On Tuesday night, Yelp Elites ventured to Hartford’s South End, known as the city’s Little Italy - that is, until Peruvian cuisine burst onto the scene. La Kerencya opened their doors for an unforgettable evening of local Rosedale wine, live music, dancing, games – and of course, authentic Peruvian specialties. Thank you to our wonderful hosts at La Kerencya, who Ila S assures us “couldn’t have been more gracious and hospitable.” We couldn’t agree more!
While the restaurant provided a taste of delectable signature dishes, Elites were schooled on Peruvian culture and cuisine. Joshua L “especially enjoyed the history behind the dishes,” but even still, as Eric A puts it, “the elegance of the descriptions paled beside the actual flavor of the offerings.” Guests began with a zesty ceviche marinated in aji lime and cilantro, which Alicia S can only describe as “divine.”
After a round of savory papas rellano and choros a la chalaca, Elites were first to sample the restaurant’s new Peruvian chicken sandwiches. Lomo saltada, paella, jalea and pollo a la braza (Peruvian rotisserie chicken) rounded out the savory spread and made way for Peruvian crème caramel, crispy fried picaron and samples of Pisco Sours.
Three superb local wines from Rosedale Farms & Vineyards were poured throughout the evening. Upon trying the winery’s Simsbury Celebration, Lou's Red and Farmington River Red, Anthony P warns, “never underestimate any wine that reads "Table Wine.” Alicia S is already planning a "summer Yelp event at the winery,” if not before then!
What about the ambiance, you ask? Live music and Linda Ransom’s gorgeous singing led to an impromptu dance party, followed by some valiant attempts at the Peruvian game, Sappo. Paul P notes, “If anyone is on the fence about checking out Peruvian food, come down to La Kerencya. You'll be hooked very quickly.” Thank you to our gracious hosts at La Kerencya, as well as Rosedale, and Linda Ransom for a truly delightful evening. Be sure to check out the photos from Nick Caito on Flikr and read the event reviews here.
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Emily C (with Yelp superstars Josh L & Anthony P)
Hartford Community Manager