Fresh off a stint at the number 33 restaurant in the world — Astrid y Gastón — chef Toya Terry presents a special one-night-only Peruvian pop-up dinner in Houston. (Photo courtesy Aces of Taste)
Astrid y Gastón specializes in contemporary Peruvian cuisine that honors ancestry and tradition. (Photo courtesy Astrid y Gastón)
Gyozas Rellenos de marisco, jugo de parihuela nikkei at Astrid y Gastón (Photo courtesy Astrid y Gastón)
Astrid y Gastón's Conchas de Paracas Con ñoquis de lúcuma, castañas, salsa amazónica (Photo courtesy Astrid y Gastón)
Sartén de Lomito al Jugo. Saltado de ajíes, tomates y papas de temporada (Photo courtesy Astrid y Gastón)
The three-month stint at Astrid y Gastón — the Lima-based eatery which clocks in as the No. 33 restaurant in the world in the revered rankings — not only furthered her passion for Peruvian cuisine, but tested her mental and physical strength.
“I learned so much about myself as a chef and a person. I learned that I don’t need as much sleep as I thought,” Terry tells PaperCity. “We were working 18 hour days, but it was nice because we were all in the trenches together.”
Prior to her international culinary jaunt, Terry served as the junior sour chef at Holley’s Seafood Restaurant before landing the executive sous chef position at The Original Brenner’s Steakhouse. Now, she’s flexing her Peruvian chops honed at Astrid y Gastón stateside by partnering with pop-up dinner titans Aces of Taste for an exclusive four-course pop-up dinner.
Brace yourself for artfully plated Peruvian cuisine featuring everything from tender octopus finished with culantro oil and Kalamata olive aioli to Peruvian-style sweet potato beignets served with chancaca honey.
The night’s dinner will also benefit the Living Bank, which helps the advancement of living organ donation to further alleviate the critical shortage of organs available for life-saving transplants.
What: The Living Bank Dinner with chef Toya Terry
When: Friday, June 16, 6 to 9 pm
Where: Firestation No. 2, 317 Sampson Street
Tariff: $100; (PaperCity readers can use the discount code PC20.)
View the full menu and purchase tickets here.