Local Chef will Promote Puerto Vallarta on TV
Published Apr 28, 2010
Local chef and cultural ambassador Nacho Cadena will promote Puerto Vallarta in a new TV documentary series featuring 13 episodes to be broadcast in September on Mexico’s Channel 7, a subsidiary of the state of Jalisco’s Radio and Television System. Titled “El Sabor de la Vida” (The Flavor of Life) the show will be recorded in High Definition in hopes for international broadcast.
With over a year in preparation, Nacho Cadena emphasized that he will promote Puerto Vallarta through its cuisine and its people. The TV station is so enthusiastic about the production that it will produce a demo of El Sabor de la Vida and present it to Mexico's Educational and Cultural Television Committee with the intention to propose a series of 26 episodes in which the chef will visit different states of Mexico to talk about cooking through the country’s history.
La Petit: Farewell to a Decade
“What satisfaction it gives me that La Petit is going out in a blaze of glory!” exclaimed chef Nacho Cadena, owner of the French restaurant that has been such an important part of local gastronomy for the past decade. This chef of French origin had always dreamed of having a restaurant like this, full of antiques, the perfect space to exhibit treasures such as his grandparents’ dishes and to hold cultural events.
Offering events from bohemian nights to homages to notable Vallartenses, La Petit was known for its good taste and attracted a faithful clientele seeking their favorite dish or the chef’s wise recommendation. Soon, the restaurant’s magic and charm gained widespread recognition, with special spaces such as Table 14, where important national figures in culture and politics dined. These spaces also were the work of Cadena, who decorated La Petit with paintings he designed, antique kitchen implements, Impressionist posters, an old icebox and even more memorable details — like Georgette, the mannequin who represents the perfect woman: no questions, no complaints and always dressed appropriately to fulfill her role as an excellent hostess.
Cadena received a number of emotional calls about closing La Petit, full of surprise and sadness at the loss of such an important place in our town. But Cadena is happy, guiding the youth in transforming the space into what will become La Leche, Almacén Gastronómico de Alfonso Cadena. This unique concept promises to leave its mark and become a worthy successor to its noteworthy predecessor.
Basque Gastronomy Featured at La Petite
Published Oct 24, 2007
The well known French restaurant La Petite is ready to participate in the next edition of Festival Gourmet hosting Spanish chef Borja Blázquez who has prepared a special program to showcase traditional flavors from his homeland. “I am very happy because my friend Nacho Cadena invited me as a guest chef to prepare a special service during the Festival Gourmet planned to be celebrated next November 8-18,” said Borja.
Borja Blázquez will give Mediterranean and Basque touches to his delicacies. “We are going to offer a tapas party, cooking classes, food tastings accompanied by music and Spanish folklore, and the big gala-dinner on November 10.” The Spanish chef fell in love with cooking since he was a child. He considers that the Basque gastronomy is nutritious thanks to the utilization of ingredients such as garlic and olive oil, along with sea, garden, and mountain products. This type of food belongs to the Basque culinary traditions in France and Spain.
Borja Blázquez currently hosts a gourmet channel TV show. For more information go to www.elgourmet.com