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Tuesday, February 14, 7pm: Viva La Chocolate: Mexico As The Origin of Chocolate with Lucio Palazzo of Loco Pez
This Valentine’s Day, skip the box of chocolates and go for something a little more adventurous. While there is some debate as to where cacao trees originated, the first known large-scale "farmer" and consumers of chocolate were the Mayans, who inhabited Central Mexico. The most popular use of the cacao bean in pre-Columbian Mexico was to produce a hot chocolate drink (nothing like the hot chocolate we know), but chocolate was incorporated in a number of traditional dishes. But enough history...what’s for dinner? Join us for an homage to chocolate’s Mexican roots as Lucio Palazzo of Fishtown’s Loco Pez cooks up some cacao creations. A member of the opening team at Zahav, Chef Palazzo was invited by Michael Solomonov to helm Xochitl, his long time Mexican venture, and so began Palazzo’s love affair with Mexican cuisine. Palazzo went on to work at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount and Taqueria Feliz in Manayunk prior to joining Loco Pez. With Loco Pez opening a second location in the Graduate Hospital area, Palazzo continues to explore the regional specialties of our southern neighbor. Palazzo’s chocolate-themed menu includes: Foie Gras and Duck Posole with cocoa tostada; Fat Duck’s Scallops in White Chocolate Velouté with caviar and grapefruit; Beets Baked in Cocoa Nibs with old and new world spices and avocado; Duck Breast, roasted on the bone, with Oaxacan chocolate mole; and Chocolate-Salted Caramel Tart with pecans and mezcal cream.
Feliz dia del amor!
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