Chef José Duarte at Taranta (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)
It wasn’t hard to predict that José Duarte would end up working in the hospitality industry. Growing up in Peru, he was often the first to greet family guests, whom he would show inside and offer refreshments. From there, he and his family moved to the Venezuelan town of Acarigua, which had a large population of Italians who had left Europe after World War II. By making and canning Italian sauces each year after the harvest, Duarte got his first taste of the culture he would later use to create the Peruvian-Italian fusion for which Taranta is known. Read More
By Margarita Martinez | Thursday, September 6, 2012
Margarita visits Boston's North End (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)
Listen to my conversation about Taranta with Morning Edition host Bob Seay on WGBH 89.7 FM
I came to the North End for the food. The delicious cheeses, olives, and meats at the salumerias. The divine pastries at the long-standing Italian bakeries. The frothy cappuccinos and decadent gelatos at the neighborhood cafes. However, I unexpectedly left the North End that day with a new mantra: Be fearless. This is what I took away from my visit with Chef José Duarte at Taranta. Read More
Filming the children at the Make Way for Ducklings statues was one of the highlights of the day when we filmed at Bristol Lounge. They were from all over the country (and the world -- one of the little girls was being encouraged by her mother in German!). They were just adorable, as you can see. (Patricia Alvarado/WGBH)
Bristol Lounge chef José Gamez shows Margarita around his neighborhood: East Boston.
About Neighborhood Kitchens
Building on a 35-year history of producing Latino and multicultural programming, WGBH’s award winning La Plaza team has a new offering — Neighborhood Kitchens, a series about the exploration of culture through food. Every week the show offers a unique window into immigrant communities in New England.
Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH 2
Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 44
About the Author
Margarita Martinez Margarita Martinez grew up in the Bronx, NY and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. She now calls New England home. Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for travel and food. She made her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina, satisfied her sweet tooth with poffertjes and stroopwafels while studying in Holland, engorged herself on Thai street food for a month in Bangkok, and continues to search for authentic international cuisines in the Northeast. Margarita loves to discover new ingredients, flavors, and cooking approaches that she can bring to her own home kitchen.
On the Go
In each episode, host Margarita Martínez visits a different ethnic restaurant and learns three delicious recipes from the chef. She also explores the restaurant’s neighborhood, discovering hidden gems along the way. Join her as she learns about new ingredients, new cultures, and new neighborhoods. ¡Hasta pronto!