Taste of El Salvador

About: Join us for a special intimate luncheon and cooking demonstration with the award-winning cookbook author of "Delicious El Salvador," Alicia Maher '92. Discover the authentic wonders of El Salvador's popular dishes and learn the step-by-step secrets of preparing traditional pupusas at home. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other Bruins, learn about Alicia's journey and soak in the beautiful culture of El Salvador.

The menu for the day will include your choice of wine, beer or a Salvadoran, non-alcoholic pineapple beverage. ALL proceeds will go towards the UCLA Latino Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 

Location: Private Residence in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles 

Time: 12:00PM - 3:00 PM

Tickets: $100

Purchase Link: http://bit.ly/TasteofElSalvador 


Appetizers: Cheese pupusa with tomato and curtido

The word "pupusa" derives from the Nahuat language and has two possible meanings — "stuffed" or "puffy," referring to the fillings and how puffed up they look when cooked. They are El Salvador's national dish.

Shrimp cocktail with pink sauce, served with saltine crackers

With over 200 miles of Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Fonseca coastline, the Central American nation enjoys a variety of succulent and tasty seafood dishes all year-round. This dish is one of the many seafood appetizers served in El Salvador.

Main Course: Chicken in alguashte sauce, served with Salvadoran rice, avocado, red onion and cilantro salad 

"Alguashte" means ground pumpkin seeds. This delicious powder is the base for a fresh and tasty tomato sauce that transforms the chicken into a delectable and juicy dish


Semita de pina crispy pineapple-filled pastry

Leche poleada vanilla custard/pudding 

Ensalada de fruta fresca fresh fruit salad 

Coffee from Don Leo's Coffee


About Alicia: Salvadoran food expert Alicia Maher '92 is an award-winning cookbook author, publisher and home-chef who continues celebrating the rich legacy of her traditional family recipes from El Salvador. Alicia has been featured in various top media outlets sharing hundreds of authentic cooking demonstrations. Her first cookbook, "Delicious El Salvador," features 75 recipes, highlighting iconic dishes and authentic culinary experiences. In 2014, she was named winner of the Gourmand Award in Beijing for Best First Cookbook of the World. Her mission is to continue preserving and documenting authentic Salvadoran recipes for her children, food lovers and future generations.

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