Three Top Mexican Chefs To Cook At Three Vancouver Restaurants For Three Days



Vancouver, BC | From December 8th through 10th, Sabores CDMX events (Flavours of Mexico City) will see three of Mexico City’s top chefs take over the kitchens of Vancouver restaurants to share culinary highlights from their home region. Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. will host Chef Mario Espinosa; Cacao’s Chef Jefferson Alvarez will cook with Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo; and Chef Tret Jordan will share the kitchen at Homer Street Cafe and Bar with Chef José Manuel Baños.

Each notable Mexican chef will serve a set menu for all three nights: December 8th, 9th, and 10th. Guests can expect to taste regional dishes native to Mexico, featuring specialty ingredients and Mexican delicacies. The high-end chefs will pay tribute to their heritage with traditional methods and authentic recipes, reinterpreting them on the plate to produce innovative modern cuisine. Set menu prices will vary. For additional details visit To make reservations please call the host restaurants.


Chef José Manuel Baños grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he inherited a love of food and cooking from his grandmother. After attending culinary school he travelled to Europe, where he spent time in the kitchens of some of the world’s most lauded restaurants, including Arzak and El Bulli. Returning to Mexico, he opened his first restaurant, the award-winning Pitiona Cocina de Autor, and followed this success in 2015 with a second venture, Aguamiel, a traditional Oaxacan tlayudería. Homer Street Cafe and Bar’s Chef Tret Jordan will host Chef Baños on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Chef Mario Espinosa of La Encomienda Polanco was born into a family of cooks, and began his career in the kitchen where his father worked as a chef. In 2005 he began working in kitchens under Chef Enrique Olvera, known as one of the world’s best chefs. Chef Espinosa has made a name for himself as a consultant, corporate chef, and as the owner of K’u’uk, named Travel & Leisure’s Best New Restaurant of 2013. He now oversees the kitchens of Rosa Sur 32º and Mexico City’s La Encomienda, where he specializes in regional ingredients cooked by traditional methods. Burdock & Co.’s Chef Andrea Carlson will be joined by Chef Espinosa on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo leads Mexico City’s Restaurante Nicos, named one of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America in 2016. The restaurant, which has been in the family for decades, was transformed under his influence when he took over the kitchen in 2006. Under Chef Gerardo, Nicos was revamped from a humble family restaurant to a high-end establishment featuring a progressive menu, giving nods to traditional cooking and recipes. Vancouverites will enjoy the cooking of Chef Lugo and Chef Jefferson Alvarez at Cacao on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Burdock & Co. | Chef Mario Espinosa

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Grilled Beets and Potatoes
sikilpak and aged cheese

Short Ribs in Recado Negro
3 traditional Mexican sauces: pico de gallo, xnipec, borracha

Sweet Potato Purée
star anise, peanuts, cinnamon ice cream

RESERVE | 604-879-0077

Cacao | Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo

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Prawn Clemole
soup with prawn, tomato, pumpkin, corn dough

Manchamanteles Mole with Duck
confited duck with “manchamanteles” mole, apple, pear, pineapple

Chocolate Tamale
vanilla sauce

RESERVE | 604-731-5370

Homer St. Cafe | Chef José Manuel Baños

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Oaxaca Entrée Trilogy
fried “garnacha” with beef and cabbage
“pescadilla” with salad and pressed fresh cheese
pork tamale with “adobo costeño”

Frijolón Soup
bean soup with fried tortilla, fresh cheese, “hierba de conejo”

Tacos Trilogy
chicken in black mole
pork in chicatana ant mole
Stewed beef tongue

Pumpkin Candy
“piloncillo”, cinnamon

RESERVE | 604-428-4299

ABOUT SABORES CDMX | The Sabores CDMX venture was created by the Mexico City Tourism Trust to increase awareness of culinary tourism to Mexico City. Successful Sabores CDMX events have previously been held in Houston and Minneapolis, and because of its reputation for culinary creativity, Vancouver was chosen as the location for the Canadian launch.

Guests are invited to follow @sabores_CDMX on Instagram for a chance to win a trip to Mexico City. For more information visit:

Mexico City is the country’s premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors a year. The ancient capital offers a vibrant, contemporary culture that combines pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. With more than 150 museums and more than 180 galleries, 30 distinct archaeological and historic sites, the city is a mecca of fine art and treasures that speak to its vast history. The Mexico City Tourism Trust (Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística de la Ciudad de México) supports and enhances city tourism. For more information about traveling to Mexico City, visit and for daily updates please find it on Facebook ( and Twitter (@MexicoCityLive).

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