Mexican cuisine is embedded into the fabric of the United States. But if Tucker Carlson – who in August said tacos were a part of his culture – is any indication, then we have some work to do when it comes to actually educating folks about the history of Mexico’s culinary contributions to the world. In Los Angeles, a museum and educational kitchen will do just that.
In early 2019, La Plaza Cocina, a 2,500-square-foot facility in LA Plaza Village, will explore the history of Mexican cuisine, with a particular focus on the Los Angeles area. The museum and kitchen are both part of the the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.
“Los Angeles is the Mexican food capital of the country, and it deserves a place that celebrates the history and culture that we have with Mexican food,” said John Echeveste, chief executive of LA plaza de Cultura y Artes, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s important, not only to Latino families, but anyone who eats.”
The museum will invite chefs, authors, and other guest speakers who are experts in this area. And there’ll also be food you can purchase, such as tortillas and quesadillas.
“We really want it to be a gathering place, both for people who are serious chefs and cooks of Mexican cuisine, as well as casual enthusiasts, to come and learn about the history of Mexican food: its origins, its current applications, and where it’s going,” Echeveste added. “We see it as being a vibrant, active space that’ll serve as a magnet for people who share that interest.”