Cooking Class: Mexican Flavor Fiesta

Chef Mary Jane takes to the kitchen to show you to do Mexican cuisine right in this flavorful hands-on cooking class. Discover the time-honored techniques used in kitchens throughout the region to craft an array of beloved recipes. Begin your session by exploring the magic of cooking with citrus by making fresh shrimp ceviche. Then, assemble a batch of tamales filled with tender pork and plump black beans, topped with a zesty tomatillo sauce. Slice up zucchini and onions and finish them off with cotija for a bold side dish and learn the secrets of baking a creamy flan topped with raspberries for dessert.


Shrimp Ceviche and Homemade Soda Crackers

With tomatoes, avocado, flour and butter

Pork-Black Bean Tamales and Tomatillo Sauce

With masa and cilantro

Zucchini and Onions

Topped with cortija cheese

Traditional Flan

With cream, sugar, vanilla, fresh raspberries and eggs

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 8
  • Event Duration 2.5 hours
  • Activity Level
    Activity Level
  • LabelsCouples, Group, Fun, Mexican, Latin
  • This is a BYOB venue and alcoholic beverages are not available for sale. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to enjoy during class.

Outside Reviews for Chef Mary Jane

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Mira I.

07 Aug 2023

Chef Mary Jane’s expertise in pasta-making shone through, as she patiently guided us through each step of the process. From mixing and kneading the dough to rolling it out and creating beautiful pasta shapes. I not only learned the art of making fettuccini, ravioli, and tortellini but also discover the magic of the roasted butternut squash filling. After the class I feel more confident in my pasta making skills.

$ 85 Per person

all-inclusive: 2.5-hour class, meal and taxes.

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Event location: Des Moines

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Chef Mary Jane
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Chef Mary Jane's journey into the culinary realm has been nothing short of distinctive. She's traversed various avenues within the food industry – from wielding her pen as a culinary writer and weaving her artistic touch as a food stylist to innovating as a product developer and contributing her expertise to the Iowa Egg Council. Notably, she has even graced the kitchens of James Beard award-winning chefs with her culinary prowess. Through her roles as a food consultant and specialized chef, she has nurtured a truly unparalleled sense of creativity. With a treasure trove of experiences to draw from, Chef Mary Jane finds great joy in mentoring aspiring culinary talents, aiding them in mastering their craft.

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