I can’t help but admit I’ve been in the same situation too many times to count. Caught up in my own story and worried about the next paragraph while ignoring the ending. But last night I was reminded just how important it is to be a better storyteller and include the audience in the process. Tables of new friends, food and wine are never a bad idea in my opinion and usually set the tone for a great story that I can recall for years to come.
We (that means 20+ of us) dined at Perón Perón for a dinner with Chef Gonzalo Alderete. Gonzalo is a big and burly guy with a bushy beard, graying hair and a wonderful attitude towards sharing his passion with his guests. Besides the supremely tasty and seemingly never ending parade of food coming from the kitchen, it was the few short conversations I had with chef that opened my eyes to his wisdom.
A few thoughts I picked up from Gonzalo, paraphrased a bit due to the abundance of vino tinto that was also seemingly never ending…
“I could make my own chorizo, and it would be better, but then I’d run out of time to enjoy what I’m doing.”
“So many other restaurants worry about making money and forget about the people.”
“Most Argentines have five spices in their kitchen. I have twenty, and they all ask how I get so much flavor in my food.”
“I cook the dishes that my grandma made for me when I was a kid. So many people have forgot about them.”