Enjoy the Dallas Farmers Market Cooking Class with Chef Anastacia Quinones this Saturday, July 21. The class is from 1:30 to 1:00 with doors opening at 11am.
Anastacia Quiñones was born and raised in Dallas, TX. Growing up, her mother was a part-time caterer. She grew more intrigued with cooking and knew if she wanted to make it a career she was going to have to study. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Anastacia traveled to San Francisco, California. Working under the Two Michelin Star recipient, Chef Laurent Manrique, Anastacia almost immediately learned French cuisine would be the base for all of her future cooking.
As she began seeking greater challenges she embarked on a Chef de Partie position for which she now considers her mentor, Traci De Jardin. At Jardinière, she not only refined her palette but discovered her love for sustainable, local and seasonal product.
When she moved back to Dallas in 2008, she found balance between California cuisine and Dallas fare with Consilient Group. What began as a part time line cook position quickly turned into a full time Sous Chef position at Victor Tangos. After nearly 3 years at Victor Tangos, Chef Quiñones was tasked to open Alma under Chef Michael Brown, an understudy of Rick Bayless. After Brown’s departure, Quiñones was promoted to
Executive Chef. Prior to its untimely closure in 2010, Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner, was to name Alma as best restaurant in Dallas.
In celebration of Komali’s first wonderful year, Chef Anastacia Quiñones was introduced as Executive Chef, bringing beautiful Contemporary Mexican dishes in order to complement Komali’s already successful menu.
Since then, Anastacia left the industry to focus on her daughter, but realized cooking was her true passion. She returned after winning the Exec chef position at Kitchen LTO in Trinity Groves. After LTO, she was offered a position at Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District to revamp a new dinner menu after being known as a brunch spot for many years.
In 2018, she joined forces with longtime restaurateur Monica Greene and bartender extraordinaire Leann Berry. The three, now known as the “trifecta”, re-opened the Cedars Social and are reintroducing Modern Mexican to Dallas. Click Here to Buy Tickets For This Class, $25 per Class in Advance, $30 at the door. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early.