The friendship between Canadians and Mexicans is a special one, and nowhere is it more unique than on the plate. To celebrate this relationship, the Mexico Tourism Board is presenting a special edition of the Gather dining series, with a Calgary event at Pigeonhole on November 23.
About The Dinner
Mexican chefs Jair Tellez and Hugo Duran will collaborate with their Canadian counterparts, Ernesto Gomez and Martin Vargas at Fayuca, and Justin Leboe at Pigeonhole, to create a five course dinner that brings together the flavours, indigenous ingredients, local produce and techniques of the two countries. As part of the cultural exchange experience, the Mexican chefs will get to visit markets, go foraging and meet local producers with their hosts to source the ingredients for each dinner. Also making the trip north will be Noel Tellez and Alonso Maldonado from Bichi, a Baja California winery producing natural wines using minimal intervention and traditional methods. A selection of the wines will be available as pairings at the dinners.
About The Chefs
Chef Jair Tellez is one of Mexico’s best known chefs, with his first restaurant, Laja in Baja California, recently named to San Pellegrino’s Top 50 Latin American Restaurants list. He also has two restaurants in Mexico City, MeroToro and Amaya, and is a partner in Vancouver’s Fayuca Restaurant, which celebrates a free flow of ideas and flavours along the Pacific Coast. Chef Hugo Duran’s culinary work is based on the development of his personal culinary language, inspired by his travels, field research and study of bio-cultural diversity of Mexico’s central region. He is what some would consider a nomadic chef.
Limited Tickets Available
Tickets for each of the two dinners are $77 per person (inclusive of gratuity but not taxes) which includes botanas (pre-dinner snacks), three savoury courses and dessert. Each menu will be omnivore with a plant-based option, and will be developed by the collaborating chefs upon arrival in each city so that they can incorporate local foraged, farmed and wild products. Specially paired beverage selections, including Bichi wines, will be available at an extra cost.