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Local Latino Cooking Class

Hola Amigos!

Come by and have some fun with my Local Latino cooking class.

Tuesday, August 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at SummerHill LCBO

10 Scrivener Square, Yonge and Summerhill.

For more info and to book your seat, please call  416-922-0403

On the menu!

Sopa de Agucate con cocombro y menta
Avocado, cucumber and mint soup

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Pimentones con queso fresco y tortillas
Sweet peppers with grilled queso fresco and fresh tortillas
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Tomillo, achiote lomito de cochino con salsa de maiz y berro
Thyme, achiote marinated local pork tenderloin with corn salsa
& Watercress salad

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Frutas locales con ron y crema la vaquita
Fresh Ontario summer fruits, rum and  Mexican style “crema la Vaquita”

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Yours Celebrating Latino American food and culture at the Summerhill lcbo!

Carlos

 

 

Local Latino @Kingsway LCBO!

Come by and have some fun with my Local Latino cooking class.

Tuesday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Kingsway LCBO

2946 Bloor Street West.

For more info and to book your seat, please call  416 239-3065,

On the menu!

Changua.

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Changua [Colombia]
Milk, potatoes & egg soup

Arepitas con queso fresco [ Venezuela]
Corn meal patties with local fresh cheese

Cosido Limeño [Peru]
Beans, potatoes, corn & pumpkin casserole

Ximxim de Galinda [ Brazil]
Chicken, shrimp, cashews & coconut milk stew

*Alfajores con dulce de leche
Almonds, vanilla short bread cookies w/ caramel sauce

* Alfajores are made all over the Americas

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Mmmm…. Arepitas!

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Yours celebrating Latino American food and Culture.

Carlos

This year organizer and host extraordinary Ivy Knight invited 7 chefs to the salsa battle to top down the reining queen of salsa, Panamanian Chef Rossy Earle, which it made it very interesting and it made a great challenge for da Queen.

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With Chef Rossy Earle and the boys at the drake kitchen, before the battle….

 

So there we were the chefs from The Pork Ninjas, La Carnita, El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Esé and Yours Truly. the event was sponsor by  Fortuna Mezcal one of the best Mexican Mescales out there.

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I made a 7 roasted chillies and tomatillo salsa.

 

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More salsa! Mas Salsa!

This year the crown was taking by the boys of la Carnita. We had lots fun and a big headache the next day.

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With the winning team from la Carnita!
Long life to La Salsa and Mezcal….

Yours from the Salsa battle @the drake!
Carlos

My sister Luz Adriana and I had plan to go and visit our mother’s family together in Colombia for many years now and I thought this would be the year, but because of the instability of our home country of Venezuela, she couldn’t leave her family and her home. But that is another story for another day….

So I connected with some of my Colombian cousin’s daughters and sons trow twitter and facebook and this is how the reunion went down.

I landed on January the second of this year at the El Dorado Int.airport in Bogota [Colombia’s capital] at around 5.30 pm after a few hours of being delayed due to bad weather, I was welcome by an entourage of family and friends with a banner saying “Welcome to Colombia Carlos Fuenmayor” I felt a bit nervous you see, because I had not seen my aunts and uncles and their families for about 30 years [ That was the last time I was in Colombia on holidays with my older brother Jairo] I could not believe how much love and kindness came from them to make my incredible welcome a happy one..It was like we had never been apart. I felt very blessed and yet so sad that my sister was not there with me to feel what I was going trough that overwhelming love…From the airport we went to my cousin Claudia and her husband Gildardo home. They kindly offer me their home to stay as long as I wanted..The food and drinks did not stop that night, it was just incredible and that my friends was only the first night…..

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With my aunt Transito [right to left and center] my cousins Marta, Claudia. Paula, Andres and Katherine.

Celebrated my 45th birthday this year with my Colombia family and it was wild and so much fun.

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With  my cousins [right to left and center] my cousins Marta, Claudia. Paula, Andres, Luis, Luz Alba, Gildardo , Katherine and Luna the dog in my lap.

For the next 3 weeks I travel and meet and visited other cities and families from all over Bogota. We travel to Cundimarca, Tolima, Ibague, Cajamarca, Armenia, Pereira, Montenegro and the coffee region of Caldas where the best coffee of Colombia comes from.

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Going up the Moserrate Mountain in Bogota.

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Down the mountain on the cable car.

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Simon Bolivar square in down town Bogota

 

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At the Gold Musuem, wow just incredible. 24k gold warrior body suit.

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At the salt cathedral mine in Zipaquira.

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On our way to the top of the Colombian Andes in Caldas state.

By week four I decided that I needed a break from the mountains and wanted the sun and the beach, after all I was on holiday, so I decided to travel to the Old City of Cartagena , one of the most influential historical city in the Americas. I was there for two weeks. Made some new friends and meet up with friends from Ottawa and Toronto which made my stay fun and unforgettable one.

 

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At the root top of the Decamaron Hotel in Cartagena de Indias.

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A local woman on the beach selling fruits.

By week six I was back in Bogota, I saw more family and upon my arrival , they had planed a going back to Canada party for me all over the city, I was enchanted by the historical colonial architectures and the beauty of the new city and it’s people….I found a very safe and dynamic Colombia, you see my mother emigrated to Venezuela in the early 70 because of the violence and drugs, in which at the time became a very dangerous and unsafe place to live.

I heard stories from my family and friends and at the time could not understand the conflict and what they went through. I am happy to be the witness of how much the people of Colombia including my family have changed things around with hope and determination for the best.I had a great time and now have much more respect for this beautiful, amazing and complex country.

Sadly after six weeks my holiday came to an end on February the 12th. And had the come back to reality. It was really hard to leave Bogota and this new lovable and incredible family…….Thank you Mom for giving me greats brothers and my incredible beautiful sister and their families and also for my new found family, thanks Mom for this incredible gift.

My aunt & uncle Transito and Roman Bolivar [from left to right] my cousin Claudia and her friend Claudia Patricia.

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In a personal note; I wan to say Mil Gracias to my aunts Transito, Rosa, my uncles Roman, Simon Bolivar, my cousins Claudia, Luz Alba, Marta, Luis, Johana and their families, specially to the Gonzalez family Gildardo, Doris, Claudia y el primo for making my connection an incredible one.

Yours, celebrating Family and roots from Colombia,

Carlos

 

On Sunday, November 25th I was invited to the *Fundaciôn Alma Llanera [The soul prairies Fundation] to their the annual *Parranda Navideña [Christmas bazar] Venezuelan party at the Japanese Culture Center.

I wanted to go to this event for years, but I couldn’t make it, so this was my first time going to event, which on his 8th year now. La Parrada Navideña is a party that happens every year all around Venezuela to celebrate the Christmas spirit with lots of food, family and friends.

In this case is to try to get all  Venezuelans expats to come a celebrated our version of Christmas here in Toronto.

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* Local Chicha, Pan de Jamon, Hallacas and fresh Cheese
I ask my good friend Adrian Marquez to come with me to event, to which Adrian happy responded Claro yo voy! which translate to “Yeah, I’ll go!” ! When we got there I felt very emotional, seeing all this people with their families and friends  together, so far  away from our land and families…. It brought great memories of my childhood in Venezuela, then when we started  to smell the food [ Hallacas, Pan de Jamon, Arepa, Chicha, Tequeños and other typical Venezuelan Christmas dishes] and the Gaiteros started playing I couldn’t hold my tears back. I was thinking about my family and friends back at home and how much I miss them, felt sad, but mostly happy to be there. It was an experience I will never forget.

I meet up with the event organizers Rebecca Sarfatti and Nubia Godoy-Benchimol and they told me some of the money made that evening will be donated to help school programs and other charities in need in Venezuela.

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With event organizer Rebecca Sarfatti
To my surprise I was mentioned and honored with other fellow Venezuelans for our continuous work in the community here in the city, for that, I am very grateful and very proud.
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Thank you to Rebecca, Nubia, all event organizers and volunteers for making us feel at little a bit home in our Corazones.

Feliz Navidad y que Dios me los bendiga.

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Yours Celebrating La Parranda Navideña with 600 other Venezuelans @the Japanese Culture Center

 

Sabrosito at SoupStock 2012!

This past Sunday, October 21st, over 200 chefs from across Canada and the U.S  got together at Woodbine park to make some noise and at the same time inform and raise awareness of what is going on with the proposed Mega Quarry in the Township of Melancthon. For more info, please go to stop the mega quarry site.

We had a beautiful sunny day, it was like the gods were with us, it was just incredibly perfect for this time of the year, compared to last year’s FoodStock  –moody, cold and rainy. That was in Honeywood, Ontario, though. We still had a great time and 28.000 people showed up.

This year’s event was organized by the Canadian Chefs Congress and co-hosted with the David Suzuki foundation.

As a member of the Canadian chef Congress I volunteered to help up my fellow chef and good friend Bashir Munye from My Little Dumplings Company.

Bashir and Chef Matt Kennedy made a roasted parsnips soup garnished with hand made apple-cinnamon and star anise dumplings topped with herb and olive oil drizzle.

With Bashir[to my right] and Matt[ to my left]

It was a pleasure to be part of SoupStock, I saw some of my great chef friends and made new ones on the way.

This year we had over 41.000 attendees to the event! Plus over 200 chefs, musicians, volunteers that helped to make this event a reality.

Thank you all!

Yours from SoupStock with Bashir and Matt + over 41.000 people @Woodbine park!

Carlos

With some of my chefs friends!

With Steve, Nick and Hustin my batos locos!

With my good friends Joshna and Rossy. Love ya ladies!

 

From time to time I work for the AGO’s events team, and when Executive Chef Anne Yarymowich asked me to be part of the late Mexican’s painter Frida Kahlo and muralist Diego Rivera tasting menu before the gala dinner I couldn’t be more exited. We had our creative juices going; you see, I really love Frida and Diego’s love story. When art, politics, food and sex escapes are mixed in, it makes their lives even more fascinating.


Frida & Diego were very influential in the beginning  of the 20th century Mexican politics, because of their beliefs and views in line with the Communist  Mexican party.
Frida became famous for her style of self-portrait paintings, which show her life after a near death car accident, and painful complications for many years after.
As per Diego, he was in his own right a great painter of the muralist school, a Communist party supporter, notorious womaniser and a bon vivant. He even claimed to have been a cannibal!.
Needless to say, theirs was an unconventional, problematic and passionate relationship, that survived numerous affairs [on both their parts], separations and even divorce and marriage again. Their love proved to be lasting until Frida’s death on July 13th, 1954 at the age of 47.
She left paintings, letters, photographs and journal entries to all her friends, former lovers and family creating a personal storyline  that  corresponds to her evolving persona. This is the evidence that her life was nothing less that a quest to be honest to herself.

The gala dinner took place at Bailie Court at the AGO on Saturday, October 13th, and it was lead by Event chef Annick Le Goaix and Executive-sous Chef Jeff Dueck and their team including yours truly.

The exhibit will run from October 20th till January 20th, 2013.

We had a great time and this is what  we served for the gala dinner:

*Primero [first course]

Three salsas [corn and black beans, tomotillo, pico de gallo with green plantain chips]

 

*Segundo [second course]

Plato Crudo[lobster, scallop and shrimp ceviche  w/ mango purée and chili oil]

*Plato Fuerte [main course]

Costilla de rez, purée de platano dulce, pimientos, tomatillos orneados y adobo

Short ribs, sweet plantain mash, roasted pepper and tomatillos w/adobo sauce

*Arroz Verde [ Green Rice]

*Dulces [sweets]

The setting and the room!

Frida & Diego’s gala without tequila is not a party….

Tequila, Don Julio from the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Yours celebrating Frida and Diego’s legacy from the AGO.

Carlos

 

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*Spanish for: "Mmm. Wow. That's good!"