Yucatecan restaurants make up only a small fraction of L.A.’s formidable Mexican food scene, but they still provide a delicious introduction to the tri-state (Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan) gastronomy of the Yucatan peninsula. One the region’s finer representatives, Chichen Itza, has been collaborating with downtown’s Mercado La Paloma for “The Magic of Yucatan,” a month-long celebration of the region’s history, culture, and cuisine.
The event features a number of lectures and demonstrations that highlight the Mayan influence on Yucatecan architecture, fashion, dance, and—of course—cuisine. Luckily, some of the tastiest events are still to come. Tomorrow, August 18, chefs Gilberto Cetina and Gilberto Cetina Jr. of Chichen Itza will host a lecture focusing on corn in the Mayan world. Ever wanted to steal the restaurant’s recipe for cochinita pibil? On August 25 you’ll get your chance as they’ll demo the region’s beloved pork dish live. Be sure and catch the closing ceremony, which will include musical guests Orquesta Jaranera and Lupita Infante.
The Magic of Yucatan, Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S Grand Ave, Historic South Central, (213) 741-1075