Calçots, a catalan gastronomic tradition!

Calçots Catalunya Gastronomy

The calçotada season has already begun! Today we want to explain you why this phenomenon  attracts crowds of people every year.  Are you ready to discover it?

What is a Calçot and a Calçotada?

Calçots are a tradition of  catalan gastronomy that runs from January to April and brings together family and friends around a table to enjoy a winter barbecue. It is a grilled large and white onion which external side is scorched but the internal one is tender. The region of Valls, in Tarragona, is known as the capital of the calçot. Calçotades have been celebrated in Valls for more than hundred years since the end of the 19th century. From 1995 granted the denomination of quality ‘Calçot de Valls’. The geographical area of this denomination includes the regions of Alt Camp, Baix Camp, Tarragonés and Baix Penedés.

Although, calçot is the protagonist, there is no calçotada without romesco sauce, a sauce prepared mainly with almonds, hazelnuts, tomatoes, garlic, oil and salt.

Romesco Sauce

How to eat calçots

The funniest part is to eat calçots. Hands are used instead of cutlery! Take the “calçot” from the top with one hand and with the other hand take it by the root to remove the scorched part. Finally, dip the “calçot” with the sauce and it is ready to be eaten. We recommend you to use the apron not to get dirty but if it happens do not worry!  It’s part of the party!

How to eat calçots

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But it´s not yet finished. After calçots, you will enjoy a barbecue with artichokes, white beans and potatoes and afterwards catalan cream as dessert. And of course… bread with tomato and cava can not miss!

If you are in Barcelona, ou get the chance to participate in a traditional calçotadadon’t miss it! 😉

The Restaurant Week from eltenedor.com comes back to the Negresco Restaurant

Restaurant Week El Tenedor Negresco Restaurant

The ‘Restaurant Week’ by eltenedor.es returns to the restaurants of Barcelona and, of course,  to the Negresco Restaurant. Ready to live one of the greatest gastronomic festivals in the city.

From Octuber 25 to November 18, Negresco Restaurant replaces its daily menu and “ a la carte” to participate one more year in this solidary initiative of eltenedor.es. Solidary and gastronomyc since more than 300 restaurants in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga and Valencia participate in this campaign.

On this occasion, the best restaurants in Barcelona, including the Negresco Restaurant, offer sustainable and exclusive menus at a fixed and reduced price. In addition, for each menu, 1 euro goes to the solidarity projects of the NGO Ayuda En Acción.

Restaurant Week El tenedor Hotel Negresco Princess

So do not think twice and take advantage of these days to come and enjoy this luxury menu ‘Restaurant Week’! You will find among other dishes,  Salad of watermelon and feta cheese with Modena vinaigrette with mint, or Warm leek cream with confit quail and crunchy ham.

Price: 25,00 € .

¡Dont wait and reserve your menú  here !

¡We wait for you at the Negresco Restaurant!

 

Many cultural activities for this season

Once again, the Negresco Restaurant reopens the doors to the world of Barcelona culture and does so with a very tight schedule. Do you want to know what awaits us these months in the Negresco Restaurant?

In the Negresco Restaurant we start the season with many cultural activities that will take place during the month of April and May.

As usual, the Negresco Restaurant joins Barcelona’s writers, enabling the spaces of the Hotel Negresco Princess and the restaurant to the different cultural formats that are happening in the city.

Sant Jordi is coming soon, and literature has an important place throughout the month of April with the literary dinners organized by the TresC culture club. After the good experiences with Joan Lluís Bozzo, Francesc Torralba and Antoni Bassas, we opened the season with Martí Gironell (April 4) and Màrius Serra (April 5). An intimate format in which to talk with your favorite authors in a relaxed and enjoyable dinner, discover characters, travel to different locations, examine  every detail, in short, a unique opportunity to live a novel in a very different way.

Who said that book presentations are boring? We  don´t think so. The Negresco Restaurant is an ideal space for new presentations That´s what the journalist Agnès Marquès thinks and on April 14 she will present her book “Els guapos són els raros” in a very special way … Doing a literary aperitif! Also on the 19th we will have the opportunity to present the new novel by Pep Prieto, “Carnada”, together with the journalist Jordi Basté.

But as well as literature there is also theater! And cinema! That is why we continue to welcome the Vis à Vis of the TresC with important personalities of the national cultural world, including Silvia Munt (April 10), one of the most valued female characters of the Catalan cultural scene. A multifaceted actress and cinema and theater director who has received numerous awards – several Goya Awards – she has given us great works, among the most recent ones, “Las chicas de Mossbank Road” and “El Precio”. And Nausicaa Bonnín (3 de amyo), the young Catalan actress who already has a long and intense career in the world of acting. On television, we have seen her in series such as “El cor de la ciutat”, “Sagrada familia”, “La luz de Elna” or “Citas”; in the theater, “Las brujas de Salem” or “Don Juan”; and in cinema, “Tres días con la familia”, “El cuerpo” or “Elisa K”.

In addition, in May, we will have the opportunity to promote the new show of La Seca, “Otello”, with a very special event that we will already explain …

A very tight schedule that will get us the culture in all its fullness. We still have more … Who said that the series can not be paired? In the Negresco Restaurant, the people of Serielizados want to drink wine and watch audiovisual works. Thus, we will pair the most emblematic characters of the series that have been important for us, with DO Penedès wines and premium quality artisan cheeses that best represent their personality # 5persontages5vins. In each session we will have a main serie, starting with Sherlock on April 26, The Handmaid’s Tale on May 23, Game of Thrones on July 20, …

But … and the music? After the first experience with “Sentits del Vi” a few months ago, we want to repeat! If music can remind you of a movie or a place, why not a wine or a gastronomic “tapa”? Sentits del Vi returns, the Barcelona version of the enomusical pairing that the TR3SC Club celebrates every year at the Live Music Market in Vic! And this time, in a very special session since the Club Tr3sC celebrates its 12th anniversary with us!

Xavier Barba, The fantastic sommelier, will guide a tasting of 4 wines DO Penedès wines, paired with the music of 4 Catalan artists and 4 author “tapas” that the Negresco Restaurant chef, Jon García, will create for the occasion. In addition, we will have the honor of being able to listen live to the musical of XARIM ARESTÉ, BIG MAMA, JARPS and JU. A game of senses in a unique space!

As our director, Jairo Mayolas, explains, “we do not want to become one more space. We believe in culture and that is why we want to offer careful activities that make people feel at home “. So you know, if you want to be aware of the city’s cultural agenda, keep an eye on our networks!

We will wait for you!