South American Cuisine Takes Off in Portland

Throughout Portland, a new crop of South American restaurants have been opening all over the city. From Peruvian and Chilean to Argentinian and Brazilian, the number of newcomers to the Portland scene is staggering.

Perhaps the best known is Paiche, the Peruvian restaurant that opened in Southwest Portland by Chef Jose Luis de Cossio. Paiche is open for lunch service only but has already become quite the hit amongst locals for its numerous seafood, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Joining Paiche in the South American culinary scene are the vegetarian Epif and the woodfired cooking at Lechon, both equally intriguing concepts in their own rights. Learn more about Portland’s South American culinary renaissance here

FoodableTV Sits Down With Stephane Bombet of Bombet Hospitality Group

Stephane Bombet  | Allison Levine for Foodable WebTV Network

Stephane Bombet | Allison Levine for Foodable WebTV Network

Restaurants in Los Angeles have been opening at an alarming rate. One of the people responsible for this is Stephane Bombet. Since 2010, Bombet has been behind some of L.A.’s most talked about restaurants, including Picca, Mo-Chica, Paiche, Faith & Flower, Terrine, Viviane, and Hanjip.

During his eight year break, Bombet noticed that L.A. was a city full of well-educated, well-traveled people with disposable income who enjoyed food and wine. There were only a handful of chefs of name in Los Angeles at the time, and Bombet felt it was a good time to open a restaurant. He was looking for a French chef, but was introduced to Chef Ricardo Zarate, who was behind Mo-Chica. Intrigued by his Peruvian cuisine, Bombet began working with Zarate to help bring his food into the city, and found the location that would become Picca. Read More

Small Kingdoms: Inside Stephane Bombet's L.A. Restaurant Empire

Small Kingdoms: Inside Stephane Bombet's L.A. Restaurant Empire

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

Restaurants in Los Angeles have been opening at an alarming rate. One of the people responsible for this is Stephane Bombet. Since 2010, Bombet has been behind some of L.A.’s most talked about restaurants, including Picca, Mo-Chica, Paiche, Faith & Flower, Terrine, Viviane, and Hanjip.

Bombet was born and raised in France. Though he grew up in the restaurant business — his family ran butcher shops and bakeries — Bombet studied journalism and worked in international politics and economics. In 1996, he opened a lounge/bar in Paris. He also started the VIP Room, a popular nightlife destination with locations around the world. But in 2011, Bombet sold his portion of the business and moved to Los Angeles after visiting a friend. He invested in a few companies but was in semi-retirement.

During his eight year break, Bombet noticed that L.A. was a city full of well-educated, well-traveled people with disposable income who enjoyed food and wine. There were only a handful of chefs of name in Los Angeles at the time, and Bombet felt it was a good time to open a restaurant. He was looking for a French chef, but was introduced to Chef Ricardo Zarate, who was behind Mo-Chica. Intrigued by his Peruvian cuisine, Bombet began working with Zarate to help bring his food into the city, and found the location that would become Picca.

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Chef Ricardo Zarate Returns to the LA Culinary Scene With Once Pop-Up

Chef Ricardo Zarate Returns to the LA Culinary Scene With Once Pop-Up

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

Chef Ricardo Zarate first made a name for himself in Los Angeles when he opened Mo-Chica inside Mercado La Paloma in Downtown Los Angeles in 2009. Known for his inventive interpretation on Peruvian cuisine, his star quickly rose as he opened Picca, a second Mo-Chica and Paiche. Zarate was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs in 2011 and Picca was also named one of GQ magazine’s best new restaurants that year.

Last year, rumors started swirling as Zarate left all of his restaurants in October 2014. Regardless of what happened, he and his food were missed. But, now he is back!

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