On Cinco de Mayo, you will find many New Yorkers spilling out from the bars and on to the sidewalks in celebration of May the 5th. But what does this holiday really signify besides a reason to drink margaritas and nosh on Mexican treats?
It all began on May 5, 1862, at the battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army surprisingly overtook French forces. Primarily celebrated in Puebla and the United States, the cuisine is more authentically Northern Mexican, traditionally marked by heavy comfort foods. Tonight, instead of crowding yourself in a local bar, come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at Ger-Nis. We’re shaking things up and sipping on fruit filled margaritas and other traditional beverages from this region, along with classic condiments like guacamole and fresh salsa and even throwing in Mexican chocolate for dessert! Learn about this holiday (it is not Mexican Independence Day) and its function today, and celebrate this year by learning how to make this traditional fare for many Cinco de Mayo’s to come!
Recipes:Mango Margaritas; Mango Agua Frescas; Classic Guacamole; Fresh Salsa; Whole Wheat Baked Cumin Chips; Shredded Chicken-Mole Tostadas; Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Strawberry, Mexican Chocolate, & Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce
Class Type:Series, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes:Find out the real traditions behind Cinco de Mayo!
Managing Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson, loves trying her hand and making authentic dishes eaten on holidays domestically and abroad, using healthier techniques and whole ingredients that do not skimp on flavor. Her relationship with Latin America married to this love for holiday history and traditions makes Cinco de Mayo an occasion to whip up some classic dishes in celebration and commemoration! In addition to running Ger-Nis, Nissa is a long time culinary instructor specializing in fresh herbs. Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics and fair-trade, she enjoys spice (in her food and in her life), good conversation and debates, kickboxing, the ocean and surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. Contact Nissa