A Mexican Cultural-Culinary Experience!
Guest chefs, delicious food and fun activities—and plenty of learning—are the hallmarks of this very special week tailored for every home cook who loves food...and wants to learn new skills, recipes, and experience the rich culture of Mexico.
During this Culinary Week, when you step into the courtyard of our culinary center known as La Cocina Que Canta (The Kitchen That Sings), your senses will come alive with the sounds of happy voices drifting out of the teaching kitchen, and the aromas of just-picked pungent Mexican oregano, roasting chilies and a hint of chocolate—yes, chocolate, the ambrosia of the ancient Aztecs.
As a Rancho La Puerta guest for the week, you can pick the specific events you wish to attend. The rest of the Rancho La Puerta experience is as abundantly complete as other weeks: a full slate of fitness classes and activities, hikes, workshops, relaxation, entertainment, guest presenters, and all the other unique programs that make Rancho La Puerta an unforgettable experience and great value.
Sunday, October 26
3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Celebrate cuisine, culture, and sustainability at Rancho La Puerta’s Mexican Harvest Festival! The dining hall and surrounding patios will be transformed into an open air party filled with food, art, spa and cultural learning activities. The event kicks off with a traditional Kumeyaay blessing and dance ceremony to honor the First Americans who lived on the lands beneath Mt. Kuchumaa. Learn about the traditional ingredients of maize (corn), chili and cocoa beans at culinary demonstration stations. Cool down at the fresh juice and paletas (fruit popsicles) bar, enjoy traditional art creations and crafts from all over Mexico. Special guest Ms. Sabina of Ensenada, Mexico, whose food truck was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, will serve her famous fresh fish tostadas. All Ranch guests are welcome; no additional fees apply.
Monday, October 27
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Traditional Mexican Cuisine* hands-0n cooking class. Experience authentic farm-to-table cooking at this delicious learning experience. Classes begin with an interactive tour of Tres Estrellas six acre farm, where students harvest their own seasonal and organic ingredients. Students then prepare food under the supervision of the teaching chef and enjoy a gourmet meal together. ($95 per person+tax)
Tuesday, October 28
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Mexican Fusion-Inspired Cuisine* hands-on cooking class. Experience authentic farm-to-table cooking at this delicious learning experience. Classes begin with an interactive tour of Tres Estrellas six acre farm, where students harvest their own seasonal and organic ingredients. Students then prepare food under the supervision of the teaching chef and enjoy a gourmet meal together. ($95 per person+tax)
Wednesday, October 29
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Salsa y Salsa Class* Enjoy a salsa making demonstration by Executive Chef Denise Roa, embark on an organic garden tour, and indulge in a healthy farm-to-table Mexican dinner. End the night salsa dancing to lively music with our own very talented Manuel Velazquez. ($95 per person+tax)
Thursday, October 30
1 p.m.- 9 p.m.: Valle de Guadalupe Wine Tour* with Barry Shingle: The famous Barry, known for his critically acclaimed Bingo with Barry!, takes his humor and wit on the road on what is bound to be an unforgettable wine tour. Visit two wineries and enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Valle de Guadalupe, which the New York Times has hailed as the “next Napa Valley.” ($180 per person+tax)
Friday, October 31
12 p.m. -2 p.m.: Lunch at El Lugar de Nos*, Tecate’s ultimate dining experience, owned by Mariela Manzano, a former chef at Rancho La Puerta. El Lugar de Nos, which translates into “Our Place,” specializes in seasonal, local and fresh cuisine. ($65 per person+tax)
6 p.m.: Special Farewell Dinner prepared by La Cocina Que Canta Executive Chef Denise Roa and the Ranch’s Michael Gallardo. This gourmet dinner will be accompanied by the Rancho La Puerta Fiesta Band and dancing. All guests are welcome; no additional fees apply.
*Space is limited.