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Chef Cesario Ruiz of My Mom’s Mole Unlocks the Sauce’s Mysteries

Cesario Ruiz demonstrates the art of making mole. Photo courtesy of My Mom's Mole.

Cesario Ruiz demonstrates the art of making mole. Photo courtesy of My Mom’s Mole.

This Saturday, Friends of Santa Cruz Parks—a not-for-profit organization devoted to sustaining local state parks and beaches—hosts its third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival in downtown Santa Cruz. Six competitors will prepare their versions of mole, vying for two honors: People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice. Mole, for those unfamiliar, is “like a Mexican curry,” explains Cesario Ruiz, the chef behind My Mom’s Mole and one of the festival’s contestants.

Mole, pronounced MOH-lay, is a general designation for a number of sauces used in Mexican cuisine. In the Aztec language Nahuatl, mōlli simply means “sauce.”

“Every region, and really every cook, has its own version,” says Ruiz. “It’s just a blend of spices and different ingredients.”

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