Best of Mexico City PFA w/ David Briggs & Catherine Manterola

Best of Mexico City PFA w/ David Briggs & Catherine Manterola

The Best of Mexico City’s Culinary World – Highlighting Chocolate and Mezcal

October 28-November 4 (Including Day of the Dead)

8 days/7 nights

Come experience this now world-renowned food destination with two industry professionals with Portland-Mexico City connections. We’ll enjoy the best of Mexico City.  From its best street food right through to the most elevated dining you’ve seen featured on Netflix’ Chef’s Table and more. You’ll experience first hand Mexico City’s vibrant museum and market cultures.  And you’ll get insight into one of the most exciting city’s for xocolatl in the world. Taste first-hand what inspires Portland’s Xocolatl de David’s David Briggs. Wash it all down with excellent mezcals while you’re learing and exploring that spirit.


David Briggs

David Briggs is the owner and chocolatier of Xocolatl de Davíd based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2005, Xocolatl de Davíd has grown to become an internationally recognized chocolate line demonstrating how both savory and sweet elements work harmoniously with chocolate. Xocolatl de David has won 4 Good Food Awards and 5 International Chocolate Awards for David’s creative blend of unconventional ingredients with single origin, bittersweet chocolate from South America and the Dominican Republic.

For the past four years, David has been working with Héctor Galván of La Casa Tropical, a bean to bar maker whose sole mission is to preserve and protect Mexico’s heirloom cacao. David works with Hector to create exclusive bars highlighting the flavors of Mexico and beyond. In his travels to Mexico over the years, David has immersed himself into the world of Mezcal with visits to palenques in Oaxaca and tastings with some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. He now boasts one of the biggest private Mezcal collections in the PNW.

Catherine Manterola

Catherine Manterola is a Mexico City native who began her food career in Portland working for Little Green Pickle and Feast Portland. She was later called home to Mexico City by world-renowned chef Enrique Olvera to oversee sponsorship and international marketing for his culinary event, Mesamérica. After a year in France working for butchery and charcuterie maven Kate Hill of the Kitchen at Camont (Portland Meat Collective Camas Davis’s mentor) she has returned to her roots and splits her time between her family’s cattle ranch in Central Texas and the bustling food scene of Mexico City.

She is currently co-founding a consulting firm and fund that crosses borders connecting food systems with contemporary hospitality.

Day 1- Sunday

Arrive by 7 pm

Reception in the Mexican Restaurant in our stunning, and classic 4-Star Mexico City Hotel. Relax with Mexico’s inventive cocktails, artisanal cervezas, local wines, and traditional bites. After the reception we will journey out for a true Mexico City Taqueria experience. Catherine will hand select the top “must-try’s” and talk a little about their history and origin.


Day 2 – Monday

A continental breakfast is included with each room so head down and eat up – but not too much! We will be headed downtown with our first stop for Chocolate con Churros, then on to the Zocalo. After breakfast we will depart for Mercado de Jamiaca for a true, authentic Mexican Mercado experience. Catherine will give a walking tour of the popular market filled with mountains of chiles, tropical fruits, piñatas, flowers, and authentic candies. We will then make our way back to the heart of downtown.  Folks can either buzz around the Zocalo and Bellas Artes alone or with the group. We will then sit down for lunch on a stunning terrace with the best view of downtown! Return to the Hotel for rest/free time.

Tonight is a free night for you to explore. For those who are still at least a bit hungry for dinner, David and Catherine can recommend something walking distance.  Or maybe it’s a local taco joint that seems right. Or one of the 6 restaurants in the hotel including one of a famous Iron Chef in Mexico City for Mexican/Japanese fusion delicacies.


Day 3- Tuesday

Breakfast at one of Catherine and David’s faves- not only the best meal in all of Mexico, but the one meal that will make you want to move here. Today is a causal day strolling through the cobblestone streets of Coyoacan. Walk through the market, get lost up and down the streets.  But whatever you do, you can’t miss a walk through Frida Kahlo’s home and museum, La Casa Azul. Meet on the main square by 1:30pm where we will head over to La Casa de los Tacos for a lunch of Prehispanic dishes. Did you really think you were coming to Mexico and not eating a grasshopper or two? Return for rest/Free Time.

It may have shifted from Mexico’s #1 fine dining restaurant to a more casual eatery but chef Enrique Olvera’s imagination and creativity is still in every bite with dinner tonight will be at the one and only Pujol.


Day 4- Wednesday

Walk across the street to the Museo Nacional de Antropología where David and Catherine will meet everyone for a picnic breakfast of the best tortas de chilaquiles in the city. Spend the morning back in the time of the Aztecs and Mayans in one of the most recognized museums in the world. Work up an appetite so we will head out around 1 for lunch at Contramar – a lunch you will not soon forget. Chef Gabriela Cámara has held steady at the top of the list of Mexico’s best restaurants for this seafood spot she opened in 1998.  Return for rest/Free Time. Head out for dinner at a special restaurant.


Day 5 – Thursday

Enjoy another wonderful continental breakfast at the hotel but again, don’t fill up! Then enjoy a tamale tasting as we gear up for a private Chocolate tasting and lunch with David and Hectór Galván of La Casa Tropical. Hear the history of Mexican agriculture and cuisine through the eyes of its most coveted crop. Let Hector share the stories of its growers as he walks the group through the process of roasting, peeling, and processing by hand. David will share his secrets of tempering to the perfect temperature and blending with other natural flavors. Taste the uniqueness of the chocolate and a plethora of Mexico’s natural ingredients. Then you decide what chocolate bar to make. Return for rest/Free Time. Dinner and Mezcal tasting with David Briggs and Erick Rodriguez.

Day 6- Friday

In development.  We leave room to discover great ideas as we get closer.  We’ll be filling you on this day as we get closer.  Count on delicious food and some time to yourself.

Day 7 – Saturday

Enjoy a lavish and traditional day in old Mexico starting with breakfast at El Cardenal in San Angel. Spend the morning walking the artisanal market of San Angel’s Bazar del Sábado picking up hand made textiles, baskets, art, jewelry, and more. Then, after working up an appetite, we will meet a previously specified location before heading over to a prized neighborhood jewel by the famous Monica Patiño. Return for rest/Free Time. We will then enjoy our last dinner in this magical city at Catherine and David’s favorite restaurant Mexico City, Quintonil.


Day 8 – Sunday Departure. We can help you with suggestions and arrangements to extend your stay.  For those who are not are free to travel, return to Portland


$3975/pp Double Occupancy / $700 single supplement (see deposit and payment details below)  YOU MAY LEAVE A DEPOSIT HERE

($150 discount for new PFA guests for deposits or full payment before 10/31/17. $250 loyalty discount for previous PFA International guests good if booked by 11/30/17.) Refundable $500 Deposit/pp holds spot to 10/30/17. Balance of 50% of cost of trip due by 12/1/17. Then, balance of full cost of trip due by 1/15/18. All payments made after 10/31/17 are non-refundable. Payments other than initial $500 deposit (fees added) may be made by check only.

Our trips include accommodations in a beautiful, 4-Star hotels, hotel taxes, buffet breakfast, all transfers to and from the airport.  In addition, all dining experiences cited in itinerary, and transportation to our excursions away from the city. They do NOT include airfare or trip insurance (can be purchased online), tips, mini-bar, incidentals and personal expenses.

We can help you with excursions before, during and after as well.

Ready? Contact or call 503 395-5900 to get more info or to book your spot(s). EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UNTIL 10/31/17! LIMITED AVAILABILITY for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

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