Moveable Feasts is a weekly agenda in which we give you the low-down on this week’s food fairs, workshops, and pop-ups in Buenos Aires
Hello, readers, and welcome to another installment of Moveable Feasts. No, there’s no need to adjust your computer screens. Don’t disconnect your wireless routers! Don’t reset your phones. Everything is fine. It’s true — I’m not the person who usually lists off all the food fairs, workshops and pop-ups in Buenos Aires. That’s Nikki’s job. I’m the one who is usually prattling incessantly about music and/or movies. But Nikki is off this week, and I’ll be filling in as a substitute teacher.
Of course, there’s no real substitute for Nikki, and if we’re being honest, I am woefully unprepared for this role. But I’ll soldier on. We’ll clash at first, then we’ll develop a rapport. Then we will bond. Then I will teach you something about yourself. And then I will have to go, and it will be heartbreaking for both of us. But that’s the life of a substitute. And taking a cue from other substitute teachers in pop culture, I will leave you with this: whenever you feel like you’re alone and there’s nobody you can rely on, this is all you need to know.
Wait, don’t click away yet. We have to talk about these food events.
Let’s kick things off with the classiest of pairings: live jazz and wine. Though live jazz and whiskey is also pretty nice. And live jazz and cocktails. Live jazz and beer also sounds pretty good. Look, it’s possible that “live jazz” just makes everything instantly classier. But still, this wine festival (which kicked off yesterday and goes ’til tomorrow) seems like a lovely time.
18:00 – 23:00 hrs| Alcorta Shopping | Jerónimo Salguero 3172 | Palermo
Here’s an option for those of you who keep kosher. The “middle-eastern street food” restaurant Benaim is hosting a couple of kosher nights supervised by rabbi M. Yanklewicz. The first one was last night, and the second one is today!
Dinnertime | Benaim | Gorriti 4015 | Palermo
Thanksgiving is pretty foreign to me as a non-American. I only know a few things about it: there is turkey. There is stuffing. There is usually mashed potatoes. There are usually a lot of political disagreements. There are weird family tensions that bubble up. If you want the delicious meal without any of the drama, make your way to 416 Snack Bar for a fantastic Turkey Day option from abroad.
Dinnertime | 416 Snack Bar | Carranza 1940 | Palermo
I feel like I’m fairly competent in the kitchen. I can put together all manner of dishes that I learn from Youtube recipes. But one thing I’m terrified of attempting? Japanese food! I really don’t know why, but it just seems so complicated and hard. Thankfully, the kind folks at Centro Daiwa are putting together a Japanese food course, where you’ll learn how to make ramen, sushi, and other Japanese delicacies.
18:30-21:30 hrs| Centro Daiwa | Pasaje Albania 4507| Monte Castro
Hey! Everybody loves beer. So why not learn a little more about it? The Brew Sisters is an all-female gang of beer connoisseurs (and beer makers) who will be putting on a presentation about the history of beer, accompanied by a beer tasting, as part of the Laboratorio de Sabores Argentinos series. Head on over to Piso Nueve at Centro Cultural Kirchner to participate in this illuminating experience.
18:00 hrs| Piso Nueve | Sarmiento 151 | Monserrat
More beer! It’s a total coincidence that we’ve put two very beery events back-to-back. The cruel truth is that they take place pretty much at the same time, so you’ll have to pick one or the other. This one is an event hosted at Vino Tinto Cocina that celebrates brews and burgers.
19:00 hrs| Vino Tinto Cocina | Humboldt 2157 | Palermo
Speaking of beverages that may be off-putting at first try but eventually borrow their way into your daily routine and you can’t really handle life without them… the Matear Festival returns! Head on over to la Rural for a celebration of everything mate related. Maybe I’ll swing by and see if I can finally develop a taste for it.
11:00 – 20:00 hrs| La Rural | Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Palermo
After all the decadence and indulgence of the previous day, maybe you should scale back with a delicious and healthy breakfast. And if you’re anything like me, you don’t really know how to do that. So make your way over to Almacén Consciente (you’ll have to message the event page for details) to learn how to take care of yourself in the mornings.
10:00 hrs| Almacén Consciente | Message the event for address | Colegiales
Any excuse to go to la Usina del Arte — a former power plant turned into an art center, and legitimately one of the nicest venues in town — is a good one. At this seasonal market you’ll have a wide array of organic foods, cooking classes, tastings, and much more! Stock up on organic goodies and learn a thing or two about a thing or two.
11:00 hrs – 20:00 hrs| Usina del Arte| Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Boca
Speaking of learning. Knowing your way around a coffee bar is a useful life skill to have, even if you’re not a professional barista. If you come on over to Motofeca this Saturday, you’ll be treated to a class on the art of coffee-handling, where you’ll learn both theory and practice. Impress your friends!
11:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs| Motofeca | Paraguay 627 | Centro
For the next few events, you’ll notice a recurring theme: they’re involved with MESA de Estación, an organization that promotes the use of products that are in season. So come to the beautiful Belgrano Market on Monday to stock up on the best seasonal and local products available.
18:30 | Mercado de Belgrano | Juramento 2527| Belgrano
Oh’No Lulu is great. Not only does it have a delightfully punny name — yeah, it took me a couple seconds, too — but it’s also the best Tiki Bar in Buenos Aires that I’m aware of. Now, full disclosure: it is also the only Tiki Bar in Buenos Aires that I’m aware of. If you stop on over from December 3rd to December 9th, you’ll be privy to their special MESA de Estación menu, which, as you can see above, includes grilled Chinese cabbage, swordfish with beurre blanc, and so much more.
18:00 hrs onward| Oh’No Lulu Tiki Bar| Aráoz 1019 | Palermo
BASA is not a Tiki Bar. It is a beautiful basement bar and restaurant which is also participating in the MESA initiative. Check out their seasonal menu above, which features a main course of Peking duck with cherries, mushrooms and peas. That sounds incredible. And it’s $1300 for the three-course meal.
19:00 hrs onward| Basa Basement Bar & Restaurant | Basavilbaso 1328 | Retiro
Amalur specializes in bringing the flavors of Basque Country to Buenos Aires, and on Wednesday it’s doing exactly that by putting on a Pintxo extravaganza. Stop on by for a taste of tapas’s cooler, more delicious older brother.
19:30-21:00 hrs| Amalur | Av Belgrano 1144 | Monserrat
Chef Lessica Lekerman teams up the folks at Möoi for this sweet and decadent cooking class. Desserts of all kinds! Chocolate cake, truffles, banana and peanut butter ice cream, vegan cookies, a little bit of everything to satisfy every potential variety of sweet-tooth.
18:30 hrs| Möoi Restaurant | Cuba 1985 | Belgrano
Got any cool events you think we’ll love? Is there anything that you’d like to see more of? Don’t hold back! Email us at [email protected] and let’s talk food, bb.