Support local restaurants and their chosen food-security charities from the comfort of your home through the limited Dine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition web series.
Hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito, the series will feature chefs from three Lower Manhattan restaurants to cook up signature recipes and share tips for crafting everything from complex gastronomic delights to staple comfort foods.
Join Rocco as he chats with chef Elizabeth Saldana of Casa Taqueria, a culinary team member under the direction of head chef Carlos Rodriguez. Chef Elizabeth will show participants how to make al Pastor three ways: Burrito, Plato, and Taco. Registration is required and limited. All participants will receive digital copies of the recipes prior to the event.
This event is FREE and we encourage you to support Casa Taqueria’s staff directly by making donations to their team through the Casa Taqueria Employee Relief Fund.
And if your inner chef is calling you, whip up your best version of a featured recipe and post a picture of your plate via Instagram with #DineAroundAtHome and tag @DowntownNYC to enter to WIN a 30-minute private virtual cooking class with the guest chef! Be sure to tag @casataqueriany too.
MEET THE CHEF:
Chef Elizabeth Saldana has loved creating exciting flavors for most of her adult life. She was born in Brooklyn NY, and moved to the city for her collegial studies in the pharmaceutical industry. Working part time as a cashier in the restaurant industry, Saldana often found herself in the kitchen. Having fond memories of assisting her grandmothers prepare family meals for large family gatherings in both San Nicolas Tenexcalco and Santa Cruz Aquiahuac, Mexico. She spends much of her free time learning new recipes and creating her own. Saldana lives in the Bronx with her partner and teaches her 3 year old son both English and Spanish by watching tv shows on cooking, science, and cultures from around the world.
ABOUT THE RESTAURANT:
Casa Taqueria is exactly what it means: “House of Tacos .”They opened their doors May 2019 in Manhattan’s Financial District. Their vision is clear: For diners to experience delicious, fresh, made-to-order Mexican cuisine in the comfort of a clean and friendly “home.” Although only one year old, it has made an impressive impact in the community. Regulars enjoy dishes from a variety of traditional tacos, burritos, platos, crisp elotes and guacamole with wholesome tortilla chips. Crowds love the choice of the savory in-house salsas that satisfy all levels of zest and with a wide selection of original desserts, like churros and tres leches. Casa Taqueria’s team of cooks have backgrounds in Mexican cuisine. Led by Carlos Rodriguez, the authentic recipes were perfected with the input of each member.