Chicago is getting its first bite at Latin Restaurant Weeks, a two-week celebration of Latin cuisine. From Oct. 4-18, 13 Chicago restaurants will offer special deals on some of their cultures’ most iconic dishes.
The initiative launched in Houston in 2019 and expanded to Miami in 2020. Latin Restaurant Weeks founder Karinn Chavarria (with co-founder Warren Luckett of Black Restaurant Week) said people can expect to find tastes both familiar and new.
“They can discover flavors from Puerto Rico, from Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico and so forth. And they can expect some great special deals,” says Chavarria. “We just want people to really stay educated about the diversity of Latin cuisine. So it’s a binary project — we want people to discover the flavors of Latin America bite by bite, but we also want to support our local Latino owned businesses.
Participating restaurant Tanta’s executive chef Jesus Delgado said they’re joining LRW to spread the word about Peruvian foodways.
“What I want is to share my culture,” said Delgado. “Sharing food is sharing culture and knowledge.”
Three of the dishes diners can try during Latin Restaurant Weeks at Tanta are some of the most traditional in Peruvian cuisine — ceviche, beef heart, anticucho and his personal favorite, lomo saltado, which showcases the Chinese influence in Peruvian food.
Other participating restaurants are:
— Latin America Cravings
— Pan Artesanal Bakery