Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Taste Of Peru Gourmet Tours

Penelope and Brisa Deneumostier are two sisters from Lima (now based in Madrid and Northern California) who have professional and family backgrounds in food and tourism.

As a result of their passion for Peruvian food, they decided to start a new company offering a culinary tours to Peru, which they call, A Taste of Peru.

In 2007, they are offering two trips to Peru (in April and October) which will consist of seven days and eight nights in Lima and Cuzco (including a trip to Machu Picchu).

They say that as Peruvians living outside of Peru their fascination with their culture and food has grown. Due to the interest they received about Peruvian food, they decided to organize A Taste Of Peru as a new way to for visitors to discover Peruvian culture: through its cuisine.

Penelope and Brisa have partnered with friends who are top chefs, restaurateurs, and hotel owners in order to organize what promises to be an unforgettable culinary journey to Peru.

The sisters credit their passion for Peruvian food to their foodie parents, their baking grandmother, and their beloved nanny.

Beginning in Lima, the Taste of Peru tour will visit some of the city's best restaurants, local markets, and offer hands-on cooking lessons. Additionally, they will tour Lima's colonial center, museums, and archeological sites. From Lima, they will fly to Cuzco, visit the Urubamba Valley, and finally Machu Picchu ruins.

Back in Lima, the tour will conclude with a farewell pachamanca.

According to their website, Penelope studied hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts in the US. She has had a successful catering business in Lima, and in

1995, opened the Bohemia Café y Más Restaurant with her father. In 2002, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now teaches at Tante Marie's Cooking School.

Brisa studied at the Culinary Institute in New York City. She has worked at Nobu, L'Espinasse, Gary Danko, Tabla, and Astrid & Gaston. When she returned to Peru in 2002, she worked as a consultant for several Lima restaurants, and then landed at a restaurant in Thailand.

From Asia, Brisa was hired as head chef for a restaurant in the Canary Islands, and then she moved to Madrid where she now works at the exclusive bakery, Delipanific, as well as running her own catering and consulting business.

Their tour offers five-star lodging: in Lima, their guests will stay at the exclusive and historic Country Club Lima Hotel; in Cuzco, lodging will be at the Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel.

Among the highlights of the tour: a visit to the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum; a demonstration cooking class of nikkei Japanese-Peruvian cuisine with renowned chef Humberto Sato; a visit to the Surquillo Market; a tour of Barranco, the bohemian seaside district of Lima; and, a visit to the ruins at Pachacámac. Meals or drinks will include the Costanera 700 Restaurant, La Huaka Restaurant, Astrid & Gaston Restaurant, Casa de Don Cucho, Huaringa’s Bar, and Malabar.

And that's just the Lima part of the trip! For complete details about this gastronomic tour visit their website:

Maybe in a couple of years, I'll be running my own gastronomic tours to Peru, but in the meantime, I wish the two sisters much good luck on their endeavor.


Click here for the Peru Food main page.

TAGS: Peru, Peruvian, food, cooking, cuisine, cocina, comida, gastronomía, peruana


Anonymous said...

Great choice of lodging and food. Best luck for the Deneumostier sisters. Found a small typo, my friend. Costa Negra 700 is actually Costanera 700. A classic. Abrazos

Anonymous said...

That last comment was not necessary. I took a look at Brisa´s Blog (brisachefprivado.blogspot.com) and I wonder if you have their curriculum...shes not selling smoke.

::Alejandro:: said...

@ Don Lucho: duh! Se me cruzaron los cables, thanks for pointing out the typo.

@ Anonymous: I'm sorry you found the last comment unnecessary, but I've read it, and the entire post, over a few times now, and I don't think in any way I imply or infer, implicitly or explicitly, that the Deneumostier sisters are anything other than highly-competent professionals who are experts in the area of food and Peru, and that their tours are well-thought out, well-planned, and should be a great culinary and cultural experience in Peru for anyone who goes on one. If you mean the part about leading my own tours, that was written more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. Thanks for the URL for Brisa's blog. You may notice I devote two paragraphs specifically to Brisa's accomplishments. Nonetheless, thanks for your comment.