Masa y Tamal Workshop
For April Valencia of Masa Memory, tamales are so much more than food. They are a sacred cooking ritual - revealing layers of celebrations, family practices, heritage and a connection to Maíz. Making tamales is a ceremony and celebration of the love, care and respect for the time that goes into making each one... no two are the same. They are an offering of gratitude to the land, soil and rain.
Join April for a day-long workshop at beautiful Zuma Canyon Orchard in Malibu, where you'll experience the wonders of masa and making this deeply personal dish first hand. The workshop is divided into three parts:
OFRENDA - meaning offering . . . this is exactly what Maíz is, a beautiful offering. To celebrate, for this part of the workshop, we will go through the history, steps and process of how to soak and grind maíz for masa, using Organic Heirloom Maíz grown in Oaxaca.
TOUCH - Groups will enjoy a tamal making workshop led by April Valencia and a guest chef. After, everyone will have the opportunity to make their own masa and tamales to take home.
TASTE - All will sit and eat a meal together, including tamales made by the group.
All guests will leave with a gift from our farm partners in Oaxaca and Arizona, to plant in their home gardens, as well as their own box of tamales to take home.
Masa Memory is donating a large percentage of the workshop profits to partnering farmers and farms in Arizona, Mexico and California.