Rusty Pelican's A Taste Of Peru: Third Annual Gourmet Festival Next Tuesday

The Peruvian-American Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the third Peru Gourmet Festival next Tuesday, showcasing both the food and drink of the South American country.

Marisol Chocano Gomez, president of the Chamber, says the event will feature, "The best Peruvian restaurants in South Florida and the best drinks, such as the pisco sour and chilcano de pisco."

The event is taking place at the Rusty Pelican on Septernber 24, from 6 until 10 p.m. The $60 admission price includes unlimited food and beverage sampling, and proceeds from the event benefit the Asociación Emergencia Ayacucho, an organization that strives to provide for the children left orphaned in the city of Ayacucho by the terrorist organization, Sendero Luminoso aka Shining Path.

According to Pew Research, Miami-Dade County is home to the largest Peruvian population in the United States, equaling over 40,000 Pervuians. It's no wonder that the country's dishes, such as ceviche, lomo saltado, a stir-fry served atop a bed of french fries with a side of white rice; and arroz de chaufa, Peruvian-style fried rice, have become popular with non-Peruvian Miamians. Peruvian cuisine is one of the most varied among Central and South American cuisines due to the fusion of Inca, Asian, European, and African recipes.

Participating restaurants include Aromas del Peru, Ceviche Street, MPP Brickell, Dr. Limon, Cholo's Restaurant, Mixtura, and Divino Ceviche. Wash down your lomo saltado with Killa Pisco, Cerveza Cuzqueña, Pisco Viejo Tonel, Pisco Don Benedicto, and Inca Kola.

As can be expected, ceviche, one of the country's culinary staples, will be available in abundance. So will pisco, a white brandy made from muscat grapes and often used as an ingredient in cocktails.

Aside from ceviche, also expect tiraditos, a dish consisting of raw fish in a spicy sauce; causas, a layered potato dish; nikkei dishes, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines; and other fusion items.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit perugourmet.org.

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