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Edinburgh restaurant to host first ever Chilean empanadas masterclass and wine dinner

Edinburgh's 83 Hanover Street, which has been impressing diners with its Chilean inspired Scottish cuisine since it opened last year, is hosting its first Chilean empanadas masterclass and dinner on Tuesday 16 April from 6pm.

Published: April 11, 2019
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The Chilean empanadas masterclass will be led by Mercedes mother of owner Juan Jose Castillo Castro and the foodie inspiration behind the Edinburgh restaurant.

After leaving the Pinochet regime in Chile to start a new life in Scandinavia, Mercedes kept the memory of her home country alive with her children by making her amazing empanadas.

Edinburgh Chilean masterclass

Picture: 83 Hanover

By selling them to locals (who were quickly converted) they were able to raise enough money for their annual trips back to Chile. When Juan opened the restaurant, Mercedes was naturally drafted in to teach the kitchen brigade how to make her legendary empanadas.

The evening (priced at £49 per person) will start with Mercedes’ masterclass and will be followed by a four course dinner with Chilean wines matched by Alliance Wines.

In particular they will be showcasing wines from Tinto de Rulo – a boutique natural winery that was set up by three friends championing traditional Chilean processes rather than emulating the Old World.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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