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09.27.2011 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
New York, NY, September 27, 2011 – Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders celebrated a benefit to honor Zarela Martinez, a pioneer Mexican chef and restaurateur who has been an inspiration to many and has paved the way and influenced many upcoming Mexican chefs in New York. Mano a Mano presented the Yoloxochitl Award to Zarela Martinez for her exceptional dedication to the promotion of Mexican culture in New York and beyond. The celebration took place at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University.
A native of the Sonoran border town of Agua Prieta, Zarela Martinez is a renowned cultural interpreter between Mexico and the United States through the medium of food. For 23 years her eponymous “Zarela” set standards of authenticity among New York Mexican restaurants. A sought-after speaker and consultant for major corporations, she also wrote the pioneering cookbooks Food from My Heart, The Food and Life of Oaxaca, and Zarela's Veracruz; it was during this period of research for her books that she developed a passion and love for her culture and a desire to have it be understood. Her popular website www.zarela.com is an invaluable resource for those people interested in Mexican food and culture.
Her popular website www.Zarela.com is an invaluable resource for those people interested in Mexican food and culture.
Special thanks to our food, drink, and entertainment
providers. Their generosity and support were very important in this
Entertainment was provided by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and Danzon Dance by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York.
The event offered an evening of great food, fun and fellowship, including: a silent auction, tasting menu and cocktails. Nine of New York’s most celebrated Mexican restaurants; Cafe Frida, Centrico, Chavela's, Fonda, Ofrenda, La Palapa, Papatzul, Sueños, and Toloache joined Mano a Mano in honoring Zarela’s legacy and influence in the Mexican cuisine here in New York.
Drinks and cocktails were provided by Genesis Beverage Brands, Jarritos y Toloache.
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