Moveable Feasts is a weekly agenda in which our food writer Alyssa Hansen gives us the low-down on this week’s wine tastings, tacos, pub crawls, and dia de campos in Buenos Aires.
Craving that fresh summer taste? Get your taco fixin’ at Banquito Rojo with Kevin Vaughn’s creations. Literally “the only place in Buenos Aires that I’ve tasted the authentic flavor of Mexico” (according to local Argentine foodie, Paloma Cladera) and where “spicy is actually spicy”. Recommendations to try: El Intocable (mmmango) and La Atómica (carne a cuchillo).
19:00 – 23:30 hrs. | Banquito Rojo | Bolivar 914 | San Telmo
This is your chance to crowdsource your shopping decisions for that next wine you bring to an asado. EnoGarage, the chain of specialty wine stores around the city, hosts regular wine tastings that feature plates with bread, meats, and cheeses to accompany their delicious and hard-to-find wines. Online registration is required, but all you have to do is show your ID at the door to get in. This is technically a free event, although each person must spend $420 in purchases at the store (not difficult picking up a nice wine or two).
19:30 – 21:00 hs | EnoGarage Belgrano “2” | Moldes 2700 | Belgrano
Ever heard of Gewurztraminer wine? Me either. This evening is definitely somewhere to take that hard-to-impress relative or lover. As if tasting exotic wines wasn’t enough to excite the average oenophile, you can top that off with a cheese fondue and plates of spiced cheeses. Seating is limited (only room for 14 people) so reserve your spot calling: 11-4824-0647, or via email: email@example.com. The price at the door is $450, but if you stop by the day before with cash you’ll save $50. You’ll also have the chance to purchase all the wines that you try at a discount of 20%.
20:00 hs | La Cava de Vittorio Vinoteca | Arenales 2321 | Recoleta
This edition of casual sidewalk wine tastings at “Wining” wine bar takes things up a notch, inviting you to their hidden patio to try red and white blends from the Escorado label by Mendoza bodega, Anaia. Escorado evokes the easy summer vibes of sailboat adventures, with the wind “tilting” you into the waves. Your ticket for $550 gives you access to the open bar all night, as well as all-you-can eat gourmet pizza and the sounds of a DJ heating things up on the patio. Click here to purchase tickets online.
20:00 – 23:00 hrs. | Wining Patio | Gurruchaga 1060 | Villa Crespo
“Birrawalkers”, a.k.a. Argentine for “pub crawl”, is an outing organized by La Boussole, a group for locals that love to travel, share recipes and books, and even cowork together. You’ll hit up a few bars in the Palermo area, where you’ll receive a surprise gift at each bar, along with tips from appointed travel ambassadors. A great opportunity to mingle and enjoy a few beers for $150 per person. To sign-up, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
19:30 – 23:30 hrs. | La Boussole | Gascón 1346 | Palermo
The first dinner of the year at COWI is dedicated to pairing new wines from Septima‘s line, Confiado, with fresh gourmet summer dishes like calamari and stacked zucchini towers. There will be four wines (one white Pinot Noir, two Malbecs, and an Ancelleta Tannat) with four courses, led by the sommelier Fernando Cardozo. Tickets are $700 per person, and you must reserve your table in advance, calling: 11-2464-6289 or emailing: email@example.com.
21:00 – 23:55 hrs. | COWI | Aguero 2100 | Barrio Norte
A closed door restaurant experience that’s outside your expat bubble. Esteban Germán Rozas, the chef behind El Bulo– Secret Kitchen, opens his home to groups of ten each weekend as he prepares seasonal menus designed to delight the senses. The menu features options for vegetarians and includes beverages such as water, tea, or a shot of grappa. As an added bonus there’s no uncorking fee, so you’re welcome to bring your own wine. To reserve your spot for $550, call: 11-5803-9887, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
20:00 – 00:30 hrs. | El Bulo | Roseti 2052 | Villa Ortuzar
A family-friendly evening gets freaky as BrewHouse Nuñez rolls out the red carpet for clowns, acrobats, and a whole circus, with kids activities from 18:00 – 22:00 hs and rock n’ roll and over 40 craft beers on tap for the adults. If beer’s not your thing, try the cocktails and brewhouse food. Not to miss, the event is free!
18:00 – 1:00 hrs. | Brewhouse Nuñez | O’Higgins 3573 | Núñez
Looking to escape the city and craving some nature? But not willing to sacrifice your gourmet lifestyle? Sign-up for this dia de campo that features about 3 1/2 meals to get you through the day. From an Argentine-style breakfast complete with mate cocido and DDL toast, to your mid-morning empanadas, to a full asado at lunch with all-you-can eat salad bar, beverages and wine, then your afternoon mate with torta frita. You don’t have to just stuff your face though, there’s field games, a folklore show, horseback riding, and a pool with gameroom. Contact Maria Cian (email@example.com -or- 11-4099-9887) for registration and pricing (you can pay via bank transfer or MercadoPago).
08:40 – 19:30 hs. | Maria Cian Marketing Services | Pick-Up in Microcentro | Open Door – Luján