Mother’s Day in México

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Mother’s Day in Mexico is taken to the next level. It is an observance and not a public holiday but some public offices have been known to close early in the afternoon so employees can spend some of the day with their mothers and schools usually have special programs.

Mothers and mother figures are given flowers, cards, candy and other gifts that symbolize appreciation, respect and love. This is also an opportunity to take your favorite female figure out for a fabulous meal.

Austrian restaurant Kaiser Maximilian in Puerto Vallarta is offering a wonderful three course dinner for $466 pesos. Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomer has created some wonderful selections especially for the occasion.

This special menu is served from noon to 11pm at Espresso Bar and 6 to 11pm in The Main Dining Room. The regular a la carte menu is also available.

Mother’s Day Feast

Select one from each category:


Tuna carpaccio with mixed greens, cucumber, tomatoes

Ravioli with fennel filling, prosciutto, mushrooms and tarragon sauce

Roasted quail with mushroom risotto and parmesan

Main Courses

Coffee spiced beef tenderloin, sauce Foyot, grilled vegetables, potatoes au gratin

Red snapper fillet with shrimp sauce, celery and fennel

Veal Scaloppini with twice-baked potato and creamed spinach


Chocolate pot de crème, caramel mousse and sea salt

Vanilla ice cream covered with a hot crepe and chocolate sauce with pecans

Sacher chocolate cake with mint ice cream

Treat mom and let her know what she means to you by letting her be your guest at Kaiser Maximilian.


Becas Ball 2018

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It was an evening of glittering gowns, lively entertainment and a culinary feast. The 2018 Becas Ball was recently held at Club Regina in Puerto Vallarta. Over 200 attended the festive event that featured a historical  Austrian theme. This fund raising event benefits the non-profit, Becas Vallarta. A school scholarship fund.

The beach resort was transformed into Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace. In 1742 it was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I and it was designed by a Baroque architect who received his training in Rome. It was originally an imperial hunting lodge. It eventually grew into the palatial summer residence over the course of the eighteenth century.

For the Becas Ball the Regina’s grounds were elegantly decorated and jugglers and stilt walkers made their way through the venue during the cocktail hour. Bartenders were mixing specialty drinks including dark chocolate martinis and basil kiwi cocktails. The music of Johann Strauss, the famous Austrian composer, filled the air.

After about an hour guests filed into the dining area, where all the tables were decorated with elaborate fresh flower displays, candles and crystal. In keeping with the royal theme, the ladies were crowned as they entered. Large posters of Austrian royalty Kaiser Franz Josef and Queen Sissi were highlighted.

He was emperor of Austria from 1848 to 1916 and king of Hungary from 1867 to 1916. He divided his empire into a dual monarch in which Austria and Hungary coexisted as equal partners. Franz has been described as a gentleman of irresistible charm who loved his wife to a degree that bordered on infatuation. He had the third longest reign in the history of Europe. In keeping with the theme the owner of Puerto Vallarta’s only Austrian restaurant, Kaiser Maximilian, named in honor for Fran Joseph’s brother Maximilian emperor of Mexico, was consulted for the menu. The four course meal was spectacular.

First Course – Smoked Trout with Horseradish and Cucumber Salad

Second Course – Red Cabbage Cream Soup with Potato Dumpling

Third Course – Roasted Leg of Veal, Spätzle, Vegetables with Mushroom Sauce

Fourth Course – Linzer Tart with Yogurt Ice Cream

During dinner the show by Farra Group included live music and dancers. A special appearance by Franz and Sissi kicked off the special entertainment. The royal couple took the stage and watched performers from all over the world, by Prana Show. There was a contortionist, crystal ball handlers, a fire dancer and a hoop artist. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display and then it was live music and dancing for all.

Monies raised go to Becas Vallarta, Changing Lives Through Education. There are over 400 students in the program and they have been assisting children with limited economic resources for over 50 years. Scholarships start during the second year of junior high and run through senior high and then, hopefully through university.

Once a student is accepted into the program, they promise to fund his or her education until the goal is reached, even if the goal is to become a doctor. Tuition is paid along with school uniforms, proper shoes and school supplies such as the notebooks and pencils, pens, etc. that are required.

The student must maintain a grade point average of 8.5, be a good citizen in school and at home, live in Puerto Vallarta and help with events when asked. Becas Vallarta improves the students and their families with a better quality of life so they can become self-sufficient and contribute to the progress of the community.

Becas Ball 2018 Sponsors:

Fours Seasons Hotel & Resorts

Rocco Troyani Signature Events

The Reef Homes by the Sea


Oceana Boutique Residences

Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant

Intercam Banco

Anfitriónde México Vinos

Coldwell Banker Realty


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Mardi Gras Special Dinner at Kaiser Maximilian

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The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or the fatted calf can be followed to France.

It went through some changes over the centuries until it hit a stride in the new world. New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today. 

 Puerto Vallarta has been celebrating the festive holiday since 2009 and the celebration has grown every year. There is a parade that winds through centro and old town that is attended by several thousand.

Kaiser Maximilian restaurant is on the parade route and you can have a front row seat while enjoying a special three course meal with choices for each course. Join their party on Tuesday 13 February 2018 starting at 5pm and running to 11pm. The regular a la carte menu will not be available on this night.

Mardi Gras Menu

Appetizers (choose one)

Spinach Strudel

Caesar salad

Marinated Beets and Goat Cheese Salad

Duck Confit Salad

Tuna Carpaccio

Crab Cake

Roasted Quail with Risotto

Ravioli with Tarragon Sauce

Onion Soup

Bread Soup

Red Cabbage Cream Soup


Main Course (choose one)

Salmon Trout with Celery Purée

Red Snapper with Shrimp Sauce

Combo with Shrimp, Fish and Chicken with Rice and Chipotle Sauce

Coffee Spiced Beef Tenderloin

Zwiebelrostbraten – Beef Loin with Onions 

Spiced Duck Breast with Farro Risotto

Chicken Breast with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Leg of Veal

Veal Scaloppini with Twice Baked Potato & Creamed Spinach

Pork Chop with Nut Chutney & Sautéed Endives

Wienerschnitzel – Breaded Pork Loin & Potatoes

Rahmschnitzel – Sautéed Pork Loin with Noodles & a Mushroom Cream Sauce



Warm Pecan Chocolate Tart & Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Pot de Crème

Sour Cream Cheesecake with Pineapple & Strawberries

Austrian Apple Strudel with Vanilla Ice Cream

Crème Brulée

Sacher – Chocolate Cake with Mint Ice Cream

Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries

Linzer Tart with Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Ice Cream Hot Crepe with Chocolate Sauce

Strawberry Royal Sundae

The price per person is $620 pesos, gratuity is not included. If you prefer to have the rack of lamb, diver scallops or braised short rips, as a main course, the price for the is $720 Pesos per person.

Reservations are a must. Please call 222 5058 or 223 0760. 

Be sure to join the Kaiser Maximilian team for a wonderful celebration.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party at Kaiser Maximilian

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It is the last day of 2017 and many people want to celebrate in a big way. Traditions range from eating 12 grapes at midnight in Mexico and Spain to burning bonfires of Christmas trees on the street in the Netherlands to banging bread against the walls and doors of your house to chase out bad luck in Ireland. Start your own New Year’s Eve tradition in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Join the fun at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant and ring in 2018 with flair and a wonderful meal. Owner Andreas Rupprechter and Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomer have developed a multi-course meal sure to satisfy. There is a wide variety of flavors.

The dinner begins at 8pm and the price is $1750 pesos per person. Savor every course of this magnificent meal. Please remember the tip is not included

New Year’s Eve Menu

First Course

Tuna carpaccio, oranges, quince, pita bread

 Second Course

Ravioli, mushrooms, chile, almonds, carrot purée


Third Course

Red snapper fillet with prawn sauce, celery and fennel

Fourth Course

Beef tenderloin Rossini, duck liver, truffle sauce, mashed potatoes, baby carrots

Fifth Course

Warm pecan chocolate tart with mint ice cream, whipped cream 


To further enliven the evening there will be a DJ mixing some of the best dance music in town. A truly festive experience.

Reservations are highly recommended 223 0760 or 222 5058.

Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to enjoy the fine European style dining at Kaiser Maximilian more often.

Christmas Eve Dinner, Sunday 24th at Kaiser Maximilian

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It is a special time of year to be shared with family and friends. Celebrate Christmas Eve and enjoy a sumptuous feast with your loved ones at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. The European bistro atmosphere, attentive staff will only add to the festive experience.


Owner Andreas Rupprechter and Executive Chef Juan Carlos Palomera have created wonderful selections for this occasion. It is a four course meal with choices for each course. The price is $720 pesos per person, which does not include the tip.

This is the Christmas Eve Dinner Menu for Sunday, December 24, 2017 and it is served from 5 to 11pm at Espresso Bar and in the Main Dining Room from 6 to 11pm. The restaurant will only be open for this dinner and the a la carte menu will not be available.


First Course (select one)

* Tuna carpaccio, oranges, quince, pita bread

* Diver scallops, dashi, celery, ginger, parsley

* Spinach Strudel with mixed greens and tomatoes

  • Cesar salad with crispy potato croutons
  • Duck confit salad, sherry vinaigrette, caramelized squash, pears & greens

Second Course (select one)

  • Ravioli, mushrooms, chile, almonds & celery
  • Lobster bisque with shrimp
  • Crab cake  with avocado purée with tequila lime glaze
  • Gnocchi, pumpkin, nut butter foam & walnuts
  • Quail, plum, mashed potatoes, roasted onions & tantori massala

Third Course (select one)

* Turkey medallion stuffed with nuts, dried fruits, sweet potato purée, cranberry sauce

* Roasted leg of veal on glazed vegetables, Spätzle and cream sauce with mushrooms

* Coffee spiced beef tenderloin, sauce Foyot, vegetables, potato gratin

* Rack of lamb, cous cous, fermented pepper, carrot purée

  • Red snapper fillet with lobster sauce, celery and fennel
  • Salmon trout fillet with Speck raisin nage, herbs and celery purée
  • Sautéed shrimp, rice stuffed sweet pepper, smoked chipotle sauce

Fourth Course (select one)

* Warm pecan chocolate bourbon tart, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream

* Sour Cream Cheesecake, coconut crust, rum-poached pineapple, strawberries

* Chocolate pot de crème, caramel mousse, sea salt

* Appel Strudel with vanilla ice cream

  • Yoghurt with berries and short bread
  • Sachertorte with whipped cream
  • Lemon tart, ricotta, confit, walnuts

This is the set menu for this meal. Spaces will quickly fill up, make sure to make your reservation today for a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Kaiser Maximilian, 223 0769 or 222 5058.

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnacht, Joyeaux Noél!


Special Austrian menu at Kaiser Maximilian until Dec. 16th.

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The 23rd Festival Gourmet may be over but you can still enjoy the special Austrian menu at Kaiser Maximilian until December 16, 2017. Some of these items may even become part of the regular menu.

The restaurant featured Executive Chef Stefan Glantschnig and his Sous Chef Daniel Thür from the Waldhof Resort in Scheffau am Walden Kaiser, Austria. Stefan won Junge Wilde 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. This contest showcases chefs under 30 years of age and had over 2400 participants. The award translates to Young and Wild and he says he is taking local cuisine to the next level.

“I think the festival was a great opportunity that brought many different chefs together,” said Stefan, “We celebrated food at its best.” Stefan throughly enjoyed his first trip to Mexico and hopes to visit again.


Here is his Austrian inspired menu, which is a la carte.

Vorspeisen – Appetizers

  • Paprika, goat cheese, cumin & turnip
  • Carpaccio vom Thunfisch – Tuna carpaccio, oranges, quince with pita bread
  • Jakobsmuschel – Diver scallops, dashi, celery, ginger and parsley
  • Entenleber – Fois gras, brioche, melon, pumpkin and orange


Zwischengerichte – Second Appetizers


  • Goldfisch – Mahi Mahi, radish, camomile, cardamom vinaigrette and olives
  • Gnocchi, pumpkin, nut butter foam and walnuts
  • Ravioli with mushrooms, chile, almonds and celery

Hauptgänge – Main Courses

  • Wachtel – Quail served with plum, mashed potatoes, roasted onions and tantori massala
  • Rotbarsch – Red Snapper served with faba beans, clear fish soup, purslane and lemon
  • Lamm – Lamb, cous cous, peking duck lack, fermented pepper and celery purée
  • Rosini – Beef fillet, duck liver, truffel, mashed potatoes and baby carrots
  • Kalbsbries – Veal sweetbreads, beets, pumpkin and curry sauce

Nachtisch – Desserts

  • Zitronen Tarte – Lemon tart with ricotta, confit and walnuts
  • Joghurt withberries and short bread

The regular a la carte menu will also be available. The special menu is served from noon until 11pm at Kaiser Maximilian Espresso Bar, Olas Altas 380-C and from 6 to 11pm in The Main Dining Room, Olas Altas 380-B. Sample some of Austria’s most innovating and best-tasting inventions at Kaiser Maximilian.


Kaiser Maximilian, Festival Gourmet 2017

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Stefan Glantschnig  Guest Chef 

Fresh from his win as one of the best young chefs in Western Europe, Stefan Glantschnig will be preparing innovative cuisine at the 23rd Annual Festival Gourmet. He will be featured at Restaurant Kaiser Maximilian, Olas Altas 380-B in Old Town Puerto Vallarta. The event runs November 10 through 19, 2017. There are almost 30 restaurants and hotels participating, featuring chefs from all over the world.

Stefan won Junge Wilde 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. This contest showcases chefs under 30 years of age and had over 2400 participants. The award translates to Young and Wild and he says he is taking local cuisine to the next level.  This contest is intense and is sponsored by the magazine and website RollingPin. Not only do chefs have to create innovative dishes with a four-course meal, they must produce a recipe book, marketing ideas, only source products within 40 kilometers of their restaurant, limited spending and photos.

“This was a great way to get my name out there,” says Stefan, “What a wonderful chance to network with many great people in the restaurant industry.”

Stefan says he is really looking forward to his first trip to Mexico, especially since Puerto Vallarta looks like a beautiful place. “I am curious about the people and what types of foods are available. I cannot wait to sample the famous tacos and tequila,” says Stefan.

Andreas Rupprechter, owner of Kaiser Maximilian, got in touch with Stefan while he was on vacation in Austria visiting his family. His sister saw an article in the local newspaper about Stefan and from there the spot was secured for Stefan’s trip to Mexico.

“I think the festival is a great opportunity to bring many different chefs together,” says Stefan, “We will be celebrating food at its best.” Stefan will be accompanied by his Sous Chef Daniel Thür.

Stefan is currently the executive chef at the Waldhof Resort in Scheffau am Walden Kaiser, Austria. A magical resort in the Alps. It has been in existence since 1920 and is situated at the base of the mountains. Originally a holiday home that transformed from a small feeding stable, it is now a great hotel. It has been a family business since the beginning. Every year since the 1950s the family has been delighted to host travelers. There’s incredible skiing during the winter and glorious hiking during the summer, plus incredible meals in their restaurant.

Tyrol, which refers to a region in Austria, cuisine is Stefan’s specialty. Pure spring waters, natural green Alpine pastures and a commitment to nature and organic farming are the ingredients that make Tyrolean cuisine so unique. He will delight clients with his wide variety of cooking styles.

Don’t forget to make your reservations for Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 8pm, because it is the night of the chef’s table, Culinary Art by Stefan and Daniel, a six-course dinner with wine pairings at the restaurant and the cost is $1650 pesos per person. This event is usually sold out, so make your reservations today, 223 0760.


If you cannot attend Festival Gourmet, Kaiser Maximilian will be featuring Stefan’s special menu through December 16, 2017. A tasty addition to the regular a la carte menu.


Kaiser Maximilian Chef’s Table

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It’s a feast for all the senses and you can take part in this experience by attending Theme Night at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta during the 22nd Annual Festival Gourmet.

Traditional Austrian cuisine with a modern twist will be featured by Guest Chefs Johannes Weinberger and Lida Zebedin. Johannes and Lida work under Master Chef Martin Sieberer  at the Trofana Royal Hotel, which is the only 5-star hotel in Austria. They have also worked in great restaurants in Carinthia and Styria before joining the team at the hotel.

The Chef’s Theme Dinner includes a variety of dishes and wine pairings that will entice any foodie. The meal is on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 8pm sharp. The cost is $1500 pesos per person, which does not include gratuity.



Here’s the menu:

First Course

“Thunfisch” Tuna carpaccio with mixed greens, cucumber, dried tomatoes
Paired with Weingut Huber, Hugo, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Austria





Second Course

“Wachtel” Roasted quail with risotto, parmesan and foie gras
Paired with Weingut Reinisch Johanneshof, Pinot Noir 2014, Thermenregion,  Austria

Third Course
“Klare Steinpilzsuppe” Warm, clear porcini consommé served in a different way

Fourth Course
¨Lachsforelle” salmon trout fillet with speck raisin nage, herbs and celery purée
Paired with Weingut Huber, Riesling Terrassen 2014, Traisental, Austria

Fifth Course
“Hirsch” Venison with onion crust, chestnut custard and saffron apples
Paired with Reinisch Johanneshof, St. Laurent 2012, Tattendorf, Austria

Sixth Course
“Mozartkugeln” with Berry Ragout
This is similar to a chocolate truffle originally created in 1890 by Confectioner Paul Fürst from Salzburg and named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Paired with Champagne Veuve Clicquot

There will be also be live music by the famous, local musical group Los Bambinos.

Reservations are required, please call the restaurant at 223 0760 or 222 5058.

Austrian cuisine is influenced by the greatly by the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and Martin is one of those artists who is dedicated to the emphasis and reinterpretation of his regional cuisine. This combination of traditional, well-known and indigenous with interesting, new forms of preparation, some playfulness and unusual effects characterizes the Tyrolean’s cuisine style. His Sous Chefs Johannes and Lida will interpret his dishes nicely.

Experience this meal at Kaiser Maximilian.

22nd Festival Gourmet Puerto Vallarta at Kaiser Maximilian

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A true master passes on all he knows to his students and they transform this education into ideas of their own. During the 22nd Annual Festival Gourmet at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, two assistants to one of Austria’s most decorated chefs will be guest chefs during the event, which runs November 12 to 20, 2016.

hotel_trofana_royal_ansicht_winterChef Martin Sieberer is the culinary artist at the Trofana Royal Hotel, which is the only 5-star hotel in Austria. He is Tyrol’s most decorated chef. Tyrol is a western Austrian state in the Alps that’s known for its ski resorts, historic sites and folk traditions.

In 1996 he began working at the Trofana Royal and just two years later began receiving awards. Gault Millau is an influential French restaurant guide and it rates on the quality of the food, service, price and atmosphere. This prestigious magazine made him Newcomer of the Year in 1998 and they continue to award him highly, including Chef of the Year in 2000. He has also received a Michelin star.paznaunerstube_trofana

Martin has published three cook books, A la Carte and VIP Gourmet Guide rate him with almost perfect scores. He makes television appearances on Austria’s most popular cooking show Freshly Cooked. In 2005 he was appointed Lufthansa Star Chef and pampers business and first class passengers on long-haul flights with his creations. Martin is considered one of the most innovative chefs in Europe and his restaurant in the Tofana Royal, Paznaunerstube, is a fixture for gourmets. Now you know his protégés will be serving you some of the best Austrian cuisine ever available in Puerto Vallarta.


Johannes Weinberger and Lida Zebedin will interpret the culinary art of Martin Sieberer. Both Johannes and Lida have worked in great Austrian restaurants in Carinthia and Styria before joining Martin Sieberer.

The Festival Gourmet Menu will be available from noon to 11pm, November 12 to December 17, 2016, and includes:



“Garnelen” Jumbo Shrimp Diavolo with chile, garlic bread and zucchini

“Thunfisch” Tuna carpaccio with mixed greens, cucumber and sun dried tomatoes

“Backhendl” Fried Chicken, potato salad, mixed greens with pumpkin seed oil vinaigrette

“Wachtel” Roasted Quail with porcini risotto and parmesan

“Kalbsgelee” Veal Terrine with horseradish, tomatoes and mixed greens with pumpkin seeds

“Klare Steinpilzsuppe” Warm, Clear Porcini Consommé served in a different way

Main Courses


“Fischfillet” Fish fillet sautéed with egg and parmesan, tomato risotto and shallots

“Lachsforelle” Salmon Trout Fillet with Speck raisin nage, herbs and celery purée

“Rindsfillet” Beef Fillet with potato au gratin, shallot ravioli, fine vegetables and red wine sauce

“Lammschnitzel” Sautéed Lamb Escalops with prosciutto and sage with polenta & green beans

“Hirsch” Venison with onion crust, chestnut custard and saffron apples



“Mangopalatschinken” Hot Crepe with mango and chocolate sauce

“Eisreindling” Apple Dumplings with cranberries, raisins and honey parfait

Cottage cheese dumpling with berries

The regular a la carte menu will also be available.

Kaiser Maximilian will have its special Chef’s Table on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. It is a six course dinner with wine pairings. This wonderful evening will begin at 8 pm. There is only one seating and the cost is $1500 pesos per person. Reservations are recommended, 223 0760.

Martin is one of those artists who is dedicated to the emphasis and reinterpretation of regional cuisine. This combination of traditional foods with new forms of preparation, some playfulness and unusual effects characterizes the Tyrolean’s cuisine style. You will have the chance to enjoy it all during Festival Gourmet at Kaiser Maximilian.

Gourmand: No todos los que lo desean lo son.

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La velada comenzó con un refrescante aperitivo de origen austriaco: vino espumoso, limón y licor de flor de sauco. De sabor extraño pero agradable. Fue la primera sorpresa de la cena. Habíamos acudido a cenar a un pequeño restaurante donde buscábamos “el placer de la mesa”. Es decir, encontrar en comunión no únicamente buena comida sino todo un entorno en armonía con los platos, la compañía, la ocasión y la cultura gastronómica.

La gastronomía está de moda, y con ello la confusión en cuanto a su verdadero significado. Término asociado a la comida, con demasiada frecuencia se le confunde con la coquinaria. En cuanto que un cocinero práctica la coquinaria y un gastrónomo degusta los alimentos preparados por aquel. Sin embargo…

En su concepto actual, un gastrónomo es una persona conocedora del arte de la gastronomía, idea que abarca el conocimiento profundo de las cualidades de las materias, los productos, las fórmulas, los procedimientos, el gusto y la estética en la presentación de los alimentos

Simplificando la idea podríamos afirmar que un cocinero trabaja frente al fogón mientras un gastrónomo lo hace en la mesa. Avanzando en la noción, la razón de ser del cocinero es la satisfacción del gastrónomo.

La cosa no es tan fácil, sin embargo, los gastrónomos son también gourmand, gourmet y sibaritas, amén de otras clasificaciones que tienden a los extremos. Todos estos términos nos llegan del francés o del latín, como es el caso de sibarita. Ni que decir del diletante que alcanza gustos más allá de lo gastronómico.

Para confundir aún más, dado que la gastronomía es materia de estudio puede ser una ciencia o un arte. Así pues a los estudiantes de gastronomía en nuestras escuelas  al graduarse se les pretende llamar gastrónomos, lo cual aunque técnicamente lo sean, fisiológicamente no lo son pues nadie garantiza que posean la cualidad del gusto, que sepan comer y que encuentren placer en la cultura de  la  buena mesa.

El pan es bueno: de superficie crocante y caliente como recién salido del horno. La mantequilla, de excelente calidad. Un poco de pan con mantequilla puede ser el mejor “amuse bouche” como dicen los franceses. Un tentempié para el apetito.

Existen individuos a quienes la naturaleza les ha negado la delicadeza en algunos órganos, o aquellos que por falta de interés miran pasar platos suculentos sin verlos. La fisiología ha reconocido a los primeros mediante la lengua de esos infortunados seres, inhabilitados de las papillas nerviosas destinadas a inhalar y apreciar los sabores; lo único que pueden discernir son sensaciones obtusas. Esas personas son en cuanto al gusto lo que lo ciegos a la luz.

La segunda categoría se compone de individuos distraídos, con la mente ocupada en los negocios y la ambición y que creen que nutrirse es suficiente. Pero existen los predestinados para disfrutar el placer del gusto. Aceptando que existen personas que han venido a este mundo para ver mal, caminar con dificultad y escuchar con esfuerzo ya que han nacido con miopía, con capacidades diferentes o medio sordos, ¿por qué no habría otros con la predisposición de sentir más, en especial ciertas sensaciones de placer?


Ordenamos un Spatzle casero con Pato confitado y queso y una Sopa de Vino para comenzar. El restaurante celebraba con discreción el Oktoberfest de los alemanes con ciertos platos austriacos, una buena selección de cervezas y vinos del mismo origen. La pasta, delicada, bien mezclada con la carne deshebrada del pato y sus jugos con el queso fundido. En cuanto a la sopa, inaudita como suena, servida en plato hondo, de densidad cremosa, salpicada con crotones de canela y  napeada con sabayón. Su sabor dulzón aromado a la canela combinaba bien con el fino vino que sirvió de base para su preparación.

La ocasión demandaba un vino tinto fino, ligero pero con fuerte carácter: un clarete como les gustaba a los ingleses llamar a este tipo de vinos de Burdeos. Los mejores tintos de esa región de Francia están hechos con uva Merlot. Nos hicimos servir este vino noble para acompañar una cena esplendida.

La historia reciente de la gastronomía nos lleva por dos caminos al mismo fin: la creación de una cultura de la mesa. Si por un lado siempre han existido los grandes cocineros, por otro, han sido los gastrónomos quienes han fomentado su evolución. El gran gourmet Brillat-Savarin, hace ya más de doscientos  años, escribe en su “Fisiología del gusto”, lo siguiente: La gourmandise es una predilección apasionante, razonada y habitual por todo cuanto halaga al paladar. La gourmandise es enemiga de cualquier exceso: toda persona que coma o beba demasiado, corre el peligro de ser borrado de la lista de la cofradía. (Uno de los principios de la Chaine des Rotisseurs) La mayor virtud del verdadero “paladar fino” –gourmand- consiste en no comer nunca más de lo que pueda digerir con cordura y no beber más de lo que pueda soportar con plena conciencia.

La cocinas se desbordan, no reconocen lindes políticos y a veces se aferran a viejas naciones. Así, lo alemán se involucra con lo austriaco y con ello lo húngaro, teniendo en mente el Imperio Austro-Húngaro de la antigua Europa. Las cocinas son polinizadas por los ejércitos y los comerciantes y los productos adquieren carta de naturalización en tierras lejanas a su origen. Fue así como nuestros chiles mexicanos al aclimatarse en el país de los magiares se convirtió en paprika: la especia nacional de Hungría. Llegaron allá llevados por los comerciantes turcos cuando el Imperio turco dominaba el comercio en el mar tirreno.


Goulash de Ternera: ¿Algo más típicamente húngaro? Imposible. Los fértiles valles del país producen esta carne que sólo en esa parte de Europa se aprecia bien. Compartimos de común acuerdo un plato de Goulash de Ternera con papas hervidas. Somos adictos a la ternera, carne poco favorecida en nuestros restaurantes ya que no es fácil encontrarla de buena calidad. Los trozos de carne rosada, todavía con el terno  dorado de la sartén, debían bañarse con la excelsa salsa de paprika húngara para consolidar un sabor que dignifica el plato.

Los húngaros han hecho de este descendiente de nuestros chiles una variedad de sabores que van de lo dulce a lo picante. En este caso el sabor exquisito de la salsa provenía de una paprika dulzona pero con la apariencia y la densidad de alguno de nuestros adobos mexicanos.

El placer de comer lo compartimos con los animales, y presupone el hambre y lo que es necesario para satisfacerla. El placer de la mesa es peculiar del ser humano, pues supone el cuidado previo en la preparación de los platillos del menú, en la selección del lugar, los acompañantes y los complementos. El placer de comer requiere, si no hambre por lo menos apetito, mientras que el placer de la mesa es independiente de ambos.


En Kaiser Maximilian el ambiente es elegante y la atmosfera invitante. La música gravada instrumental permite la conversación y con ello la comunión. El escenario está puesto para una cena agradable. Compartimos la conversación con los propietarios hablando de comida. ¿De que más se puede hablar en un templo de Gasterea?

Un pequeño trozo de estrudel de requesón acompañado por buen helado de vainilla cerró el ágape que plenamente disfrutamos habiendo salido a buscar el placer de la mesa. Algo que está más allá de “salir a cenar”. Un café expreso para el caballero acompañado de una copa de grapa de buenas familias italianas fue el broche de oro para cerrar una velada placentera.A No todos   oro para cerrar un dias fue el broche de oro para cerrar undmesa. Algo que estla de la mejor calidad. Pan y mantequ

La cocina es, indiscutiblemente un arte. Pero también una técnica: Técnica y arte, articulados y presididos ambos conceptos por el gusto. Más el gusto no es sino la poética conjunción de una singular voluptuosidad de los sentidos, provocada por el aspecto, la presentación, la fragancia y el sabor que cada manjar despierta en la vista, en el olfato y las delicadas papilas de nuestro paladar.

El cocinero se hace, el gourmand nace.  Los aprendices del  oficio de cocinero deberían conocer sus habilidades gustativas pues quien no tiene gusto no sabrá bien comer y sin saber comer jamás se aprenderá a bien cocinar.

El autor es analista gastronómico