I did not want to go alone, so I brought along a couple of coworkers, Milton and Holly. Let’s be honest. Going to an event where I don’t know anyone can be daunting. I found it can be symbiotic to bring an uber gabby guest along, in this case, Milton. When uber gabby friend steps in, that lessens the chance of anyone trying to talk to me. They won’t have a moment to get a word in edgewise long enough to bother. I’m there for the food, not to socialize. #truth #sorrynotsorry
Holly has some interest in dipping her toe into the food blogging world. I figured that this event might give her an inkling as to what realm of food blogging she may or may not be interested in.
We were told to check in at noon for the 12:30 event. I am not sure what the checking in part was. I arrived and told the lady at the front desk that I was there for the tasting. I was told that they were still getting things together. I sat at the lobby and waited as my stomach growling.
I saw other guests passing back and forth. Some stayed in the dining area. Some stepped out.
Minutes passed the stated start time. I saw students gathered around a demo table inside the kitchen lab. Ummm…..I guess that was what we were supposed to be watching and there for? It was unclear. But that had to be it, as it was nearing 12:45. Okay, whatever. Milton arrived and we walked in, having no idea if that’s what the tasting event was about. Holly arrived minutes later and joined us.
We walked in as Chef Zarate was in action.
Here is Milton, watching intently at Chef Z’s demo.
Chef Z plated what he had just finished making. It seemed like it’d make a tiny portion for the entire room to taste, but okay. I was famished. A Costco sample bite size would have to do for the time being.
The students took their dibs into it but it was never passed around to us. Say what? Did I just shower, get ready, and drive all the way down here to watch food being made and watch the students learn how to taste?
I’ll be honest. I was starting to get a little irritated, having food in front of me and not being able to get dibs. It was such a tease, like a starving dog having a juicy piece of meat dangled in front of its face.
Chef Z was done with his demo and let the students take charge. I guess it was now their turn to mimic what he had just created.
Okay, so maybe we are going to get to sample the students’ mimicry, I thought. The students proceeded, in what seemed to be another everyday class lesson, only this time with the special guest chef. It almost felt like being a fly in the room.
Some minutes later, I heard someone starting a speech, with a PowerPoint presentation going on. Some of the other guests were scattered out there, so I figured, maybe that’s where we ought to be.
I felt myself slowly entering behgo-rage mode. Honestly, I was blacking out from the behgorage and everything that was said had been faded out from the hunger pains.
And then I saw these being carried out. My stomach started doing a happy dance.
Chef Z continued talking about Peruvian cuisine and its staples. I think Milton was the most enthusiastic one in the crowd, as he seemed to be having a one on one dialogue from his seat with Chef Z as he was giving his presentation up front.
Holly and Milton getting their tasting on
Taking pics with Chef Z
I wasn’t too familiar with the works of Chef Zarate prior to this event, but apparently, he has an impressive and esteemed reputation in the world of Peruvian cuisine. Below are some video clips I came across, featuring Chef Z.
We were given these pins that came in this little red pouch. #swag
It reminded me of Faye of Faye’s Fork and her obsession with swag.
My favs from the tasting were the alfajores! I don’t even want to know how many I munched on that day. Milton and Holly agreed that these were the favs of the day.
I’ll try to make some at home in the near future. But in the meantime, I want to order some. Has anyone tried this brand? The reviews seem to be decent enough. And they look delish in the pics.