La Tasca was my most recent pop-up restaurant. After four successful events (three food truck takeovers on Abbot Kinney in Venice, L.A. Arepa Bar, and Gastro:Pop-Up, a sold-out, beer-pairing event at The Brewery in Downtown), I found a location on the Westside and turned it into a “Tasca”. It was a great evening! You can see pictures here :)
In Caracas, where I lived most of my life, tascas (or taverns) are everywhere; amazing food, wine, and music are always involved. This was my inspiration! I made a duo of sangrias, a white and a red, to complement a 6-course tapas-style tasting menu. I showcased traditional Spanish dishes and flavors with my eclectic, figure-friendly twist.
Guests enjoyed dinner to the sound of a live Spanish guitar and flamenco music. The space was beautifully styled by Wakako Takagi.
La Tasca: An evening of tapas, sangrias, and music.
Chilled roasted tomato soup, cucumbers, mojo verde
Fava beans two-ways
Salad—watercress, shallots, sherry vinaigrette
Canapé—pumpernickel bread, mint, manchego cheese
Shrimp al ajillo, wild arugula, white bean, paprika pickled onions
*Vegetarian option: Setas – Oyster mushrooms, garlic, hibiscus vinegar
Purple potatoes, spicy tomato sauce, eggplant-pepper escalivada, merken olive oil
optional: crispy jamon Serrano
Organic, grass-fed beef, Catalan spinach, caramelized fennel, radicchio, plum balsamic
*Vegetarian option: Croquetas - Cauliflower, sheep’s milk cheese
Pera al Vino
Wine-poched pear, saffron infused mini cake, cinnamon roasted almonds