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CASA DEL CHEF BISTRO

Alfonso Zhicay

39-06 64th Street  Woodside, NY 11377

Ecuadorean-born Alfonso reached a career peak working for Blue Hill's chef and co-owner Dan Barber, when he decided to strike out on his own with the farm-to-table offerings of Casa Del Chef Bistro. 

Alfonso is more than a restaurateur -- he runs the kitchen for the near-by Academy of the City charter school, part of the NYC Department of Education system.

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THIS DRINK COMES FROM WAY, WAY BACK IN THE YEARS WHEN MY FAMILY HAD IT.

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ZHUMIR

(pronounced "shoo-meer")

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This is sugarcane liquor, which comes from right next to my town back in my country, in Gualaceo, Ecuador. 

It is so special for me because number one, I grew up on a sugarcane farm. And number two, it reminds me of my ancestors.

ALFONSO'S SPECIAL ZHUMIR DRINK -- CANELAZO!