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Alto’s Carlos Garcia Will Be Featured In Apicius #23 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Apicius]

[Apicius]

News out of Spain this morning is a preview of who will be featured in the November issue of Spain’s biannual culinary journal, Apicius. Always on the hunt for cutting edge cuisine around the world, recent issues of the journal, which appear in May and November every year, have been looking more and more towards South America, featuring chefs like Virgilio Martínez, Gastón Acurio, and Alex Atala. Next month, Venezuela will get its first major mention in the magazine when Caracas-based chef Carlos Garcia, of Alto, gets a feature in the latest edition.

Garcia, who worked at both el Bullí and El Celler de Can Roca, has been advocating his country’s native ‘Criollo cuisine’ since opening Alto in 2007.  This year, Alto was once again voted as the best restaurant in Venezuela, and landed the number 28 position on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants.  According to Garcia, “[Venezuela’s] gastronomy is still a blank page, where there’s a lot left to write.”  Apicius #23 should make for good reading.  Get your subscription here

[image: Ruta Gastronómica]

Peruvian Tapas Week Hits Barcelona March 21 To 30

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Ruta Gastronómica]

[image: Ruta Gastronómica]

With a whole slew of Peruvian restaurants popping up across Spain, it seems that the leader in modern gastronomy has come down with Peruvian fever.  Virgilio Martínez and Gastón Acurio both presented at January’s edition of Madrid Fusión and, last month in Madrid, Quilombo tapas bar hosted an entire month dedicated to featured Peruvian-inspired tapas.  Could bacalao and paella slowly get replaced with lechón and ceviche?  Don’t plan on it.  However, if you’re in Barcelona at the end of March, you might want to take advantage of the ‘Ruta Gastronómica de Tapas Peruanas y Pisco Sour’ that will be taking place in Barcelona.

For its first edition, the gastronomic tour of bite-sized Peruvian dishes will incorporate ten different Peruvian restaurants across Barcelona, all offering a special menu that includes a tapa and Pisco sour for 5€.  As Peruvian fever spreads, this is a great chance for Barceleños to get an idea of what’s to come.  As in, expect a lot more Peruvian food to head in that direction sooner than later.  Provecho!

[image: Quilombo]

February Is Peruvian Tapas Month At Madrid’s Quilombo

[image: Quilombo]

[image: Quilombo]

Hot on the heels of a wildly successful Madrid Fusion at which Peru, Chile, and Bolivia got together to show off some true South American talent, one restaurant in Madrid is taking full advantage of the hot hot hype surrounding Peru right now, and giving the cuisine its moment in the spotlight.  Working directly with seven chefs from Peruvian restaurants around Madrid, the team at Quilombo is offering up Peruvian tapas all month long. 

Basically, it works like this:  each of the seven chefs have come up with a Peruvian-style tapa that will be available all month long at Quilombo for 5 euros.  Who’s cooking what?  Check out the list below.

 

 

 

 

 

Maribel Morales | Restaurante Alcalá Fusión | Ocopa Arequipeña
Luis Barrios | Restaurante Chincha |Causa Limeña and Boliyucas in Salsa Huancaína
Luis Arévalo | Kena | Mini Wagyu Hamburger with Anticucho Spice and Tomato-Keemuchi Sauce
Miguel Ángel Valdiviezo | Tampu | Bombita of Rice with Duck and Salsa Huancaína and Criolla
Miguel Ángel Valdiviezo | La Cevicuchería | Anticucho de Emperador with Maracuya and Ají Amarillo Sauce, Grilled Plantain, and Crispy Black Quinoa
Gustavo Fabián |  Tanta | Classic Cebiche

The seventh chef and dish aren’t listed, but aren’t you already drooling anyway?  Make your way to Quilombo.  The special is only this month.  [via El Comercio]