Rivera Bienvenido Francisco Menu: Feting Argentinean Pope

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Rivera chef-owner John Rivera Sedlar celebrated the ascension of Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, at his downtown Los Angeles restaurant. As Sedlar said, “As a Latino, having a Pope is profound.” To honor the Buenos Aires-born man who once went by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, while simultaneously tipping a hat to Mexican-born L.A. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez, Sedlar created a four-course prix fixe menu for $45, including optional wine pairings from sommelier Mark Mendoza. Here’s a recap of the food, including Catholic plate imagery.


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Entrada consisted of Crab Chorizo with Patagonian Rosé Wine Sauce.

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Carne featured flaky Empanadas of Pulled Beef with Habanero Chimichurri.

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Pollo, aka Chicken Milanesa with Citrus-Arugula Chimichurri, involved juicy Jidori chicken with purple passion lettuce from Cielo Verde, the rooftop garden that now caps Petty Cash Taqueria.

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Postre, Plaza de la Republica Gelato Sundae, stacked scoops of Malbec, pineapple herb and Meyer lemon herb ice cream topped with gold leaf.

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