San Antonio celebrates corn with ‘Pueblos del Maiz’ celebration in May

More than a dozen restaurants are participating

San Antonio UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy presents the 2nd annual Pueblos del Maiz as part of a multi-city celebration of corn as a heritage ingredient found in many foods. (City of San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio is celebrating all things corn this weekend with the second annual Pueblos del Maiz.

There will be cooking demonstrations, maiz tastings and special corn dishes at some participating San Antonio restaurants.

San Antonio joins three other UNESCO Creative Cities in celebrating maiz — Tucson, Arizona; Merida, Mexico; and Puebla, Mexico.

UNESCO stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. San Antonio is a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

“Maiz is considered a heritage ingredient within our culture and history, and links San Antonio’s rich tradition to our fellow creative cities,” said Colleen Swain, Director of the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office, which oversees the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation in San Antonio. “Pueblos del Maiz is an opportunity for San Antonio residents and visitors to get a taste of this history, learn about the role corn has played in the foods of our ancestors, and explore it in creative ways.”

Friday, May 12

From 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, the “Maiz Showcase at Pearl” will feature live cooking demonstrations and visiting chefs from Tucson and Merida, Mexico.

The demonstrations will be held at the outdoor grill at the Culinary Institute of America of San Antonio.

Saturday, May 13

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Chef Johnny Hernandez and the visiting chefs will prepare a “Taste of Pueblos del Maiz,” at Casa Hernan located at 411 E Cevallos St. The ticketed event includes maiz tastings, desserts and cocktails.

Participating Restaurants

Fifteen San Antonio restaurants and one brewery will participate in this year’s Pueblos del Maiz by offering special corn dishes and beverages throughout the month of May.

The participating restaurants include:

  • Chicken N Pickle - 5215 UTSA Blvd., 78249
  • Cuishe Cocina Mexicana - 115 N. Loop 1604, Suite #1108, 78232
  • Elotitos Corn Bar- 1933 Fredericksburg Rd., Suite #105, 78201
  • Munchies- 5602 W. Hausman Rd, 78249
  • Naco 210 Mexican Eatery - 2015 NE Interstate 410 Loop, 78204
  • Zedric’s - 9873 Colonnade Blvd., 78230
  • Lala’s Gordita - 1600 Roosevelt Ave., 78210
  • Bilia Eatery - 1900 NW Military, Castle Hills, TX 78213
  • Stixs & Stone - 5718 Wurzbach Road, 78238
  • The Fruteria - 1401 S. Flores St., Suite #102, 78204
  • Cuishe Cocina Mexicana -115 N Loop 1604E #1108, 78232
  • Santa Diabla -906 East Elmira St., 78212
  • The Good Kind -1127 St. Mary’s St., 78210
  • 2M Smokehouse - 2731 WW White Rd., 78222
  • Pharm Table - 611 S. Presa St., Suite #106, 78210
  • Sari-Sari Filipino Restaurant, Market, & Bakery - 5700 Wurzbach Rd., 78238
  • Sari-Sari Supper Club - 10234 St. HWY 151, Suite #102, 78251
  • Freetail Brewery - 2000 S. Presa St., 78210

You can get more information about Pueblos del Maiz online.

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