptuous meals upon request.
Jon Carroll, of the San Francisco Chronicle, has stayed at Casa Santiago a couple of times. I take painting groups there once a year.
In January 2009 Arminda hosted the owners of Picante Restaurant in Berkeley, Jim and Laura Maser .
She has collaborated with Betsy McNair of My Mexico Tours preparing regional dishes for her groups for the last 6 years.
Gourmet Magazine published an article by Deborah Madison (06.25.08) about Arminda's traditional cuisine entitled "A Purepechan Stew"
More about Arminda and Lake Patzcuaro:
Arminda, her singing, Lake Patzcuaro and Casa Santiago may be viewed in this short video on youtube titled "Painting around Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan, Mexico"
For more complete information about this event and to view a video of the 'Ceago Series' scroll down to the next blog.