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Mexico City chefs link up with Houston culinary giants to create cutting-edge cuisine

Mexico chefs link up with H-Town culinary giants to create new cuisine

Victor Cabrera, Israel Montero, Jorge Udelman, Daniel Vadia, Salvador Orozco at Sabores chef event
Chefs Victor Cabrera, Israel Montero, Jorge Udelman, Daniel Ovadia, Salvador Orozco. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Amanda Pena, Adileh Kassai, Farrah Akhtar at Sabores chef party
Amanda Peña, Adileh Kassai, Farrah Akhtar. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura Parsons, Matt Vandever at Sabores chef party
Laura Parsons, Matt Vandever. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Aracelie Graham, Luis Graham, Monica Gonzales Soto at Sabores chef party
Aracelie Graham, Luis Graham, Monica Gonzales Soto. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Matt Johns, Alecia Harris at Sabores chef party
Matt Johns, Alecia Harris. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mike Hughes, Patty Herrera at Sabores chef party
Mike Hughes, Patty Herrera. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Sendy Higuero, Alejandro Jimenez at Sabores chef party
Sendy Higuero, Alejandro Jimenez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Adrian Duenas, Marcelo Saenz at Sabores chef party
Adrian Duenas, Marcelo Saenz. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Victor Cabrera, Israel Montero, Jorge Udelman, Daniel Vadia, Salvador Orozco at Sabores chef event
Amanda Pena, Adileh Kassai, Farrah Akhtar at Sabores chef party
Laura Parsons, Matt Vandever at Sabores chef party
Aracelie Graham, Luis Graham, Monica Gonzales Soto at Sabores chef party
Matt Johns, Alecia Harris at Sabores chef party
Mike Hughes, Patty Herrera at Sabores chef party
Sendy Higuero, Alejandro Jimenez at Sabores chef party
Adrian Duenas, Marcelo Saenz at Sabores chef party

You guys, Mexico City likes us SO MUCH. The Mexico City Tourism Trust has even signed a bilateral agreement with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote cross-tourism. It's like we're officially going steady. 

Actually, if we were grown-ups, (and aren't we?), I'd say, look, they want to talk about a long-term relationship. But with any relationship, we must start with a date, and a date usually involves a meal. 

Well, voila!: Sabores CDMX (Flavors of Mexico City) is facilitating the courtship of these two fair cities with emerging chefs flown in from Mexico to woo Houstonians with exotic food. This weekend, before the Fourth takes us all into its patriotic barbecue-and-fireworks grip, you can sample authentic Mexican menu items prepared by talented Mexico City chefs working alongside some of our city's culinary giants.

Café Annie, Picos and Américas will play host on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (June 30 - July 2).

Mexico has more than 450 flights a week from 25 different cities that arrive in either of Houston's airports, making Houston a popular destination for our friends from the south, as anyone who's spent time in The Galleria knows. About 1.5 million visitors from Mexico visit Houston annually.

"It's a natural gateway for both cities," says Mauricio Gonzalez, president of Connect Worldwide Mexico, who was at the kickoff party for the three-day event. On the 25th-floor pool deck at the new SkyHouse River Oaks, the visiting chefs mingled with guests over spicy tacos and fresh ceviche, courtesy of Picos.

By the pool and overlooking River Oaks, colorful cocktails spiked with La Niña Primario Mezcal and Fortalez Tequila were served by Picos beverage director Monica Richards and bartenders Lainey Collum from Arthur Ave. and Judith Ann Piotrowsky from Zimms.

Enjoying the kickoff party were Michele Aviño, Cuchara’s Ana Beaven, Taylor Byrne-Dodge, Treadsack’s Chris Cusack, Barbara Davis, Katherine Giuffre, Alecia Harris, Leslie Hassen, Connect Worldwide Mexico’s Mauricio Gonzalez Liceaga, Matt Johns, Raj Natarajan, Lauren Parsons, Stuart Rosenberg, Miya Shay and Matt Vandever.

If you missed that shindig, don't fret. You can give yourself a taste of Mexico City's cutting-edge cuisine from fresh faces in their culinary circle before you dive headlong into the meaty cornerstones of American gastronomy on Monday for Independence Day. 

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