Saludos Don and Rock.com,
Apologies for the prolonged silence and our sincere appreciation for the commentary above. We take these to heart and always post them in our kitchen walls and discuss with your Chef to address them and improve our menu. Our execution of the typical Puerto Rican Lechon is as good as ever and we have" calibrated" our seasonings to minimize moisture and consistently reach the "cuerito" stage - crispy skin so loved by Puerto Ricans. Please come by on Fridays to enjoy our Happy Hours and try for yourselves. Our "Urban Latin" focus of the menu keeps expanding and assimilating dishes that our "Guest Chefs" showcase when they visit. We have also dotted our menu with Peruvian executions, a nod to the "Perurican" trend going on in Puerto Rico that is blending Peruvian dishes with Puerto Rican tastes.
We have an upcoming event, though not necessarily a "foodie" driven concept, it will be a lot of fun! With the World Cup kick off on 11 June, we are opening the restaurant for select games featuring Latin American countries. We are developing a "Latin" breakfast that will have a strong Mexican accent. At any rate, once finalized, we will post the menu. We will charge $20 and we will offer a free round of Micheladas, Sangritas, Ojo Rojo or Bloddy Marys for every goal scored by the Latin American Team! We hope that for a few hours on the week, we can all collectively throw caution to the wind and get in the spirit of El Mundial! So, 11 June at 7:30AM we will be starting the party early with Mexico vs. South Africa's World Cup opening.
Another event is our "Chef for a Day" event of 12 June, where we invite a bonafide "foodie" to take over our kitchen [with support form our staff] and showcase traditional and modern varieties of their Latin city's favorites. Our next event is "Noche Colombiana" and these events are always in support of a charity or non-profit. I am pasting the announcement below.
Again, we sincerely thank you for your support and constructive criticism in our "adventure" (and quite the one, we must say!), we are very happy to have found our "soul"!
"Noche Colombiana" Event announcement ...
With the nation holding its breath on the results of its presidential elections, Mio is proud to announce our “Noche Colombiana” on June 12 with Guest Chef and Colombian Angela Franco!
Our next “Chef for a Day”, Angela Franco, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will host an evening of beautiful and traditional Colombian food, served with the unpretentious elegance and conviviality for which Colombians and Mio are known. We invite you to join us and celebrate the beauty of the Colombian heart and celebrate among friends the Urban Latin Vibe of Mio Restaurant. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Latino Student Fund and Colombia Progresa organizations!
Entradas / Appetizer
Arepas con Queso y Hogao: Traditional Colombian style cornmeal patties served “Hogao” (a derivative of “ahogar” – to “drown”) style, generously covered with “criollo” sauce, based on tomatoes, several types of onions, garlic, and cumin.
Empanadas colombianas: A traditional assortment of Colombian-styled turnovers.
Empanada costeña: Colombian coastal-style turnover.
Plato Fuerte / Entrees
Ajiaco bogotano: Bogota-style potato-based stew with chicken
Sobrebarriga con papas chorriadas: Grilled flank steak served with boiled red potatoes smothered in a rich cheese sauce seasoned with onions and tomatoes.
Langostinos con arroz con coco y platano rayado: Grilled shrimps served with a coconut flavored rice and shredded plantaina
Postre / Dessert
Arroz con leche: Sweet rice pudding
Brevas con arequipe: Traditional Colombinan desert of figs and a “dulce de leche”
Latino Student Fund : The mission of the Latino Student Fund (LSF) is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for PreK-12 students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership. http://www.latinostudentfund.org/
Colombia Progresa: A non-profit 501 ©(3) charitable organization operating in the Washington DC area supporting the educational needs of underprivileged children in Colombia through: Educational programs (scholarships & school supplies), Traveling Library (Books and educational materials)and Targeted programs (nutrition, music, art, sports, recreation and infrastructure). http://www.colombiap...resentacion.htm
About the Chef for a Day:
Born in Berkeley, CA while her father was completing his PhD in Education at the University of Berkeley, she grew up in Bogota, Colombia, in a family of 6 siblings, three boys and three girls. Her father founded The Newman School, in 1990, which is rated in the top 25 out of 6000 schools in Colombia, and remains as the head master of the school. Her mother is a retired journalist and assists in operating the school.
Angela was named President & CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on November 1, 2009, and has moved to solidify the GWHCC funding and has grown the base of businesses and membership.
Angela began her professional career in the financial world in 1989, where she worked in insurance and banking for over 18 years. The majority of her roles were customer relationship management and business development. She moved to the United States for the second time in May 2001, where she worked at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, followed by BB&T where she spent seven years in different management positions, and was the Manager of the Multi-Cultural Market and led the Hispanic initiative for BB&T in the DC Metro Region.
Angela has a degree in Business Administration from CESA University, Bogota, Colombia, holds a Master’s in Finance from EAFIT University, both prestigious universities in Colombia. Additionally, she has finished Banking School at Wake Forest University, North Carolina and holds a degree in Life Coaching from the Newfield Network, in Denver, CO.
Angela is married to G. Brent Gulick, has a ten month son, Matthew Joseph Gulick, and resides in Rockville, MD.