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[Master Chef Argentina]

Master Chef Argentina Season 2
Kicks Off With Tears 

[Laurent Lhomond]

Seeking A Horse With No Name
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The Best Peruvian Wines To
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[photo: Cerveza Promaucaes]

Zapata Imports Weekly Garage Sale

[photo: Zapata Imports]

[photo: Zapata Imports]

As part of their weekly sale to promote local craft beers, Zapata Imports Ltda., located at Victoria 1125, Santiago, will be offering Promaucaes beers at a discount.  This is part of a weekly Saturday event they’re be holding to promote the sale and consumption of various local brews.  Promaucaes creator and brewer Luis Jara will be on hand to talk to patrons about the beer, and perhaps even share a toast.  For Zapata, it offers the opportunity to reach out to new clientele of both the beer and the store, as well as those seasoned drinkers interested in a great deal.  More information via Zapata’s event page found here.  [via Zapata Imports Ltda.]

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[photo: Cuerovaca]

Cuerovaca Owner Wants to Revolutionize Restaurant Functionality

Juan Gabler, owner of Cuerovaca, the high-end steak house located in the Vitacura area of Santiago, along with two of his associates, hopes to revolutionize the way small restaurants function.  Their method of choice–Funfork–a new app that should be available for download within the next year.  If we understand correctly, the program will give small to medium-sized restaurant owners the ability to move away from pen and paper by bringing things like reservations, inventory, contacting purveyors and even controlling music in the restaurant together in one app.  The basic app is free and will give users the basic needs to run their business.  From there, users will be able to buy add-ons ranging from $2 to $20 US.  Also, because the app is cloud-based, restaurants apparently won’t have to pay for services that might otherwise charge a large premium and require larger computers.  They claim a restaurant would only need a tablet to suffice all of their needs.  Needless to say, we’ll be interested to see how this app plays out.  Stay tuned for more.  [via Mostos y Destilados]

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How to: Read Chilean Wine Labels

Blogger Jillian Beard has come up with a great series for reading and interpreting wine labels from various countries.  Even though Chilean wine labels are most often in Spanish, this guide offers a good lesson in understanding these world class wines’ origins.  Other countries included in her guides include Spain, New Zealand, France and the Us.  Find her guide here. [via jillianbeard]

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[photo: Chef del Maule]

8th Annual National Soup Fest in Curicó

[photo: Chef del Maule]

[photo: Chef del Maule]

May 17, 18, and 19 will play host to the 8th annual celebration of national and regional “caldillos” and “cazuelas” (broths and soups).  It may not sound as prestigious as a festival like Ñam, which brought together culinary talent from around the world, but the festival does aim to bring about awareness of national dishes, a running theme in many events held in Chile.  Over 25 different types of soup and broth will be available in Curicó’s Plaza de Armas.  The event is assembled and sponsored by Chef del Maule, an assembly of chefs and gastronomic professionals from the Maule region of Chile focused on maintaining and strengthening awareness of these national dishes.  There will also be artisan goods on hand, another main tenet of the group’s mission.  With fall settling in and the cold only getting colder, the festival will provide a delicious means of warming up.  Much more can be found on the festival’s Facebook page as well.  [via Chef del Maule]

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[photo: James Beard]

James Beard 2013

[photo: James Beard]

[photo: James Beard]

The 2013 James Beard award winners have been announced, and it’s a pretty tame list in terms of names we haven’t heard before.  David Chang is pretty much running the culinary world at this point and Stephanie Izard, long past her Top Chef win, is killing it with her Girl and the Goat.  Danny Bowien also seems to be turning his punk cum chef approach into a small fortune as well.  Eater has the full list here.  [via Eater]

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[photo: Coquinaria]

Win Mother’s Day Brunch at Coquinaria

[photo: Coquinaria]

[photo: Coquinaria]

Coquinaria, Providencia’s store for gourmet foods and delicious lunches, is giving away tickets to their Mother’s Day brunch.  All you have to do is answer the question, “What Coquinaria flavors remind you of your mom?”  Entries must be submitted by this Thursday, May 10th.  The contest is open to fans of the Coquinaria Facebook page.  I think your mom would love it.  [via Coquinaria]

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TONIGHT!! Providencia “Spanglish” Party

For all of you Spanglish speakers looking either to improve your “Span-” or your “-glish,” tomorrow night (and every Tuesday for that matter) is your chance.  The Facebook group Spanglish Party is having their weekly edition of the event at Café del Patio, located at Providencia 1670, local 8, 2nd floor.  The closest metro stop is Pedro de Valdivia.  The event is free and happy hour runs until 9 pm, including $1500 CLP Pisco Sours.  The goal of the event is to bring together Spanish and English speakers in a fun, relaxed environment to practice their non-native tongue.  Check back here weekly for the new location.  [via Spanglish Party]

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Hot! … Boragó and Canela Patisserie to Cook Joint Dessert “Meal”

This, literally just in from Canela Patisserie’s Twitter feed, a joint celebration of the bakery’s one year anniversary featuring endemic Chilean desserts from Boragó’s Rodolfo Guzman and treats from Canela Patisserie.  The meal will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 8:30 pm.  Reservations can be made at contacto@canelapatisserie.cl.  Damn.  www.canelapatisserie.cl [via Canela Patisserie]

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