Tomorrow is the grand opening of Guisell Osorio's café Sabores del Sur in Walnut Creek. Having been one of La Cocina's first participants, Osorio started Sabores in 2002 as a catering company specializing in Chilean empanadas and alfajores (powdered sugar-dusted butter cookies that sandwich sweet dulce de leche).
Osorio hosted a preview dinner at the cafe last Thursday. In addition to her aforementioned specialties, she showcased other traditional Chilean dishes such as pastel de choclo (a hearty casserole of beef, olives, raisins, hard-boiled egg and spices, topped with creamy corn), and churrasco sandwiches (grilled steak with tomato, avocado, and a healthy slather of aioli nestled between soft, buttery rolls).
Other festivities included a lesson in empanada-making -- which proves to be far more difficult than I'd ever imagined -- and legit Chilean dancers doing the cueca, the national dance of Chile that parodies a courtship between a chicken and a rooster.
Osorio has much to celebrate tomorrow. In addition to the opening, it's also her birthday. Happy birthday, Chef!
Sabores del Sur, 3003 Oak Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 954-8300.