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Here’s Tanta Chicago’s Jesus Delgado On Peru, Leche De Tigre (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Rabbit Hole Magazine]

[Rabbit Hole Magazine]

“We’re in the middle of the country with no coast.  We’re trying to take over the world with our food.”  That’s Tanta Chicago chef Jesus Delgado on the effect that Peruvian food is already having on the dead center of the United States.  The restaurant hasn’t even been open a year, and the accolades, awards, and praise just keep racking up.  In this quick clip with the chef, listen to him talk about the ever-famous leche de tigre, and why the freshness of fish is so important to the integrity of a good ceviche.  Even in Chicago, the exotic flavors of Peru have already found a new home.  Watch the video.

Tanta Chicago Is Hosting A Peruvian Street Food Party June 18 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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As if the residents of Chicago need yet another reason to fawn over the good that Tanta has brought in its first 10 months, they’re hosting a street food festival on their rooftop balcony next week, which sounds nothing short of pure summer perfection.  US $125 gets you in the door and access to Peruvian street food favorites including anticuchos, ceviche, empanadas, and more.  The food will be paired with Pisco cocktails, wines and beer, part of which we’re assuming will be the drink to beat all summer drinks, the Chilcano.  Space is limited, so be sure and reserve soon.  Provecho! 

[image: Chicago Magazine]

Tanta Chicago Is Voted As One Of Chicago’s Best New Restaurants (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Chicago Magazine]

[image: Chicago Magazine]

As part of a continued string of success that shows no signs of stopping any time soon, the Chicago-based outpost of Gastón Acurio’s Tanta concept has been named by Chicago Magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the city.  Not yet open a year, the Peruvian hot spot has quickly become a favorite amongst Chicago diners, getting shout outs from Zagat, Eater, and many others.  Could it be the ají amarillo and anticucho sauce that shines in a city dominated by Italian and New American fare?  That, most likely, and much much more.  We’re still waiting to hear if the restaurant wins Time Out Chicago‘s award for the same category.  As soon as we know, you will, too.  For now, congrats to the Tanta team and provecho to Chicago diners.

Como parte de una serie de premios que no muestra señales de parar, el restaurant Tanta de Gastón Acurio, ubicado en Chicago (EEUU), ganó el premio de ‘Mejor Restaurante Nuevo’ de la revista Chicago.  El restaurante todavía no ha cumplido un año, pero ha llegado a ser un favorito de los comensales de Chicago, recibiendo menciones de sitios como Zagat, Eater, y más.  Puede ser que los sabores como ají amarillo o salsa anticuchera ganan en una ciudad dominda por comidas de los EEUU e Italia?  Parece que sí, y muchos más.  Todavía estamos esperando escuchar si Tanta gana el mismo premio de la revista Time Out Chicago.  Tan pronto como sabemos, les contamos a ustedes.  Por ahora, felicitaciones a todo el equipo de Tanta, y provecho a los comensales de Chicago.

[image: Time Out Chicago]

Tanta Chicago Is Up For Best New Restaurant

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Tanta Chicago]

[image: Tanta Chicago]

In less than a year, it seems that Gastón Acurio’s native Peruvian flavors have won over the hearts and stomachs of Chicago residents.  The recipient of countless praise for its big, new flavors and even its stunning interiors, Acurio’s simplest of concepts is now in the running for the ‘Best New Restaurant’ award from Time Out Chicago.  The magazine that’s focused on nightlife, events, culture and more from cities around the world is hosting its annual Food & Drink awards.  Tanta, though still not a year old, could take home the prize.  Competition includes chef-driven 42 grams, Italian Nico Ostería, American Dusek’s Board and Beer, as well as Italian-American Cicchetti.  Voting is open, even from here in South America, until April 21.  Want to give Peru a leg up in the American Midwest?  Vote now!

[image: Eater]

Tanta Chicago Wins At Eater’s 2013 Awards

[photo: Tanta Chicago]

[photo: Tanta Chicago]

We can’t say for sure that this will be the last post about Gastón Acurio’s Chicago outpost of his Tanta brand of restaurants, only because it’s not yet December and that means there’s still time for a whole lot of End of Year, Best Of, and general 2013 restaurant awards to come.  And, at the rate it’s going, Tanta Chicago seems like it could be due for a whole lot more press.  For now, though, we’d like to inform you that Tanta Chicago has officially won the Eater Chicago award for “So Hot Right Now,” beating out some rather stiff competition.

As we told you last week, Eater.com, the U.S.-based website that focuses on hot culinary news, restaurant openings, nightlife, and so on, had opened the polls for their annual awards.  Tanta was in the running for ‘So Hot Right Now’ against The Dawson, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Juno, and Parson’s Chicken & Fish.  The people voted, and Tanta won.  And while it may be Gastón Acurio’s simplest concept in his international repertoire of Peruvian restaurants, the interior, the decor, the flavors, and the whole vibe have seemingly won over Chicago–and now they’ve got the award to prove it.

Simple or not, hype surrounding awards, nay openings, like these are just what not only Peru, but South America as a whole needs to extend its reach past the continent.  Now, if countries like Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and so on can come up with their own nicely-packaged version of Tanta based on their individual cuisines, there’s no telling how far South American cuisine can go.  Tanta Chicago’s only been open a handful of months and has done nothing but receive awards from the get-go.  Nice work, chef Acurio.  [via Eater]

[photo: Tanta Chicago]

Tanta Chicago Up For More Awards

[photo: Tanta Chicago]

[photo: Tanta Chicago]

The trajectory that Gastón Acurio’s Chicago outpost of his Tanta brand of restaurants has taken since opening back in August is nothing short of legendary.  By far the chef’s simplest concept, a sort of jumping off point into Peruvian cuisine in a hip, comfortable setting, Chicago has embraced the restaurant with open arms, and so have the people doling out the praise.  Zagat named the restaurant as one of the best new spots for 2013.  Chicago’s food press has raved about the fusion of flavors as well as the comfortable setting.  Now, the Peruvian export is up for yet another award / bit of praise that could solidify its first six months as the most epic ever for a single restaurant.

Eater.com, the U.S.-based food and drink news site, is in the process of choosing their Eater Awards for 2013.  Cities across the country that have a dedicated branch of the site are being encouraged to log on to the site and pick from various lists of hit restaurants, chefs, and so on.  It just so happens that Tanta has made it into the running for the ‘So Hot Right Now’ award in Chicago.  And if you want, you could make sure they win.  Simply follow the link to Eater and place your vote.  It’s that simple.

Will Tanta dominate Chicago’s hot list this year?  Will Peruvian food be forever embedded in the Windy City’s fabric of fine dining?  You can decide.  Vote now!  [via Eater]

[photo: Tanta Ecuador]

Tanta Ecuador Opens Today

[photo: Tanta Ecuador]

[photo: Tanta Ecuador]

Tanta has already won the hearts of Peruvians, Chileans, Bolivians, Spaniards, and Colombians.  Chicago, in the United States, received their outpost of Gastón Acurio’s most approachable concept back in August and the restaurant has been causing near madness ever since.  Today, Guayaquil, Ecuador gets their taste.  As of today, Tanta Guayaquil is open for business, ready to spread the good word that Gastón Acurio and Peruvian cuisine are doing the world over.  Five Peruvian cooks are on hand to train the Ecuadorian staff in pastry, breads, bar, savory and service.  Gastón Acurio headed to Guayaquil a couple of days ago to help inaugurate the restaurant and meet with the staff.  According to the chef, “for little money [at Tanta], you can have a little journey within Peruvian culture, without having to get on a plane.”  Where will the brand head next? [via Zona Gastronómica]

 

 

[photo: Zagat]

Zagat Loves Tanta Chicago, Too

[photo: Zagat]

[photo: Zagat]

The most press ever for a new restaurant opening?  Maybe.  Then again, in a city that’s known for beer, pizza that’s nearly two inches thick, and Rick Bayless’ Mexican joints, a Peruvian slap in face is just enough to get everyone talking.  This time, it’s Zagat, and they’re in love, again.

Pork fried rice covered in shrimp, eggs, and hot sauce?  Yes, please.  It’s the Chaufa Aeropuerto at Gastón Acurio’s first Chicago spot, Tanta, and Zagat can’t get enough.  Their review, in short?  “[It] made us put down our fork, perhaps let a few expletives slip and then really contemplate how a single bite just blew our minds.”  Boom goes the Peruvian.

Zagat’s not the only one gushing.  Since it’s opening back in August, Tanta has been making serious waves.  We brought you the discerning look from a Chicago insider whose skepticism was put to rest when she tried the explosive flavors.  Zagat also put Tanta on their best of 2013 list after it had only been open a month.  Looking for a million-dollar business venture?  Put explosive flavors in the United States’ Midwest.  You’ll be rich in a year.  [via Zagat]