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Top Lat Am Female Chefs Represent At Next Month’s Parabere Forum In Bilbao, Spain (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Parabere Forum]

[Parabere Forum]

On March 1 and 2, leading female minds from throughout the many facets of gastronomy, from science to farming, chefs to sommeliers, will gather in Bilbao, Spain for the first-ever Parabere Forum. Though not exclusively for women, the event will focus on the growing role of women in the culinary field, providing round tables, workshops, classes, and more. Professionals will come from five different continents to share their experience, including Gustu’s Kamilla Seidler, Leonor Espinosa of Bogotá’s Leo Cocina y Cava, and Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack, from her eponymously titled restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. 

Mercado Paula Gourmet Hits Santiago This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Paula]

[Paula]

Now that the heat is on and the sun is out in Santiago, it’s a great weekend to get out and enjoy of one of the city’s biggest and most important food festivals, Mercado Paula Gourmet.  Featuring chefs from around the world including Rafael Piqueras, acclaimed chef of Maras in Lima, Australia’s Bill Granger, and more than 100 stands offering a wide variety of dishes and gourmet products, the seventh edition of this springtime classic promises to be bigger and better than ever.  This year, in addition to the six different restaurants on hand serving up world cuisine, there will also be an entire section dedicated to food trucks. Renzo Garibaldi, the Peruvian butcher who has been been winning over hearts and stomachs with his 300-day dry-aged beef, and other carnivorous creations, will also be on hand for live butchering and cooking demonstrations.  Simply put, there will be no shortage of great cuisine.

Mercado Paula Gourmet will take place this weekend at Parque Araucano, from Thursday, October 23, to Sunday, October 26.  The festival will run from 11:00 to 23:00 each day.  General admission is CLP $5.000, and children 12 and under will enter for free.  We’ll see you there. 

The Highlights: Feria Masticar 2014 – Comer Rico Hace Bien! (ES)

By Martha Mendes

[Martha Mendes]

[Martha Mendes]

By the size of the line to get into Masticar 2014, it was easy to see that it was going to be a great event. Throughout the four days of the event, the waiting time to get into the grand pavilion was no less than an hour, and many gave up even trying when they realized that the line stretched around the corner. Nevertheless, those who remained committed to their goal didn’t regret it.

Inside the festival, the creme de la creme of Argentine cuisine got together amongst 36 different stands. Besides eating well, those who managed to get in had the chance to be waited on by famous chefs and to take advantage of chatting them up. The fair also brought together 75 producers from the region who bought the freshest, most representative products of Argentina, making for the best example of the fair’s theme “Comer Rico Hace Bien.” For those interested, there was also a program full of conferences led by those who know their way around a pot.

BsAs’ Boris Club Brings Music and Cuisine Together With Boris Trip (ES)

By Martha Mendes

[Boris Trip]

[Boris Trip]

Palermo’s Boris Club is bringing a new experience to the Buenos Aires scene, the union of music and gastronomy from emblematic cities around the world every Monday. On October 20 and 27, the event, dubbed Boris Trip, will use New York and Paris for inspiration.  The menu will be created by chef Antonio Soriano, of restaurant Astor, and the musical history of each city will be in the hands of Bobby Flores, a staple in the local music scene, accompanied by a special presentation from pianist Cirilo Fernández.  

Tonight Kicks Off A Month Of MAPA At Buenos Aires’ Pizza Cero (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[MAPA]

[MAPA]

Starting tonight, and every Thursday throughout October, a selection of Buenos Aires’ best bartenders will take over the bar at Pizza Cero, offering drink and food specials all night.  Aperitivo Cero is co-sponsored by MAPA, the Movimiento Aperitivo Argentino that has been sponsoring drinks-focused events throughout Buenos Aires and other key cities in Argentina to celebrate the culture and promotion of craft cocktails.  Each Thursday promises to be a delicious celebration of Argentine gastronomy.

This month, Aperitivo Cero will feature five different bartenders, from hot spots like 878, RF, and Frank’s.  From 18:00 to 21:00 each Thursday, there will be a two for one happy hour on all cocktails, as well as finger foods starting at just AR $30.  For more information about MAPA, or their upcoming events, check out their website here.  Salud! 

Condé Nast Declares Peru As The Future Of Gastronomy (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Logo Lounge]

[Logo Lounge]

On any given day in South America, you’re likely to hear more than a fair share of conversations about food.  It’s the topic on the tip of everyone’s tongue, only appropriate considering how much excellent food there is to be had.  Within those conversations, no matter where you are in South America, you’re likely to hear something about Peru, their dishes, their festivals, or their chefs.  Around these parts, it’s no secret that the country that invented ceviche has had a major impact on the rest of the continent.  However, when an international magazine takes to press with a title like, Peru: The Future of Gastronomy, we’re not just talking about conversations ’round the water tank any more.

In Condé Nast Traveler‘s new, multi-page feature on Peru, writer Kevin West details each of the attributes that make Peru the next country to watch as an international culinary superpower.  “Blessed with a mind-blowingly fertile ecosystem—3,000 varieties of potatoes is just the half of it—Lima is emerging as a new global culinary epicenter.”  West received a tour of some of the best and most cutting edge restaurants that Lima has to offer, tasting everything from Amazonian delicacies to algae foraged from high in the Andes.  He, like a steadily-growing group of converts around the world, are becoming Peruvian disciples.

You can read the full article here, for West’s supporting evidence that Peru is going to take over world gastronomy.  What are your thoughts?  We’d love to hear from  you in the comments. 

[image: Como Sur]

Como Sur Heads To Brazil

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Como Sur]

[image: Como Sur]

As we inch ever closer to our one year mark and look to bring you the latest news from across South America, we are pleased as punch to announce that, starting next week, we’ll be bringing you dispatches from across Brazil.  Our talented new writer, Mari Rodriguez, is in place and, having lived through Carnaval to tell about it, she’s ready to give you the dirt on all things Brazilian.  From chef interviews to insider tips, breaking news on what’s happening and where you need to be, Mari is the perfect resource for news you’ve come to expect from Como Sur, now from Brazil.  It’s a big country and there’s so much going on but, as usual, we’ll work tirelessly day in and day out to make sure you’re in the loop.  Bem-vindo ao Brasil!

[photo: La Buena Vida]

Israeli Gastronomy Week At Santiago Sheraton

[photo: La Buena Vida]
[photo: La Buena Vida]

Beginning tomorrow, January 15, and running through Sunday, January 19, the Santiago Sheraton will play host to chef Lucas Zitrinovich, who will bring his years of experience in high end Israeli and London kitchens to Santiago for a limited-time event.  Over the course of the five days, the chef will prepare special lunch and dinner buffets that will be full of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean delicacies, all the while utilizing Chilean products when and wherever possible.  Both the lunch and dinner buffets will cost $27.000 CLP per person, which includes appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more.  Guests for the meals can expect everything from cheese-stuffed dates to Israeli gazpacho, rack of lamb and much much more.  Daily meals will take place at the Sheraton’s restaurant, El Bohío.  Reservations aren’t required, but are highly recommended.  [via La Buena Vida]