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Guac or Faux? A Tale of Two Moles with Christina Sleeper

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary demos, talks, and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in Los Angeles. A wide range of culinary professionals, cookbook authors, PacFAB curators, and others deliver lively lectures and lead tastings and hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

Guac or Faux?

A Tale of Two Moles with Christina Sleeper

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There's perhaps no Mexican dish more rich, colorful, and soul satisfying than guacamole. But the rising price of avocados has driven some taquerias and other purveyors to substitute squash, tomatillos, and other vegetables for the increasingly expensive fruit. On Sunday, August 11, at LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, Chef Christina Sleeper, COO of Sleepers Fresh California Gourmet, investigates and demonstrates, preparing both a classic guacamole and one of its many—and tastier!—avocado-free variants. After the program, enjoy samples of Christina's work, all featuring fresh fare from Melissa's Produce.


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Christina is a unique Los Angeles triple threat—chef, host, entrepreneur. And this multi-disciplinary approach has informed her culinary endeavors for more than 25 years. Her food curiosity started as a child growing up in Lorain, Ohio, a city comprised of immigrants from more than 55 countries. This early exposure to diverse cultures and cuisines has fueled a passion for authenticity in flavor that’s become the cornerstone of everything she does.

A professional caterer and event planner, she founded Sleepers, a gourmet food line which features her original-recipe seasonings, jams, and teas. As COO of this thriving family business, she develops new products, writes recipes, and curates special events. Christina is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a BA in Communications & Journalism, a seasoned host and SAG-AFTRA member, Certified Master Food Preserver, SlowFood Preservation Advisor, and guest lecturer with Culinary Historians of Southern California.

This 20-year resident of SoCal enjoys sharing her tasty knowledge of food at programs around the country. Her first book, Jamming through the Ages, will be published in 2019. Follow her @sleepersgourmet.

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