It's chicken mole time!! Foundation is proud and excited to be partnering with El Centro de la Raza to offer a fantastically fun Saturday cooking extravaganza -- La Cocina School's Chicken Mole. All proceeds of this community class go to fund El Centro de la Raza's Senior programs.
The mole comes from the southern region of Mexico where there is heavy Amerindian influence and chocolate is used in both sweet and savory dishes. Mole typically contains a mixture of chiles, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. They sometimes include unsweetened chocolate and tomatoes, raisins. Avocado leaves, epazote, and various spices might be used. Many, including the most famous Mole Poblano or Poblano de guajolote, from Puebla, said to be the first, contain chocolate.
Moles are typically served on festive occasions, such as fandangos and birthdays. During the days of the dead in November, mole is the food offering made to the ancestors. Each region has their own variation, some of which are simple and some of which are highly complex with up to 100 ingredients. Families, of course, pass down their own recipes, so there are probably as many moles as their are Mexican cooks. The sauces are served with poultry, meat, vegetables, seafood..you name it.
Class will begin promptly at 10:00 AM in the kitchen at El Centro de la Raza. Classes typically take 2.5 to 3 hours long. All cooking supplies and ingredients will be provided, but please bring your own apron. On occasion, La Cocina classes are held in the Centilia Cultural Center's kitchen to accommodate larger groups. The Centilia Cultural Center is located within Plaza Roberto Maestas at 1660 South Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle, WA 98144, next to the Light Rail station.