Friday, July 12, 2013

The 2nd annual Peru to the World Expo

(image via prweb)

If you are a foodie you already know that Peruvian food is undergoing something of a renaissance. Peruvian cuisine has influences of all the peoples that have influenced its past, including China, Asia, Africa, Italian and, of course the indigenous culture. perhaps that is why eating Peruvian food is such an amazing experience, because it contains so many cultural staples.

This Tuesday past a press conference was held at the Consul of Peru uptown announcing the second annual Peru to the World Expo. Attending the event was Her Excellency, Maria Teresa Merino de Hart, Conrad O. Falco, from the Commercial Office of Peru in New York, Melvi Davilla, the event coordinator and attorney Antonio Guttierez as well as members of cultural and food press. This year the event will be held in Manhattan -- last year it was held in New Jersey. The national drink, Pisco sours -- a grape based brandy, lime juice, egg whites and bitters -- were served as well as some amazing Peruvian fare.

The 2nd annual Peru to the world expo begins tomorrow and Sunday at 11 am to 6 PM at the Altman Building on 135 W. 18th street. There will be live cooking demonstrations from some of the finest Peruvian inspired chefs in the country, including Danny Kou of El Rocoto, LA, Marita Lynn of Runa, Red Bank, NJ, Miguel Garcia of the Ritz-Carlton, DC, and Javier Flores of Aromas de Peru, Miami. Attendees will be able to taste a lot of the amazing food and afterwards there is a dance party.

This year's event celebrates the United Nations International year of Quinoa -- also known as Amaranth, the super grain -- so there will probably be lots of cooking demonstrations with chefs demonstrating quinoa based dishes.

Tickets purchased online are $25, and $30 at the door. Children under 6 get in for free. See you there; we'll have some Pisco sours.

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