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Foodies and tamale-lovers listen up. Leading South Los Angeles non-profit multicultural community arts center and critically-acclaimed foodie favorite, Mercado La Paloma ("The Mercado") announces the launch of an exciting new educational culinary sponsorship program, "Mercado Cooks" as part of the center's popular "Cultural Continuum" series. 

Chichen Itza's renowned chef, Gilberto Cetina will inaugurate "Mercado Cooks" by leading his "Tamale Making Workshop with Chichen Itza," a delightful Yucatan-inspired banana-wrapped tamale making class at Mercado La Paloma on Friday, December 14 from 6pm-9pm. Lucky participants will learn how to recreate traditional flavors from the Yucatan peninsula, including atole de pepitas (pumpkin seed porridge), vaporcito de pollo (banana-leaf-wrapped chicken), brazo de reina (special rolled tamales made with chaya) and tobijoloch (sweet green corn).  Attendees will also savor a four-course meal at the end of the session. Everyone is invited to come and experience this rare opportunity to learn from one of the world's leading international culinary masters. Fee for the class is $70. Click here to purchase tickets

The "Cultural Continuum" series will continue to present entertaining cultural, family-oriented programming in celebration of the holiday season. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming "Holiday Marketplace" taking place on December 9, which will feature a performance by Los Angeles' own Latin Grammy-nominated genre-bending band, La Santa Cecilia. Local artisans and vendors will also be on hand to sell their amazing rare and one-of-a-kind pieces. More exciting events are planned throughout the month, including the annual radish carving workshop hosted by Oaxacalifornia restaurant on December 15 and the spectacular "Noche de Rabanos" event on December 23.

Mercado La Paloma is located at 3655 S. Grand Ave.










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