Casa Crespo is Oaxaca in its kitchen. Tradition lives there, where chef Oscar Carrizosa, (originally from the Mixteca region) mixes the ingredients of the 16 ethnicities of Oaxaca with the original seasoning that he inherited from his grandma. It´s the perfect place to get to know the flavors and aromas of Oaxacan food in the classes that Oscar gives. To taste a good cup of coffee or a hot chocolate at Casa Crespo while getting ready for your market tour is also a good start to approach Oaxacan cuisine.
Oscar, who is very friendly, also shows how to smell and identify the aromas that come of the dishes. He presents menu options and the students decide what they would like to cook. There is no fixed menu. He teaches how to cook 3 types of tortillas, 3 types of salsa, an appetizer, soup, mole, dessert and drink. Dishes that strive to remain in the taste buds and memory of those who love good eating.
During the classes, everyone actively participates. The classes are not designed to simply observe and listen. There is a lot of work to be done: dice vegetables, peel seeds, fry, season, grind and sing…if you like. And nobody washes dishes. There are also vegetarian options to cook as well or dishes for special dietary restrictions. The class follows along with the chosen menu. The classes can be given in English or Spanish, depending on the group´s preference.
• Mole negro