Chef’s Table Dinner with a Leading Chef – Mexico

When to Visit:
Nov-Apr
Currency:
US$ widely accepted, local currencies
Language:
Spanish
Time Zone:
GMT -5

Chef’s Table Dinner with a Leading Chef – Mexico

Uncover mysteries of the ancient Aztec city of Mexico‐Tenochtitlan, enjoy a super meal, and help conserve the endangered axolotl salamander, a rare amphibian with unique regeneration abilities that is on the verge of extinction.

Visit the last remnants of actual floating gardens or “chinampas” and the canals and waterways that
once made up most of the entire Aztec city of Tenochtitlan.

Enjoy a traditional lunch, made with locally produced ingredients at the chinampa, hosted by two recognized personalities of the Culinary Scene in Mexico City.

During this experience you’ll learn the importance of these floating gardens, recognized as an Agricultural Heritage System, while supporting their preservation efforts.

This fascinating experience is led by an expert naturalist guide, scientist and the founder of REDES (Restaruacion Ecologia Y Deasarrollo), a non‐profit association that actively works on conservation programs and projects to protect the area’s ecosystem and save the endangered Axolotl.

Learn all about this part of Mexico City and discover a hidden oasis that brings life to the incredible flora and fauna in this amazing metropolis. At the same time you will be supporting the local community, chinampas preservation and Axolotl conservation, as a portion of the tour fee channels back to the nonprofit association.

Highlights
 – Bird watching, with an expert naturalist guide, in the back channels of Xochimilco.
 – Visit the Chinampas and learn the history of these garden islands and about the preservation efforts to protect them.
 – Unique Culinary Experience at the Chinampas led by recognized Chef Israel Montero, owner of Raiz Restaurant in Polanco & Juan Pablo Ballesteros owner of acclaimed restaurant Limosneros.
 – Support efforts to save the Axolotl from extinction and learn all about this intriguing endemic species, while you sponsor a special project and help preserve the ancient organic sustainable gardening technique known as chinampas.

About the Axolotl

The axolotl (pronounced ACK‐suh‐LAH‐tuhl) salamander has the rare trait of retaining its larval features throughout its adult life. Found exclusively in the channel complex of Xochimilco, within the limits of Mexico City, axolotls differ from most other salamanders in that they live permanently under water.
This salamander once made its home in the interconnected lakes that filled the basin of Tenochtitlan, where Mexico City now stands. Yet, due to centuries of development and pollution, scientists warn that they could entirely disappear by 2020. The Mexican government has taken action, establishing the Ejidos de Xochimilco Protected Natural Area to try to safeguard what is left of the Axolotl’s diminished habitat. This experience is a great way to support the effort of helping the Axolotl survive!

About the Chinampas
To further hold off urban sprawl and expand the animal’s habitat, scientists are also working with local people to revitalize the ancient tradition of farming in the wetland on plots of land that are essentially floating islands. The organic techniques used to construct these island creates prime habitat for the salamanders, while also helping to filter water for the city. These man‐made
islands, called chinampas, are built from aquatic vegetation and logs interwoven with mud from the lake bottom. The farmers today still use ancient cultivation techniques pioneered hundreds of years ago in the pre‐Colonial era.
In addition, there is strong support from top chef’s in Mexico City to save the floating farm tradition with the Chinampa Preservation Program. These chef’s, from some of Mexico best restaurants, buy and use produce grown at the chinampas, incorporating these fresh, locally grown ingredients into their dishes as a way to support the area.

Gourmet dining
After time on your own to rest and relax on property, you will meet your driver for a short transfer
to Limosneros Restaurant. A private table awaits for you to savor Mexican Gourmet Cuisine in a
tasting menu with wine paring. Enjoy a unique dining experience lead personally by owner Juan
Pablo Ballesteros.


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