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The Opposite House, Beijing presents Brazilian Food Festival, May 2014

The Opposite House Beijing, exterior
Village Café, the all-day dining restaurant at The Opposite House, gets into the World Cup spirit and is delighted to present a Brazilian Food Festival by welcoming two world-famous Brazilian chefs: Elia Schramm, and Gabriel De Carvalho. Guests will be able to taste the chefs’ cooking from 17 to 25 of May.  Two lucky diners will also receive entry tickets to watch the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil.

Both chefs believe food is a social tool and is the biggest link between nature and culture. With that in mind, they will prepare authentic Brazilian dishes, reinterpreted freely. Examples of appetisers featured in the menu are Pastel de Rabada (slowly braised oxtail with red wine, crispy “pastel” watercress and garlic pesto), Bobó de Camarão (braised Brazilian shrimp stew, cooked with coconut milk, cilantro, served with toasted flour), and small deep fried tapioca cubes with traditional Brazilian coalho cheese and tamarind dip.  

Mains include the chefs’ own interpretation of the most popular Brazilian Dish; Feijoada (crispy pork belly with brown sugar caramel, black beans purée, orange segment, red chili vinaigrette served with glazed bok choy), Moqueca (pan-fried sea bass served in banana leaf with a hint of coconut milk and ginger sauce, served with whole fried banana, toasted manioc flour and steamed rice), and Pato no Tucupi (pan-fried duck breast with creamy rice and an Amazon-flavoured tucupi and jambu vinaigrette).  

For the sweet-toothed, there will be lightly sweetened peanut mousse with crumbled pé-de-moleque, 80% cocoa and cachaça ganache, and yoghurt and coconut milk foam served with passion fruit coulis and castanha-do-pará.  

All World Cup spectators, gastronomists, and foodies are encouraged to participate in the Brazilian Food Festival as all diners will automatically enter a lucky draw to win entry tickets to watch the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil. Mr. Hayle Gadelha, Head of the Trade and Investment Promotion Office of the Brazilian Embassy will draw the winners on 25 of May at Village Café and two winners will be announced at approximately 8pm.

“As everyone is getting geared up towards the World Cup, we are very excited to host the 2014 Brazilian Food Festival. The week will not only let people get into the World Cup spirit, but it is also an opportunity to let guests learn more about the Brazilian culture. Our chefs are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Chef Schramm and Chef De Carvalho.” says Peter Wynne, Area General Manager of Swire Hotels Beijing.  

Mr. Valdemar Carneiro Leão, Brazilian Ambassador to China says “Since 2009, China overtook the United States to become Brazil´s main trade partner. The gastronomy presents the opportunity of developing trade flows and culturally connecting Brazilian and Chinese societies, which are eager to better know each other. The upcoming World Cup and President Xi Jinping’s visit to Brazil will bring more Chinese attention to our country. Moreover, the 2014 Brazilian Food Festival offers the unique possibility of tasting the authentic Brazilian cuisine in the heart of Beijing.”

Co-hosted by the Brazilian embassy in Beijing, Yingli Solar and The Opposite House, the 2014 Brazilian Food Festival has also received a tremendous support from Latam Airlines Group S.A.and Budweiser.

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