Peru­vian Con­sul Gen­eral vis­its Taos

The Taos News - - IN THE KITCHEN - By Cindy Brown

Taos wel­comed Peru­vian Con­sul Gen­eral Roland Dene­gri on Satur­day, (Sept. 1) with a re­cep­tion at Quechua Peru­vian Restau­rant.

Dene­gri, along with vice-con­sul Fred­die Martinez and other mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion, vis­ited Taos at the in­vi­ta­tion of Trot­sky Bar­reto, owner of Quechua. The group plans to visit an­nu­ally to build ties with the Southwest and to of­fer ser­vices to Peru­vian cit­i­zens in the area. They will re­turn in Oc­to­ber to es­tab­lish a mo­bile con­sul in Santa Fe.

A mul­ti­cul­tural group of al­most 70 peo­ple gath­ered to wel­come the con­sul del­e­ga­tion, which is based in Den­ver. Bar­reto said “We are try­ing to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether. You see all the faces. We are a dif­fer­ent kind of com­mu­nity with peo­ple from the Pue­blo, Lati­nos, and others from Taos.”

The speak­ers wel­com­ing the del­e­ga­tion echoed themes of unity and re­spect for the deep cul­tural and in­dige­nous roots of both New Mex­ico and Peru. Mayor Dan Bar­rone in­vited the del­e­ga­tion to spend time vis­it­ing Taos and to learn about the com­mu­nity’s rich his­tory and cul­tural di­ver­sity.

He rec­og­nized Bar­reto for bring­ing his Peru­vian restau­rant to Taos and for the ways he sup­ports and gives back to the com­mu­nity. Quechua has brought food to the Taos Men’s Shel­ter and in­vited DreamTree Project youth to their kitchen to learn about Peru­vian food and cul­ture.

Lu­cille Gal­le­gos-Jaramillo, pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club, wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion in Span­ish and English and pre­sented the con­sul with a ro­tary flag and mug. Mary Ber­nal of Taos Pue­blo wel­comed the group first in Tiwa and af­ter­ward in English, which she trans­lated as “I’m very thankful for ev­ery­one be­ing here and for all of us com­ing to­gether as one peo­ple, one cul­ture and one gen­er­a­tion. In Taos, our cul­tures are richly en­twined with each other.”

Other dig­ni­taries at the event in­cluded Judges Ernie Ortega and Jeff Shan­non, as well as writer John Ni­chols, and town coun­cilor Pas­cual­ito Maes­tas.

The del­e­ga­tion mem­bers ap­pre­ci­ated the charm of Taos and the good feel­ings of wel­come ex­pressed to them as they ar­rived. Con­sul Dene­gri con­grat­u­lated the cit­i­zens for the town that they had cre­ated and thanked Bar­reto as an ex­am­ple of a Peru­vian cit­i­zen shar­ing the friendly spirit of the Peru­vian peo­ple with the com­mu­nity.

Dene­gri said “I was amazed at the beauty of Taos and its sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ments with the moun­tains and the style of the ar­chi­tec­ture. We would like to learn as much as we can while we are here. We rec­og­nize that there are deep cul­tural roots here, very much like Peru.”

Dene­gri said that Peru is a coun­try of 32 mil­lion peo­ple with 10 per­cent of them liv­ing abroad and sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand liv­ing in the U.S. The Den­ver of­fice is one of 13 con­sulates in the coun­try, with the main em­bassy in Washington, D.C. The mo­bile con­sulate in Santa Fe will serve the es­ti­mated 2,000 Peru­vian cit­i­zens in New Mex­ico, pro­vid­ing pass­port, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and cit­i­zen­ship ser­vices.

Vice-con­sul Martinez con­firmed plans for the con­sul to visit New Mex­ico at least once a year. Martinez has been at his post in Den­ver for three months, and it is his first post abroad. He no­ticed the adobe con­struc­tion, which was also used in early Peru­vian ar­chi­tec­ture. “It is very dif­fer­ent than any place else in the states,” he said. “I con­grat­u­late the com­mu­nity for the hos­pi­tal­ity we have re­ceived and for this beau­ti­ful well-main­tained city.”

The del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Taos Pue­blo and the Río Grande Sun­day (Sept. 2).

Santa Fe res­i­dent Ri­cardo Chumpi­tazi at­tended the event and spoke about the mul­ti­cul­tural char­ac­ter of Peru and sang “El Cón­dor Pasa,” a Peru­vian song based on tra­di­tional folk mu­sic from the An­des. It was pop­u­lar­ized in the U.S. by Si­mon and Gar­funkel.

Af­ter­ward he said that he was happy about the new mo­bile con­sulate that will be com­ing to Santa Fe in Oc­to­ber. He said, “New Mex­ico and Peru share many cul­tural roots. We are plan­ning to give classes on the An­dean world­view and the na­tive Peru­vian lan­guage, Quechua, in both Taos and Santa Fe.”

Quechua Peru­vian Restau­rant opened in Taos in the spring of 2017 and in Santa Fe this past July. The restau­rants of­fer au­then­tic Peru­vian dishes, such as su­dado de pescado and ar­roz con pollo. The business was rec­og­nized by the Small Business Devel­op­ment Cen­ter as a star business of the year.

Bar­reto said, “This is amaz­ing news for the fam­ily that is Quechua Peru­vian Restau­rant since we have put all of our strength and ef­fort to make this restau­rant feel like home. This wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of our amaz­ing cus­tomers that come in for a new ad­ven­ture but come out our doors with Peru on their bucket list. Thank you all once again for hav­ing such an open heart and mind to our fam­ily and our cul­ture.”

For more in­for­ma­tion

Quechua Peru­vian Restau­rant is lo­cated at 122 Paseo del Pue­blo Sur C; phone num­ber (575) 7796397. For more de­tails, visit them on Face­book. Con­tact the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Peru in Den­ver at (866)788-0338 or (303) 355-8003 or visit con­sulado.pe.

‘Thank you { all once again for hav­ing such an open heart and mind to our fam­ily and our cul­ture’. – Trot­sky Bar­reto

Mor­gan Timms

A tra­di­tional Peru­vian meal served at the Quechua Peru­vian Res­tu­ar­ant.

Mor­gan Timms

Peru­vian Con­sul Gen­eral Roland Dene­gri Aguirre is pre­sented with a Taos Mi­la­gro Ro­tary Club ban­ner by Lu­cille Gal­legosJaramillo on Satur­day (Sept. 1) dur­ing his wel­come din­ner at Quechua, a Peru­vian restau­rant in Taos.

Mor­gan Timms

Peru­vian Con­sul Gen­eral Roland Dene­gri Aguirre gives thumbs up while chat­ting to Mayor Dan Bar­rone on Satur­day (Sept. 1) dur­ing his wel­come din­ner at Quechua restau­rant in Taos.

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