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Where To Eat Now: The Caracas Essentials

By Maria Luisa Rios
Maria Luisa Rios is a native Venezuelan, food lover, and author of Mil Sabores.  When she’s not giving food tours to eager food lovers like herself, she’s at home creating classic Venezuelan creations in her home kitchen.

Where To Eat Caracas

 

With such a diverse climate and various growing regions scattered throughout the country, Venezuelan cuisine has the potential to become one of the best on the planet.  Even though tourism in Caracas may be tricky these days, they still have a vibrant restaurant scene, and celebrate the fruits of the land in traditional dishes, and a blend of cultures.  If you do happen to be a tourist, or just in town for business, we’ve selected a crop of restaurants that aren’t to be missed, especially if you want a true taste of Venezuela.  From high-end cuisine at Alto to a taste of grandma’s cooking, these are the essential Caracas restaurants.

Fer Rivarola Headlines Pasión Gourmet In Caracas August 8 – 10 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Juana La Loca]

[Juana La Loca]

Although the latest traveling version of Cocina Sin Fronteras may have taken place last night at Alto in Caracas, El Baqueano chef Fer Rivarola isn’t stopping there.  This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 8 to 10, he’ll be taking over the stoves at Juana La Loca for the latest in the Pasión Gourmet series.  A similar idea to Cocina Sin Fronteras, in which local ingredients are combined with those that, in this case, Rivarola has brought from home, the flavors of Venezuela and Argentina will meld for three nights only.

Pasión Gourmet will take place at Juana La Loca, located in the recently-opened Isabel La Católica Boutique hotel in Caracas.  Reservations for the dinners can be made by contacting the hotel at info@hotelisabellacatolica.com or by calling 0295 935.01.92.  Don’t miss out on this three-night-only event.  [via El Universal]

Cocina Sin Fronteras Is Back On The Road In Venezuela (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

ferrivarolaBuenos Aires chef and founder of the Cocina Sin Fronteras dinner series Fer Rivarola and his wife Gabriela are once again taking the show on the road, this time in Venezuela.  Tomorrow, August 5, residents of Caracas will have the chance to taste a one-night-meal as prepared by Rivarola and Alto chef Carlos García.  The two will go course for course in an eight-course meal that will bring together Rivarola’s new approach to Argentine cuisine with the native flavors of García’s Venezuela for an unforgettable taste of South America from top to bottom.  Dinner will take place Tuesday, August 5 at restaurant Alto in Caracas.  Reservations can be made calling Alto at 0424-2828792.  Provecho! 

Alto Chef Carlos García Cooks From Memory. Watch And Get A Taste. (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Alto]

[Alto]

Back in April at Santiago’s largest food festival Ñam, Venezuelan chef Carlos García took to the stage to talk about memory.  He was one of the chefs during the festival who most embodied this year’s theme, “¿De qué sabe tu memoria?” (What do your memories taste like?).  His presentation focused largely on talking of his childhood, the plates that his mother, grandmother, and aunts would cook, and how his experiences in the kitchens of great chefs around the world have shaped his cooking today.  In a video that’s less about the technical cooking process and largely about the bulk of memories that have shaped García’s career, get at least a small taste of what you might expect when you head to his Venezuelan headquarters, Alto.  Don’t worry, there’s some good looking plates of food, too.

Venezuela Gastronómica Lands In Mérida July 21 to 25 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

From July 21 to 25, the city of Mérida, Venezuela will be turned into the gastronomic hub of Venezuela, when the event that unites some of the country’s best chefs with producers and the public, Venezuela Gastronómica, takes over.  Over the course of the five days, there will be chats, forums, live cooking demonstrations, and on the final two nights, celebratory dinners that will showcase Venezuela’s leading culinary talent.  This will be the second time that Mérida plays host to the festival.

Not simply a festival, Venezuela Gastronómica will be an interactive experience for all in attendance.  For a complete list of scheduled events during the festival, have a look at the calendar.  To reserve your entry into the festival, or to see the lineup for the two closing dinners that will be held on July 24 and 25, visit the event’s website for complete information.