Tapeo- A Destination
Transport yourself to Old World Spain. Imagine yourself at a little tavern nestled in a corner on a coblestone street in Madrid, being a spectator at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, or listening to the Spanish-Middle Eastern Sounds of the Flamenco Guitarist in Andalusia all the while you are savoring every bite of your authentically delicious Tapas, Jamon Iberico, Paella and Chuletas de Cordero. You do not need airfare or a time machine, you need a reservation at Tapeo.
Every plate achieves that elusive, Spaniard cuisine-defining
balance of spice, salt and zest — even dessert.
Tapas orginated in Spain, where according to legend King Alfonso XIII , the "Wise King of Spain", had been stricken with a serious illness which only allowed him to take in small portions of food with small amounts of wine. After recovering from his illness, the kind issued a decree that no wine should be served at inns or taverns unless it was served with food. A variation of the legend suggests that the decree was actually ordered to prevent peasants, who could not afford both wine and food to drink on an empty stomach.
Tapas are becoming ever more popular in the US. No matter how they actually orginiated Tapas are the latest food trend. Tapas can literally be any type of food- from nuts, olives, and assorted cheeses to roasted meats and stews so long as the dish is served in a small plate. The most important thing about "Tapeo" (the art of eating tapas) is the gathering of people to socialize as they drink and eat. In Spain, tapas bars are lively enviorments filled with much conversation and laugther. Now, the tapeo continues at Tapeo in West Palm Beach.
Francisco Javier Gutierrez
"Javi" has been a Spanish Culinary Expert for over 30 years. He attended La Escuela Superior de Hosteleria in Zarautz, Guipuzoca, Spain where he received award-winning degrees in Gastronomia y Artes Culinarias (Professional Culinary Arts.) His forte in cuisine is Mediterranean, Italian, French, Basque, Tapas and his most loved passion Spanish. Throughout his years of experience he has worked at many notable restaurants and hotels as an executive chef. The list includes Forno of Spain- Newark, NJ; Aria Hotel and MGM Resorts International- Las Vegas, NV; and the Foutainebleau- Miami, FL to name a few. Javi is the Resident Executive Chef at Tapeo and has help create the vast menu of indulgence that you will keep coming back for more. He is looking forward to bringing you his take on flavor and flair.
Juan Carlos Mendez
"Carlos" started working in restaurants since age 14. He has built and managed several successful Spanish restaurants in the last 25 years and his goal has always been to have his own restaurant in a busy and up and coming area where he can bring a culinary experience like no other. The last 34 years have paved the way for Tapeo. Carlos is going to bring his guests all types of Spanish Tapas, Seafood, Meats and Paellas. His concept of bringing Spanish Entertainers such as a singer, guitarist and Flamenco show direct from Spain will offer the West Palm Beach area and an excitement and atmosphere no one has ever offered. Carlos's passion for Spanish Cuisine, the restaurant industry, and hospitality is depicted in every inch of Tapeo. Join him in welcoming Espana to West Palm Beach,