The Fantastic Forum


Just a quick programming note: Stacy Lutsch here. “Who?” I can hear you asking from across the Atlantic.  I’ve lived in Santiago for the past 2 ½ years, I met Susan a year ago while working at a tourism fair in a tiny Galician village and I am now one half of the American contingent of the Bo Camiño biz here in Galicia, and one quarter of the overall team (we’re lucky enough to have two Galician marketing superstars working with us; that would be the “Fantastic Four” pun that I was going for in the title).

 I’ll be hanging around the blog for the foreseeable future, writing about the work Bo Camiño is doing, the food I’m eating, the wine I’m drinking, the people we’re meeting, and trying my damnedest not to complain too much about the rain.  

 Here’s the first of two posts about the Fórum Gastronómico—that Susan’s already blogged a bit about. Enjoy!

So, what happens when the entire Spanish food and wine scene descends upon the Galician city of A Coruña for three days for the Fórum Gastronómico (Spain’s National Gastronomy Forum)?

A much needed, and very much deserved, spotlight is shone on contemporary Galician gastronomy.

It’s very difficult (not impossible, though) to have a bad culinary experience in Galicia. The ingredients are so fresh, the recipes so refined by centuries of tasting and revising, the chefs so experienced, and the hospitality so warm and welcoming, that most of the meals that I have consumed here have fulfilled gastronomic needs that I didn’t even know I had.

Yet somehow, Galicia is not the place most people—especially most U.S. Americans—think of when Spanish gastronomy is brought up, which is what we at Bo Camiño are working to change.

A quick word association game that I’ve played with friends in the U.S., some culinary professionals, some not—proves my point:

Me: What do you think of when I say “Spanish food”?

Friend/Acquaintance: Umm…tapas?

Me: What kind of tapas?

F/A: Is gazpacho Spanish?

Me: Sure. And Spanish chefs?

F/A: “That dude from that place with all the foam…Bull something?” Or, sometimes if I’m lucky, I’ll get “Ferrán what’s-his-name” (That would be Adriá. Also, his restaurant El Bulli closed in 2011).

And so on. Sometimes people know WAY more than this, and sometimes WAY less. It just depends. But this is par for the course. And who/what is mentioned? Tapas, check. Gazpacho, check (we’ll attribute that one to Andalucía). El Bulli, check (and that goes firmly in the “Cataluña” pile). But Galicia? Nada. Not once.

And after two and half years of living and working in Galicia, I can tell you with the utmost confidence that that is simply not fair. Because Galicia has everything: seriously talented and creative chefs, with a combined total of 11 Michelin Stars; award-winning wines; mouthwatering seafood; all at prices that won’t cost you a month’s rent (and without waiting a year to get a reservation!).

Oh, and did I mention that Galicia has gin, too? Let me introduce you to Nordés. They also make vodka, and have a new line of vermouths. They will change your life. Thank me later.

Oh, and did I mention that Galicia has gin, too? Let me introduce you to Nordés. They also make vodka, and have a new line of vermouths. They will change your life. Thank me later.

So when an event like the Gastronomy Forum comes along, bringing with it a national—and international—presence to A Coruña, the lovely (albeit rain-drenched) largest city in the area, you have to, as we say here, aprovechar or enjoy it (not so coincidentally, this is also what you say before tucking into a delicious meal).

Which is exactly what the Bo Camiño team did this last 23, 24 and 25 of February. Thanks to the generosity of the Forum’s organizers, a joint venture between the Catalan team of Pep Palau and Jaume von Arend and the amazingly talented Galician PR and events firm, Trevisani, Bo Camiño was able to not just partake in, but also actively participate in the sights, sounds, smells and above all, the out-of-this-world, too-good-to-be-true flavors and textures of the Forum.

Aerial view of the Forum. Hundreds of booths, thousands of spectators.

Aerial view of the Forum. Hundreds of booths, thousands of spectators.

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter (#bocamiñotasteit, #forumtasteit) then you’ve had a chance to see some of the pictures I’m including in this post. Here’s one of my favorites action shots of the stand:

That man in the white shirt? His name is Jesús and he gave us ALL THE HAM. No joke, I'm now going through ham withdrawal.

That man in the white shirt? His name is Jesús and he gave us ALL THE HAM. No joke, I’m now going through ham withdrawal.

If not, go take a look and get caught up for our next post, when I try, and in all likelihood fail, to capture just how overwhelming, exhilarating, fascinating and above all, delectably delicious our time at the Forum was.

For now, I leave you with this refreshing image. Nothing better than a crisp, refreshing glass of Galician Albariño, amirite? (Yes, yes I am).

A very special thank you to Andrés Docampo Fotógrafo for his participation and the fantastic photographs that helped to make Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth a success at the  Fórum Gastronómic Caruña ’14 Event.

Photography: Andrés Docampo Fotógrafo

I literally can't even tell you how many wines we tasted. Best event ever!

I literally can’t even tell you how many wines we tasted. Best event ever!


Bo Camiño TASTE IT! – Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14


Everyone was all smiles and inspiration enjoying Fórum Gastronómic Caruña ’14 held in A Caruña (north west Spain in Galicia). Jesús Gonzalez, Jamonero Dehesa De Extramadura, joined us for some fun in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth where we enjoyed delicious jamon and wine two MUSTS when experiencing gastronomy in Spain.

Fórum Gastronómic was an intensive 3 day event that has everyone excited about new gastronomy creations and experiences.  For more information please visit: –

A special thank you to German Limeres for creating a fantastic fotocall design for our Fórum Gastronómic Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth and for capturing some of the faces of the Fórum participants and their excellent products.

Photography: German Limeres

Fórum Gastronomico Coruña ’14


Bo Camiño TASTE IT!  is excited to participate in Fórum Gastronómic Caruña ’14, the only congress of its kind that brings together the very best in gastronomy of Galicia and Spain with celebrated Michelin Rated chefs, renowned winemakers, and industry insiders from around the world.  The Forum Gastronómico, held in A Coruña, Galicia (in the northeast of Spain) February 23 – 25, 2014  is an event full of excitement and non-stop high impact interactive workshops, cooking shows and demonstrations, wine tastings, and trade show exhibitors designed to entertain, educate and inspire!

It has been an exciting time with more than 50,000 attendees joining in the incredible event on the first day taking in the latest in gastronomy, wine and cooking show demonstrations while also enjoying the trade show fair with distributor demonstrations and of course some delicious samplings!

Fórum Gastronómico, created in 1999 by Pep Palau, Jaume Von Arend & Associates, was the first congress and trade fair dedicated solely to gastronomy. It is held alternately in Galicia (Northwest Spain) and Catalonia (Northeast Spain), enjoying overwhelming success no matter which region is hosting.  In 2014 Forum Gastronomic will be celebrated both in A Coruña February 23 – 25, 2014 and in Barcelona October 20 – 23, 2014.

Bo Camiño TASTE IT! Trailer

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A very special thank you to the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! Team and friends who helped in celebrating the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! trailer showing at Samos Monastery Gastronomy in the Camino event.  We are looking forward to filming the pilot discovering and sharing with you more of the gastronomy treasures of this vibrant and alive pilgrim path.

Bo Camiño TASTE IT! Trailer

Thank you to Imaxina Diseño and German Limeres Photography for including me is such a very special and unique experience in Galicia and in the CAMINO!

The Faces & Flavors Of Galicia



Galicia’s unique heritage of the Camino de Santiago has been welcoming pilgrims for more than a thousand years.  It is the people of Galicia and their incredible culture, history and love of gastronomy that makes the experience of the camino so very special. They are always welcoming you with their smiles and wishing you Bo Camiño as you make your way along the camino.

It is the special Galician products, flavors and tastes that add a exciting element to the experience making the journey even more memorable.  Not only are you surrounded by impressive natural beauty, historical monuments that inspire imagination of the legends and myths that are treasures of this unique region but you are on a continual path of gastronomic discovery enjoying the traditions that are still alive today. 

Thank you to all the Galician people who shared their love of Gastronomy and the wonderful products that made the event so very special.

Photography: German Limeres

Pregoñero de Gastronomia en Samos – Carlos Lema Devesa


Carlos Lema Devesa, a lawyer for Catedratico de Derecho Mercantil UCM of Madrid, was Pregoñero of Ceremonies for Samos Monasteries Gastronomy Event performing the honors of opening the celebration and welcoming special guests from Madrid, Barcelona and Galicia to participate in festival events and discussions of gastronomy in Spain and the Camino.

Samos Monastery is one of the most famous and significant monasteries in Spanish history and is an important Galician symbol because of the role role the monastery has played in the history and culture of the region. Founded during the Visigothic era, and the Benedictine rule first introduced to the monastery by monks from San Juan de la Peña in Aragon in the 10 century. The monks share the history and traditions of the culture of the region that date back to the beginning of the pilgrimage and continue to inspire the ancient traditions as the popularity of the The Way of St. James grows in interest bringing more and more pilgrims from around the world each year.

It was a wonderful event and we are grateful to Samos Monastery for the opportunity to participate and to all who made the event a success.  Looking forward to sharing in the experience again discovering more of the Gastronomy Treasures of the CAMINO!


Photography: German Limeres