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  • Writer's pictureFernando Sequeda

The Art of the Arepa: A Journey of Flavour from Abuelita’s Kitchen to Burlington Brewery.

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

Allow me to take you on a delightful journey through the artful world of the arepa - a beloved culinary tradition from Venezuela. As a third-generation chef hailing from this vibrant country, I can't help but share my passion for the incredible flavors and memories that encapsulate the essence of our national dish.

Growing up, my culinary education began in my grandmother's kitchen. The smell of homemade arepas, made from scratch, would fill the air, creating an irresistible aroma. I would watch in awe as she skillfully crafted each arepa by hand, toasting them on a traditional budare, a classic circular griddle used in Venezuelan households. The pride and love she poured into the process were evident in every bite.

The arepa itself is a versatile, pillow-like cornmeal cake, with a crispy exterior and a soft, pillowy center. This blank canvas of flavors can be filled with a myriad of mouth-watering options, from simple ingredients like butter and cheese to more complex combinations like shredded beef, black beans, avocado, and plantains. Each region of Venezuela has its own unique spin, resulting in a diverse culinary landscape that never fails to amaze.

The arepa holds a special place in my heart, as it represents not only the flavors of my homeland but also the sense of connection and community that comes with sharing a meal. It is a dish that brings friends and family together, creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration.

Now, as a part of this ever-changing culinary world, I am humbled and excited to bring this gem of Venezuelan cuisine to the city of Burlington. At Burlington Brewery, we have recently added a range of mouthwatering arepas to our menu. Our team has worked tirelessly to recreate the authentic recipes that have been passed down through generations, ensuring that each bite transcends you to the streets of Venezuela.

Whether you are a seasoned arepa connoisseur or just discoveringe the wonders of this beloved dish, I invite you to drop by Burlington Brewery and experience the magic firsthand. Indulge in one (or two!) of the many options we have curated, showcasing the rich flavors and vibrant colors of Venezuelan cuisine.

From the classic combinations to our deliciously unique creations, each arepa tells a story of tradition, passion, and love. Come, savor the taste of Venezuela, and allow us to transport you on a culinary adventure that will leave you craving for more.

Join us at Burlington Brewery, where we're honored to present the art of the arepa to our wonderful city. Bring your appetite, an open mind, and let your taste buds embark on a flavor-filled journey that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the artistry behind this beloved Venezuelan delicacy. We can't wait to welcome you.


See you soon!

Fernando

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