March 13, 6:00 P.M. Demo and Dine: Taco Tasting with Tatemó Presented by BentoBox
March 13, 2024 06:00 PM
Featuring Two-Time James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef Emmanuel Chavez
Fresh off his second James Beard Award nomination, Houston-based chef Emmanuel Chavez will share his expertise on the pride of Mexico—maíz, the cornerstone of his intimate tasting menu restaurant Tatemó.
During this demonstration and dining experience, guests will come to understand the significance of this important grain and the keys to perfecting chef Chavez’s tortillas. Bring your culinary curiosity for authentic tortillas and appetite for a taco tasting led by this outstanding chef and proponent of his native Mexico’s prized ingredient, corn.
General Admission: $95
Taco de Toro Tuna with Mulato Chile Dressing, Pickled Leeks, and Charred Avocado
Braised Pork Belly with Frijoles Negros, Daikon, Cucumber, Apple–Pepper Pico de Gallo, and Chicharrón
Agua de Jamaica
About Emmanuel Chavez:
Born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, chef Emmanuel Chavez spent his days after school helping to run his family’s Tex-Mex restaurant. Catching the restaurant bug, in 2015, he began a series of pop-up dinners around Houston. In 2016, Chavez relocated to Seattle to work under chefs Eric Rivera (Alinea) and Derek Simcik. While in the Pacific Northwest, chef Chavez rediscovered his Mexican roots and studied the importance of heirloom varietals and the key process in masa—nixtamalization.
After a three-year stint in Seattle, he returned to Houston to open his first restaurant, Tatemó. Chef Chavez started selling masa and tortillas at Urban Harvest Farmers Market during the pandemic before finding a permanent home in Spring Branch in 2022. A year later, Tatemó was named a 2023 James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant and, that same year, chef Chavez was named to the Best New Chef class by Food & Wine. In 2024, chef Chavez was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas by the James Beard Foundation.
Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.
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