Tapas Dinner Pop-Up

October 6th 2017 from 6.00pm at Larchmont Village.

Join us for a tapas dinner party hosted by maestro jamonero cortador (master ham carver) Pedro Liébana, who brings an expertise rarely found in the US directly from Spain to hand-carve JAMON IBERICO DE BELLOTA PATA NEGRA according to a centuries-old tradition.

With a unique, beautiful live performance, Pedro will hand-carve an ENTIRE LEG of Jamón Ibérico, one of the prime delicacy products available for meat lovers internationally!

More prestigious than its Italian cousin, prosciutto, this cured meat product has won prizes worldwide, and is very difficult to find in the US, especially freshly carved. Jamón Ibérico is made from black-hooved pigs (pata negra) that graze in ample space, feeding on acorns. The pig’s leg is cured for up to 4 years.

Join us for an authentic tapas experience, just like you would have in a top bodega in Spain, with a full dinner consisting in a gourmet tapas buffet, all products imported directly from Spain. Fill your plate, grab your friends, and enjoy a lovely evening in a panoramic terrace to the taste and rhythm of the best fiesta Española!

Small Flamenco Show

Kristelle Monterrosa is producing and directing Dancing Souls – A journey back to Flamenco roots – a documentary on overcoming challenges through Jondo flamenco, a multicultural art form that reaches into the depths of the human being. Her mentor Alicia and her are taking on an incredible adventure to India, Sri Lanka and Spain to document and preserve this dying art and share it with us! Give the film a follow @dssfilm & Join the Dancing Souls newsletter http://eepurl.com/cWISbz for fun giveaways! She will be performing on Oct. 6th at our tapas event!

You choose, either bring your own bottle to enjoy with dinner (corkage fee included) or chose the ‘Tapas Dinner + Wine’ ticket, which includes a 750 ml bottle of Carlos Serres 2013 Tempranillo Old Vine red wine from one of the best wineries in the world in the renowned Rioja wine country in northern Spain.

Online tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tapas-style-dinner-pop-up-tickets-37252068941

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 Tapas Menú

Our protagonist:

Jamón Ibérico Pata Negra

The caviar of cured meats, one of the healthiest meat products in the world, with less cholesterol than turkey and health benefits similar to olive oil. Cured for 3 years.

Platter of other cured meats:

Chorizo Pamplona

Spicy cured pork sausage from Pamplona.

Salchichón de VIC

Mild pork sausage, with hints of pepper, from Catalonia.

Platter of 5 cheeses:

Tetilla

In Spanish its name translates literally to “little breast”, this soft cheese from Galicia will melt in your mouth.

Manchego

The classic Spanish cheese, with a soft but decisive taste, from La Mancha, cured for 3 months.

Queso en aceite

Prime Manchego cured for 6 months and marinated in Spanish extra virgin olive for 2 months to enhance flavor and texture.

Ibérico

A bolder taste, made from raw cow, goat and sheep milk, cured for 4 months, from Navarra.

Vasco

From the Basque Country, this cheese has a sharp, strong taste, cured for 2 months.

The tapas-bar classics

Tortilla Española

This classic is never missing in the tapas bar, the thick Spanish potato Omelet. 

Pinchos de Chorizo al Vino

Chorizo skewers sautéed in a red wine sauce on baguette.

Ensaladilla Rusa

Spanish potato salad with veggies, tuna, hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise.

Boquerones en Vinagre

White anchovies fillets from the Cantabrian Sea north of Galicia marinated in vinaigrette.

Aceitunas

Olive medley (Cornicabra, Zorzaleña, Cuquillo, Verdial and Gordal varieties) from Jaen, olive capital of Europe and home to Pedro Liébana master ham carver.

 

 

As Maestro Jamonero Cortador (Master Ham Carver) based in Los Angeles, with years of experience in Spain, I will carve Jamón Ibérico de Bellota at your party, wedding or event, providing a beautiful and unique live performance, which pleases the eyes as your mouth begins to water. You will be sure to impress your guests!

Jamón Ibérico de Bellota catering. I will provide Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, the highest quality of Iberian Ham, which I carve fresh during your event. Bread, picos and Spanish extra virgin olive oil will be served as an accompaniment, for a gourmet experience!

Ideal for parties of 40-60 people. Can serve from 4 to 3000 people (group sizes: 4/13; 14/20; 21/60+ people).

On request, I can provide an additional catering service, complementing the Jamón with a buffet of Spanish delicatessens, such as a selection of cheeses, Iberian cold cuts and the world-famous tortilla Española.

Call 424 653 4900 or email info@pedroliebana.com for more details and to book my services.

The artisanal production process

Iberian pigs pasture in an ecological paradise beneath large oak trees in the mild Mediterranean climate four different areas of South Eastern Spain: Extremadura, Guijuelo in Salamanca, Jabugo in Huelva and Los Pedroches in Cordoba. The pigs lead a healthy live style, getting plenty of exercise and choosing the sweetest acorns to eat from 40 oaks (5 acres) each pig. This breed of pigs is known as pata-negra because of the distinctive black color of their hooves.

Producing the cured ham of the Iberian pig, known as Jamón Ibérico or Jamón Pata Negra, is a lengthy and complex artisanal process can take up to 4 years.

First, the ham is cured according to a traditional technique, buried between layers of salt for a period of up to one month. This process conserves the meat and enhances taste without using any artificial preservatives.

Second, the ham is stored in cold storage for about 90 days at a special temperature so that the salt distributes equally through all of the parts of the ham.

Finally, when the ham has reached maturity, the drying or “bodega” stage starts. This is when we hang the jamón from the ceiling of the bodega in order to dry it according to a centuries old tradition. The jamón must rest in this hanging fashion for up to 36 months, depending on the variety to be produced, so that the fat is distributed between the muscle fibers to obtain its unique texture, taste and aroma.

Three different qualities of jamón are produced depending on the lifestyle of the pigs and the length of the production process.
The pig’s diet is the key to ensure the quality of the Jamón Ibérico.

De cebo. This jamón is produced using the meat of pigs that live in intensive livestock farms, eating selected legumes and cereals.

De cebo de campo. This jamón is produced using the meat of pigs that live in semi-liberty in farms and open pastures, eating selected legumes and cereals for most of their lives, and then are fed acorns during the fattening stage.

De Bellota. This jamón is produced from the meat of the happiest and healthiest pig! These pigs roam freely in oak forests during their whole lives, getting plenty of exercise, which ensures the perfect fat-to-meat ratio. During the acorn season in the fall, the pigs eat the sweetest acorns (bellota) that fall to the forest floor. This is the highest quality Iberian ham product by far.

For your enjoyment, we provide only top-notch Jamón Ibérico de Bellota!

Why is hand-carving Jamón Ibérico important?

Machine-slicing Jamón alters the flavor, adding a metallic taste, numbs the aroma and causes loss of the properties that make it so special.

It takes an expert who masters the art of slicing jamón by hand in order to fully appreciate this savory meat at its full potential.
Using a special knife and a centuries old technique, I slice the jamón to preserve its qualities, and enhance its taste and aroma.

The freshly cut slices will melt in mouth, delighting your taste buds.
When is properly sliced by hand, each part of the leg must be cut in its own unique way. Only by respecting this tradition can you taste the four district flavors that each part of the jamón will offer: maza (marbled), babilla/contramaza (drier), jarrete/codillo (slightly sweet) and punta (the saltier slower part).

Watching an expert maestro jamonero carve a jamón is a beautiful and unique performance, which pleases the eyes as your mouth begins to water.

 

 

Incredible, but true… Jamón Ibérico is good for you!

The Iberian pig’s lifestyle and diet, munching on acorns rich in oleic acid, is what makes Jamón Ibérico de Bellota such a healthy meat option.

Studies have found that the fats present in Jamón Ibérico de Bellota actually have beneficial health effects, similar to those of olive oil, a healthy fat that increases your good (HDL) cholesterol while reducing your bad (LDL) cholesterol. This is why Spaniards have nicknamed the Iberian pig “olives with legs”

Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is also rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamins B1, B6, B12, all beneficial for the brain and nervous system. It is a great addition to a high-protein diet, with less cholesterol than turkey, and 100 grams of providing 33% of our daily protein intake for less than 250 calories! It is one of the healthiest meats in the world.

Plus, its delicious, so what are you waiting for?