Latin-American inspired dining in San Diego is about to get an infusion of flavor courtesy of a new dining series hosted by Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant in Little Italy.
Known for serving up fresh seafood with a flavorful Latin influence, Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant, under the leadership of dynamic young chef Jaime Chavez, will begin hosting "Latin Nights" every third Thursday of each month, starting Thursday, Aug. 20.
"We created Latin Nights to show San Diego the vastly diverse Latin-American cuisine from areas such as Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Spanish America that inspire our kitchen every day," Chavez said. "And, what better way to do this than by partnering with the best chefs from these areas who live and breathe these cultures?"
Sirena's once monthly Latin Nights will feature a renowned Latin guest chef who will prepare a special six-course meal. Hosted by Chef Jaime Chavez, seating for the first Latin Night will start at 7 p.m. Felipe Raul, originally from Puerto Rico, will be the guest chef at the first event. Diners can expect a meal showcasing flavors from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Tickets for any Latin Night at Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant are $70. Diners may add a wine pairing for $15. In addition to great food, diners will also be treated to live Latin music during the evenings.
Seating is limited for Sirena Gourmet's new Latin nights. Advanced reservations are required and may be made by calling 619-564-8970 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although Sirena incorporates traditional Mexican haute cuisine on its menu, it is not a strictly Mexican restaurant. Chavez hopes Sirena Gourmet can do more to share flavors representative of all cultures in Latin America with San Diego diners.
"Every Latin Night is going to be different, highlighting a chef who specializes in a specific Latin American cuisine," Chavez noted. "We are going to give customers a lively interactive experience by having live music from the Latin American area we are celebrating, offering multiple courses with fare characteristic of a specific country, and hosting personal conversations with the guest chef from that country."
Guest chefs will be hand-selected by Chavez from among individuals he's met personally through his culinary travels or from among talented individuals known for their Latin flavors. Chavez noted that Latin Night patrons at the Aug. 20 event will find Raul's Puerto Rican and Caribbean flavors to be simply bold and amazing.
"He is a really nice guy, perfect for the first Latin night. He is charming so people are going to love him," Chavez said of Raul.
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Sirena showcases locally sourced seafood and produce in a variety of home-made style dishes that let the pure flavor of the ingredients shine.