Moveable Feasts is a weekly agenda in which our food writer Alyssa Hansen gives us the low-down on this week’s wine festivals, celebrations of Israeli and Italian culture, cocktail classes, and healthy eats in Buenos Aires.
As if December doesn’t have enough going on, you need to plan your outings so you can cram in all these delish Israeli restaurants. Organized by Israel en Argentina, the list of participating locales spans the years from the first Jewish restaurant of Palermo to modern street food favorites. During the whole week, there’ll be promos, special menus, cooking classes and live music celebrating Israeli food!
02/12 – 9/12 | Benaim, Hola Jacoba, Florentin, Schuster Catering, Eretz Cantina Israelí, Tetuán Brasero Marroquí, Fayer, Teamim, Veggie Medio Oriente | check the list of address locations here | Belgrano to Palermo
Your weekly favorite, taco club MASA will be popping-up again at Banquito Rojo. Expat chef Kevin Vaughn is hooking you up for that Mexican flavor you’ve been craving. Feel the nostalgia as you eat your way through a plate of tacos.
19 – 23:30 hrs. | Banquito Rojo | Bolivar 914 | San Telmo
This talk is for semi-serious homebrewers and beer entrepreneurs looking to up their game on their next batch. A two-part session (this Tuesday and next Sunday) on how to design your beer recipes: from the basics to including subtle flavors like passionfruit or raspberry. There’s limited space at this event, but Clinica Cervecera hosts regular classes and during the month of December and you have the chance to catch their talk on branding for craft breweries, and how water quality can affect your beer. For questions or to reserve your spot, email: [email protected]
04/12 & 11/12 | Clínica Cervecera | Av. Olazabal 5607 | Belgrano
This social club for the modern dandy is an exclusive rooftop refuge for those seeking to enjoy the finer things. For $1,500.00, you too can learn how to pair different brands of whiskeys with the appropriate cheeses, chocolate truffles, and the ultimate dessert- imported cigars. Beverages provided by The Dalmore, Glenrothes, and Jura, and cheeses from La Mesón and La Suerte. In between tastings, you can cleanse your palate with Italian spring water Acqua Panna and sparkling San Pellegrino. The cigars, of course, are nothing less than Cuban, from Montecristo cigars. Due to limited space, reservations required. Reserve your spot by emailing: [email protected].
19 – 22 hs. | Vuelta Abajo Social Club – Edificio Comega | Av. Corrientes 222, Piso 15 | Microcentro
If you’ve ever wished for a perfect little spot to enjoy Spanish tapas, listen to live Tango music, and share a glass of wine with friends, look no further. This classic Villa Crespo wine bar celebrates its 13th anniversary with an extra special wine festival this year. Known for serving hard-to-find labels from older vintages, La Cava Jufre will host representatives from each of these bodegas as they serve wine all night to a select crowd. How do you get tickets, you ask? The entrance fee is $500.00 for all-you-can-drink, but get there early! A line will be forming around 20hs…
20 – 23 hs. | La Cava Jufre | Jufré 201 | Villa Crespo
Pick up your entrance bracelet and start this winding wine maze through the streets of Palermo Hollywood. With open wine tastings, and live music at each stop on your list, you can taste wines from over 30 bodegas. Start off the night with a talk by enologist Juan Argerich (of La Malbequeria) and learn how to understand Argentine wines at Dashi House at 19:30 hs. The wine festival tickets are $600 and include an accessories kit and coupons for additional discounts. Click here to buy online.
19 – 23 hs. | Productora Ruda Macho | Bonpland 1847 | Palermo
Four Takes on Chocolate
For those with a major sweet tooth, wine pairs best not with red meat, cheese, or other savory eats- but with pure, unadulterated chocolate. Tais Ambrosio, of Cocoabit chocolates, will present a mix of four textures blending warm chocolate on a slab of Carrera marble. Each texture will be accompanied with a glass of wine selected by the good people at Wining. Space is limited, so buy your $350.00 ticket online.
19 – 21 hrs. | Wining | Gurruchaga 1060 | Palermo
Six o’ Clock Tea in a Hidden Garden
The tradition of tea-time in Buenos Aires is a reminder of how the British occupation has marked daily life. This tea tasting is a virtual journey through the senses that transports you from the garden of a boutique hotel in Palermo to exotic locations. Three different teas are paired with sweet and savory petit fours made from the highest quality all-natural products. The afternoon is led by Ana Luz Morales, director of Vedanna, and tea sommelier and the setting is none other than the hotel where Francis Ford Coppola fell in love with Buenos Aires.
18 – 20 hrs. | Hotel Be Jardín Escondido by Coppola | Gorriti 4746 | Palermo
Led by brand ambassador, Martin Olivera, the class will show you how to prepare your own cocktails using Absolut, with creative twists on classic vodka drinks. Included in your ticket is the class, 3 drinks, and American-style tapas (such as sliders, onion rings, chicken and veggie BBQ, and cheese plates). Space is limited, so to reserve your spot, buy tickets directly through the Sofitel website by clicking here. For more information, email: [email protected]
19 – 22 hrs. | The Brick Kitchen (Sofitel) | Posadas 1232 | Recoleta
Celebrating the 6th edition of “GuainFest”, this Saturday in a corner of Cañitas there will be wine, music, games, burgers and more. For $150, you get two glasses of wine, with each additional glass between $50 – $150. Francis Platz’s delicious burger combos will be discounted to $200 (including a choice of veggie burger, along with fries and yet another glass of wine). To keep everyone classy, there will be real glass provided (in exchange for a $100 deposit for your cup). Don’t wait, buy your tickets here. To see pics from their last wine festival, check out Guain.Me’s Facebook page.
21 – 02 hrs. | Francis Platz | Andres Arguibel 2859 | Las Cañitas
Ladies, put down that nasty juice cleanse you’re on and come try some of The Travelling Greens‘ delicious salad combos (kale, caesar, and vegan options). Sherine El Heshemi, the founder of the successful salad company, will be hosting the event, while Carolyn Banner (trained vinyasa yoga instructor, fitness, coach, and nutritionist) will be leading a nutritional talk and 60-minute yoga class. She’ll also give you pointers on where you can find healthy eating options around Buenos Aires. Space is limited, so you must reserve with a 50% deposit by December 6th. Message Carolyn on Facebook or email: [email protected] The cost of the mini-retreat is $1,100 (dollars also accepted, of course) and can be paid via PayPal, Venmo, or cash.
10:30 – 13 hrs. | The Travelling Greens | address upon reservation (half-a-block from NOLA) | Palermo
Part guided art tour, part celebration of organic bodegas in Argentina. Accompanied by healthy catering and a table where you can choose your favorite wines to take home with you. This is the last night of the year for VIOS – Vinos más Sustentables with their Vino & Arte events. Hosted in the Botica del Angel, a former church turned cultural center and art museum, the tour will highlight tango photography and the history of Buenos Aires’ glory days. Your $600 ticket includes dinner, wine tastings, and entrance and guided tour. Click here to buy tickets online.
19 – 23 hrs. | Botica del Angel Museum | 543 Presidente Luis Sáenz Peña | Microcentro
This year marks the 6th edition of the two-day festival (starts on Saturday from 14hs-23hs) that celebrates Italian cuisine, culture, and music. Originally founded by Adrián Francolini (of art-gallery slash trattoria, Il Ballo del Mattone) to establish a BA’s own version of a Little Italy and celebrate the Italian Heritage Day, today this event is family-friendly fun. Entrance to the festival, hosted on the grounds of the Mercado de Pulgas, is free but you should definitely bring some cash to enjoy the food trucks.
13 – 21 hs. | Mercado de Pulgas | Enrique Martinez and Concepción Arenal | Colegiales
Each year, fanatics of authentic Japanese cuisine mark their calendars for this single-day event. In case you haven’t been wandering Microcentro in the afternoon, or on a mission to find rare Japanese candies, you may not have stumbled across Nueva Casa Japonesa, and it’s two-floor compound of hidden supermarket and restaurants ranging from street ramen, informal sushi, and upstairs tea room. Promos feature fried calamari, onigiri, Japanese dumplings, chicken kebabs, ramen, and more traditional dishes, ranging from $35 – $130 each. Make plans to get their well before lunch time because no reservations are allowed. The event’s proceeds will benefit the Japanese language school of the Asociación Japonesa de Marcos Paz and the cultural center Asociación Japonesa Seibu.
10 – 17 hs. | Nueva Casa Japonesa | Humberto Primo 2357 | Microcentro