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Watch Peruvian Farmers Cook Potatoes In Their Own Soil (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Astrid y Gastón]

[Astrid y Gastón]

It should go without saying that one of the top dishes of 2014 is the re-creation of the huatia that Astrid y Gastón chef Diego Muñoz made as part of the inaugural menu for the new Casa Moreyra.  A dish typically made from roasting potatoes in the same earth as they are grown, Muñoz and his incredible team managed to bring the experience tableside, giving diners at least a taste of the potato farmer’s life, albeit much more elegant.  Always eager to highlight the same producers from whom they source their ingredients, the incredible video team at Astrid y Gastón have made another short film about some of the potato farmers who supply the restaurant, as well as their traditional hutia cooking technique, which is another part of the process.  Muñoz presented this video at his Star Chefs presentation in New York last week, along with a live version of the cooking technique, which many dubbed as the first-ever huatia in New York.  If you ever have the chance to enjoy potatoes cooked in this manner, we highly recommend it.

A Surfer and A Cyclist Are Trying To Rescue Colombian Coffee

By Patrick Hieger

[Azahar]

[Azahar]

For Tyler Youngblood and Keith Schuman, the road to owning a burgeoning coffee export and roasting business based in Armenia, Colombia wasn’t exactly paved.  In fact, there was no road.  However, like so many other travelers that head to South America looking for the last great adventure or a new opportunity, a chance meeting in Peru back in 2010 gave the now business partners a chance to create not just a new opportunity for themselves, but for a whole industry in need of an overhaul. 

Fundraiser Set Up For Bolivian Farmers Affected By Flooding (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Better Place]

[Better Place]

Bolivia has recently been hit hard by a good deal of flooding, leaving a great deal of affected families–and farmers–out of work.  Cities like La Paz and Santa Cruz use the products that these farmers provide, and some of them play key roles in the raw goods that end up at restaurants like Gustu.  A fundraiser has been set up to help some of these families get things like clothes, and even tools for when they can get back to work.  The crazy part is that of 56,000 families moved, the campaign is looking for a mere 500 Euros to help get these families back on track.  Today’s a great day to help some folks get back on their feet and back to work.