El Naranjo, Austin’s traditional Mexican restaurant, helmed by 2022 James Beard Award winning Chef Iliana de la Vega and her partner Ernesto Torrealba, welcomes Chef Christian Bravo to Austin for an intimate Yucatecan dinner. Chef de la Vega and Chef Bravo will introduce a curated five course dinner celebrating the food and drink of the Yucatan Peninsula on August 31, 2023.
Chef Bravo, Co-Host of “Hombres en la Cocina” (Men in the Kitchen), corporate chef at Crabster in Progreso Yucatan, and Co-Owner of Bravo Catering, will fly in to join Chef Iliana de la Vega for one night only. The Chefs have come together to create a five course meal inspired by the flavors of the Yucatan Peninsula, which includes ingredients such as blackened dried chiles, Yucatecan squash, and papaya.
Chef Bravo is thrilled to bring his Yucatan knowledge and mastery to El Naranjo. “Collaborating with Iliana and her team to curate a menu highlighting the food of Yucatan is extremely special, and I hope El Naranjo’s guests enjoy the flavors that we’ve put together,” says Chef Bravo.
The Yucatan Peninsula extends into the southern Gulf of Mexico and is a vibrant region filled with ancient Mayan temples, magnificent coastal views, beautiful beaches, and sacred cenotes. Its cuisine has Mayan and Spanish influences and unique flavors. While born in Puebla, he continued his studies in Michelin star restaurants throughout Spain, where he worked in Coque restaurant in Madrid and Las Golondrinas in Girona. Bravo moved to Yucatan with similar goals as Chef Iliana de la Vega to spotlight the sophistication, elegance and diversity of Mexican cuisine.
“I am so excited for Chef Bravo to join us in the kitchen to bring our vision to life to offer our guests the best of Mexico’s coastal cuisine and the deep culinary traditions of the Yucatecan region,” says de la Vega.
Yucatecan Dinner Menu
Ceviche de atún, recado negro, Piña asada y hoja santa
Tuna ceviche, black recado (blackened dried chiles and spices sauce), roasted pineapple and hoja santa leaf
Camaron al coco con salsa de Piña y habanero Y Kibi frito, pescado curado, ponzu y mayonesa de xcatic
Coconut shrimp with pineapple and habanero sauce and Fried “kibi” (ground pork and bulgur wheat), cured fish, ponzu, and Xcatic chile mayo
Polcan de brisket, cenizas y crema con trufa
Yucatan style brisket corn masa gordita, ashes, truffled cream
Ribeye al recado rojo, plátano macho en texturas, calabaza frita yucateca y demi glace estilo escabeche
Ribeye with recado rojo (achiote and spices) plantain, Yucatecan squash, and escabeche style demi glace
Dulce de papaya, helado de guayaba, albahaca y queso Edam
Papaya, guava ice cream, basil and Edam cheese
Vegetarian options available*
2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085
Austin, TX 78704
$125 per person
August 31, 2023
5:00 – 9:00 PM