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Sandra Gutierrez out of Cary, North Carolina is a bilingual national expert on Latin Cuisine. Over her two-decade career, she has taught thousands to cook through her four cookbooks and many classes.
Born in the USA, Sandra grew up in Latin America, where she learned about Latin American cuisine. In a career that spans more than two decades, food writer and instructor Sandra Gutierrez has taught thousands how to cook. Born in the United States, this bilingual, award-winning Latina author of four cookbooks is considered one of the top national experts on Latin American and Southern regional cuisines.
"I draw inspiration from many places. I love to read about history and the history of food, where ingredients came from, why we eat what we eat. The seasons also, of course, carry a lot of importance in what I choose, what ingredients I get, making sure that they’re local, that they’re seasonal, that they’re at their peak. And then of course, art. I like the food to actually look pretty on the plate, so I also like to look at the way you see paintings, and you see landscapes, and in nature when you see the colors. I like to be able to transfer that in a plate. To me, cooking and eating is more than just something that we do to survive. We have an opportunity to do simple food, and delicious food, but also to truly enjoy every single aspect of it, and put all of our 5 senses into the experience."
Sandra has assisted other culinary personalities in their classes or book signings in and around the Triangle area, including chefs Emeril Lagasse, Sara Moulton, Daisy Martinez, Giuliano Hazan, Presidential Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, and the Grande Dame of Mexican Cuisine, Diana Kennedy and has been featured on television and radio shows.
The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South (part of the Gateways/Portales exhibit through this summer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.);
Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina;
Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America;
Beans and Field Peas, a Savor the South Cookbook.
The Miami Herald;
The Post and Courier;
The Local Palate;
Military Officer Magazine;
Cooking Club of America.
2016 Gourmand Award;
MFK Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing by Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
To learn more about Sandra, visit sandraskitchenstudio.com
Prickly Pear Berliner
Tart flavors in beer aren’t new; however, adding tart fruit to beers that aren’t soured is somewhat novel. Belgians sours and Berliner Weiss have used tartness in their flavor profiles through the use of wild yeasts or bacteria. Recently, brewers, including Creature Comforts, have been experimenting with prickly pear cactus to add the tart dimension. In the spirit of complementing this Mexican-inspired dish, we are going to suggest a prickly pear flavored beer to complement the tart tomatillo.
Moscato d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Moscatos have ripe tropical fruit notes that nod to sopes’ Mexican roots. The subtle sweetness balances the kick from chorizo, and the subtle effervescence rounds out the richness of this dish.