Saturday, July 23 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mexican Flavor Beyond Frontiers

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Join Chef Rick Bayless for an exploration into the heart of Mexican flavor. Rick, award-winning chef (7 Beard awards, Top Chef Masters winner, others) and long-time Public Television host, is one of the most knowledgeable chefs when it comes to regional Mexican flavors. Together with Ivan Saldaña, expert in plant biology and spirit producer (Ancho Reyes & Montelobos) and Scott Baird, mixologist and bar owner (Trick Dog, San Francisco), they will tell the story of classic Mexican flavors—how they are created, how they came to be—culminating with the merging of the culinary world with that of cocktails. Given Rick’s depth of knowledge and much-lauded cuisine, we expect to offer attendees an amazing taste experience. Mexico´s biological and cultural diversity has created one of the most complex and sensorialy rich sources of flavors in the World. Of course, Mexico has many well-recognized offerings for any bar (Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Raicilla, Pox, Bacanora and so forth), but few bars and trade professionals realize the full potential Mexican chiles, herbs and spices in crafting cocktails. This seminar will explain the flavor of seven different chiles (and how coax multiple flavors from each). Then we’ll explore the use of lesser known herbs that are becoming available in the United States (epazote, culantro, hoja santa) plus the more common cilantro, chamomile and Mexican oregano, and take a quick look at the spice achiote. For all of these, we’ll demonstrate how different preparatory techniques create different flavors from each ingredient. Next, we’ll discuss the collaboration between the kitchen and the bar—a variety of infusion techniques and cocktail flavorings—allowing us to capture the full botanical potential of each ingredient. And, of course, we’ll end up with what we think are truly great cocktails with true Mexican spirit.

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Iván Saldaña Oyarzábal

Founder / Writer and Educator, Montelobos Mezcal
Iván Saldaña is a premier agave plant and distillation master, an expert in tequila and mezcal, and a certified doctor with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sussex in England. Born in Guadalajara, México, Iván has spent his life around agave, having worked on environmental... Read More →

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Founding Partner, The Bon Vivants
Scott Baird, a Bay Area native, is a founding partner of The Bon Vivants, a nationally recognized hospitality, design, and creative group. In 2009, Baird was approached by fellow bartender and co-worker at 15 Romolo, Josh Harris. The duo decided to take on a bar-consulting gig together... Read More →
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Rick Bayless

Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated Public Television Series, Mexico–One Plate at a Time, is in its ninth season and is broadcast coast to coast... Read More →

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Ancho Reyes

Ancho ReyesEl auténtico y original licor de chile ancho.Ancho Reyes® es un licor hecho a partir del extraordinario chile ancho, inspirado en una receta de los años 20´s, originaria de la ciudad de Puebla de Zaragoza. Ancho Reyes® es un repaso de sabor en las tradiciones, costumbres... Read More →

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Fleur de Lis Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel