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Dia de Mole Negro - ONLINE

**Registration will close on Wednesday, October 28 at noon**

 

Bring the essence of Día de los Muertos into the kitchen by balancing the bitter with the sweet.

Día de los Muertos celebrates loved ones who have passed. An important part of this celebration is the creation of altars, filled with ofrendas that feature the loved ones’ favorite earthly treats, such as sweets, fine cigars, chocolate, mezcal, beer and favorite foods.

Mole, a traditional food of Día de los Muertos, originated in the town of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still a huge part of the culture, and recipes are passed down throughout generations. Oaxaca’s population is nearly 50% indigenous and its celebration of Día de los Muertos is renowned.

As loved ones make their way into the afterlife, those who are left behind remember them by cooking their favorite variation of a perfectly balanced mole. The secret to mole is to balance sweet and savory while incorporating flavors preferred by the person cooking the dish. Chef Sandoval’s version of mole uses Latin American chocolate, spices and ripe plantains.

 

Menu:

Chicken Mole Negro - inspired by a classic mole poblano, with a Honduran twist

Turmeric rice with aromatics

Cabbage slaw with citrus vinaigrette

Red bean puree with cilantro and olive oil

 

**Special Notes**

The cost of this program includes a take-home kit with the necessary ingredients, available for pick-up at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street location. Kit pick-up details will be sent to participants at least one week prior to the program.

The pick-up date is Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..

 

Each kit includes enough supplies for two individuals.

 

This program takes place entirely online. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $120, $110 member

Instructor: Chef Edwin Sandoval

 

Honduras-born and Colorado-raised, Edwin Sandoval is a modern multicultural creator of food. Chef Sandoval spent the past 13 years moving through the ranks of professional kitchens in famed restaurants such as Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Spuntino, Beatrice & Woodsley, and Telegraph Bistro.

Recently, Chef Sandoval launched Xatrucho with the vision to become one of the premier private cooking concepts in Denver. With XATRUCHO, Chef Sandoval creates experiences allowing guests from different walks of life to come together through food.

Gardens to Glass, Delicious Drinks and Cocktails from the Garden - ONLINE

Grab your friends and discover how easy it is to create fresh, artisanal beverages from the garden with minimal effort and delicious results. Make captivating cocktails, infused liquors, non-alcoholic refreshers, herbal concentrates, healthy fruit shrubs and more. Skip the chemicals, dyes, and corn syrup and bring in the nourishing clean tastes of fresh produce and herbs to create your own unique flavorful libations.

Class is taught by Susan Evans, herbalist and author of The Herbalist’s Happy Hour, Crafted Cocktails and Tapas from the Garden.

 

This session will be held streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day-of the program. Recipes will be provided to registrants to make the beverages at home!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Susan specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

 

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