Your idea of entertaining guests is commanding Princess to roll over and show her belly. “Ta-da!”
For a more impressive performance, invite chef Juan Carlos Mejia (J.C. for the non-natives) to lead a Peruvian cooking class in your kitchen. Raised in his family’s restaurant, the South American transplant will create a two-course (appetizer and entree) menu for you and at least five friends. Expect mouthwatering, traditional dishes like corvina ceviche and choros a la chalaca (boiled mussels, onions, cilantro, Peruvian corn, celery, and lime).
Mejia will arrive with ingredients (chopped and portioned per person) and equipment (knives, cutting boards, and silverware) in tow; you simply provide the dishes for plating. Looking to liven things up? Chef hats, aprons, and plenty of Pisco Sours — the country’s signature cocktail — are available for a little bit extra.
That should do the trick.
Juan Carlos Mejia (954-854-6668 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Classes are $50 per person.
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