A Traditional Mexican Comida in the Campo

By Mary Norquist

San Miguel is famous for its cosmopolitan restaurants and beautiful colonial buildings, but there is another side to the area we rarely have the opportunity to experience: the campo (countryside). There are more than 500 small communities around SMA, and Mujeres en Cambio is inviting you to visit one of them for their third annual “Traditional Mexican Comida in the Campo.” Agustin Gonzales is located just 20 minutes from SMA, down the hill from the local Pyramid de la Virgin. The luncheon will be prepared by Mujeres’ own Las Rancheritas, Mexico’s only rug hookers. Not only are they expert craftswomen, but they are also fabulous cooks. They will be cooking up a storm for the lucky people who purchase tickets for this unique event.

Mujeres en Cambio presents
“A Traditional Mexican Comida in the Campo”
Thu, Jan 22, 2pm
Tickets: 250 pesos at La Conexion
(Aldama 3 and Café Monet)
and La Tienda, Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25
Meet at St. Paul’s Church
at 1:30 if you need a ride to this event

The luncheon will take place at their craft store located just outside the village on a bluff with a 360 degree view of the mountains, the presa, and SMA. Tables will be outside under tents so guests can enjoy the scenery as they indulge in the tasty repast. Tables will groan under the pots of puerco con chile, chile relleno, papas con queso, nopalitos, salad, carne guisada, homemade fire-cooked tortillas, three different salsas, and much, much more. Everything is made under strict sanitary conditions yet in the traditional way. You will never have this opportunity in any other place. In addition to the sumptuous food, there will be an opportunity to view and purchase the charming hooked rugs of Las Rancheritas and stone sculptures made by their husbands, at wholesale prices. Plus you will be able to meet the artisans. There will also be a raffle to add to the fun.

This is particularly special because we will also be celebrating Mujeres en Cambio’s 20th anniversary! Mujeres en Cambio, launched in 1995, originally supported the women in Augustin Gonzales and helped them establish a business which has blossomed into the Rancheritas Rug Hookers. These women wanted to do something for their daughters and asked for help from the original founders. Today Mujeres en Cambio supports 150 young women every year in secundaria, preparatoria, and university. We are an all-volunteer organization; 100 percent of the proceeds go toward funding scholarships.

Purchase your ticket early—this event sells out. Tickets are 250 pesos and are on sale at La Conexion, Aldama 3, Café Monet, and La Tienda at La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25.

On January 22, meet at Saint Paul’s Church at 1:30pm to carpool to the village. If you want to drive and have spare seats in your car, please come by St. Paul’s to pick up people who need rides. There will be a lead car for everyone to follow if you don’t know the way.


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