On the Menu: Holy Mole

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off today, and we're psyched to be getting in on the action. Tonight's Beard House dinner, the first of our three partnerships with the massive epicurean event, features some of the brightest stars in Mexican cuisine: cookbook author and star of Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy, Marcela Valladolid; television personality and chef Aarón Sánchez; and mastermind behind some of New York’s hottest Mexican eateries, Patricio Sandoval. Take a look at the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Patricio Sandoval Queso de Puerco > Housemade Crackers with Añejo Tequila–Marinated Pig’s Head, Roasted Cactus, Crispy Capers, Micro-Cilantro, and Parsley Powder Miniature Tacos > Maguey Leaf Braised Goat Barbacoa with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Pickled Red Onions, Spiced Corn Nuts, and Handmade Blue Corn Tortillas Flor de Calabaza > Smoked Edenbrook Farm Rainbow Trout–Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms with Tomato–Habanero Salsa and Fennel Crema Fresca Marcela Valladolid Tamales de Mole > Banana Leaf–Wrapped Roasted Chicken and Mole Tamales Sopa de Elote > Mexican Corn Soup with Crema Fresca, Morita Chile Gastrique, and Chicharrones Pairings: Lo Tengo Torrontes 2009; Tippling Bros. Missionary’s (Repo)sition Cocktails Dinner Marcela Valladolid Chiles en Nogada > Fire-Roasted Poblano Chile with Pork–Beef Salpicon, White Walnut–Goat Cheese Sauce, Pomegranate, and Dried Fruits Pairing: Montes Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Patricio Sandoval Deconstructed Taco de Camaron > Sautéed Head-On Shrimp with Key Lime– Avocado Purée, Chipotle–Garlic Mojo Gordita, and Garlic Chips Pairing: Montes Chardonnay 2009 Marcela Valladolid Baja Duck > Anise Duck with Roasted Garlic–Tomatillo Purée, Ancho Chilies, Tamarind, Figs, and Micro-Cilantro Pairing: Pascual Toso Estate Malbec 2008 Patricio Sandoval Pescado Oaxaqueño > Banana Leaf–Wrapped and Huitlacoche-Marinated Black Cod with Dry-Roasted Pork Belly, Chanterelles, Sweet Corn Crema, Morita Chile Oil, and Chicharrones Pairing: Bodega Norton White Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Aarón Sánchez Braised Short Ribs with Pasilla Chile Broth and Pozole–Calabaza Picadillo Pairing: Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2009 Molten Chocolate Cake with Corn Ice Cream

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