Mexican cuisine acknowledged with the Star Diamonds Award

      On April 26th, 2012 in New York City the Mexican cuisine was once again honored in a big way – this time by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The Secretary of Mexican Tourism Gloria Guevara was there to receive the prestigious award.

     The iconic Plaza Hotel was the venue for the event.  Attendees enjoyed the finest Mexican cooking with a five-course meal.  The Mexican “Chef Decana” Alicia Gironella designed the menu, which was prepared by renowned Mexican chefs, such as Enrique Olvera, Margarita Carrillo, Ana María González, Daniel Ovadia, Sergio Remolina, and Gerardo Vázquez.

     Mexican cuisine, already recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Intangible cultural heritage (ICH), is rich – figuratively and literally – for its diversity and cultural heritage, and by the ingredients that set it apart.  Significantly, the Traditional Cuisine of Michoacan played an important role in this recognition.

     The Michoacan Model – Traditional Michoacan Cuisine – was the example used in the promotion of the national cuisine, outstanding in its diverse uses of otherwise common Mexican ingredients:  corn, chiles, and beans. 

       For eight years now, Michoacan has put forth considerable effort to promote its “Meet the Traditional Cooks of Michoacan.”  Through this program, we have been able to “rescue” different heretofore undocumented recipes, thanks in part to the Conservatory of Cultural Mexican Cuisine. In a coordinated fashion, Traditional Cooks of Michoacan prepare original dishes from the lake communities – most notably Tzurumutaro, Santa Fe de la Laguna, Opongio, San Francisco Uricho, San Jerónimo Purenchecuaro, Urandén, Tarerio and, of course, Pátzcuaro.

     We invite you to visit Patzcuaro.  From Mansion Iturbe, in the heart of Historic Patzcuaro with its famous Plaza Vasco de Quiroga right across the street, begin to discover the Route of Don Vasco, featured in the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (FITUR 2011).  Visit the wildly diverse markets in the nearby communities – and discover the aromas and tastes of Traditional Michoacan Cuisine!

     Start your journey with breakfast at Restaurante Doña Paca de Mansión Iturbe in Pátzcuaro.  We feature more than thirty different dishes, and from the restaurant windows, you have a panorama of one of the most beautiful plazas in Mexico, Plaza Vasco de Quiroga.

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