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Chicken and Samba with Alex Atala This Weekend (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Dalva e Dito]

[Dalva e Dito]

This weekend Alex Atala’s restaurant Dalva e Dito celebrates its fourth anniversary of its beloved galinhada, a night of samba with the hearty chicken stew. However it won’t be at the restaurant! As the event has grown in popularity, it has needed larger spaces to accommodate the people, music and food. This Saturday’s galinhada will be held in none other than at the samba school Vai-Vai, an 85 year old institution and this year’s Carnaval champion.  Also slated to perform are samba artists Edgar Pereira, Samba de Raiz, Nereu do Pandeiro and DJ Rodrigo Bento.

D.O.M. Barman Jean Ponce Is Leaving To Open A Cachaça Bar (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Rubens Kato / Divulgaçao]

[Rubens Kato / Divulgaçao]

D.O.M.’s barman Jean Ponce will be leaving Alex Atala’s restaurant at the end of the month for a new venture – a cachaça bar. A vocal enthusiast of the national liquor, Ponce is teaming up with fellow barman Fernando Lisboa (formerly of Admiral’s Place) to open their bar VII. Ponce revealed they aim to produce their own liquor, with the mighty goal of carrying 300 types of cachaça. With regard to his soon-to-be former workplace, Ponce tells Folha, “At D.O.M. I grew as a professional, I developed the idea of working with Brazilian ingredients, but I wanted to always have my own bar.”

‘Being Frank’ Does Brazil With Alex Atala (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Munchies / Being Frank]

[Munchies / Being Frank]

“Going to the market with Alex Atala is like going to the Vatican with the pope.”

Whether or not it was intentional, it seems that The Franks from New York City’s Frankie’s Spuntino have become the unofficial American ambassadors for Latin American cuisine. Having already shot a two-part episode highlighting some of the best (and most exotic cuisine) in Peru, now they’re back for more in Brazil. In the new episode of their web series Being Frank on Vice magazine’s Munchies channel, the two chef / connoisseurs head to São Paulo for a taste of Brazilian cuisine and culture with none other than Alex Atala.

Alex Atala’s Food is Culture Campaign Continues With New Video Plus Event This Sunday (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Alex Atala]

[Alex Atala]

Alex Atala continues with his Gastronomia É Cultura /  Eu Como Cultura (Gastronomy is Culture / I Eat Culture) campaign, recently posting on Instagram a video of fellow chefs, celebrities and friends who have posted their favorite Brazilian food with the hashtag #EuComoCultura. As we shared previously, Atala is pushing for the Brazilian government to recognize gastronomy as part of culture, which would qualify those in the industry to receive funding for special projects.

Celebrate And Eat Culture This Weekend With Alex Atala (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Catraca Livre]

[Catraca Livre]

As part of Alex Atala’s Eu Como Cultura campaign, his Instituto ATÁ is teaming up with the gastronomic fair O Mercado, art gallery Choque Cultural and online city guide Catraca Livre to bring this weekend’s event Gastronomia é Cultura que se Come (Gastronomy is Culture That is Eaten).

Alex Atala’s New Campaign: Food is Culture (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[ATÁ]

[ATÁ]

Feijoada, farofa, brigadeiro, malagueta pepper, acaí. These aren’t just foods or dishes of Brazil, but rather manifestations of Brazilian culture. And Alex Atala is on a mission to get Brazil to recognize this.

His Instituto Atá has launched a campaign called Gastronomia É Cultura / Eu Como Cultura (Gastronomy is Culture / I Eat Culture.) The campaign aims to collect 1 million signatures for a petition to push for bill 6562/13 that would legally recognize Brazilian gastronomy as culture.  This bill calls for gastronomy to be incorporated under the Rouanet Law, which provides tax incentives for corporations and individuals to fund cultural projects. The bill is currently under review at the Chamber of Deputies, but it needs a push for lawmakers to actually vote on it.

Watch Alex Atala and Fer Rivarola Educate BsAs During Cocina Sin Fronteras (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The Great Cuisine]

[The Great Cuisine]

Even if you haven’t had the privilege of attending one of the epic Cocina Sin Fronteras meals that Fer Rivarola and the team at El Baqueano put on every month in Buenos Aires, at least you have the team behind The Great Cuisine to make stunning videos that at least give you a glimpse inside the experience.  Back in July, Alex Atala returned for his second appearance within the series, though this time the dinner was for a much great cause.  July’s Cocina Sin Fronteras dinner was a benefit for Fundación Alfarcito, which aids farmers high up in the Andes.  Dinner was held at the Faena hotel, and the more than 100 guests were treated to a multi-course meal that they won’t soon forget.

In yet another installment from The Great Cuisine, watch as Atala talks about the importance of community during a press conference prior to the event, then work his charm and culinary magic for a star-studded room of guests.  With Cocina Sin Fronteras already gaining a good amount of international press, we’re expecting more dinners of this caliber for next year.  For now, we’ve got memories, and they’re damn good.