Even though COVID-19 has interrupted international travel, nothing could stop members of Forbes CWA Evening Branch and their guests experiencing some of the food and culture of Ecuador recently.
“Expanding our knowledge of other countries and the cultural aspects of that community raises awareness and encourages members to socialise and support each other as well as those in other communities,” said Robyn Miller, president of the CWA Evening Branch.
“By studying a country, members are furthering their knowledge and understanding, which is a focus for the CWA.”
Members and guests sat down to an Ecuadorian three course meal prepared by Kim and Marc, and their team at the Vandenberg Hotel that included traditional foods such as slow cooked pork marinated in beer, garlic and cumin and beef marinated in achiote spice served with guacamole, tomato salsa and hot sauces followed by an entree of empanadas filled with cheese and onion.
Unable to find a local who has travelled in Ecuador to be a guest speaker, the internet and Mr YouTube proved to be a great source of information. The gathering learned about fifteen surprising things that Ecuador is famous for including the Panama hat, cut flowers especially the rose and the orchid, and the most hummingbird species in the world, and that Ecuador exports some of the finest chocolate in the world. Surprisingly to many though is the fact that they also eat guinea pig (cuy).
“The success of the night would not be possible except for the outstanding research and culinary skills of Kim, Marc and their team in the Vandenberg Hotel kitchen for providing another delicious and unusual traditional meal,” said Mrs Mackinnon.
Thanks also go to David Mahlo for his technical assistance on the night.