Como Sur | South American Gastronomy

[Master Chef Argentina]

Master Chef Argentina Season 2
Kicks Off With Tears 

[Laurent Lhomond]

Seeking A Horse With No Name
In Colombia's Tatacoa Desert

[Maribel Rivero]

The Best Peruvian Wines To
Accompany A Gastro-Tour

Lima Food Week Begins Monday, March 16 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Lima Food Week]

[Lima Food Week]

Just as the first-ever Santiago Dining Week comes to a close this Sunday, the first edition of Lima Food Week will begin on Monday. Just like the Santiago version, Lima Food Week is being sponsored by Restorando, the online reservations platform that is taking hold across Latin America. Although this isn’t the first ‘restaurant week’ in Lima, with a sponsorship that spans several countries, it could easily become the best. 

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Virgilio Martínez Will Open Nos, A Casual Concept, Later This Year In Lima (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nancy Chappell / Restrogrupo]

[Nancy Chappell / Restrogrupo]

Although we’ve already seen what Virgilio Martínez can do with Peruvian ingredients outside of his native Lima, earning a Michelin star for his beloved Lima London, later this year we’ll get a taste of his casual cooking. Nos, he told El Comercio, speaking of his forthcoming casual project, is “what I’ve always wanted to do in Lima. Something ultra super casual, fun and spontaneous, that opens all day.” The new restaurant, which Martínez says will be completely different from the food at both Central and both of his London restaurants, is set to open some time in May or June. 

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Protests Are Brewing In Bogotá’s Zona G(ourmet) Over A Proposed Pedestrian Area (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The City Paper / Richard Emblin]

[The City Paper / Richard Emblin]

Although known by locals and tourists alike as one of the must-visit sectors of Bogotá, Zona G, otherwise known as Zona Gourmet, is at the center of a heated protest over a proposed pedestrian walkway. The new bill, being dubbed an “intervention,” was proposed by local mayor Mauricio Jaramillo, whose term ends later this year. At a cost of nearly $1.5 million US, the entire project would cover less than two blocks, and would add exponentially to the gridlock and noise problems that already plague the area. 

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Mistura Will Return To The Center Of Lima In September (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Mistura]

[Mistura]

After two years on the lower stretches of Lima’s coast, spread out over a massive field featuring the best in Peruvian cuisine and culture, Mistura will once again return to the center of the city for this, its eighth year. In a note released earlier today, Mistura’s organizers, APEGA stated that the festival “returns after three editions to the point most central and historically designed to exhibit Peru.” Additionally, dates were given for this year’s festival, which will take place September 4 to 13, though without the Latin America’s 50 Best Awards, which have been moved to Mexico City. 

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Tomo Sur: Fresh, Easy-Drinking Wines Are Trending Now (ES)

Maria Claudia Eraso is a sommelier living in Lima, Peru. Originally from Mendoza, Argentina, she is the co-author of Dos Mujeres y Cientos de Vinos. Currently, she is the Director of Content for Almendariz News and Wine magazine and Vivanda magazine. Always eager to talk about wine, today she gives us some insight into the wines that are trending across Latin America.  

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

By Maria Claudia Eraso

Since the beginning of the 2000’s, the words “varietal” and “barrel” have become the talking points in the Latin wine market; wines appeared to be competing in a category that wasn’t legislated by a governing body, and hadn’t previously been explored by anyone. It was the category of the explosion of grapes, the exploration of aromatic descriptors of both the barrel and the grape. The most common questions were, How many months does it pass in a new barrel? How much aging did this wine have? What level of alcohol did it reach?

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Peru Pa’Ti Brings The Best Of Peru To The Center Of Lima

By Maribel Rivero

[Maribel Rivero]

[Maribel Rivero]

Lima continues to progress and revolutionize their dining scene, from high-end to very approachable. Taking advantage of the continued growth, chef and restaurateur Jaime Pesaque of Mayta, and chef Renato Peralto have combined their talents to present a one of kind Peruvian eatery, artisanal, and specialty food market called Peru Pa’Ti.  It’s hard to miss the prominent, purple colored house, located at Armendariz 546 in Miraflores.

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What’s Going On

Bacio Di Latte | São Paulo, Brazil [Laurent Lhomond]

Bacio Di Latte | São Paulo, Brazil [Laurent Lhomond]

Confirman Denominación de Origen Para Vinos Del Valle del Itata [Andes Wines]
The Rise of Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon [Decanter]
A Comer Pescado [Educación en Red]
Yes, Processed Food ‘Makes’ Us Fat [Forbes]
What To Eat For Breakfast In Each Latin American Country [Select Latin America]
5 Food Industry Jobs We Covet [Outside]
The 22 Richest Booze Billionaires In The World [Vine Pair]
The Big Fresh Food Con [The Independent]
These Are The Most Common Causes Of Food Poisoning [FWx]
Chef Virgilio Martínez Takes Peruvian Cuisine To New Heights [WSJ]

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Lima’s Majo Jordan Will Represent Lat Am At San Pellegrino’s Young Chef 2015 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Fine Dining Lovers / San Pellegrino]

[Fine Dining Lovers / San Pellegrino]

As we reported yesterday, a panel of well-known Latin American chefs, which included Alex Atala, Jorge Vallejo, and Mitsuharu Tsumura, were on hand in São Paulo to choose a finalist from Latin America to represent the region later this year as part of San Pellegrino’s Young Chef 2015 challenge. Ten different competitors from Peru, Mexico, and Brazil squared off for the title, having already won one of the ten coveted semi-finalist spaces last month. In the end, it was pastry chef Majo Jordan, of the highly-acclaimed Amaz in Lima, who will represent Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean

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