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The Baja Kitchen Event with Chef Denise Roa

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We’re pleased to share with you photos and a recap of our second round of The Baja Kitchen at PIRCH San Diego featuring Chef Denise Roa of La Cocina Que Canta, and Chef Javier Plascencia of Mision 19.

The Baja Kitchen is a new series of culinary demonstrations and delicious tastings showcasing Baja California and San Diego—a region where the finest chefs and ingredients recognize no (borders) lines and limitation—held in the beautiful demonstration kitchens of PIRCH at Westfield UTC.

Baja California is quickly becoming a culinary center for regional cuisine and wine. It’s a gourmet gem only an hour away from San Diego.  The Baja Kitchen highlights the vast culinary traditions and modern twists of Baja cuisine at each event as well as locally produced wine from Valle De Guadalupe, including tastings from the famed Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards.


  • Spicy Shrimp and Jicama Tortilla Tacos with Fennel Orange Dill slaw and Chipotle Dressing
  • Organic Roasted Vegetables with Cilantro and Carrot Top Pesto
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Quinoa Brownies served with Coconut Tequila Ice Cream

Executive Chef Denise Roa fuses the culinary and cultural heritages of her own life with the nutritious “spa cuisine” pioneered 75 years ago by Rancho La Puerta co-founder Deborah Szekely. Her fresh and delicious cuisine nurtures the mind, body, and spirit. At La Cocina Que Canta, “The Kitchen That Sings,” Chef Denise teaches healthy eating as a celebration of life in her farm-to-table cooking classes. Chef Roa also coordinates the amazing line up of celebrity guest chefs and cookbook authors who come to Rancho La Puerta to teach and enjoy their own vacations from the high-pressure culinary life, including Rick Bayless, Deborah Madison, Alice Waters, and many more.

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A huge thank you to and El Conservatorio de la Cultura Gastronómica Mexicana for promoting Mexican culture and heritage throughout the world! We are grateful for your sponsorship of this event.

Due to popular demand all of The Baja Kitchen events are at full capacity. To be automatically enrolled on the waiting list please email Please do not contact the PIRCH San Diego store directly for this event.


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