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10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

October 17, 2013

1. Mole Throwdown
Thu, Oct 17

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Befitting its complex flavor profile, mole boasts a complicated history, with the Mexican states of Puebla, Oaxaca and Tlaxcala all claiming to be its birthplace. Variations of the mole legend date the sauce to the 16th century, when a visit by the Archbishop of Puebla may have inspired the improvising nuns of the Convent of Santa Rosa to kill and cook a turkey and slather it in a sauce made from everything they could scare up—chiles, spices, day-old bread, nuts, chocolate and 20-plus other ingredients. Other versions credit the original recipe to Fray Pascual (and a fateful gust of wind that blew spices into cazuelas cooking turkeys on the fire) and even the Aztec king Moctezuma (who allegedly served mole to Cortez). As part of its mission to “support and strengthen Chicano/Latino culture and identity,” Centro Cultural Aztlan rounds up restaurants and individuals to compete for bragging rights at its annual Mole Throwdown. In addition to samples from San Anto’s finest mole masters, the fundraiser features a silent auction of items donated by Aztlan’s long-time contributing artists plus “thirst quenching cerveza and live entertainment.” $20, 6-10pm Thursday, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg, (210) 432-1896, centroculturalaztlan.50megs.com.

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