Arriba El Norte

Arriba El Norte
/ Oct

Arriba El Norte

Culinary Institute of America - San Antonio
312 Pearl Parkway
All Day



The Culinary Institute of America will celebrate Latin cuisine, culture, and culinary education by hosting “Arriba El Norte,” a three-day festival from Thursday, October 1 to Saturday, October 3. The inaugural summit will incorporate a professional conference, a festival for food enthusiasts, and chef presentations for high school students.


“We have selected amazing chefs who are experts in the cuisine of El Norte, the United States and Mexican border,” said Fernando Salazar, managing director of the CIA’s San Antonio campus. “This will be an exciting event not to be missed that will showcase the great gastronomy of this region.”


The highlight of the festival will be a full-day event for food enthusiasts in the greater San Antonio community on Saturday, October 3. The event will feature everything from hands-on cooking classes to a special dinner featuring five guest chefs at Nao. The culinary workshops with CIA faculty include “Entertaining with Antojitos” with Chef Michael Katz, “Texas BBQ” with Chef Brannon Soileau, and “Desserts of El Norte” with Chef Melissa Fritz.


Chef demonstrations by CIA alumni during the day include “From Jerky to Charcuterie” with Steve McHugh of Cured and “From El Mercado to The Restaurant” with Diego Galicia of Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria. Food and beverage tastings will highlight “The Wines of Mexico” with Vinos L.A. Cetto and “Botanero – Pairing Tequila & Small Plates” with Chefs German Gonzalez and Juan Ramón Cárdenas. Tickets for the culinary demonstrations and food and beverage tasting classes range in price from $25 to $150.


Additionally, Chef Hinnerk von Bargen, a CIA professor and author of the popular book Street Foods, will host a “Street Foods of El Norte” demonstration during the Pearl Farmers Market, with food available for purchase at the CIA’s outdoor kitchen.


The festival day will culminate in a dinner at Nao celebrating five years of the CIA at its expanded San Antonio campus with a theme of “Five Years, Five Chefs, Five Courses.” The featured chefs include Juan Ramón Cárdenas of El Meson Principal and Don Artemio in Saltillo, Coahuila; Angel Garcia of El Porvenir in Tampico, Mexico; Javier Plascencia of Misión 19 and Finca Altozano in Baja California; Alfredo Villanueva of Romero y Azahar in Monterrey, Mexico; and Alain Dubernard, department chair of baking and pastry arts at CIA San Antonio. Tickets are on sale now for $99 and include paired beverages and five courses from these acclaimed chefs.


Additionally, Arriba El Norte will invite local high school students to experience culinary demonstrations and tastings from CIA-instructors on subjects ranging from Texas Cuisine to Native Fruits in Modern Bakery, along with a Live Fire lunch on Thursday, October 1.


The professional conference for foodservice professionals on Friday, October 2 will feature cooking demonstrations and ingredient tastings from CIA trained chefs and faculty featuring Latin cuisine, including “Bracero – From Traditional to Modernity” and “The Modern Interpretation of the Classic Cabrito;” breakout sessions; a panel discussion titled “The Cuisine of El Norte: What’s Next?” moderated by CIA Director of Latin Studies, Chef Sergio Remolina; and lunch at Nao featuring “The Many Faces of Rice.”






Discover the Cuisine of El Norte!Nao Shrimp Dish

Spend a delicious day at The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio to learn about the distinctive cuisine of El Norte—the border region of the U.S. and Mexico—where the flavor profiles of these areas meet to form a distinctive cuisine all its own. You’ll rediscover the familiar and be wowed by flavors and preparations you’ve never tasted before.

Celebrate with us and participate in one or more of the cooking classes, demonstrations, and tastings going on throughout the day. Sign up today!

Hands-on Cooking Classes

Classes begin at 9 a.m., 3 hours, $125 each

    • Texas BBQ
      Become the master of your grill and take your barbecue skills to the next level
    • Desserts of el Norte
      Create extraordinary Mexican-inspired desserts perfect for entertaining.

Nao's Roasted Cornish Hen in a Banana Leaf

Chef Demos & Tastings

1½ hours, $35 each

Food and Beverage TastingsChef Remolino

1 hour, $25 each

Nao Restaurant Dining

At Nao Restaurant we are celebrating five years on our expanded campus in San Antonio at the Pearl. Enjoy fabulous meals prepared by experts in the cuisines of Latin America.

“Five Years, Five Chefs, Five Courses” Dinner

The culmination of the Latin Cuisine Festival, this special dinner will celebrate five years at the CIA’s expanded campus in San Antonio. Enjoy five courses prepared by five acclaimed chefs: Juan Ramon Cardenas, Alain Dubernard, Angel Garcia, Javier Plascencia, and Alfredo Villanueva.

6:30 p.m. $99 prepaid, all-inclusive. Make your dinner reservation here >

Join us for lunch:
¡Arriba el Norte! Lunch Make your lunch reservation here >

Presented by The Center for Foods of the Americas at The Culinary Institute of America, Historic Pearl Brewery, 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215

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