Chef Ricardo Zarate Title Chef of ¡Latin Food Fest! 2016
¡Latin Food Fest!, the fourth annual Latin food, wine and spirits fete, hits in 2016, Los
Angeles March 18 to 21, San Diego August 12 to 15 and New York November 11 to 14.
Last year’s festival drew over 20,000 attendees and the signature event, Grande
Tasting, features an impressive lineup of culinary talent, restaurants, wineries,
distillers, along with tastings, cooking demos, live music and exclusive
LOS ANGELES, January 22, 2016 -- Celebrity chefs, and wine and spirits personalities will
again converge in Downtown Los Angeles for four days of non-stop Latin food, spirits
and wine indulgence. Confirmed ¡Latin Food Fest! title chef is Ricardo Zarate, the
founding chef/owner of celebrated Los Angeles Peruvian restaurants Picca, Mo Chica,
and Paiche. Chef Zarate has been recognized by Food & Wine, Esquire, GQ, LA Times,
Condé Nast Traveler & a three time James Beard nominee. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles
Times Restaurant Critic describes Zarate as a chef’s chef whom artfully deconstructs
Peruvian dishes. Zarate is also the author of “The Fire of Peru: Recipes and Stories
from “My Peruvian Kitchen,” which he will be signing at ¡Latin Food Fest!
¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles also features an impressive who’s who of Latin culinarians that
will be demonstrating on-stage, including Tati Polo and Jose Bossuet, and local
favorites such as chef Rocio Camacho of Las Molenderas Restaurant, Daniela Demetrio
of Ubatuba Acai, Milbet Del Cid of Puchic Guatemalan, Connie Cossio of Coniseafood,
Tortas Ahogadas Chago, Francisco Pérez of Aqui es Texcoco, Anthony Jacquet of
Sarita's Pupuseria, Fogo de Chão Churrascaria, Robert Luna of Màs Malo, Ben Diaz of
Rosa Mexicano, Chuck Abair of Barcito, Stacey Scantlebury of Soca Chef and 150 other
restaurants, chefs, wineries, distillers and food makers.
Here are highlights of ¡Latin Food Fest! 2016
Spirits of the Americas
Los Angeles Latin distilled spirits enthusiasts will kick off the 2016 ¡Latin Food Fest! by
tasting tapas from the hottest restaurants and cocktails prepared by top mixologists
from an exhilarating collection of international distilleries representing Bacanora,
Cachaça, Mezcal, Pisco, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol and Tequila.
The 4th annual ¡Latin Food Fest! Grande Tasting is an all-inclusive Latin food, wine and
spirits-tasting journey to the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico,
Portugal and Spain. Wines from Argentina, California, Mexico, Spain and spirits
such as Bacanora, Cachaça, Mezcal, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol and Tequila pair deliciously
with the cuisine. VIP pass holders get in at 11am and into the VIP Lounge for
Spanish tapas, cooking demos, oysters, a gift bag, organic tequila, sparkling
wine, massages and music.
Grande Tasting Sunday is an all-inclusive Latin culinary adventure for all ages. Guests
will sample Latin food and beverages, the wine and beer garden, dance to live
music, learn to make fun foods at the cooking demo tent from celeb chefs and bid
on memorabilia at the silent auction. Kids could get a picture with a friendly
Luchador by Jarritos and get their hands messy in the interactive Kids Kitchen
to earn a “Kid Chef Diploma” and picture with the chefs.
This spectacular six-course private chef's dinner will feature a Cuban tasting trip. Rioja
wine paired with the dinner courses and a dessert rum cocktail with the final
course. Guests will learn the stories behind the food as chefs share the dishes,
flavors and ingredients that inspire them, and share a cigar. Live music and dancing.
¡Latin Food Fest!’s brand partners includes The Lincoln Motor Company, Delta Air Lines,
Jarritos, Northgate Markets, Anheuser-Busch, Grand Marnier, Bush Brothers &
Company, KORBEL, Ibarra Chocolate, Mexico Lindo Hot Sauce, Camaronazo, Steuben
Foods, Tepachito, Cupcake Vineyards, Las Palmas, Moët Hennessy USA, Hard Frescos,
Mexico Tourism Board, Aveníu Wines, La Brea Bakery, Tito’s Vodka, and E.J.
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