Are you ready to gather with some friend and enjoy a fun class where you will learn how to make homemade beer and BBQ?

This class is for you!

Join Chef Zack Jenkins, Co-owner of Electric Sliders Food Truck, to learn from his passion for beer and BBQ.

You will learn to make BBQ rubs and sauces and taste your creations with BBQ chicken and pork. Enjoy a variety of sample BBQ bites along with handcrafted beer demonstration and tasting.

Please join us!

Friday, March 11, 2016 | 6 PM-8 PM | Buy Tickets

Mesa Komal, a program of Conexión Américas.

Questions? Contact Rosa Martha, Culinary Incubator Manager at 615-835-2509 or via email at rosa.martha@conamericas.com


Date posted: January 28, 2016

Categories: Mezcla Cooking Class

Chef Lamar

Please join us for Mezcla: Mix and Master Cooking Class!  We will gather in the beautiful commercial kitchen at Casa Azafrán for some fun conversation, delicious food and new adventures.  Learn how to prepare a multi-course Haitian meal while enjoying drinks and plenty of samples.  Aprons will be provided for use during the class.

Spondias dulcis, Spondias cythrea, Otaheite apple 's mature fruit ...Trái Cóc chín
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My name is Lamartine Alvarez most call me Lamar. I was born and raised in Haiti.  I am married to Patricia and we have 4 kids, age 9, 7, 3, and 2.  My passion for cooking started at a very young age.  My mother taught culinary art in Haiti and I learned a lot growing up in that environment. I always enjoy entertaining friends and family with my cooking.  They usually leave very happy and wanting more.

In august 2010 I start a catering company call Chez Lama Haitian Catering Company. One of my goals is to Promote Haitian Cuisine with the world.  I hope that one day Haitian Cuisine will be known like Italian, Mexican, and so many orders.  I am excited for this opportunity to teach this class. You are in for a treat.

Come and learn about the culture and why we prepare food the way we do. I hope you will leave that evening saying this is one of the best foods I have tasted in years.

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Date posted: June 26, 2013

Categories: Events Mezcla Cooking Class

Raul and Maria Garcia

Please join us in Mesa Komal, the commercial kitchen at Casa Azafran, for the International Cooking Club! Come ready for some fun conversation, delicious food and new adventures!  Aprons will be provided for use during the class.

To start, your chef will guide you through a  Heart of Palm Ceviche for an appetizer.  Then you will learn how to make Caldo Verde – black bean soup.  The entree will be a typical meal - Casado - a combination of rice, beans, fried yuca and barbudos.  To finish the meal, you will enjoy some tropical fruit in the form of a Maracuyá Flan.  ¡Qué delicioso!

Escorting us through this Costa Rican meal will be Raul Garcia and his mother, Maria Mendez…

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My name is Raul Garcia. I’ve 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.

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Date posted: June 5, 2013

Categories: Food and Culture Mezcla Cooking Class

Mix and Master International Cooking Class

Join us once a month in our Mesa Komal kitchen for a culinary adventure.  Highlighting the cuisine from a particular country, it will be an intimate opportunity to learn about the chef’s culture while enjoying some typical music and wine.  You will experience new ingredients and unique recipes through the process of creating a fabulous dinner.  Proceeds support the work of Conexión Américas.

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Click the date below for more details and to purchase tickets!

June 18th:  Raul Garcia, Costa Rica
July 9th:  Lamar Alvarez, Haiti
August 13th:  Alfonso Niento, Cuba & Colombia
September 10th:  Karla Ruiz, Mexico
October 15th: Patricia Arrunategui, Peru

Add your name to our mailing list to receive an invitation.  Email Jenny if you would like to teach one of these classes!


Date posted: May 30, 2013

Categories: Events Mezcla Cooking Class