Join us for our latest Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner community gathering, hosted by our friends at the El Fogon Mexican Grill: March Mole Madness!
When: Monday March 26 from 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: El Fogon Mexican Grill
1250 8th street • West Des Moines, IA 50265
Join CultureALL and your hosts Blanca Plascencia and Said Pineda – owners of El Fogon Mexican Grill – for a celebratory evening that includes:
- Live Music with Guitarras ATM (featuring CultureALL Ambassador R. J. Hernandez)
- Culinary Demonstration by Executive Chef Said Pineda
- Cultural Conversation with CultureALL Ambassador Ana Rodriguez
- Full Mexican Dinner with your choice of specially selected entrees
Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchase in advance from our secure site at Network for Good.. All proceeds from this event go to benefit our Ambassador Recruitment and Development programs.
Space for this event is limited – don’t delay in ordering your tickets!
Please make your reservation by Friday, March 23!
More About March Mole Madness
Your March Mole Madness ticket Includes:
Food: Select from one of three entrees:
- Mole Poblano: Chicken Breast topped with El Fogon’s house blend Mole Sauce and sesame seeds, served with white coconut rice, coleslaw, and handmade tortillas.
- Chile Verde: Traditional fresh grilled pork tips covered with El Fogon’s house green sauce, served with Mexican rice, refried beans, and handmade tortillas.
- Mushroom Quesadilla (Vegetarian Option): 10″ tortilla folded in half filled with grilled mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, served with lettuce guacamole sour cream and tomato. Includes complementary small side of mole sauce.
Drinks: A complementary Iced Tea or Fountain Drink is included with your meal. There will also be a cash bar. El Fogon is offering the following drink specials to Mole Madness diners:
- Pitcher of House Margaritas: $15 (regular price $20)
- Small House Margarita: $3 (regular price $5)
- Draft Beer: $3 (regular price $6).
Culture: Mole, Music and More!
Mole (pronounced MOH-lay) is a traditional Mexican sauce, so ancient in origin that the people of Mexico (and food historians) are still arguing about where it comes from. There is more than one variety of mole and recipes are handed down through generations, Every chef has their own recipe. In his presentation, El Fogon Executive Chef Said Pineda will tell you more about these traditions as he demonstrates his own family recipe for Mole Poblano.
Consumption of mole is strongly associated with celebrations. In Mexican families, it is often reserved only special occasions, because preparing the mole ingredients takes time and effort. Some mole recipes have as many as 100 different ingredients, including herbs, spices, nuts, fruits, and (in most recipes) chocolate!
If the idea of chocolate in a savory dish seems strange to you, don’t be afraid to try it: the Mole Poblano at El Fogon is truly delicious! You’ll also have the rare treat of seeing how it is made during the culinary demonstration (but don’t expect Chef Said to give away all his secrets).
During the evening, you’ll also have a chance to meet Ana Rodriguez and R.J. Hernandez – two of the CultureALL Ambassadors who share aspects of Mexican culture in our schools and communities – and listen to traditional music played by R.J.’s ensemble Guitarras ATM (the ATM stands for All That Matters).
What Your Contribution Supports
Since 2005, CultureALL has been recruiting and developing Iowa residents from diverse cultures to become cultural educators who visit Iowa schools and communities to share their stories, traditions and passion for their cultures. Last year’s programs served nearly 40,000 community members from preschoolers to seniors, providing cultural experiences that not only inform and enlighten, but help to make Iowa more welcoming and inclusive for people of every culture.
As the demand for these programs grows, so does the need to recruit and train new CultureALL Ambassadors. You can help by making your reservation to attend March Mole Madness.
Your contribution will:
- Help us recruit community members to become new CultureALL Ambassadors
- Help them develop their presentation skills, workshop content, and materials
- Support them as they take their first steps in sharing their cultures in the community
- Provide ongoing professional development for all the Ambassadors who share their talents with thousands of kids and community members every year.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
The March Mole Madness gathering is part of our ongoing Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner community initiative. Community members and local businesses in greater Des Moines are hosting all sorts of fun, social cultural gatherings to benefit CultureALL’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. In the spirit of the classic movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” these gatherings will connect neighbors and friends in new ways that make our community better. The initiative began the week of October 20-22, 2017 and is continuing into 2018. For more information – and to find out how you can host your own culturally-themed gathering – please visit the project page.