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Local resident Mariano Rios prepared to roast a flayed local pig for the pre-opening of La Pampa at Peifer Orchards last month. (submitted photo)

La Pampa to knit an Argentine tradition into the community

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Local resident Mariano Rios comes from a place where barbecue is the main affair on a Sunday at home with the family. The day includes drinking, talking, connecting, and eating a slow-cooked preparation of the meats and vegetables that have been grown on the surrounding plains. This summer, Rios brings that tradition of  his home in Argentina to Yellow Springs with a new grilling and catering business, La Pampa.

Villagers can get a first glimpse of Rios’ Argentine grilling techniques during a demonstration at the Yellow Springs Library this Monday, July 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Rios will set up his live fire grill in the library parking lot to talk about the traditional culture of the asado and allow participants to taste the results of his culinary techniques. The event is sponsored by the library and is free of charge, though participants are asked to sign up for the event by this Saturday by calling Tricia Gelmini at 767-7661.

La Pampa will be open on the lawn at Peifer Orchards most Sundays. Visitors are welcome to visit and stay a while to learn about the grilling techniques. To find out more, go to

A story about La Pampa appears in this week’s YS News.



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