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Peruvian Cuisine Apparently Big In Springfield, Missouri

[image: Cafe Cusco]

[image: Cafe Cusco]

There’s a fair chance that many of the people reading this have never heard of Springfield, Missouri, let alone know where it is.  Think of a small city where you live, and put a university there.  That’s Springfield in a nutshell.  And apparently Peruvian cuisine is catching on there.  In a recent review in local magazine 417, writer Katie Pollock Estes says of Cafe Cusco, “We’ll definitely be back.”  If she hasn’t been to Peru yet, she doesn’t even know the half of it.

And that’s it.  Peru is taking over.  Country by country.  Little by little.  Needless to say, it’s an incredible time to be in South America, watching this international takeover happen.  South America isn’t next.  It’s now.  You ready?  [via Peru This Week]

[photo: Peru 21 / David Vexelman]

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino: “In My Cooking I Try To Show Peru”

[photo: Peru 21 / David Vexelman]

[photo: Peru 21 / David Vexelman]

Though it can often seem that there are only two chefs working in Peru, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s influence on the country’s culinary landscape is undeniable.  His flagship restaurant Malabar was recently voted number seven on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, and his more casual Ámaz, which focuses on showing the best that Peru’s Amazon cuisine has to offer, is gaining quite a bit of attention.  In this interview with Peru 21, Schiaffino talks about his dislike for a ‘comfort zone’ and how he’d like to remove diners from theirs. “What I do in Ámaz and Malabar is communicate what Peru is and what it has, its flavors and its resources, in a simple manner.”  Well said, chef.  [via Peru 21]

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Gastón Acurio Isn’t Slowing His Empire’s Expansion

[photo: Como Sur]

[photo: Como Sur]

Fresh off Gastón Acurio’s Facebook page, the chef is going to be opening / reopening six restaurants by February of 2014.  This comes hot on the heels of his newly inaugurated Tanta Chicago, which was recently awarded as one of the best new openings of 2013.  Where’s he headed next?  Well, read the full post below, but he’s certainly not just focused on Peru.  Lima is getting a new Tanta and Acurio’s flagship, Astrid y Gastón, is moving to its new location, but Miami, Buenos Aires, and Guayaquil, Ecuador are on the list as well.  Look out Tex Mex.  Peru’s coming for you.

Próximas inauguraciones.

Ultima semana de Octubre. Tanta, Larco mar.
En un hermoso local con vista a lal indisima bahía de lima, un tanta lleno de esos mundos dulces y salados que lo caracterizan.

Primera semana de noviembre. Tanta Guayaquil.
En un hermoso espacio, un tanta como el que encontramos en los distintos distritos de Lima.

Segunda semana de Diciembre.- La mar Miami.
En el famoso hotel mandarin oriental, con una hermosa terraza sobre el mar, La mar llega finalmente a Miami con un agradecimiento muy grande a una comunidad peruana que en los últimos años ha hecho de la cocina peruana en Miami, un hit.

Primera semana enero.- Papachos Cusco.
En la plaza de armas, un rincón joven que celebra la reivindicación de las hamburguesas hechas con productos ecológicos, creatividad y artesanalmente. Un hermoso point travieso y juguetón, para todos los jóvenes de espíritu de mundo.

Primera semana de febrero.- La mar Buenos Aires.
En el corazón de palermo, en una inmensa terraza de palmeras, un lindo la mar con barra de cebiches, barra de piscos, musica y alegria a la peruana.

Segunda semana de Febrero. – Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra.
En febrero, luego de 20 años, Astrid y gaston se muda a la casa hacienda moreyra. Restaurada pacientemente durante dos años, la casa acogerá el inicio de una nueva etapa de creatividad sin limites dialogando con los tesoros del Peru.
Vienen para la ocasión colegas cocineros de todo el mundo a celebrar el inicio de esta nueva etapa.

Todos , proyectos liderados por jovenes peruanos llenos de pasion, orgullo, creatividad y compromiso.

 

[via Gastón Acurio]

[image: Siuvapisquera]

2nd National Wine And Pisco Symposium This Week In Peru

[image: Siuvapisquera]

[image: Siuvapisquera]

From September 25 to 28, the town of Cañete, Peru, will host the 2nd National Wine and Pisco Grape Symposium, which will bring together grape growers from Peru, Chile, Argentina, and even Spain.  While the symposium will bring together growers equally focused on wine and pisco, a major facet of the the event will be the promotion of pisco on a world scale.  A host of international chemists, growers and other experts will be on hand for the festival, discussing everything from best growing practices to technology.  For more information, or to register, visit www.siuvapisquera.pe.  Salud!  [via Siuvapisquera]