Friday, April 25, 2008

Latin cooking demo in Hoover

Chef and television personality Lorena Garcia will bring her Latina style and cooking culture to Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on May 4, from 2-4 that Sunday afternoon.

Garcia will combine elements of her Latin heritage with flavorful and unique ingredients. Garcia will prepare organic cucumber carpaccio with pink peppercorns and crème de papaya, offering samples to those attending the event while supplies last.

Garcia was born in Venezuela and is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts School. She trained in restaurants in Paris, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand and China.

Garcia has owned and operated two restaurants in the Miami Design District, beginning with Food Café and then later Elements Tierra, a fusion restaurant inspired by flavors she acquired in her travels.

Garcia’s background includes hosting a weekly national cooking show on Univison Radio, hosting regular cooking segments on both the Univision and Telemundo television networks, and most recently, a cooking show on international network, Utilisima. Her approach to cooking have landed her on the pages of Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Kiplinger’s and Entrepreneur among other top lifestyle publications. Garcia’s "Big Chef Little Chef" program in which she works with school aged children and their parents to teach them about nutrition and how to cook and eat properly, has been reported on by hundreds of media outlets across the U.S. and Latin America.

Directly following the cooking demonstration, Garcia will be available for autographs and to answer questions from the audience.

This event celebrates the February 2008 launch of a signature line of Lorena Garcia home products designed exclusively for Belk. The collection includes tabletop, cookware, housewares and fashion bedding.