Sat Sep 24

American Bounty at CIA Copia: Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico, CIA ’11

Edgar Rico—2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Emerging Chef and owner/chef at Nixta Taqueria in Austin, TX—and co-owner Sara Mardanbigi join us for an adventure through the cuisine and culture of the southwest. We’re throwing a masa party and you’re invited!

Hailing from Austin, TX, Nixta is not a typical taquería. It treads a line between the super-traditional (they make their own masa and tortillas using heirloom corn from Mexico) and the unconventional (you don’t see many taquerias where duck confit stands in for carnitas). Edgar and Sara share their culture with others every day at Nixta through their food, and now they’re bringing it to Copia for a VIP dinner in the garden with live Latin music by Latin Grammy nominee Gabriel Navia. You’ll also have the chance to take a masterclass in masa with a hands-on class or special demonstration. Plus, learn about Texas wines, make your own tepache, and take a cocktail class.

Secrets of the Southwest with Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi: Saturday, September 24 / 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the cuisine of the southwest with a hands-on cooking class taught by CIA grad Edgar and Nixta Taqueria co-owner Sara. In this class, you’ll learn how to take the traditional techniques of tostada and taco making and blend them with not-so-classic ingredients as you prepare best sellers from the Nixta Taqueria menu.

Add a VIP Dinner to your class experience by purchasing a bundle ticket and save! This ticket provides you access to the hands-on class with Edgar and Carlton in the morning, and the VIP Dinner event in the evening.

Price: $225

Tequila Masterclass: Saturday, September 24 / Noon–2 p.m.
Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton for this unique interactive tasting experience that will certainly change your thoughts on tequila. Plus, she’ll share her top-secret perfect margarita recipe!

Add a VIP Dinner to your class experience by purchasing a bundle ticket and save! This ticket provides you access to the tequila masterclass with Traci in the morning, and the VIP Dinner event in the evening.

Price: $65

VIP Dinner—Nixta Taqueria Pachanga: Saturday, September 24 / 6:30 p.m.
Chef Edgar and Sara share some of their favorite traditional dishes with us in a family-style meal you won’t want to miss. Live Latin music by Gabriel Navia completes the dining experience.

Price: $125

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September 24

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