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Celebrating Mexican Independence Day with gala, cooking classes

Addie Broyles

MexNet Alliance is hosting its fourth annual Authentic Mexico Gala next Monday, and leading up to the sold-out fundraiser at the Long Center for the Performing Arts are a series of cooking classes and events that celebrate all things Mexico.

At noon Friday, Kirsten West and Ruth Alegria are teaching a Lunch Express cooking class on amaranth at Whole Foods Market Culinary Center ($20), and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, cookbook author Fany Gerson will sign copies of her book, “My Sweet Mexico,” at the Whole Foods culinary center.

Even though the gala on Monday night is sold out, you can still buy tickets to the after party ($20) at the Long Center, which starts after the dinner at 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, food historian Rachel Laudan and chefs Iliana de la Vega, Benedicta Alejo, Cynthia Martinez, Rubi Silva, and the aforementioned West and Alegria will have a conversation about Mexican cuisine, culture and history, particularly that of Michoacán. The free talk will take place at noon in the second floor conference room at Sid Richardson Hall, 2300 Red River St., on the University of Texas campus.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Martinez, Alejo and Silva will teach a cooking class on traditional dishes of Michoacán at the Whole Foods culinary center ($50).

UPDATE: I just found out that Scrumptious Chef’s next pop-up is at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Tamale House East, 1707 E. Sixth St., and will feature dishes from Diana Kennedy’s book, “Oaxaca al Gusto.”