By Patrick HiegerAlthough 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.