Chica morada (drink) and Peruvian food
The women enjoying some food and chica morada.

This past Saturday, LLI took a select group of our Women’s Program to a special dinner at Panchita, a restaurant in Lima’s Miraflores district owned by renown Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. These women were rewarded for having consistently attended our classes throughout the year.

Accompanied by the sous chef, Leni Cruzmatute, the women were given a kitchen tour where they learned about the operational aspects of a kitchen, and got the opportunity to sample a majority of Panchita’s classic Peruvian dishes on the house: dishes like causa, chicha morada, anticuchos, and more were delighted our hearts as well as our stomachs. Sous chef Cruzmatute even shared with us the recipe for pastel de choclo (Peruvian savory cornbread), which was definitely one of the favorites of the night.

Leni showing the pastel de choclo
Ladies enjoying picarones

The evening ended with some picarones (pumpkin & sweet potato donuts) and a photo session with Leni. A big thank you to the Panchita staff for hosting us and giving us a fantastic and unforgettable culinary experience!


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