Chefs of Mexico Dinner

Finally, a Sunday with a purpose. Usually, I lounge about and catch up on put-off errands, but this Sunday I took a shower. I blew my hair out. I had a destination and a little black dress, too.

I was lucky enough to attend the Chefs of Mexico dinner series, sponsored by Olé Restaurant Group, at Zócalo in Boston.

The dinner highlighted the cuisine of Mexico City, the birthplace of Chef Fany Gerson, author of My Sweet Mexico and Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas, who was on hand to whip up some of her hometown favorites.

Of course I rallied the illustrious Tania DeLuzuriaga of The Musing Bouche, who turned up in a strapless number on one of the finer New England weekends I’ve seen. Once my name was crossed off the guest list, and I received my very own name tag (I’m a sucker for self-advertising!), Tania and I beelined to the bar, alternating between watermelon-jalapeno and hibiscus margaritas.

Hibiscus.

We ate cactus tarts, and a tuna concoction that I’m still lusting over.

While Tania ordered the shrimp, I went big with the pork belly in a smoky tomatillo sauce. Mine was definitely the superior dish.

Dessert was chocolate — I know I’m in the minority, but I’m just not a big fan. But then suddenly a ray of light and paletas were delivered. Yes, I prefer popsicles over pastry.

Telemundo interviewing Fany Gerson.

A little worse for wear, no?

If you’re in Boston, the series is ongoing throughout the summer. $40 for four courses. Please, go and have a bite of Oaxaca and Puebla for me.