Hello, friends! Now that we’ve recovered from our extremely successful event for 876 Cafe we wanted to get things back to normal and post. We’ll be putting up a ‘Portfolio Tab’ on the page soon to highlight the event and ways you – or a restaurant/bar you know – can reach out for us to do the same thing. Sound good?
So speaking of the event, today we wanted to highlight one of our raffle sponsors who donated to our event – Los Verracos Event Catering.
Los Verracos was started by three friends of different ethnicities – Thai, Italian and Puerto Rican. Ok, STOP – If you are just reading this blog and just read all three ethnicities, we’re hoping you realize that this is going to result in a deliciously dope combination. If not, please read again. Thank you.
Continuing on… As most friendships blossom so does time around the dinner table enjoying food. What these three friends found was the common food thread between all cuisines was pork. What started as pig roasts among family and friends became the foundation to start a small catering business serving culturally ethnic food.
We reached out to Los Verracos to see if they would be willing to support the event 876 event and Wesley, one of the three friends (see his photo below!) generously donated a $40 voucher for Pernil (Puerto Rican pork shoulder) we could raffle off.
Wesley of Los Verracos featured in Borderstan.
We were so grateful to Los Verracos (and all our other raffle sponsors, of course) that we decided to make a catering order for the one year anniversary of “A Little Something to Nosh On”. On our plates for the night? Pernil, Arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and flan.
So, ready for the photos of our one-way-ticket to “Yumtown”? Here we go.
In Puerto Rican cooking, pork has a permanent home. Pernil, or Pernil Al Horno, is made with pork shoulder, picnic cut, with fat (fat is flavor, friends) and spices. This meat was succulent, flavorful and rich. Unfortunately, scratch and sniff does not exist yet on the internet so you’ll have to trust us and this photo. Los Verracos gave us a full platter of shredded meat AND a few pieces of the skin! Now, if you have ever been to a pig roast, or of a nationality that enjoys pig in general, you know the skin is one of, if not the, best part. As you can see, there are no photos of the skin. That’s right… it was eaten before we remembered we are food bloggers and we need to take pictures. Lo siento, amigos.
Arroz con Gandules
Translated “Rice with Pigeon Peas” is Puerto Rico’s national dish. This recipe is a rice and pea dish typically seasoned with sofrito – an aromatic puree of tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions, and garlic braised in cooking oil – and diced ham. The rice did not include ham bits but was flavored with smoked pork during the cooking process.
Now, the Pernil was fabulous, but the arroz con gandules may have stole the show. There was something about the flavor and completeness to this dish that hit the spot.
A traditional Puerto Rican dessert typically made with sugar, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. This sweet dessert was a great cap to an incredibly dense flavored, gastronomical experience.
Unfortunately for Los Verracos, they have to compete with the flan recipe of Steph’s grandmother (Mama Greta, the token Spaniard, if you will) which she has eaten since baby-food days. So, although it was delicious, who beats grandma’s cooking?
To sum it all up – let Los Verracos cater your next event. This team knows how to prepare authentic, ethnic cuisines and are incredibly wonderful to work with. We actually received an email from Wesley the other day letting us know he has a few new recipes up his sleeve. We’re excited to have him cook for us again!
If pork isn’t for you, there are plenty of other options on their catering menu. Please contact Los Verracos to coordinate your catering needs. You can reach Los Verracos @ (973) 433-6123 or email@example.com. Happy eating, DC!
Photo taken on the one year anniversary of “A Little Something to Nosh on”.
Thanks for helping us celebrate, Los Verracos!