Latin American Cooking Demo

Latin American Cooking Demo 
Saturday, August 5th from 11am-12:30pm, FREE

Learn about preparing South American cuisine that nourishes the mind, body and soul. This plant-based class will introduce you to some of the foods of the Incas, with dishes using legumes, quinoa, corn, potatoes, squash and leafy greens. We will learn to prepare salsa fresca, guacamole, salad dressing and hot sauces. We will also learn how to make quinoa orchata. Maria will share how to stretch your dollars including the use of EBT and Vouchers.

Maria Sanchez Cron is originally from Lima, Peru. She has been cooking since she was 9 years old. Cooking is the way she shows her love. She shared that love with Portland as the owner of Inca Roots restaurant for several years and now shares it with the Greater Portland community. Maria has been helping people empower themselves through befriending their bodies and living their lives with compassion. Maria teaches South American hands-on cooking workshops that nourish the body, mind, and soul to people, mostly born in the United States, who did not grow up with a direct relationship with food. Growing up with a strong, traditional relationship with food, cooking herself and community, Maria sees how people can achieve self-sufficiency through strengthening their relationship with community and food. Her students learn that eating healthy does not have to be expensive or complicated, and it that can be delicious and fun to make.

Maria also teaches yoga, mindfulness, and breathing techniques to women who are survivors of trauma, especially immigrants and refugees, so they can manage Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.

Maria is available to teach cooking and/or yoga classes for individuals or groups. She can be reached at or 207-272-2071.