Conexión Américas Plans International Cooking Club at Casa Azafrán

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As I told you last month, Casa Azafrán is a project of Conexión Américas to provide sort of a community center to support immigrants from many countries who live around the Nolensville Road area and the rest of Nashville. But like Nolensville, it's a two-way street as Casa Azafrán invites the entire community to join them in the building to learn from one another.

To that end, they have planned an International Cooking Club in Mesa Komal, the commercial kitchen at Casa Azafrán. Chefs from around the globe will teach cooking classes in their native cuisines and share their stories of how they came to Nashville. Chefs booked in coming months will feature foods from Haiti, Cuba, Mexico and Peru, but the first adventure will be to Costa Rica, courtesy of Raul Garcia and his mother, Maria Mendez.

In his own words, Garcia has "been in the food industry for about seven years. I currently run the kitchen at Finezza Italian Bistro in West Meade. I was blessed not to only grow up around great cooks such as my mom (Maria Mendez) and grandmother, but to grow up in such a beautiful place.

"Costa Rica is a tiny country located between Nicaragua and Panama. It’s a country with a lot of ethnic groups, which definitely show in its cuisine. Costa Rican cuisine can be best described as simple, humble, and of course delicious. During this time together I’d like to introduce a few of the typical dishes. Food that brings memories of home and family. Things I grew up eating."

The class will cost $50 including food and beverages. Tickets are available at this website.Tuesday, June 18: 6:30 — 8:30 pm

$50 per person, includes food and beverages
Casa Azafrán
2195 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(between the Fairgrounds and I-440. Look for the big tile mosaic over the main entrance.)

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