2016 has been a busy, exciting and vibrant year for me. I have been meaning to share with you some of the events I attended and participated in the past months with my cookbook Delicious El Salvador.
In March, I was a featured chef at the Latin Food Fest in Los Angeles. In my cooking demo I taught the audience how to make summer squash and cheese pupusas and white bean soup with pork. It was lots of fun. The star chef this year was Ricardo Zarate. In 2013, the first year I participated in this event the star chef was Aaron Sanchez from Food Network.
A big thanks to my husband and dear friends Melissa D’Angelo and Julia Ho for all the help. Melissa is a make up artist and works for Estrella TV. She helped me with all the prep work at home and the set up at the festival. Julia is multilingual SAG-AFTRA Actor/Host/Reporter-Producer. She took photos of me doing the presentation and helped set up the booth. I am blessed to have these women in my life. They are precious friends!
A big shout out to Melissa’s Produce for providing me with the freshest produce for the event. I am grateful for their support and generosity.
The first weekend in April the IACP conference arrived at Lowes hotel in Hollywood. I am fortunate to be a member of this valuable, prestigious and inclusive organization. I got a one day pass for Sunday. The night before, I hosted at my house a traditional Salvadoran dinner for some of the members. The atmosphere at the conference was warm and welcoming. I met several culinary stars, including Sandra Gutierrez and Virginia Mills. The day got even better when I met in person my wonderful and talented friend Peggy Gilbey from Spiced Peach blog. She wrote a post about my cookbook back in 2013. It meant the world to me at the time to be featured, and welcome into the food blogging community by Peggy.
In May I traveled to Yantai, China to attend the Gourmand Awards. This magnificent event and competition is both illuminating and inspiring. Being in the company of some of the most talented and passionate cookbook authors and chefs in the world is a humbling experience. The awards were a tremendous success. There were conferences, field trips, gala dinners, wines… to welcome and celebrate hundreds of authors,chefs, and cooking stars from around the world
In August I was featured on Sercano TV, I am proud to be called the Salvadoran Culinary Ambassador. Thank you Lidia Gaitan Torres for the interview.
Also in August I was a guest chef on Kimlai Yingling’s cooking show Chomp On This, on Nom.com. She is also the founder of Eatin Asian. We went live at 11:30 am. I shared my Salvadoran ground beef patties recipe. She is so much fun, and a hard worker too. I was a little nervous but it went well.
On September 8th, to celebrate El Salvador’s independence month, I conducted a cooking class “Taste of El Salvador” at Whole Foods Market in Los Angeles. I love teaching, is rewarding to see people’s face light up when they like what they are learning.
One of the students posted a touching and moving review of the class on her fb page:
” We had a great time with Chef Alicia Maher creating traditional Salvadoran dishes with a lot of authenticity and a lot of love with her cooking techniques and style!! Glad we supported her tonight and learned a lot and shared great tips.. Thank you!!” Claudia Flores.
Yeah, 2016 has been a productive and happy year!