#soNCsavvy Recaps @LQRaleigh “Latin Jazz and Dinner”, part of @raleighfoodwine Festival! #RFWF #raleigh #event

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If enjoying Latin Jazz, good creative cuisine that all takes place in a inviting and colorful atmosphere sounds like a recipe for a great night to you than you are in luck. Raleigh’s Latin Quarter restaurant and lounge http://latinquartersnc.com/ on Six Forks road has them all. My family and I had the pleasure of attending their special event dinner. This dinner was a part of the 2015 Raleigh Food and Wine Festival http://www.raleighfoodandwine.com this past Friday. The facade of the restaurant is adorned in bright beautiful wall murals. Inside you will find portraits of famous celebrities of latin descent. Unique décor indeed.

Chef Anthony Alvarez prepared a special three course meal from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and paired the meal with a Malbec and Chardonnay. While pondering the special menu, a great latin jazz band named Jazziando did their first set of the evening. Not mere background music, but world class musicians playing their art form. They also host weekly events such as salsa classes.

The best way to see their upcoming events is on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/latinquartersraleigh?fref=ts

We decided on the Avocado salad and a mixed green salad. Both were uber fresh and I loved how the avocado shell was used to house part of the salad. The appetizer was the very popular Puerto Rican Tostones Relleno. One with chicken and one with pork. The cilantro and spicy salsa complimented each other beautifully. The final Tour de Food in this culinary journey were entrees of Chuleta Kan Kan {Pork Chops}. These are not just any pork chop. The General manager and Latin Quarter “El Presidente”, Julio advised me they had to find a butcher and show him how to make the proper cut to achieve the exact ratio of meat to fat on the chop. It was bursting with flavor from the chimichurri sauce. The other entree we enjoyed was their Pollo a La Brasa, which is a classic grilled chicken with garlic and onions. Served with Yucca Mash & Vegetables. Perfect example of how a perfectly grilled chicken can be divine. It was a great start to the Raleigh Food and Wine event. Latin Quarter should be on your must do eats schedule. Pencil it in. Now.

Btw, they are having a incredible 4th of July party out front. It is not to be missed

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