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Getting A Taste Of Holm In Santiago

By Renea Bartlett

[Renea Bartlett]

[Renea Bartlett]

The only thing small about Holm is the size of the bathroom. Beyond that, everything is BIG —  big flavor and bigger plates. During the week, this emerging hot spot in Providencia serves fresh salads and sandwiches as well as signature smoothies and juice blends. On the weekends, however, patrons flock to Holm for one reason only: brunch.

A native of Denmark, Victor Holm has learned a thing or two about creating successful restaurant ventures. Initially working as an agent placing chefs in his home country, he later opened his own seaside restaurant in Goa, India. While that was as exciting and adventurous as it sounds, the downside was the seasonal nature of the revenues. Holm learned that he needed a restaurant in a city that would generate consistent, year-round profits. Knowing that the well-established food scene in western Europe is competitive and requires deep pockets, Holm turned to South America and searched for a city with an emerging food scene. He wanted a place where his efforts could make a significant effort in the local market.

Somos Todos Providencia: Getting Back To Normal In Santiago’s Central Neighborhood (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Horno Feroz]

[Horno Feroz]

The past few months have been a dark stain on Santiago’s Providencia neighborhood.  A new set of restrictions placed on bars, clubs, restaurants, and liquor stores back in September by new mayor Josefina Errazuríz sent sales into a tail spin and left some business owners wondering how they were going to survive.  Famed restaurant owner Marcelo Cicali, of Liguria, was outspoken in his distaste of the new policies, and became somewhat of a voice for the community in their fight to return things back to how they had been.  Turns out, it worked.

Six Of Chile’s Best Unite For Charity This Saturday At Santiago’s Vega Central (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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This Saturday, what will undoubtedly go down as one of the most epic meals ever created in Chile will take place at Santiago’s Vega Central, when six of the country’s leading restaurants come together for one great cause.  Before we say anything else, we’ll say this:  get your tickets now, because this is going to sell out fast.

The kitchens from 99, Boragó, Alegre, Ambrosia, Osaka, and D.O., which includes chefs and judges from Top Chef, the recipient of a Michelin Star, and three of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, are coming together for a one-afternoon-only meal to support the Escuela Básica Santa Teresa de Carmelo.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Proceeds from the event will go to help the school build a garden, giving students healthier, more nutritious meals.  As diners, those in attendance will take part in a never-before-seen lineup of the best cooks in Chile.  No, really.  Get those tickets.

Pig Vicious, El Colectivo’s Grand Premiere, In Photos (ES)

By Catie Brandl

[El Colectivo]

[El Colectivo]

Last Friday, Santiago’s newest culinary collective that wants to shake up the local dining scene, El Colectivo, had their grand premiere party at Matcuana 100.  Dubbed Pig Vicious, the seven-course dinner was a monstrous display of delicious pig creations all accompanied with wine from Santiago Wine Club, and beer from Colectivo member Ben Wood’s Beervana. El Coletivo’s idea was to create dishes using different parts of the pig, all sourced from small Chilean farms, that are often disregarded, and the use of Chilean ingredients that aren’t normally combined with pork, such as clams and fruit.  Some of the stand outs were blood sausage topped with an apple and cucumber relish, an eight-hour porchetta, skin and all, and a slow roasted, sweet-glazed pig’s tail.

Boragó Gets #48 On WBPStars’ World’s 60 Best Restaurants List (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Star Chefs]

[photo: Star Chefs]

For those of you that weren’t satisfied with the list released earlier this year of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, website wbpstars.com has a new, 60-spot list, with a whole bunch of different names and ten more spots. Per the site, “the restaurants are revisited and the list is updated on a regular basis.”  And on the latest incarnation of the list, Chilean hot-spot Boragó comes in as the only representative of Latin America, beating out other notables like Central, Astrid y Gastón, and D.O.M.  The visits are apparently done by a seasoned group of inspectors who have visited more than 2,500 restaurants, which means they either haven’t eaten at what is currently considered among the top 10 or 20 restaurants in the world, or their opinions vary drastically from those of the World’s 50 Best judges.  Either way, the inclusion of Boragó on the list gives credence to the continued work that Rodolfo Guzmán and his team continue to put out in the far reaches of South America.  

And The Winner Of The First-Ever Top Chef Chile Is…

By Doris Bravo

Sadly, our in-house pop culture expert Doris Bravo is back with her final installment of her Top Chef Chile weekly reviews.  It’s been one hell of a ride for all the contestants involved, though for Doris’ blood pressure, it might be good that the first-ever season has come to an end.  We’re already looking forward to next season.  For now, get Doris’ take on the finale, and a strong win for the ladies.  Game-changer, folks. 

[TVN]

[TVN]

For numerous reasons I can’t address in this review, pre-Columbian culture in Chile is not as palpable as it is among our neighbors (Peru, Bolivia, etc.) The indigenous communities that survived the Conquest have been pushed to the margins of society while historic groups are a faint memory in the national psyche. Last night’s extravagant finale of Top Chef Chile awkwardly mimicked a sacrificial ceremony, or rather, what Hollywood would’ve crafted had the Indiana Jones franchise ever come to Latin America.

Drool Worthy: Watch Chile’s Marraqueta In All Its Soft, Crusty Glory (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Pebre]

[Pebre]

As part of their ongoing mission to promote and discover the best of Chilean gastronomy, Pebre has gone ahead and started a video series called Tesoros de Pebre, which will take the Chile’s top products, and highlight their importance in the country’s cuisine.  To kick things off, and to set us into a frenzy of ravenous hunger, they’ve started with Marraqueta, the mini loaf that you’ll find on nearly every street corner in every town, large and small, across Chile.  Needless to say, it’s a great video, and gives some insight into just how important bread is to Chile’s cuisine.

Watch as a whole slew of journalists, restaurateurs, chefs, and even street vendors speak of the marvels of Marraqueta, from slathering it in butter or using it as the foundation of one of the best sandwiches you could ever eat.  If you haven’t eaten lunch yet, be warned.  You’re going to walk away starving, wishing for some grilled meat and lots of mayo.  Provecho!

Feria De Sanguche Starts Today In Santiago (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Feria del Sanguche]

[Feria del Sanguche]

Back for another installment of the best of everything between two pieces of bread, this year’s edition of Santiago’s Feria del Sanguche promises to be the best yet.  As one of the Chile’s most beloved on-the-go culinary obsessions, this entire festival dedicated to the sandwich might just draw bigger crowds and longer lines than the wildly popular Food Truck Festival held earlier this year.  Plus, with more than 20 different restaurants, food trucks, sandwich shops, and chefs participating, the variety at this year’s installment will be more diverse than ever.  

Feria del Sanguche begins today, Thursday, December 11, and runs through Sunday, December 14.  The festival, as usual, will take place at Parque Araucano, and will be open from 11:00 to 22:00 daily.  Entry to the festival is $3.000 CLP and children 12 and under enter for free.  In addition to the plethora of sandwiches, beer, drinks, and other treats, there will be live music, cooking demos, and giveaways.  Get hungry.