Gonzalo Guzman, Nopalito

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, followed by a book signing hosted by Book Passage.

Gonzalo Gonzalez Guzman is the chef/owner of Nopalito in San Francisco, California and author of “Nopalito ~ A Mexican Kitchen”. Nopalito is a vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen, celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing a philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Gonzalo was born in a small village in Veracruz, Mexico. He grew up working in the fields, cooking with his mother and helping support his family from a very young age. When Gonzalo was 14 he came to San Francisco to pursue a career in cooking. He started washing dishes at the infamous McArthur Park, and pretty quickly worked his way up in the kitchen, meeting Laurence Jossel along the way at Kokkari Estiatorio. After holding leadership positions at Chez Nous, Boulevard, and NOPA, Gonzalo and Laurence decided that it was time to open a restaurant where Gonzalo would not only be the chef, but a partner as well. In 2009, Gonzalo opened Nopalito on Broderick Street with partners Laurence and Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak. Three years later they opened their second location on Ninth Avenue near Golden Gate Park. Nopalito has been on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 since it opened and was featured on the Food Network in 2013. Aside from running two restaurants and a full-service catering program, Gonzalo regularly teaches cooking classes at the San Francisco Cooking School. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.