Papa Llama was born in 2016 by Kevin Ruiz and his wife, Maria. After several years of planning and recipe experimentation, Kevin decided to launch as a pop-up concept.
The pop-up would offers flexibility to test new recipes and quickly get feedback from Orlando foodies.
Kevin and Maria were both born in Peru and still have strong family roots there. They grew up savoring delicious plates like Aji de Gallina, Lomo Saltado, Ceviche, and Arroz Chaufa.
Kevin’s goal is for Papa Llama to be the future of Peruvian food in Orlando by serving these traditional recipes with modern and fresh ingredients, while still honoring the culture and history that created these flavors.
Today, the pop up operates twice a week at GB’s Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar on Saturdays and Redlight Redlight Craft Beer Parlour on Wednesdays, including the occasional Tasty Takeover in the Milk District.
Each recipe, including the Queso Papa Rellenas, the Braised Carne Bowls and the latest creation: Spicy Tuna Causa, is handmade with craft beer in mind. The goal is to complete the experience at these bars by complementing the flavors, textures, and aromas with unique Peruvian cuisine.
Kevin plans to bring Papa Llama to a brick and mortar in the future, either at a food hall or a dedicated space. Papa Llama will bring more exciting recipes to Orlando very soon. The best way to keep tabs on new menu items and upcoming events is by following on Facebook and Instagram.