The Inka Family
Our Family, our company
We are a small Peruvian family, settled in the United States for more than 30 years. Lovers of our country and their food; after years of meditation, we decided to enter the now famous and competitive world of Peruvian cuisine and apparently, with some success.
For almost 10 years, we had the pleasure of serving Peruvian food at our small restaurant Pollos a la Brasa El Inka, which was established in the City of Gresham, Oregon. For all those years, we had the pleasure of enjoying the preference of a large number of diners and the recognition of the press. We occupy for many consecutive years, places of privilege in the food desires of local gourmets; which put us almost permanently on the lists of the best restaurants in the entire metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon. Possibly we were one of the few small restaurants in the state, which received the favor of specialized criticism.
The cuisine of Peru is the most diverse in the world, as evidenced by the fact that it has the largest number of dishes in the world. The connoisseurs of the subject say that Peruvians can feel proud for more than 5 thousand different dishes; with unique characteristics, flavors, and scents. It is also said that Peruvian cuisine is on the same level as French, Chinese, or Indian cuisine. In other words: Who does not want to enjoy a plate of Peruvian food ?.
The Peruvian cuisine is the initial fusion of the culinary tradition of ancient Peru, with techniques and dishes typical of Spanish cuisine; with its variant strongly influenced by
762 years of Moorish presence in The Iberian Peninsula, and an important contribution of the culinary customs brought from the region of the Atlantic coast of Saharan Africa by slaves. Later, this mixture was influenced by the traditions and culinary customs of the French chefs, who fled the revolution in their country to settle in good quantity in the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Equally crucial was the influence of nineteenth-century immigration, which included Chinese Cantonese, Japanese, and Italians, among other sources, mainly in Europe.
We can affirm with total certainty that in the special and exclusive Peruvian cuisine, there are foods and flavors from four continents in a single country.
The Peruvian culinary arts are in constant evolution and this, added to the variety of traditional dishes makes it impossible to establish a complete list of representative dishes. It should be noted that along the Peruvian coast, there are more than 2,500 different types of soups registered, which also has more than 250 traditional desserts.
We never tried to place on the table of our small restaurant, the whole Peruvian culinary
tradition, but some of the most representative of our food. And this ... it was to the taste of all those who visited us.
Parallel to the restaurant, also for all these years, we provide food service for private events. Many weddings, corporate meetings, family celebrations, and other events were the most traditional of Peruvian cuisine.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this note, our small family is made up of four members. My wife Claudia, my children Mark and Amarilis, and who writes this note, Luis, we live great experiences around Peruvian food. But nevertheless; the most important thing to mention is that Claudia, my wife, is not Peruvian ... She is born in Guatemala, but strongly in love with Peruvian food and customs, so much so that she is the center of gravity of our company. For no one who knows us is not a secret, that Claudia's talent, study, and dedication represent the very essence of our activities.
At the end of 2019, we made the decision to end our restaurant adventure and give a different projection to our business activities, to focus totally on the food preparation and delivery service for large events; topics that we are passionate about and that occupies a large part of our time. And to thank the great signs of affection from our former customers, we have created a new service called Daily Lunch, which will allow us to continue serving them, but now in the comfort of their homes or their workplaces.
The Inka will continue to please those palates who want to continue enjoying good Peruvian food.