Exploring Masa – A special dinner hosted by Chef Michael Schwartz & Jorge Gaviria of Masienda

Published On - 19 Oct, 2023

A special dinner at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink on November 14 will bring together Jorge Gaviria, a pioneer in promoting craft masa, and Chef Michael Schwartz, owner of Michael’s Genuine, to discuss the history, creation process, and the diversity of masa, as well as prepare a 4-course menu that shows the unique identity of masa.

Masa, a centuries-old creation crafted from ground corn soaked in a lime and water solution, carries with it a rich heritage that has nourished the people of Mesoamerica for millennia. Currently, masa’s delicious appeal has reached far and wide, gracing tables around the world.

A special dinner at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink on November 14 will bring together Jorge Gaviria, a pioneer in promoting craft masa, and Chef Michael Schwartz, owner of Michael’s Genuine, to discuss the history, creation process, and the diversity of masa, as well as prepare a 4-course menu that shows the unique identity of masa.

Masa, a centuries-old creation crafted from ground corn soaked in a lime and water solution, carries with it a rich heritage that has nourished the people of Mesoamerica for millennia. Currently, masa’s delicious appeal has reached far and wide, gracing tables around the world.

Jorge Gaviria is the founder of Masienda, a company dedicated to preserving Mesoamerican maize. He’s also the author of “MASA”, a book that unravels the magic of masa, the cornerstone of Mexican cuisine. Gaviria’s expertise highlights the cultural importance of masa, urging a renewed appreciation for this culinary tradition. He will share insights into masa production, shedding light on its traditional origins and sustainable practices.

Masienda offers masa harina, heirloom corn, single-origin ingredients, and cookware like tortilla presses, molcajetes and more, all sourced from Mexico. Their mission is to bring these vibrant, nutritious maize types back into the global food scene. From corn masa to specialty flours, Masienda’s products give a modern twist to timeless tastes, supporting sustainable farming and cultural richness. Learn more here: https://masienda.com/

During this special dinner, Gaviria and Chef Schwartz will not only discuss the history and diverse uses of masa but will also demonstrate its unique culinary identity through a thoughtfully crafted 4-course menu. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain insights into masa’s origins, its role in Mexican cuisine, and sustainable practices, all while savoring a delicious dining experience that showcases the versatility and essence of masa.

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