El Cabo Verde to Celebrate Corn at 318 Restaurant Week Dinner

***UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT! Thank you for supporting 318 Restaurant Week.***

During a 318 Restaurant Week dinner at El Cabo Verde on Tuesday, March 14, Chef Gabriel Balderas will present a six-course meal celebrating the important role of corn in traditional Mexican cooking. Balderas, who was recently named a 2016 “Chef to Watch” by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine, has planned a menu that will include corn, in various forms, in dishes with quail, bass, hanger steak and more. There’ll even be a chocolate tortilla dessert. Tickets are $55 per person and are now available for purchase through Eventbrite. Seating is limited to 40 guests for this special dinner and tickets must be purchased in advance. 20×49.com blogger Chris Jay (that’s me!) will host the evening.

“Each dish will spotlight corn, whether that corn is in the form of fresh corn, a tortilla, grits or hominy,” Balderas said. “We’re also going to have a small demonstration of how we take fresh corn and turn it into so many different parts of the meal. We’re actually going to grind it, for people to see that process.”

A photo of Gabriel Balderas
Gabriel Balderas is chef and owner at El Cabo Verde in Shreveport.

The corn being used to prepare popular items like tacos, tamales and sopes at El Cabo Verde isn’t just any corn. Balderas carefully sources non-GMO and organic corn grown from heirloom seeds, grinding the corn in-house to create fresh tortillas and more. He believes that this corn is not only healthier for his customers but also better-tasting.

“Most of the corn products that you find in grocery stores and in many Mexican restaurants, what you are tasting in those products is preservatives as well as the lime that is added to the corn when it’s being ground,” Balderas said. “But when you grind your own corn, as we do, the customer is able to experience the true flavor of the corn.”

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Balderas encourages guests to arrive on-time in order to enjoy the complete program of food and education. El Cabo Verde is located at 1023 Provenance Place in Shreveport.

Check out the 318 Restaurant Week event listings at SBFunGuide.com for a complete list of one-night-only culinary events being offered, March 14-18.

20×49.com will be featuring write-ups on all 12 of the special, one-night-only dining experiences in the coming weeks. Hang onto your chef’s whites, folks—we’re going to be visiting a lot of kitchens.

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