Mexican gastronomical treasure, gets its own Festival, It’s “Mole” time!
“My mother is the one who taught me how to prepare “mole”; I inherited my mother’s traditions. I feel that she is with me”. (Mrs. Rosa Ramírez, Second Place)
Our purpose was to compile the traditional “mole” recipes in a festive environment where people could reflect on the presence of “mole” in community situations in this original Iztapalapa town in Mexico City. We celebrated the First “Mole” Festival on September 3 and 4, at Casa Claudio María Dubuis.
The Festival was an opportunity to bring together a diversity of families who enjoyed a space for genuine encounter and recognition. This town is hungry for communion, and wants to share the history that has marked it. Our eyes could see signs of reconciliation and fraternal collaboration.
We were accompanied by excellent lecturers who moved our perceptions and brought a new horizon of meaning to our “mole” festival. They were able to express in words what history has given us and what is happening now, in the present time. The lecture: “The Mole from Puebla and the Banquet of God”, expressed beautifully the importance of food to nurture our identity as beings who live in a relation.
“Mole is a proof that eating is not merely eating. Eating is a basic need that we have in common with all human beings. We are hungry beings who need to eat in order to survive. Eating is also an action in which we express our love for others. Eating is an action in which we express cultural and family traditions. Eating is an expression of love” (Dr. Ángel F. Méndez Montoya).
The Eucharist, concelebrated by our new parish Priest, Father Sergio Armando González Sánchez and Father Eduardo Xavier Fernández Vela, was a feast and a blessing around the Bread that was broken and shared among us. It was full of symbols that had a taste of communion and was expressed in the sincere embrace that transcends us because it includes the whole community. This was the main food that nurtured our spirit.
During the Festival, we had the gastronomic contest, where seven wise women shared with us their secrets in the preparation of their dishes. Chef Yuri de Gortari, with the Engineer José Luis Curiel Monteagudo and Chef Víctor López Robles, faced the challenge of choosing the winner of the contest: María de Jesús Montoya Báez.
The preparation and realization of the event was a task that brought together the efforts of many people and gave us an opportunity to realize that when we give the best of ourselves we will gather fruits. An interdisciplinary group from Centro Universitario Incarnate Word (CIW) advised us and showed us their friendship. We also had the support of the community led by the different Pastoral Teams. They confirmed their commitment with Casa Claudio. The presence of the Sisters and the support of the Pre-Novices, with their enthusiasm and joy, was a sign of the Incarnation.
Considering the new perspectives that are open for us in the future, we are grateful for the support we received from Fundación Herdez and for the bonds that we want to continue creating for the service to the community.
Food is incarnation, an expression of giving, receiving and celebrating. Around the table we nurture in ourselves our need for communication and sharing, reflecting our Trinitarian God, who can only exist by giving.
“May God continue to be with us with His Being, and may he allow us to share this great banquet of life” Amen. (Father Eduardo Fernández)
On the header: Mexican Gastronomic Festival, Magdalena Atlazolpa.