Bogotá: a gourmet capital

Colombia’s capital is preparing to host the 13th edition of the most important food festival, Alimentarte. This year over a hundred restaurants will be participating in the traditional food bazar at Parque El Virrey, just across the street from Blue Door’s hotel, Jazz Apartments. The festival will be divided in two different events. The first weekend (August 15th through the 17th) restaurants will be featuring dishes from around the world under the slogan “Mundo con Boca” and with Spain as the guest of honor. Meanwhile, during the second weekend of August 22nd, the theme will be “Colombia si Sabe” – a two – day tribute to Colombia’s cuisine.

Alimentarte is organized by the non profit foundation, “Corazón Verde,” which this time, along with the Colombian economic journal, Portafolio, will be sponsoring an academic forum about ‘haute’ cuisine. The international invited panelists and chefs for this lecture are: Andoni Luis Aduriz (Spain), Gastón Acurio (Perú), Diego Guerrero (Spain), Roy Cáceres (Italy) and Jesús Sánchez (Spain). The forum will be moderated by the editor of Bocas Magazine, Mauricio Silva, and its intended to also demonstrate how is Colombia’s gastronomy in comparison to other nations. The event will take place on Wednesday 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Colsubsio.

But, for those who love exquisite gourmet food and dining out, Alimentarte is bringing 16 of the world’s most recognized chefs this year. They will be cooking in various restaurants of Bogotá for a fixed price that includes a complete meal along with wine. For more information regarding dates and to purchase your tickets please visit the following site: http://bit.ly/1JAWeFt

The chefs that will be joining Alimentarte 2015 are:

Ricardo Camarena (Spain): Winner of 3 Michelin Stars and 3 Soles Repsol. Outstanding Chef in Madrid Fusión 2015.

Héctor Solís (Perú): Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 – # 20. Peruvian food ambassador.

Yossi Elad (England): Executive chef at 2 times winner of London’s best restaurant, El Palomar.

Jesús Sánchez (Spain): Winner of 1 Michelin Star and 3 Soles Repsol. Awarded by Madrid Fusión as best contemporary restaurant.

Christopher Carpentier (Chile): Master Chef Chile jury. Winner of the prize “Chef de Chefs Chile” 2001 and 2003 and Chef del Bicentenario, Chile 2010.

Takehiro Ohno (Argentina): One of the most well known chefs in latin american TV. Host of Gourmet Channel’s program, “Ohno”.

Toshiro Konishi (Perú): Considered a father of Nikkei food. Peruvian food ambassador accross the world.

Juan Gaffuri (Argentina): Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 – # 48. Considered as one of the best hotel chefs in Latin America.

Roy Cáceres (Italy): Winner of a Michelin Star. Owner of Rome’s restaurant, Metamorfosi, one of the most recognized restaurants in the country.

Ciro Watanabe (Chile): Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 – # 30. Awarded Best Chef of Chile.

Pamela Fidalgo (Chile): Jury of Top Chef Chile. Named Chef of the Year by the Circulo de Cronistas de Chile (Chile’s food critics commitee).

Janaina Rueda (Brazil): Sao Paulo’s best restaurant in 2008- 2009 – 2013. Awarded “Outstanding Chef 2014” by the Guide: 4 Rodas.

Andoni Luis Aduriz (Spain): The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 – # 6. Winner of 2 Michelin Stars and 3 Soles Repsol.

Diego Guerrero (Spain): Winner of 3 Michelin Stars and 3 Soles Repsol. Owner of DStage, the second restaurant in Spain with the highest number of RSVP’s – only a year old.

Germán Martitegui (Argentina): The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015. Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 – # 9. Jury of Master Chef Argentina.

Edgar Núñez (Mexico): Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 – # 24. Winner of the best Food Truck 2014 by Gourmet Award.

If you plan to attend one or all of Alimentarte’s events, Blue Doors Hotels welcomes you to stay at our boutique themed apartment- style suites. Jazz Apartments, for instance, is located right in front of El Virrey Park, where the food bazar will take place. In addition, this hotel is just five minutes away from restaurants such as Juana La Loca, Harry Sasson, Watakushi, Toshiro Robatayaki or Braserrie where the participating chefs will be cooking every night for two weeks. Celebrities Suites, another of our five star hotels, is also located near the gastronomic area, “Zona G” where the other events will be held. At Blue Doors we guarantee the booking of you dinner reservations.

Please visit our hotels’ websites for detailed information:

Celebrities Suites: Located in the heart of Bogotá’s financial district; this boutique hotel offers spacious apartments ideal for long stays. Guests will be able to live an unforgettable experience sleeping next to some of the world’s most recognized celebrities.

www.celebritiessuites.com

104 Art Suites: 104 Arts Suites is a themed boutique hotel. Every apartment – style suite was intervened by a Colombian artist and is the result of a real masterpiece of art. Thus, this hotel is unique in its kind. All the hotel’s social areas combine the most creative and sophisticated design and architectural techniques. 104 Art Suites is strategically located in the area of Chicó Navarra, near the financial district (100th Street and 19th Avenue) in the north of Bogotá. The hotel is just a few minutes away from the traditional Usaquén neighborhood, Unicentro Shopping Mall and the commercial area of Parque 93.

www.104artsuites.com 

Continental All Suites: The recently renovated hotel Continental All Suites is located in the heart of the city. It is close to all the tourist attractions such as the Gold Museum and Fernando Botero’s Collection Museum. This apartment-style hotel is perfect for groups. Its rooms have capacity for up to 7 people.

 www.hotelcontinentalbogota.com.co

Jazz Apartments: Located just in front of the beautiful gardens of El Virrey Park and a five – minute walk from Bogotá’s best restaurants, bars, and shops. Elegant, modern and exclusive, that is Jazz Apartments: a place for executives and tourists, offering comfort along with the commodities of the office.

www.jazzapartments.com 

93 Luxury Suites: 93 Luxury Suites and Residences is part of the Preferred Boutique Group. Its luxurious suites are fully equipped and furnished. This boutique hotel is located right next to Parque 93 and close to shops, business centers, restaurants and bars.

 www.93luxurysuites.com