Providence’s Guest Chef Dinners Are Bringing In Some of Latin America’s Finest

Enrique Olvera and Matthew Orlando join the party on March 29

On Tuesday February 23rd, I attended a dinner at Providence during chef Michael Cimarusti’s ongoing guest chef series celebrating a decade of fine dining. In addition to hosting some of the most innovative chefs in the U.S., Providence is also putting on display two hugely important names in Latin American gastronomy, Virgilio Martinez of Lima’s Central and Enrique Olvera of Mexico City’s Pujol. I got to sample the cuisine of Martinez back in February, but there’s still time for you to get a taste of Olvera’s food at the upcoming dinner on March 29.

Little fuss was made about Martinez’s visit to L.A.: In case you don’t know, his world renowned Central was ranked #1 in Latin America and #4 in the world on San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The multi-course tasting menu alternated plates between Cimarusti, Daniel Burns (Tørst, Luksus), and Martinez that succeeded in contrasting the wildly different cooking styles of the three chefs. Cimarusti is hoping for the same result in his upcoming event with Olvera (who planted his first flag in the states last year with NYC’s Cosme), which will also feature chef Matthew Orlando, the former chef de cuisine of Noma, and current chef at Copenhagen’s Amass.

The March 29th dinner costs $220, but with three world renowned chefs and leaders of their respective schools—Modern Californian, Modern Mexican and Nordic—under one roof, it’s a no-brainer.

Providence 10th Anniversary Dinner, Tuesday March 29th, 5955 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, (323) 460-4170,