The 3rd edition of Bogotá Food Week officially starts Monday, April 24, and runs until May 7, offering the chance to experience some of the city’s finest restaurants at $50,000 pesos per person for a fixed price lunch menu and $70,000 pesos for dinner.
All menus in the 27 selected restaurants across the capital include a starter, main course and desert. The dishes were created to highlight a signature dish or gastronomic proposal. These prices do not, however, include tips, beverages – alcoholic or not – and any other extras. Diners can expect to save between 30% and 40% of the regular price of a meal in these much admired fine dining establishments.
The gastronomic offerings cover international and local cuisine. “The experience of this version of Bogotá Food Week is excellent for Colombia as there is so much gastronomic variety and competition,” said Rosario Ferrer of the online restaurant reservations platform Restorando, which, in turn, organizes Bogotá Food Week.
This year’s restaurants include the classic and iconoclastic San Isidro at the top of Monserrate mountain; V.O. Versión Original by Spanish chef Paco Roncero; Chef Andre Tarditi’s Italian Bistecca e Vino; the Four Season’s traditional Spanish Castañoyles; the Peruvian cevichería La Grande; the Rausch brothers’ award-winning Criterion; Madam Tusam and 7.16 among others.
Having started five years ago as an initiative to promote the dining scene in Buenos Aires, Restorando expanded to Santiago and Mexico City before setting its sights on the Colombia capital in 2014. Thanks to the support of many top restaurateurs, this innovative project is helping to promote Bogotá as a major food destination. “It’s a way to showcase not only innovative menus but to attract future clients,” claims Ferrer.
Restorando organizes the Pizza Fest, Japa Fest, Italian Fest and Food & Drinks in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. “Colombia has a unique biodiversity that is reflected in every dish of its best restaurants,” exalts Ferrer. “Food Week is the ideal time for gastronomic enthusiasts to celebrate the richness of local flavors at a friendlier price.”
Besides enjoying a three-course meal at a set price, and without having to worry about the cost of adding up each selection on a menu, Bogotá Food Week has forged alliances with major sponsors such as American Express and Air Canada to offer additional incentives.
American Express cardholders with local bank Bancolombia will be reimbursed an additional 30% of the fixed price menu if the reservation was made online. This promotion does not apply for cards issued by other banks in countries such as the United States.
If planning on flying to one of the many international destinations Canada’s flagship offers, there is also a 10% discount promotion code when booking your restaurant reservation through Restorando.
For Ximena Hernández, account manager of the online booking service “enjoying a good meal, in excellent company is part of the Colombian culture and we want to be part of these moments.”
Bogotá Food Week is taking this opportunity to help food security in Colombia by encouraging its online clients to support the Colombian Food Bank Association (Abaco) with a donation.
So if you want to begin exploring a culinary destination without having to travel far from your home, click on www.bogotafoodweek.com.co (Spanish version only) from April 24 to May 7 to take full advantage of all the benefits and a luxurious meal at a price that only comes around, once a year.