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Puerto Vallarta Food Alone is Worth the Trip

An email landed in my inbox offering what sounded like a fun night learning how to prepare Puerto Vallarta food–in Chicago. What I thought was going to be a fun little cooking-class-style evening turned out to be a full-blown vacation for my palette. My best buddy, and expert in all things food, Kit, and I attended this event thanks to the wonderful people who work for the Puerto Vallarta Travel Board. As the hashtag, #PuertoVallartaIsForFoodies suggests, this evening was meant to raise awareness for more than just their gorgeous geography. Tasting the food from Puerto Vallarta is enough to inspire your next vacation.

Puerto Vallarta Food Alone is Worth the Trip

Puerto Vallarta Food

Upon arriving at The Chopping Block, located in the infamous Chicago Merchandise Mart, Kit and I knew this wasn’t what we were expecting. Numerous tables faced a beautiful mirrored wall where we would watch award-winning, Chef Nacho Cadena prepare several dishes for us to devour.

Go ahead, take a gander at a few of my tweets as these dishes landed in front of me:

Such beautiful colors and flavors on every plate. Each bite is an experience.

Chef Nacho Cadena is a gem. His relationship with food starts at the source. As a fisherman, diver, and farmer, he embraces the full journey of each ingredient and knows how to capture every flavor–delivering it to your mouth via the most beautiful spreads. He’ll even serve you himself.

Puerto Vallarta Food Alone is Worth the Trip

Puerto Vallarta Food Alone is Worth the Trip

He also acknowledged every member of his team as if they were family–granted one or two were–but his regard for the human spirit was overflowing. To him, food is about people, culture, life, and beauty. It’s art. He spoke about his home with such vigor and passion; it was as if it were right outside the glass windows.

Puerto Vallarta Food Alone is Worth the Trip

Puerto Vallarta – 100th Anniversary

Puerto Vallarta is celebrating its 100th year as a city! As a destination that relies solely on tourism for its economy, the people are ready to welcome you. The hotels have been expanding, and the people can’t wait to see you. Immerse yourself in all that is Mexican culture, color, and flavor.

I’ve been to the east coast of Mexico more times than I can count. I cannot wait to experience the richness of the west. If you’re planning your trip, make sure you’re prepared. Check out this list of 14 things to bring on your vacation in Mexico.

Find out more about Puerto Vallarta and their upcoming celebrations at!

Kathy Eyre

Saturday 24th of November 2018

The food was great, but walking it off and looking at the beautiful architecture was incredible!! I hope to be back soon.


Saturday 25th of November 2017

Wow, the food looks so delicious and I bet the experience was awesome! Heck, who wouldn't want to experience the Puerto Vallarta, glad you guys had a great time!


Saturday 25th of November 2017

This event sounded so fun- I wish it would have worked with my schedule (especially seeing all of the delicious food -and good company- I missed)! Adding Puerto Vallarta to my travel bucket list :)


Saturday 25th of November 2017

Oh yum. Here it is just 9:30 in the morning and your photos are making me hungry. Good thing PV isn't within walking distance or I'd be on my way!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All

Friday 24th of November 2017

I've never been to Puerto Vallarta and the region is on my travel bucket list. It sounds like there's lots of flavorful food, and it all looks so colorful.

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