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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEntertainment | Restaurants & Dining | December 2009 

El Arrayán Cooking Class: Perfect Tamales
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December 22, 2009

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On January 18th, Laura Landeros Zuno will share the secrets of preparing the perfect tamales in a very special cooking class at El Arrayán. For more information, please call (322) 222-7195.
Puerto Vallarta - Everyone's favorite Mexican Restaurant in Vallarta, voted "Best Mexican" in Banderas Bay for the last five years in a row and recently awarded the coveted AAA Three-Diamond Award, will once again be sharing a few cooking secrets during a very special cooking class on Monday, January 18, 2010.

A limited number of participants will join Carmen Porras' cousin, guest chef Laura Landeros Zuno from Guadalajara, for breakfast, visiting local purveyors, hands-on cooking instruction and then enjoying what they've cooked at a special dinner that evening. The fee for this fabulous introduction to cooking tamales is $85 USD cash per-person (tips not included.)

The fee for these popular cooking classes have not changed in over four years and includes breakfast, transportation in a van, class participation, take-home printed recipes, an embroidered apron and a full dinner (including cocktails and Mexican house wine), that evening. Classes will be conducted in English in El Arrayán's all stainless steel professional kitchen and will begin at 9:30 am and will conclude by 2:30 pm.

This is a very special opportunity on how to prepare a variety of perfect tamales, 3 savory and 1 sweet, from an experienced chef who has taught many cooking classes in Guadalajara. Laura Landeros Zuno has also collaborated on "Buena Mesa", the food section in the "Mural", Guadalajara's renowned newspaper.

A tamal (Spanish tamal, from Nahuatl tamalli) is a Mexican dish consisting of a fluffy corn-based dough, which is steamed in a leaf wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be further filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chili peppers, or sweet ingredients according to taste and occasion, and both the filling and the dough may be seasoned. They are served often in Mexico for special family occasions. They are prepared all through out Latin America with different names, and ingredient variations. The 4 tamales that will be featured in this class are from old family recipes that were cooked at their great grand mother's Seńora Carmen Arce de Zuno's home.

Since opening in November of 2003, El Arrayán has won the hearts and taste buds of Banderas Bay. "The entire team at El Arrayán aims to prepare the best traditional Mexican cuisine in Puerto Vallarta," exclaims Carmen Porras, owner of El Arrayán. "Along with the creations of Chef Mariano Valdez, this young team's goal is to deliver the best quality food in the Bay. Guests have had a great time in past cooking classes and keep asking for more. In particular, they have asked for insights on tamales, so we are happy to be able to have my cousin lead this very special class," Carmen added.

Space is limited so call (322) 222-7195 today. (Class will only take place with a minimum of five participants.)

Located at #344 Allende, just a short stroll up from the Malécon in El Centro, El Arrayán is open Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesdays) from 5:30 pm to 11 pm. Visa, MasterCard and American Express Cards are accepted. Reservations online at or by calling (322) 222-7195.

Click HERE to learn more about El Arrayán.

Born in Seattle, WA, Patrick Harrison has been living in PV since 2003. Drawing on his experience in entertainment, radio, retail and sports marketing in major US cities, Patrick opened his own business here in Vallarta, P. Gringo Marketing & PR, a successful Public Relations Firm that targets the English-speaking tourist and local communities. You can contact Patrick at patrick(at)

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