MISSION CEVICHE, NYC
Born and raised in the Andes mountains of Venezuela to a Peruvian father and a Colombian mother, José Luis Chavez, the co-founder and co-owner of Mission Ceviche, has culinary experience that spans three continents. José embarked on his culinary journey when he made the life-changing decision to move to Peru to study what he loved – cooking. Since he is of Peruvian heritage, he realized that moving to Peru would be the best way to perfect his cooking talents while getting in touch with his family’s roots.
Throughout his career, José Luis has traveled to France to open and coordinate two restaurants during the Cannes Film Festival. He served as executive chef at a Peruvian-Egyptian fusion restaurant in Lima, catered high-profile fundraising events, and has worked with renowned Peruvian chefs. José’s talent and creations captured the attention of Brice Mastroluca, and together they opened Mission Ceviche in July 2015.
PISCO ROTISSERIE & CEVICHERIA, San Diego, CA
SURFISH BISTRO, Brooklyn, NY
LA CEVICHERIA, Rockaway Beach, NY
Ximena & Leyla Yrala are two sister from Lima who settled in the Rockaways a decade ago. Together they opened La Cevicheria; a Peruvian puestito, a newcomer to the boardwalk at 97th street, Rockaway Beach, New York. Run by the Yrala family, transplants from Peru, this spot was inspired by the scene at Lima’s Punta Negra beach.
DESNUDA CEVICHERIA, Brooklyn, NY
In late 2008 Desnuda Cevicheria opened its doors on 7th Street in Manhattan's East Village. Desnuda quickly became one of the most unique dining experiences in the city. Dinner at Desnuda isn't just dinner, It's edible interactive performance art. Stylish yet casual the sliver of a place has only 18 bar seats with no full kitchen. The limited bar seats puts patrons face-to-face with the personable chefs which allow not only for an amazing culinary journey but a full on interactive dining experience.
DARWIN EVOLUTIONARY CUISINE, Sarasota, FL
Born in Lima, Peru, Marita Lynn got her start as a gourmet chef early in life. She grew up in a family that entertained frequently — and with gusto — which inspired Marita to try her hand at the culinary arts when she was only 14. She still remembers the flutter of excitement when she presented her first ceviche to her family.
After she and her family moved to the U.S., Marita decided to professionally pursue her life’s passion and attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where she graduated with high honors. She then trained and worked at a number of highly acclaimed restaurants, including Jean Georges, Daniel Boulud’s Feast and Fetes Catering, The Ryland Inn, and The Bernards Inn in New Jersey.
Marita Lynn discovered her calling in creating the whole experience surrounding her gourmet cuisine, and she founded her full-service event planning and catering company in 2004. Marita Lynn Catering has been providing exquisite cuisine and service to private and corporate clients in New York and New Jersey ever since.
SWEETS BY BELEN, Houston, TX
Belen Bailey is an 8th grade Spanish teacher who loves to bake homemade South American pastries. An immigrant from Peru, Bailey created Sweets by Belen in honor of her mom and grandmother, who worked tirelessly to satisfy their family's sweet tooth.
Shaker & Spoon was founded in 2015 in Brooklyn by two designers and an overfilled liquor cabinet. We got tired of buying apricot brandy and cream sherry and not using them again, of needing hard-to-find ingredients at 10 p.m., of trying that complicated cocktail recipe only to be disappointed once it didn’t turn out. Now, with our monthly cocktail club, you just pick up the bottle and we take care of the rest. So next time you want to impress your date, party with friends, or relax with Netflix while drinking the perfect old fashioned, we’ll be there to give you the knowledge and confidence to go beyond pouring a glass of wine or opening a beer. With our help, you’ll mix that drink perfectly—and always be the tastemaker in your circle.
Griela Perez is a Peruvian fashion designer and owner of Las Polleras de Agus, one may ask what a pollera is. Well, a pollera is a one-piece skirt used mostly in traditional festivities and folklore throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America.
Polleras are made from materials, such as cotton or wool and tend to have colorful decorations. For the most part, the decorations are embroidered, flowers and regional animals are among the most common designs found in polleras.
During the Spanish colonization between 16th and 17th centuries, hacienda owners or hacendados enforced the indigenous population in the Andes to wear them. Traditional polleras come from peasant dress from southern Spanish regions, like Andalusia. Today, polleras are associated with indigenous and folkloric forms of dress.
Las polleras de Agus is a mix of respect, passion and admiration for our cultural identity. We seek to reclaim our traditional garments which are being lost over time. By incorporating them into contemporary fashion, we create a versatile line.
Produced through traditional weaving, embroidery, and stitching techniques, our pieces transport you to indigenous Andean Peru. They are created by folk art weavers for people who long to re-encounter the past and value one of man's great masterpieces - Pre-Columbian Civilization.