Taste of Riverside to feature demonstrations, traditional Mexican meal

In an effort to both raise funds and celebrate Latino culture, the Riverside Educational Center is hosting the Taste of Riverside.

The Taste of Riverside is from 6–9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 330 White Ave.

It will include cooking demonstrations and an authentic Mexican meal made by parents and students who benefit from the educational center in the Riverside neighborhood.

The Riverside neighborhood is predominantly Latino, said Mary Gonzales, spokeswoman for the educational center.

“It’s such a special culture, and within that culture they have such great art, music and food,” she said.

A suggested donation to the event is $50 per person, and all the money will go to the education center, which is a nonprofit academic support service for Grand Valley students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Because the center is located near the Dual Immersion Academy, a majority of the center’s students are elementary age, Gonzales said.

The Taste of Riverside will feature demonstrations on how to make homemade tamales and tortillas from family recipes. The Mexican meal will offer homemade salsa, Spanish rice, beans and bizcochitos.

RSVP for the event by calling Gonzales at 245-9512 or 433-0481 by Friday, Sept. 24.


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