Good news for all you vegetarians out there (plus just those who enjoy vegetables): El Centro de la Raza is now holding vegetarian tamale classes as well as its more meat-friendly ones. The price may seem a bit steep, but it's worth it: the cost not only includes the recipe, the class and one dozen uncooked tamales, but also benefits the center's Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program, which offers a variety of services to senior citizens on a daily and weekly basis.
They add: "The class focuses on the traditional preparation of two types of authentic veggie tamales: Cheese & Jalapenos and Vegan Mole and Potato wrapped in banana leaf. The tamales are prepared in the handmade and traditional fashion using cultural ingredients. You'll also enjoy a brief presentation of the history of tamales."