GAJO, Innovative Argentine Cuisine

GAJO, which stands for Gastronomia Argentina Joven (Young Argentine Gastronomy), is a group of thirteen young and renowned Argentine chefs who have joined forces to create a new national cuisine.  One of the methods for this is looking high and low for truly local ingredients from around the country, and incorporating them into their elaborate and delectable tasting menus, which they offer at GAJO events in different city restaurants.

The chef´s involved in GAJO are Hernán Gipponi (Hernán Gipponi Restaurant), Matías Kyriasis (Paraje Arévalo and Casa Arévalo),Soledad Nardelli(Chila Buenos Aires Cuisine), Hernán Griccini (Mansión Algodón), Fernando Hara and Yago Márquez (Unik), Rodrigo Castilla (Las Pizarras); Gonzalo Aramburu (Aramburu), Juan Pedro Rastellino (Allium Catering), Antonio Soriano (Astor), Darío Gualtieri (Casa Umare), Juan Gaffuri (Four Seasons Hotel) and Martín Baquero (El Almacén de los Milagros).

Tomorrow, to kick off November, Fierro Hotel’s Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, will be hosting Cocina Origen, the third GAJO dinner, in which the talented chefs will team up to present six mouthwatering dishes. Renowned guest chef Beatriz Chomnalez will be directing the team.

The tasting menu costs 90 USD or 430 pesos. Proceeds from the event will go to “Cocina para integrar”, a project in which cooking and other aspects of the culinary industry are taught in the slums as a way of creating new opportunities. Reservations can be made at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel is located on Soler 5862 in Palermo.

Halloween Parties in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Leo Reynolds)

Although Halloween is a foreign celebration for Argies, partying is plenty local, and any excuse to put on a costume and have a night of non-stop fun is more than welcome. This is why over the years this Anglo festivity has been embraced by many of the city’s clubs and bars, and their fellow clients. There may not be much trick or treating here, but there will certainly be a great many Halloween Parties. Below are a few of the top options:

All Hallows Eve Pub Crawl: Buenos Aires Pub Crawl is the most well known Halloween crawl of the city. How does it work? After signing up through their webpage, meet at 10pm at Plaza Armenia for pizza, beer, and wine, then start the ghoulish exploration of three or four city bars and dance the night away at a nightclub. The 120 peso price includes the pizza, beer, and wine at the starting point, a free shooter at each bar, drink discounts, and a free club admission.

Sugar Bar’s Halloween Night: Another great option is heading to Sugar Bar in Palermo where there will be screenings of scary music videos and Halloween movies, prizes for best costumes and special discounts on drinks! Costa Rica 4619, Palermo. 4831 3276 

Million’s Haunted House Halloween Party: This hot bar in the Recoleta area is perfect for Halloween. Set in an old remodeled house, full with chandeliers, black cat and all, it offers the perfect setting for mysterious masks and more. They will also be offering special discounts on some drinks and prizes to the best costume. Paraná 1048, Recoleta. 4815-9925 

Dubstep.ar Halloween Special at Club Niceto: Admittedly you don’t need Halloween to play dress up at Niceto but its still a great excuse and their electronic parties are known to last until the break of dawn, so this should be no exception! Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. 4779 9396

Magdalena’s Party is also celebrating Halloween and they are not leaving the candy out!! Special treats, Jell-O shots, a pumpkin carving contest and prizes to the best costume will be part of the festivity.  Thames 1795, Palermo. 4833 9127 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

The Bienal de Imagen en Movimiento (Audivisual Bienial) kicks off until the 4th of November featuring a variety of experimental works by local and international artists at the Centro Cultural San Martin and the Allianza Francesa. Find the full program here.

In the evening, if the rain has eased up, head to the Planetarium for the full moon drum  and percussion event that will take place from 10pm onwards.  Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments.

If it’s still too rainy for an outdoor program head to Notorious where there will be a live show in homage of Ramiro Musotto from Orchesta Sudaka starting at 9.30pm. Av. Callao 966, Recoleta.

Tuesday

(Caravaggio, St. Francis in Extasy, 1595, photo by carulmare)

Dont miss the  Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

Wednesday

(Photo by hanna_horwarth)

The Buenos Aires Photo 2012 exhibit is being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Stop by from 2pm onwards and catch a glimpse of what’s going on in front of the city lens. Junín 1930, Recoleta.

Later on in the evening show off your best gaucho or Recoleta ghost costume at Magdalena’s Party special halloween bash which will take place from middnight onwards. Thames 1795, Palermo. 

Thursday

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

If you havn’t booked your place for the GAJO dining event that will take place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant to kick of the month in culinary style do so NOW!! GAJO is a deluxe culinary team made up of the city`s top chefs (including Hernán Gipponi) who combine their talents to deliver the best of fine dining at different venues around the city.Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening legendary rock star Robert Plant will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park.  Tickets here.

Friday

(Photo by Steve Mclaren)

Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. It includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons, the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado, and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878!

Later on legendary rock star Robert Plant will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by twopolishedpennies)

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Saturday, starting at 3pm, Picnic BA will be taking place around five different city parks. The event will feature live music, art, performances and more. The closest park to the hotel where the event is taking place is Plaza Las Heras on Av. Las Heras and Coronel Diaz. Otherwise head to Puerto Madero’s Anfiteatro Lola Mora Costanera Sur for the closing events starting at 5pm. More information here.  (And check out our top picks for picnicking in the city here)

 

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Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest

(Photo by Gaston Z.)

Bicycles, fashion shows, live music and more will all be part of the Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest that will be held this weekend, on the 27th and 28th of October at various city venues including the Planetarium, the Parque Centenario, Rosedal and Distrito Audiovisual.  The event seeks to promote the bicycle as a means of transportation in the city.

Some of the top activities planned for the weekend include two fashion shows at the Planetarium, starting at 6.30pm, thematic city bike tours, live music at the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, various conferences regarding new transport trends and other bike related themes, a special platform for freestylers to show off their bike pirouettes, games for children, bike mechanic workshops, special projections and art interventions at the Planetarium and Distrito Audiovisual, amongst others. Find the full program of activities here.

Buenos Aires Photo 2012

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This weekend promises to be chock full of fun activities and amongst them will be the Buenos Aires Photo Festival 2012 that will take place from the 26th to the 29th of October at the Centro Cultural Recoleta.

The event will showcase a broad selection of Argentine Photography presented by over fifty galleries and artists. It will also include the works of the 2012 Petrobras award finalists and of guest photographer Joan Fontcuberta.

The exhibition will be open from 1pm to 9pm and is free of charge. Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junín 1930, Recoleta.

5 Hot Lunch Spots in Palermo

Baraka: This colorful and lively Palermo venue is only open during the day, and despite not serving alcohol is always full, which is a good sign. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches and dishes -such as the lamb burger- with a Middle Eastern spin. They also have a lovely terrace which is perfect for sunny Spring days.  Gurruchaga 1450, Palermo, 4834-6427

Olsen: Open sandwiches (smørrebrød) made from rye bread and delicious toppings like marinated herring and roast beef with curry sauce are typical in Scandinavian cuisine, and make great lunch options. Olsen specializes in everything Scandinavian including style and serves a very broad selection of vodkas, plus, they have outdoor seating in their garden. Gorriti 5870, Palermo. 4776-7677

Bio: Those who wish to go down the organic, vegetarian and even raw path will definitely love Bio. Their menu is varied and their food delicious and light enough that you can continue sightseeing all afternoon without needing a 2-hour nap in the middle. They have outdoor seating as well and a great selection of tea and juices. Humboldt 2192, Palermo. 4774-3880

Efímero Festín: For a quick sandwich in tasty bread or a salad with many toppings, Efímero Festín is the place to go. They offer top quality gourmet products, plus they have a salad bar to pick your own veggies from, and all in a cozy Palermo style setting.  Uriarte 1411, Palermo.  4831-9867

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant: Known for its elaborate tasting menus and famous brunch, Fierro Hotel’s restaurant also offers fantastic lunch options following its usual standard of quality, creativity and amazing taste. The wine selection is also very good, and there are a few tables outside in the garden. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6820

Caravaggio Exhibit at the MNBA

(Caravaggio. photo by TuscanyArts)

From the 25th of October to the 15th of December, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum), will be showcasing a special exhibit of Caravaggio’s work.

The exhibit, named Caravaggio and his Followers, will display a special selection of the baroque artist’s paintings, as well as showing a selection of works by other artists who he has influenced. These artists are Artemisia Gentileschi, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Giovanni Baglione, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, Hendrick van Somer, José de Ribera, Leonello Spada, Mattia Preti, Orazio Borgianni, Orazio Gentileschi, Orazio Riminaldi, Simon Vouet, Tommaso Salini and Valentin de Boulogne.

The exhibition is the first in Latin America to display  such a broad selection of this renowned artist’s works.  Another important exhibition of Italian art is taking place in the Museo Nacional Decorativo, where Renaissance paintings are being displayed.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 288-9999.