The kitchen’s looking mighty busy at the moment!  But not satisfied with just opening a restaurant, we’ve just made 1000 empanadas for this weekend’s World Chefs’ Showcase for Crave Sydney International Food Festival. 500 x Peruvian style alpaca and 500x silverbeet and feta. Of course they’re going to be baked, not friend. We’re all about healthy eating at Morena!

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This October is all about CRAVE Sydney International Food Festival 2011 and we’re presenting the very best of Latin American cuisine to food enthusiasts from around Australia.

We’ve got loads of events going on throughout the month, each of which will focus on something different about the Peruvian culture, cuisine and our love of Pisco!

Not only is Morena showcasing the best of Peru but the Sydney Magazine’s World Chef’s Showcase Gala Dinner will be showcasing Alejandro Saravia! He’s there to make his amazing Andean Garden dish for the esteemed guests. Other chefs include Alejandro’s chef idol, Gaston Acurio, Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Justin North, Mark Best and many many more.

Alejandro will also be cooking up the lunchtime food for the World Chef’s Showcase events over the weekend. 1000 Empanadas! 500 Peruvian style Alpaca empanadas and 500 Silverbeet and Feta empanadas for the vegetarian option.

For more details on CRAVE got to http://www.cravesydney.com.au or for Morena, http://www.morena.com.au

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Peru comes to Sydney with our new restaurant, MORENA!

We’re very excited to announce that the preparations for our first restaurant are underway! Situated in the heart of Sydney’s upbeat Surry Hills, MORENA will showcase the amazing variety of flavours, ingredients and dishes of Latin American haute cuisine, with a fine dining service and a fun, relaxed vibe.  We’ll also have a courtyard and a fantastic bar called Alma Morena which is going to serve the best Latin American cocktails!

MORENA will launch in Sydney’s Surry Hills in October – just in time for the CRAVE Sydney International Food Festival (http://www.cravesydney.com.au) – and we’ll have lots going on over the month of October including Piscos nights, Degustations, a special 1940s style cocktail evening showcasing Latin American cocktails and canapes with Metalab designers’ fantastic Latin American inspired jewellery.

Our website is www.morena.com.au.  We’ll be adding to it over the next couple of months so make sure you check it out or go onto Facebook – www.facebook.com/morenasydney.   

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Morena Facebook now online

Hope you managed to catch the Getaway show tonight!  You can view it a bit later online at www.getaway.ninemsn.com.au. We had great fun making it! We’re now online on our new facebook page for MORENA – go on and LIKE us and you’ll be on our exclusive friends list for events and promotions at the new restaurant. www.facebook.com/morenasydney.

Morena is now on Facebook - www.facebook.com/morenasydney

Morena is now on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/morenasydney

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We’re on Getaway This Weekend!

Behind the Scenes in Lima

Yes after a bit of a wait, we’re ON  this weekend! Check out the Lima Food Tour with Jules Lund and Alejandro Saravia this Saturday (9th July 2011) at 5.30 PM AEST.  Earlier in the year Alejandro shot this feature with Jules in Alejandro’s home city of Lima – showing Jules around the fantastic culture and cuisine of this amazing city.  Jules then got his very own Peruvian Cuisine Masterclass…If you miss it on Saturday you can check out the link on http://getaway.ninemsn.com.au/videos/ after 11.30 PM on Saturday night…

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Electrolux Cooking School Dates for August 2011

We’re very excited to be taking part in the Electrolux Cooking School again this year. Alejandro will be hosting three classes at the famous Queen Victoria Markets.  The classes will be: Peru – The Spanish Influence on Friday 19th August, 5.00pm; Cook Healthy With ‘Superfoods’ Saturday 20th August, 12.30pm and The Best of South American FlavoursSunday 21st August, 12.30pm. If you fancy coming along, book your place now! 03 9320 5822 or email: cooking@qvm.com.au

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Congratulations Lima!

Here is a bit of history to learn and celebrate our culture.

On the 18th of January 1535, Lima, the ‘City of Kings’ was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

During the exploration of Cuzco, Pizarro was impressed and through his officers wrote back to King Charles I of Spain, saying:

This city is the greatest and the finest ever seen in this country or anywhere in the Indies… We can assure your Majesty that it is so beautiful and has such fine buildings that it would be remarkable even in Spain.

After the conquest of Peru by taking Cuzco in 1533,  Jauja was established as Peru’s provisional capital in April 1534. But Jauja was too far up in the mountains and far from the sea to serve as the Spanish capital of Peru.

Pizarro thus founded the city of Lima in Peru’s central coast on 18 January 1535, a foundation that he considered as one of the most important things he had created in life.

It is said  that he marked out the main Plaza with his sword and each year on the anniversary of that day, the proud citizens celebrate with a mixture of popular, religious and military events.

From “A taste of PERú we would like to send our best wishes to this beautiful city and the proud Limeños, and invite you to check out our “A taste of PERú” – Gormet Tour, to discover the ‘City of Kings’, now recognised as the Gastronomic Capital of South America!

Congratulations Lima.


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