The further you drive east from Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, the wilder the landscape becomes, until you arrive in the village of Garzón, population 200. This is where Francis Mallmann, certainly the biggest culinary star in the Latin world, has chosen to open a restaurant and adjoining inn.
But a meal with Mallmann is not just a meal; it’s a dramatic scene of raw, rustic and romantic refinement, as you’ll see over the course of four days in this once-thriving railroad stop whose pueblo buildings have since patinated. The chef’s wild-fire cooking in this remote place, whether it’s with hot stones in a pit or a dome fire for a candlelit dinner in Garzón’s abandoned train station, sends a message about a way of living: Get lost, in the best of ways.
We’ll split our group between the five rooms at El Garzón, overlooking our garden and pool, and Casa Anna, a short walk from El Garzón. Both are owned by Mallmann and infused with his unique style.
Go horseback riding with gauchos, the fearless cowboys of South America, and dance tango to live music on the terrace of Restaurant Garzón.
Heidi Lender, founder of nearby CAMPO artist residency program, will lead us on an an art walk through the town’s center.
We anticipate that soon, Uruguay will be a more talked about wine country than Argentina or Chile. Taste why at Bodega Garzón, the region’s first LEED-certified vineyard.
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