A McCormick & Co. culinary expert will be on hand Saturday at the spice maker's Inner Harbor store to whip up Mexican cuisine for Cinco de Mayo.

McCormick World of Flavors is planning two cooking demonstrations, one at noon featuring Mexican Corn Salad and another at 1 p.m. featuring Tinga de Pollo.

Leslie Speckart, McCormick Kitchens' culinary expert, will demonstrate the dishes and answer questions in English and Spanish to help shoppers plan menus for Cinco de Mayo parties.

McCormick's shop at Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion, the company's first retail venture, opened last summer. The company hopes to use the retail outlet to boost awareness of the McCormick brand and history.

The store offers grilling marinades, international spices, grilling, baking and cooking products and interactive displays such as "Guess That Spice."

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com