Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SER Restaurant to Kick-off 2nd Annual 'Gastronomic Week"

Guest Chef Sara Perez visits SER Restaurant, October 4-9

From our friends at SER Restaurant...

SER Restaurant in Ballston to Host 2nd Annual 'Gastronomic Week' Featuring Celebrated Guest Chef Sara Perez from Spain, October 4-9

Available for happy hour & dinner service only, Chef Zubikarai & Chef Perez to share an assortment of authentic pintxos throughout the week-long Spanish culture & culinary celebration

Hosting their 2nd annual ‘Gastronomic Week’ celebrating Spanish culture and cuisine, SER Restaurant (1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201; Phone (703) 746-9822; www.SER-Restaurant.com; @SERRestaurant) is thrilled to announce that they will be kicking-off this culinary-focused week by welcoming celebrated Guest Chef and pintxos master Sara Perez of Spain Tuesday, October 4th through Sunday, October 9th.

Jose Zubikarai (Executive Chef and co-owner of SER) a proud native of San Sebastian - and Chef Perez will be teaming up to create and offer about a dozen of their favorite pintxos. Guests will have the opportunity to select and enjoy as many featured pintxos as they like during both happy hour and dinner service at SER Restaurant throughout the week. Pintxos are small snacks, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain, and are especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre where Chef Zubikarai hails from. Following Gastronomic Week, Chef Josu Zubikarai and team are exploring the possibility of offering an assortment of pintxos at SER moving forward.

Born and raised in Gasteiz, Vitoria Spain, Chef Sara Perez knew she wanted to be a chef at the age of 16 as a result of having access to a wide variety of gastronomic and cultural influences in the Basque Country. Chef Perez attended culinary school at Diocesanas Mendizorrotza and to help pay for the cost of her schooling she worked in local restaurants specializing in preparing pintxos. Perez spent her summers traveling and working in Noja Cantabria. She developed a passion for working in kitchens preparing food for guests. One of her mentors is Angel Fdz de Retama - a professor from one of Europe’s top culinary schools. While chef Perez studied in culinary school, she participated in work training at Four Star Hotel Villa in Rioja, Spain. In addition, she studied for two years to learn about pastries and desserts. Upon the completion of her culinary training, she worked at Gora Taberna in Vitoria, which specializes in pintxos and vegan dishes. She was then offered a job in San Sebastian at Fuego Negro as a pintxo chef. She also worked in the Cuchara de San Telmo in San Sebastian and other notable restaurants. Chef Perez also has certification in Cortadores de Jamon. Presently, Perez is running the kitchen of Mercado Tolosa specializing in pintxos using seasonal ingredients. After participating in gastronomic week at SER Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, Chef Perez plans on relocating to Barcelona to pursue a variety of other challenges working in additional established restaurants.

Opened in Ballston, VA in March 2015, SER serves traditional Spanish cuisine featuring dishes and drinks inspired by co-owners Javier Candon and Executive Chef Josu Zubikarai’s families in an upscale, yet casual setting that evokes the feeling of being at home in Spain. SER means "to be" in Spanish and also defines the team’s vision and mission:  to be Simple, Easy, and Real. SER has received critical acclaim since its opening in Spring 2015 and was recently named as a 100 Very Best Restaurant in Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 issue, a 50 Best Restaurant in Northern Virginia Magazine's 50 Best Restaurants issue, as well as being highlighted in Eater DC's 38 Essential Restaurants in DC in Spring 2016, to name a few. For additional information on SER, please visit www.SER-Restaurant.com or on Twitter @SERRestaurant.