Salvador Da Bahia
8th, 9th, 10th May 2014
Casa Sabor’s next pop-up, in a new venue, will celebrate the food of Brazil and the regional capital Salvador Da Bahra with a five course menu that will cover the classics, but also some new dishes inspired by Chef Alex Atala, the global super-star of Brazilian cuisine, and his passion for using local products and his respect for the environment. We'll be using all the techniques of the modern kitchen, and to some extent ‘deconstructing’ traditional dishes, to highlight the flavours of fresh fish and seafood, as well as high quality meats, fruit and vegetables.
The evening will be a feast for the ears too! Bahia is central to Brazil's music scene. Many of the giants hail from this northeastern state — Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Carlinhos Brown, and João Gilberto, the founder of bossa nova. Not forgetting, of course, Olodum, the Afro-Brazilian group featured on Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints.
2014 seems to be Brazil's year, with the World Cup turning attention to the people, culture and food of the largest country in South Americawhich is as diverse as the rest or the continent. When we’re asked what is Brazilian food like, we have the same answer: it's a melting pot with contributions from indigenous people, descendants of African slaves, the Portuguese and other Europeans.
For some the soul of Brazil is in the north, in the state of Bahia, birth place of Samba and capoeira. Salvador Da Bahia, the oldest city in Brazil, is the epicenter of Afro-Brazilian culture with an spicy colonial taste. Bahian cuisine, widely considered Brazil's best, draws heavily on African, indigenous, and Portuguese influences. The queen of regional dishes is moqueca, a spicy fish stew, and one of our long-standing favourites at Sabor. The magic touch is the orange dendê oil, derived from a small African coconut, which gives much of this region's cooking its distinctive richness.
Bahia de Salvador’s street food is great too - like the acaraje. These deep-fried black-eyed-pea cakes stuffed with vatapá (a paste of shrimp, coconut, palm oil, and peanuts) are Bahia's fast food. They're prepared by baianas, matrons usually dressed in white, the color of Iansã, the candomblé goddess of the wind.
We were delighted to have found Ozone Coffee Roasters cafe as the venue for our next pop-up. The owners are the new generation of very serious coffee aficionados and they are lighting London up with really great cup of coffee. This delights me as coffee is “in my blood”, as I was born in the coffee region of Colombia and even though I’ve been living in London for more than twenty years now, I keep my close ties by running our family coffee farm from Islington London.
Ozone is located at 11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ, just round the corner from the Old Street Station roundabout.
We will be open from 7 pm in the evening. Please follow this link to secure a place for this limited run. Let us know if you are vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements by emailing us at our contact page.
Come and celebrate Brazilian food and culture with us on the 8th, 9th, or 10th of May 2014.
Sabor, Latin American Taste
Esnayder Cuartas is a food and drinks entrepreneur and Colombian national who has lived in London and worked in restaurants and the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. He was the proprietor of Sabor, the leading Latin American restaurant in Islington from 2004 to 2012, and now runs Casa Sabor, a catering and events management business, which has delivered many events across London, including pop-up restaurants, private catering and parties of every type, often with live music or other entertainment.
For this event, Esnayder invites you into his own home in Angel, Islington, to enjoy top Latin cuisine and hospitality in a stylish but comfortable and relaxed setting. As well as fine food, you can expect a lively, friendly crowd, and a very warm welcome.