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Ñam Shined This Weekend With Local Chilean Fare (In Pictures)

By Elizabeth Timms
Photos by Renea Pope

[Renea Pope]

[Renea Pope]

Ñam Festival hit the streets of Santiago for the fifth consecutive year this past Wednesday, complete with various activities including chef talks at Universidad Catolica, featured restaurants in Barrio La Starria, and an excellent food market on Cerro Santa Lucia.  Chefs from all over South America, particularly Chile, gave demonstrations and workshops at the various Ñam locations, including the demonstration kitchen on Santa Lucia open to the public for free from Friday through Sunday. Professional chefs conducted hour-long demonstrations in which they featured different Chilean products and showed eager audiences how to incorporate them into their cooking.

Ñam Took On Lastarria Over The Weekend

By Renea Bartlett Pope

[Renea Pope]

[Renea Pope]

The fifth annual Ñam Santiago “Festival Latioamericano de Cocina” wrapped a week’s worth of festivities across the city Sunday. For the Ñam Ruta Lastarria, the organization’s website touted specialized menus centered on the idea of memory. Wondering how participating restaurants in the Lastarria neighborhood would weave the theme throughout, I arrived with high expectations. I imagined a street level fair with a variety of booths featuring vendors of artisanal products and restaurants anchoring the event with tasting menus. 

Hit The Streets Of Santiago All This Week With Ñam (ES)

By Renea Bartlett Pope

[Raquel Telias / Ñam]

[Raquel Telias / Ñam]

Ñam, Santiago’s premiere event featuring all things food kicked off yesterday. With dozens of chefs participating from now until Sunday, surely there is a workshop or menu to suit your preferences. As Chile’s culinary scene has shifted in recent years to a deep focus on artisanal ingredients and heritage food ways, it will be interesting to see what is on offer at the festival this weekend. Located at Cerro Santa Lucía, and free to the public, Ñam is advertising this outdoor exposition as “an encounter with the best of Chile” (“Un encuentro con lo mejor de Chile”). With a claim like that, who can afford NOT to be there? Expect close to fifty vendors on hand to share the distinctive food stuffs of this diverse country.

Dining Week Brought Out the Best and Worst in Santiago Restaurants

By Elizabeth Timms

[Santiago Dining Week]

[Santiago Dining Week]

The inaugural Santiago Dining Week took place from March 2-15.  Over 25 restaurants participated, offering three course lunch and/or dinner menus for CLP $12,000 and $18,000.  Dining week (usually two weeks long) is an opportunity for restaurants to showcase their best dishes and for people to try new places at a reasonable price.  Eight years ago, I was a frequent customer during the dining week in Los Angeles and ate at many restaurants that I might never have visited otherwise.  These places were usually the creme de la creme of Los Angeles dining scene, and showcased their best dishes.  I always had a valuable foodie experience.  

Bellavista Goes Green Tonight At Cervecería Loom (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Cerveza Loom]

[Cerveza Loom]

For all of you Santiaguinos out there looking for the best place to throw one back in honor the man who rid Ireland of its snakes, look no further than the newly, and officially, inaugurated Cervecería Loom. Owners Chuck and Jaime hold a special place in their heart for what is easily one of the days most readily associated with beer-drinking worldwide, and they’ll have plenty of the beverage to celebrate. While they’ll have plenty of Chilean craft brews on hand like Tubinger, Spoh, and Granizo, they’ll also be offering Irish Car Bombs for those who care to really get in the mood. 

Ñam Expands, Improves For Its Fifth Edition (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Ñam]

[Ñam]

With culinary and cultural festivals throughout South America continuing to grow and become more wide spread, each country’s national celebration has to work hard to stay current and draw major crowds. Now in its fifth edition, Chile’s Ñam, the country’s largest and most important gastronomy festival, will be bigger, better, and more interactive than ever. The festival has expanded to six days, April 14-19, multiple sites, and this year will feature content for professionals in the food world and fanatics alike. 

Outback Steakhouse Santiago: Not Quite Right, Not Yet

By Renea Pope

[Outback Santiago]

[Outback Santiago]

As a North American living in Chile, I’m always torn when I see a new U.S.-based chain opening. On the one hand, I prefer to dine in local establishments and support small businesses. On the other, a taste of home sure is inviting when you’ve been away for months or years. When I saw Outback Steakhouse scheduled to open in the new Mall Vivo in Los Trapenses, I was a little disappointed that another chain restaurant had made it to Chile. I also knew I would go there to see if I could get that delicious fresh off the grill steak for which Outback is well known.

Texas BBQ Lands In Santiago When El Camino Opens This Wednesday

By Patrick Hieger

[El Camino]

[El Camino]

With a string of highly anticipated openings that included 99, D.O., and Las Cabras, which all pay homage to classic Chilean cooking and the best local ingredients, 2014 was a year of innovation that gave food fanatics a whole new reason to visit Santiago. Now with summer over and school back in session, 2015 can officially begin. And with El Camino bringing Texas barbecue and a whole lot of smoke to Barrio Italia when they open this Wednesday, March 4, it looks like it’s going to be a great year.