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Cenar con Pinotxo: Celebrating the flavors of Barcelona
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Portland, OR
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Cenar con Pinotxo: Celebrating the flavors of Barcelona
WHAT:    Cenar con Pinotxo: Celebrating the flavors of Barcelona
WHEN:    Sunday, March 3rd, at 12:30 pm - 6 pm Lunch at 2 or so.
WHERE:    Portland, Oregon  (specific details provided at purchase)
WHO:         Robin Willis, author of Bar Pinotxo: God is in the Garbanzos
HOW MUCH: $85.00/person (includes a signed copy of Bar Pinotxo: God is in the Garbanzos)
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Cenar con Pinotxo: Barcelonas Food & Culture in Portland
An intimate class/meal featuring recipes and stories from Bar Pinotxo: God is in the Garbanzos.

In Cenar con Pinotxo, food writer/filmmaker/producer and longtime Barcelona resident, Robin Willis, will show a small group of food lovers how to make a varied selection of iconic dishes from his book on Bar Pinotxo, the tiny 17-stool chiringuito in La Boqueria, the most famous mercado in the world.  

Participants will sit down and eat what they made in an informal, non-hurried, family style meal. Stories will be told and drinks will be poured.

Wines and other beverages from Catalunya and Spain will flow freely and are included in the price of admission, as is a signed copy of Robins book.

About the book:

Bar Pinotxo, God is in the Garbanzos is an exuberant and often touching celebration of the history, stories and recipes from the tiny 17 stool chiringuito in the most famous mercado in the world. Very much a labor of love for award winning filmmaker Robin Willis and his collaborators, Bar Pinotxo took two years of joyful work and spotlights 31 of the bars best and most emblematic recipes, including their world renowned Calamarsets saltats amb fesols de Santa Pau, Cigrons amb botifarra negra i ceba and the spectacular Rabo de Toro.

The story of Bar Pinotxo is that of Barcelona itself in the 20th century. A young woman walks from Andalusia to Barcelona in hopes of employment during Spain's terrible civil war. To feed herself she sells garlic, snails and whatever she can in front of La Boqueria, the city's most important market. Later she starts cooking for the workers and merchants of the market. Her cooking becomes so popular they ask her to cook for them full time. A simple kitchen and a counter are built for her. Soon after, a little dog begins to wait for her children every day in front of the market. They name the dog Pinotxo. The customers start referring to the bar as the bar from where Pinotxo the little dog is from. Soon it becomes Pinotxos Bar, and after that Bar Pinotxo. And poc a poc, gamba by gamba, garbanzo by garbanzo, the little bar, in time, becomes an internationally renowned culinary destination.

The book offers an in-depth history of the bar as told by the winner of the 2016 Barcelona Prize for Gastronomy, eighty five year old Joan Juanito Bayén and his sister Mariá. Both Juanito and Mariá continued the work of their mother Caterina who, after walking from Andalusia at the age of 17, began this institution over eighty years ago. Today, Juanito works alongside his nephew Jordi Asín and his wife María José and the very friendly and hard working crew. Extensive interviews with all members of the crew add to the book's authenticity, depth, honesty and humor. Additionally, the book is filled with rare, never seen before photographs from the family's personal archives and the Arxiu de Catalunya.

Renowned photographer Becky Lawton captures the food in a simple and beautiful way that reflects the simple elegance of this cuisine. World class designer Enric Jardí captures the fun informality that is so much a part of Spanish and Catalan mid century design.

In love with his adopted homeland, American Robin Willis allows this affection and fascination to color every paragraph. In addition to the stories and deeply researched recipes, Willis adds essays on such things as Spanish eating habits, cookware, and the history, treatment, intangibility and resonance of the most evocative of all Spanish words: duende.

Colman Andrews, co-founder and former Editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine and the author of four acclaimed cookbooks including Catalan Cuisine, which introduced the now-trendy cooking of Ferran Adriàs home region of Catalunya, has this to say about Robins book:  

Adoptive Barcelonian Robin Willis book Bar Pinotxo: God Is in the Garbanzos not only tells the story but captures the spirit of this remarkable establishment with anecdotes, recipes and plenty of first-person accounts from Bayén and his family, staff and friends. Sitting down with this engaging volume is the next best thing to snagging a stool at Pinotxo and settling in for a modest breakfast of baby squid with white beans or scrambled eggs with clams."

About Robin Willis:

A Northwest native, Robin had a long career as a director of photography and television commercial director. Hes shot all over the world for clients like ESPN, Coca Cola, United Airlines and Texaco. Still, its his work with the Oregon Lottery that he remembers most fondly.

Lured by the offer to live and work in Spain by a Spanish production company 17 years ago, he immediately fell in love with the culture, people and food of his adopted homeland. From a young age he has been at home with a skillet in hand, and cooking has always been his true love.


Private Home
4404 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Markets & Farms
Food > Sweets

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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