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Dinner Got Spiritual Monday Night In Lima

By Patrick Hieger

[Coco Esteves]

[Coco Esteves]

Although the team behind Lima Pop-Up has infused many elements of native Peruvian and Bolivian culture into their dinners this year, nothing could have prepared us for Yunta, which took place Monday night in Lima’s Miraflores district.  Equal parts dinner, performance, art installation, and DJ session, Yunta was everything a pop-up should be, and a whole lot more.  And while the pop-up dining trend has certainly waned in popularity by comparison to the overwhelming amount of itinerant dinner options that were available last year, it seems that chef Ricardo Laca and his team could be the group to keep the idea going.

Yunta might not have happened, had it not been for the same dinner’s popularity in Bolivia three weeks prior.  Ricardo Laca, the chef in charge of Lima Pop-Up, was also a key player in the Roca brothers’ pop-up dinners in Lima on the last leg of their world tour, and certainly his plate full.  However, with happy diners and a sold-out dinner in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Laca and his team decided to replicate the event in Lima, taking advantage of the crowds at Mistura who were already ready to eat.

Lima Pop-Up Will Present Yunta September 8 As Part Of Mistura-Related Activities (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Lima Pop-Up]

[Lima Pop-Up]

Just over two weeks ago in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the team behind the Lima Pop-Up collective packed their knives and headed over the Andes for a one-night only dinner at the Jardín de Asia that was sold out before it could even be publicized.  The night involved chefs from both countries, including Ricardo Laca, Ricardo Cortez, Dennys Yupanqui, and Jaime Barbas, accompanied by mixologist JP Caceres.  Dubbed Nudos, the dinner was a rousing success and received a good deal of international attention.  You can see some stunning photos of the event here. 

And, in case you missed it, now’s your chance for round two, which will take place in Lima on September 8.  Yunta will be a nine-course meal as composed by the four chefs, with drinks paired by Caceres.  The plan is to do the same dishes as Bolivia, this time for a Limeño aundience.  Dinner will take place at El Rocoto in Miraflores, and will, without question, sell out.  Reservations for the dinner can be made by emailing mariacarmelapestana@gmail.com.  Only 60 seats are available, so be sure and reserve yours soon.