Pisco Trail was born two years ago on Jan 1, 2011. Two years ago. From dinner, dessert, or cocktail pop-ups at 18 Reasons, Omnivore Books, The Red Poppy Art House, and The HUB, 2012 gave me the opportunity to continue to share Peruvian cuisine and culture with San Francisco. I was also very excited to travel to New Orleans to do a Pisco cocktail demonstration and to cook a special 5-course Peruvian Independence Day dinner at Carmo.
My fascination with the history of New Orleans inspired the Pisco Balls dessert while the Spanish connection between Peru, New Orleans, and The Dominican Republic inspired The Saint and The Viceroy cocktail. A recipe with Purple corn for Señor de los Milagros month yielded a delicious triptych: dessert, drink, and cocktail. I also had the honor of being invited to write a 5-part article on the history of Peruvian cuisine for Chef Marcus Samuelsson, was asked to be last-minute speaker at the Asian Latino Culinary Forum, and joined the judging panel at a Pisco cocktail competition.
What does 2013 hold for Pisco Trail? More pop-ups? Definitely. New recipes and cocktails? Of course. Travel? Absolutely. Where? With two new Peruvian restaurants, a ceviche pop-up, and a Pisco pop-up, London UK is definitely on my culinary radar. But so is the annual food festival in Peru, Mistura, as well as the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle. I invite you to stay tuned for updates appearing on the Pisco Trail calendar, and to follow @piscotrail on twitter to find out WITWIPT. ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!