Join Ale, of Dona Alejandra Tacos, and learn to make authentic empanadas. You'll make two fillings: a flavorful chicken, and a tasty potato version that works for vegetarians (and vegans). Paired with a homemade red salsa, lettuce, cheese and sour cream, and you'll have a complete meal.
Come ready to learn to make the ultimate comfort food that is perfect for a cozy night at home with friends and family.
This class will take place inside CVU.
Alejandra loves to be able to share the joy of her cooking and culture with those around her. Alejandra first immigrated to the U.S. in 2009 from her hometown, Querétaro, in central Mexico, joining her father in North Carolina. He owned a Mexican restaurant and taught her how to cook when she was not working her job at the paper factory.
Alejandra now owns her own business, Dona Alejandra Taco's. She has cooked for events at Middlebury College, City Market, and various farmworker community events including farmer’s markets, fairs, pop-ups, and private events and celebrations. Alejandra feels closest to home when she is cooking for others. Whether it’s at a market or a special event, when her customers gather on picnic blankets or around small tables and chat amongst themselves about their lives, troubles and families, she feels at home. She is reminded of the community she left behind in the new one she is creating through her food. “I think that cooking is a form of communication, of demonstrating love, of creating bonds with those you love,” she said. “It’s a form of saying, ‘I love you, and I care for you.’ And that’s why it makes me so happy to cook.”
Alejandra Perez Ibarra