Can I make this trip easier for me and my group while still making a difference?

La Cocina was created to answer two major questions Amor faced. First was "How can Amor better serve our work groups?" and the second was "How can we better serve the communities we work alongside?". 

We know that having to set up a camp kitchen and cook meals for your group is definitely a labor of love. With everything it takes to provide meals for your people, just the shopping alone can be overwhelming and expensive.

La Cocina wants to make this experience as good as it can be and is honored to help sustain and nourish the groups that work so hard to serve. 

La Cocina gives hope and a fair wage to women and men in the local community. By having La Cocina serve your group, you not only get fed but you create a brighter future that empowers the men and women in the communities you build and provides beyond the house.  

 

Not Just Another Food Program

La Cocina is not just a food program you can add to your trip, but the philosophy of how Amor serves the groups that build & the families they build alongside.

We complete your cultural experience by partnering with you to provide traditional Mexican meals during your trip. By using La Cocina, your group helps empower and employ women and men in the local community by providing fair wage jobs and a positive work environment.

It really is Good Food Doing Good. 

La Cocina Details

What La Cocina Provides

For A Group
- ice water and Gatorade for camp and your build site
- coffee, lemonade, and hot water (for hot chocolate and tea)
- tables and chairs for meal times
- plates, cups, utensils, and napkins
- a complete cultural experience
- a safe environment to practice and learn Spanish
- pre scheduled opportunities to learn recipes or how to make fresh tortillas
 
For A Local Community
-We buy locally in each location to support local farmers and vendors and ensure the freshest food
-Fair wage jobs
-Experience to help provide a stepping stone to better jobs

 
A Typical Day's Menu
Breakfast
-Flour tortillas
-Eggs with vegetables
-chorizo sausage dish
-beans
-fresh fruit
-fresh salsa
-instant oatmeal packets
 
Lunch
-bread
-ham and cheese
-PB and J
-chips
-fruit
-granola bars
 
Pre-Dinner Snack
-Watermelon
-Cheese Nachos
 
Dinner
-corn tortillas
-Carne Asada Tacos (steak tacos)
-guacamole
-beans
-seasoned vegetables
-rice
-pasta salad (with select meals)
-salad
-dressing and sauces
-fresh salsa
 
Dessert
Arroz con leche (changes each meal)

FAQ's

How much does it cost?

- La Cocina is $25/person/day

How many people can you accommodate?

-La Cocina can accommodate groups up to 500 people.

What Amor locations offer La Cocina? 

-La Cocina is offered at any of our Mexico locations

Is the food safe to eat?

-The La Cocina staff is ServeSafe trained and the La Cocina Team Leader is ServeSafe Manager Certified. All food is prepared with the same care and safety standards you would find at your favorite restaurant

Do you accommodate food allergies?

-La Cocina will do our best to accommodate any food allergy and work with you when extreme cases are involved. Please make sure to let us know before your trip

Do you provide options for different dietary needs?

-We do. We will make sure you have healthy and nutritious Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free food options. Please make sure you let us know before your trip

Can I have tables and chairs set up at out camp instead of the main eating area? 

-We can have tables and chairs set up by your campsite. This is a first come, first serve request as tables and chairs are limited. Please let us know before your trip

Does La Cocina provide tents?

-We do and this is a first come, first serve request as tents are limited. For pricing and availability, please ask your trip advisor when you register your trip

How far in advance do we need to sign up for La Cocina?

- We prefer as soon as possible but need at least one week at minimum

What are the La Cocina serving hours?

- Breakfast is typically from 6 - 7:30 am. During breakfast you make your sack lunches and take them to your worksite. Dinner is typically from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. We are pretty flexible and can accommodate scheduling requests if stated in advance

What if I want La Cocina for just one or two meals, say on the last day?

-La Cocina is based on a per person, per day scale and therefore can accommodate one or two meals. We will discuss menu options with you if you are interested in this option. Please let us know before your trip

Do we need to bring our own plates, utensils & cups?

-We prefer you do not bring your own plates and utensils as we will provide those for you. However, to save on waste, we do prefer you use your personal water bottle. If that is not possible, cups are always provided

If my group is late coming off the worksite, can we still eat?

-Absolutely. We know these things arise. We will always make sure your group has food. In these cases we do ask that you communicate with us through your Amor field staff person on site with you

We have traditionally taken people that want to serve on these trips as our cooks. Can they still come and join the La Cocina team for the time we are there?

-Absolutely. They will get the opportunity to serve your group at meal times as well as get to know and learn from our amazing executive chef and her team. We offer opportunities to learn traditional recipes and how to make tortillas!

 

 

What People are Saying

"La Cocina has really impacted the cultural experience our group has when we come on our annual trip. We get to experience Mexico in a great new way!"
Kim, Indiana
"La Cocina has allowed family camp to spend more time around the dinner table together. We all get back from the work sites exhausted not looking forward to cooking. La Cocina has allowed us to relax, have fun, spend more time together, and enjoy really great food while we are at it!"
Amy, Texas
"We use La Cocina as an addition to our trip. We have them do a Carne Asada taco dinner for us on the last night of our trip so we can pack up the kitchen and be ready to leave in the morning. They are so flexible and working with their staff is a dream."
Jeff, California

The Amor Agreement

Our agreement to you and your group.

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Lead Locally

Local community leaders decide what needs in their community need help from outside sources. They know best.

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Resource Locally

Your money is spent in the local economy when we source building materials and food. Two houses built per week create 14 full time jobs.

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Participate Globally

Life-changers, like you, from around the world bring their resources together to expand their individual impact.

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Shared Accountability

Resources go to the people you want to impact. Amor has been a member of EFCA since 1993.

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Integrity

You will get the experience you expect to get or we'll make it right.

Experience La Cocina

  1. Talk with La Cocina
  2. Ask your Trip Advisor to add La Cocina to your trip
  3. Return to camp after a busy work day and enjoy!
  4. When you return home, recommend La Cocina to a friend.
  5. Try a La Cocina Recipe out on your own!

Talk with La Cocina

How do I bring the traditional flavors of Mexico home?

Download this recipe for the traditional Mexican meal, Puerco de Nopales. This recipe will have your family experiencing the tastes and textures unique to this beautiful country. Provecho!

 

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