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Veronica Valdivieso, Elizabeth Asher, Ambassador Cecilia Valdivieso, Lizzie Asher, Juan Pablo Valdivieso
Veronica Valdivieso, Elizabeth Asher, Ambassador Cecilia Valdivieso, Lizzie Asher, Juan Pablo Valdivieso

Washington locals gathered at the Textile Museum for an exquisite event to celebrate the food and culture that exemplifies the very Best of Peru.

By Michael Clements

Veronica Valdivieso, Elizabeth Asher, Ambassador Cecilia Valdivieso, Lizzie Asher, Juan Pablo Valdivieso

Veronica Valdivieso, Elizabeth Asher, Ambassador Cecilia Valdivieso, Lizzie Asher, Juan Pablo Valdivieso. Photo by Alfredo Flores.

Washington Life’s exclusive Best of Peru event was a huge success. The night turned out to be exactly what we had hoped; a way for the Peru community and its top associated businesses to showcase its tastes, style, fashion and design aesthetic to the loyal WL readers and followers in addition to an elite sampling of DC’s Peruvian community.

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About 300 people attended throughout the evening, tasting Macchu Pisco

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Jason Strich. Photo by Alfredo Flores.

sours from five different mixologists (Ceiba Restaurant’s “Pisco Neuvo” won our mix-off contest).  Guests sampled Peruvian-inspired food from Occasions Caterers and Mio restaurant, and had a chance to see, touch, and feel products from Peruvian Connection, the Sandra Jordan Collection, and Alpaca International.  Jaw-dropping luxury travel video presentations from Orient Express Peru and Hoteles Libertador were showcased throughout the night, and guests learned about the Peruvian non-profit Coprodeli; all the while being entertained by South American musicians “Mystic Warriors” from Olivera Music Entertainment in the beautiful and sophisticated setting of the Textile Museum in Kalorama. Que Bueno! The event was deftly put together by Kelley Cannon of Kelley Cannon events. Cannon ran point as she coordinated the numerous vendors and helped create the perfect event lay-out to enable guests to enjoy all of the different Peruvian vendors. There was even a raffle where Alpaca International and Peruvian Connection each gave lucky attendees luxury Alpaca products.

The other big winner of the night was Cieba Restaurant who won our mix-off contest!  Here is a list of the event’s featured restaurants and drinks:

Mio: Spicy Macchu Pisco
The Passenger: Chiraw Mita
Ceiba: Pisco Nuevo
Occasions: Pisco Passion
Funxion: Dysfunxion

Want to know more about the Peruvian culture, fashion and sites? Read our Best of Peru feature .  Discover a luxurious getaway tucked away in the hills in our Peru travel article.  Also, if you are interested in the most luxurious hotels that Peru has to offer, read our Peru hotel review.

Sara Barboza, Blanca Ochoa, Fernando Quiros, Eliana Moscoso, Olga Macdonald, Carmen Davies

Sara Barboza, Blanca Ochoa, Fernando Quiros, Eliana Moscoso, Olga Macdonald, Carmen Davies. Photo by Alfredo Flores.

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Peruvian products by Alpaca International. Photo by Alfredo Flores.

Caroline Suplizio, Ana Utley, and Carmen Petrowitz

Caroline Suplizio, Ana Utley, and Carmen Petrowitz. Photo by Alfredo Flores.

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