Raíces Chicago Culinary Event: “This is Colombia”

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Are you ready to embark on a mouthwatering adventure through Colombia without leaving Chicago? The Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is about to take you on an unforgettable gastronomic expedition that will tantalize your taste buds and broaden your culinary horizons.

Introducing “This is Colombia”

On Wednesday, July 17th, the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC), in collaboration with Sister Cities Chicago:Bogota, will present “This is Colombia” at the Amaru Restaurant in Wicker Park. This extraordinary event marks the beginning of an exciting new series celebrating the culinary arts of Latin America in Chicago.

A Feast for the Senses

Imagine savoring an eight-course dinner that captures the essence of Colombia’s diverse regions, climates, and communities. Four award-winning chefs – three from Colombia and one from Venezuela – along with a skilled mixologist, will craft an exquisite menu complete with perfectly paired beverages. It’s a rare opportunity to experience the rich tapestry of Colombian cuisine right here in the Windy City.

Food prepared by CDC Rodolfo Cuadros at his Restaurant Amaru in Wicker Park, Chicago. (Photo: Amaru)

The Masterminds Behind the Magic

This culinary extravaganza is the brainchild of Pepe Vargas & Felipe Ospina, a sommelier and restaurant industry expert who currently works as a business development manager for Sysco. Ospina’s extensive network and deep understanding of Chicago’s culinary scene make him the ideal curator for this series.

A Celebration of Culture and Connection

“This is Colombia” isn’t just about food – it’s a celebration of cultural exchange and understanding. The event coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Chicago Sister Cities program’s connection to Bogota, Colombia. As chair of the Chicago:Bogota chapter, Ospina is uniquely positioned to bridge these two vibrant cities through the universal language of food.

Meet the Chefs

Host Chef Rodolfo Cuadros, owner of Amaru Restaurant and a native of Bucaramanga, Colombia, will be joined by three other talented chefs for this special evening. Each will bring their unique interpretation of Colombian cuisine to the table, promising a diverse and exciting menu.

In a recent episode of the ILCC’s podcast, HablArte!, Chef Cuadros and Felipe Ospina shared their excitement for the event and offered a tantalizing preview of what guests can expect.

Don’t Miss This Culinary Adventure!

“This is Colombia” is more than just a dinner – it’s a journey through the heart and soul of Colombian cuisine. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or simply looking for a unique night out in Chicago, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Amaru Restaurant in Wicker Park Chicago, the location where "This is Colombia" will be held on July 17th, 2024. (Photo: Amaru Restaurant)

A Celebration of Milestones

“This is Colombia” isn’t just a culinary event – it’s a celebration of cultural milestones that highlight the strong ties between Chicago and Latin America.

Chicago Sister Cities: 15 Years of Connection

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Chicago Sister Cities program’s partnership with Bogota, Colombia. This organization has been instrumental in fostering intercultural experiences and promoting mutual understanding between these two vibrant communities. At the helm of the Chicago:Bogota chapter is none other than Felipe Ospina, the visionary behind “This is Colombia.”

ILCC: 25 Years of Cultural Celebration

Coinciding with this culinary extravaganza is another significant milestone – the 25th anniversary of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC). Born from the Chicago Latino Film Festival, which is now in its impressive 40th year, the ILCC has been a driving force in promoting Latino culture across Chicago.

Through a diverse array of programs including film, music, theatre, dance, and now culinary arts, the ILCC continues to expand its repertoire. Each initiative serves to further its mission of fostering understanding and appreciation for the rich tapestry of Latino culture.

Don’t Miss This Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

“This is Colombia” is a one-night-only event that promises to be as memorable as it is delicious. With such significant anniversaries being celebrated and an incredible lineup of chefs, this culinary journey is expected to sell out quickly.

Don’t wait to secure your spot at this extraordinary table. Purchase your tickets now and be part of a night that celebrates culture, connection, and of course, incredible Colombian cuisine!

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