Mama Grande



Colombian born duo Juan & Juliana join forces to cook a feast in true Mama Grande style - A decadent banquet from Colombia's Caribbean homes featuring seafood stews, flame fired beef, sugar cane taquitos, coconut nougats, yucca mash, and the odd lottery ticket.

Their first pop-up comes to l'Atelier Dalston for a night of pompous food and rum induced celebrating.

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Colombian born duo Juan & Juliana join forces to cook a feast in true Mama Grande style - A decadent banquet from Colombia's Caribbean homes featuring seafood stews, flame fired beef, sugar cane taquitos, coconut nougats, yucca mash, and the odd lottery ticket.

Their first pop-up comes to l'Atelier Dalston for a night of pompous food and rum induced celebrating.

The Whole Hog

"Until she was seventy, Mama Grande used to celebrate her birthday with the most prolonged and tumultuous carnivals within memory. Demijohns of rum were placed at the townspeople's disposal, cattle were sacrificed in the public plaza, and a band installed on top of a table played for three days without stopping.

Under the dusty almond trees stalls were set up which sold banana liquor, rolls, blood puddings, chopped fried meat, yucca breads, crullers, buns, longanizas, tripes, coconut nougats, rum toddies, along with all sorts of trifles, gewgaws, trinkets, and knicknacks, and cockfights and lottery tickets. In the midst of the confusion of the agitated mob, prints and scapularies with Big Mama's likeness were sold.

The festivities used to begin two days before and end on the day of her birthday, with the thunder of firewords and a family dance at Big Mama's house. The carefully chosen guests and the legitimate members of the family, generously attended by the bastard line, danced to the beat of the old pianola which was equipped with the rolls most in style. Big Mama presided over the party from the rear of the hall in an easy chair whith linen pillows, imparting discreet instruction with her right hand, adorned with rings on all her fingers."

Garcia Marquez-

 
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