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Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (PO / ES)

By Patrick Hieger

COMO SUR 2014 AWARDS GOLD

Leading up to the Como Sur Best of 2014 awards we talked with experts throughout South America to get their votes for who should be included in the voting. We looked for trend setters, shining stars, new restaurants that have everybody talking, and more of the best that this continent continues to create. We had more than double the votes of last year, and a lot more people excited to take part in making sure that their city, their country, their continent had its time to shine. Many came out to vote, and the results were unexpected.

Have A Look At What That Beach Getaway Will Cost You (ES)

By Majo Lois

[El País]

[El País]

Not all resorts are priced equally

Even though the beach resorts in the east end of Uruguay and those on the Atlantic coast of Argentina are full of culinary events, some attendees comment that the audience is basically meant to be European, North American, or South Americans with a lot of expendable income. Argentina’s middle class, for example, that have habitually returned to Punta del Este and the other beachside hot spots for years have gotten creative when it comes to lowering costs, particularly in terms of food costs.  Stocking up in the small towns outside of the resort areas, where Uruguayans shop year round, is one option. Cooking at home with friends and keeping tabs on how often they go out is another. And, obviously, comparing prices and making educated decisions about what to eat and where.

Spend Luxe Weekends In January With PDE Food and Wine (ES)

By Majo Lois

[PDEFW]

[PDEFW]

Back for another summer edition, La Susana and the Hotel Fasano have been chosen as the spaces where, for the upcoming weekends in January, the Punta Del Este Food And Wine Festival will bring together chefs and hungry diners looking for top notch gastronomy experiences. Amongst the participants in these weekends is Marcelo Betancourt, a regular at the festival and an expert at recreating classic dishes like pascualina. Soledad Nardelli, from Argentina, who owns Chila, will cook her cuisine that pays respect to the origins of the raw products.  And Ben Ford, the North American chef who also pays homage to the land (and happens to be Harrison Ford’s son), will also be on hand.  

The Como Sur Best Of 2014 Awards: Voting Starts Now

By Patrick Hieger

Como Sur 2014 Awards Logo RedIt’s hard to believe that another year has passed. It’s even harder to believe that so many incredible things happened this past year. New restaurants opened. Big events got bigger. Loads of new cookbooks came out. And we got to eat so much incredible food. Yes, 2014 was an incredible year for South America and its cuisine, and we want to recognize the countries that made it great.

As of today, we’re opening the voting for the Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards. And there is a lot to choose from. Not only were we able to broaden the awards this year to cover each of the countries we focus on, but we were able to include various categories in each. We’ve got books from Brazil, new restaurants in Bolivia, events, chefs, and more.  So it’s time for you to vote.

The survey below passes through the countries that we regularly focus on, with categories for each.  At the end,  you’ll find categories for the overall continent. There’s a lot to choose from. Happy voting!

Master Chef Brazil’s Paola Carosella To Cook At Trocca’s Jose Ignacio Hotspot (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Veja SP]

[Veja SP]

Carosella is the first of many surprises for this summer in José Ignacio

Argentine chef Paola Carosella, who has resided in Brazil since 2001 and has been one of the stars on Master Chef Brazil, will visit Fernando Trocca’s Mostrador Santa Teresita next week.  Per Trocca, through the various social media outlets he manages, the idea this summer is to surprise diners with thematic days or visits from his chef friends, as will be the case next week.  

Argentina’s Best Take Over The Streets Of José Ignacio January 14 (ES)

By Majo Lois

10 manos B

[Sabores Que Matan]

The dinner will feature Mauro Colagreco of France’s Michelin-starred Mirazur

Taking full advantage of the fabulous summer crowds making their way to some of the best beaches in South America, next week seven of Argentina’s top chefs will take over the main drag in José Ignacio, Uruguay, for a not-to-be-missed, one night only dinner.  On Wednesday, January 14, Mauro Colagreco, Narda Lepes, Fernando Trocca, Darío Gualtieri , Germán Martitegui, Florencia Courreges y Juan Pablo Clerici will come together for a “dinner by 14 hands”.  Only 70 seats are available, so be sure and reserve now.  

Uruguay’s President Had Christmas Dinner With The Sick, Needy, and Elderly (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Subrayado]

[Subrayado]

Since Pepe Mujica became president, every December 24 the presidential residency has hosted a great cook out.  No other president has done it, and it has become a classic.  This year, President Mujica invited patients from the Taller Sala 12 from the Psychiatric Hospital Vilardebó, 500 children from the Instituto del Niño y Adolescente, and older adults from various senior homes.

Taste Food Experience Is Tonight In Manantiales (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Taste Citi]

[Taste Citi]

Everything is ready for the start of the season at the most posh beachside hangouts in Uruguay.  Big culinary events, most often sponsored by big brands, are starting to take place and tonight is the time for Taste Food Experience, where various Argentine cooks will do a culinary tour of various restaurants, all located in the Mantantiales zone of José Ignacio.  Juliana Lopez May, Fernando Trocca and Pablo Massey, amongst other cooks, have created special menus that take advantage of the oceans and fruits of the season.