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Chef Pilar Cabrera of Oaxaca Teaches at Canadian Chef’s School

I read this blog post below and then the first thing I did was ask Pilar if I could take a cooking class with her when I get to Oaxaca in early March.  I am waiting to hear and keeping my fingers crossed.  Anyone want to go with me?

Pilar just completed teaching a series of cooking classes in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.  These photos of the dishes she created are extraordinary.


Pilar stands among the leading culinary figures of Oaxaca, Mexico where Mole (moh-lay) is king.  Her command center is the kitchen and dining room at La Olla Restaurant, adjacent to Casa Las Bugambilias B&B, on Av. Reforma between Av. Constitucion and Av. Abasolo just around the corner from the Ethnobotanical Gardens and Santo Domingo Church.

Her food is innovation yet traditional.  I love the torta vegetariana on pan integral, a beautiful whole wheat bun that is flavorful and healthy, stuffed with quesillo, avocado, and sprouts.  Her squash blossom soup is among the best I have ever tasted, smooth, rich and creamy, a blossom floating on the surface like the elegant, edible flower that it is.  My pet peeve is lukewarm soup.  I can always rely on a hot, steaming bowl of liquid to arrive at my table at La Olla.

Now, I am eagerly awaiting Pilar’s reply for the possibility of my participating in her cooking class.  Stay tuned!