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Talking Bolivian Joe With Ely Abel: “It Could Become Extinct, Bolivan Coffee.”

By Patrick Hieger

[Luis Fernandez]

[Luis Fernandez]

When we talk about the gastronomic movement that’s happening in Bolivia, that’s focused on rescuing products and making sure there’s more attention paid to the small producers who have never really stopped producing the exotic products that make Bolivia so rich, it’s easy to focus much of our attention specifically on food, and the culinary side of gastronomy.  But, when the coffee buyer at a restaurant like Gustu tells you that the coffee industry in Bolivia is fading fast and could, theoretically, go extinct, it makes you see that gastronomy, and rescue, involve a much larger picture.

Post Tambo we took the time to catch up with Ely Abel, the impassioned coffee buyer for Gustu and key player in the Melting Pot foundation, to find out more about this industry that’s in need of some serious help.  Just as chefs Kamilla Seidler and Michelangelo Cestari are focused on bringing the best product into the kitchen at Gustu, Ely wants to make sure that the industry she’s been part of for several years now sticks around, and that the small lot farmers who are the back bone of Bolivian coffee get their time in the sun. 

Venezuela Gastronómica Lands In Mérida July 21 to 25 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

From July 21 to 25, the city of Mérida, Venezuela will be turned into the gastronomic hub of Venezuela, when the event that unites some of the country’s best chefs with producers and the public, Venezuela Gastronómica, takes over.  Over the course of the five days, there will be chats, forums, live cooking demonstrations, and on the final two nights, celebratory dinners that will showcase Venezuela’s leading culinary talent.  This will be the second time that Mérida plays host to the festival.

Not simply a festival, Venezuela Gastronómica will be an interactive experience for all in attendance.  For a complete list of scheduled events during the festival, have a look at the calendar.  To reserve your entry into the festival, or to see the lineup for the two closing dinners that will be held on July 24 and 25, visit the event’s website for complete information.

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.