Learn to Cook Mexican Food .. Holiday Style!

Mercadito offering a cooking class, dinner on Dec. 20th

By LeeAnn Trotter
|  Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010  |  Updated 8:53 PM CDT
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Generally, a Mexican Christmas Dinner is eaten on Christmas Eve, and because there's no Thanksgiving, Christmas is their turkey holiday.

"Since we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico, our Christmas meal typically includes turkey," says Patricio Sandoval, Executive Chef at Mercadito, in Chicago's River North neighborhood.

But that's where the similarities to a traditional American holiday celebration ends.

On Dec. 20th, you can learn how to cook a few of Mexico's traditional holiday dishes at Mercadito's Holiday Cooking Class.  The menu includes Tortitas de Camaron, which is essentially a shrimp fritter with cactus leaf, potato, pico de gallo, serrano chiles, and roasted tomato broth. 

Sandoval will also demonstrate Ensalada Noche Buena, which is a mix of red apples, roasted baby beets, blood orange, jicama, pomegranate, toasted nuts, poinsettia and sweet crema.

The class costs $65 per person and includes dinner afterward.  Reservations are required.  Call 312-329-9555.

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