March 27 is National Paella Day! Please join 1400 Food Lab and Chef Alex Flores of Pibil Columbus for a celebration of this iconic Spanish dish.
The word Paella means “pan” and refers to the cooking vessel itself rather than the ingredients. The traditional Paella pan is wide and shallow and originally designed for cooking over an open fire by field workers taking a break for lunch. In its humble beginnings, the dish made use of local ingredients and whatever leftovers were available. Over time, the dish grew in popularity and diversity of ingredients and dozens of versions are made today in Spain and around the world.
For this dinner, Chef Alex will make two Paellas -- a traditional Valencian Paella and a Mexican Paella reflective of his heritage and culinary training in Mexico City.
Valencian Paella is made with a variety of meats and vegetables and, of course, the starchy short-grain Bomba rice that is the foundation of all Paellas. Saffron lends color and flavorful floral notes. This version will also include rabbit and snails – two ingredients that truly define the Valencian style of Paella. The socarrat – the crispy crusty bottom layer of rice – is central to the success of this dish.
Mexican Paella features a combination of meats, seafood, and vegetables, as well as saffron-tinted rice and traditional Mexican ingredients like chiles and Chorizo. Alex’s Mexican Paella uses bone-broth to create a distinctive soup-like flavor and texture.
-Spanish Tapas and Mexican Street Food
-Marinated Olives, Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Marcona Almonds, Esquites, Chips & Salsa
Served with a complimentary glass of Sangria
Green Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette
Mexican-style Paella with tomatoes, chiles, corn, shrimp, mussels, clams, pork, and chorizo
Spanish Paella with Bomba rice, saffron, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, chicken, pork, rabbit and snails
Two Flans – Baked Custard with Caramel Sauce
Traditional and Chocolate!
Wine and beer specially selected to complement the menu
will be available at the bar for separate purchase.