PangaIberica Chefs & Sustainability

$10,530 of $38,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 1 month


I am Chef Mikel de Luis.  I met Chef Andres Morataya earlier this year and was electrified by the concept of his destination restaurant, Panga, in Playa Venao (Panama).  It embodied sustainability, reliance on local people to supply him and inspired me to want to share his culture with my own, through cuisine, which impassions me. 

After talking with Andres,  we decided to create PANGA IBERICA as a "workshop in the wild" where Chefs from different countries could share ideas, recipes and visions through their adventures.

We will make a documentary that shows how we got through the 2 days, our highs and lows and the idea is to unite the culinary world in
underscoring sustainability and the respect for nature.  

CarbonFund Org has agreed to make our project carbon-neutral and we thank them for this. 

After the jungle, we Chefs will hold an informal beach party to celebrate local fishermen and farmers, Sustainability.  

The culmination will be a dinner at PANGA where all the chefs will collaborate, bringing together the combined knowledge of what we've learned in the days spent foraging the forests and waters.

October 3 the documentary premiere will take place at the Cervantes Institute in New York City.  Should you choose to join us, you will have the 
opportunity to meet some of these chefs who have embarked on this amazing adventure. 

For myself and for many of us Chefs impassioned by food, this is a dream come true.  To be able to share our passions and learn about new cultures and ways of working with food directly in nature, is what we continually strive for.

This campaign will fund the chefs to go to Panama from the Jungle to cooking at Panga Restaurant as well as to fund making the documentary. 
This isn't a reality show, it is about real life and achieving peace and enlightenment through COOKING.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering offering your support for me to realize this dream.  

You can help me get the word out through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other way you feel would be helpful:   https://www.gofundme.com/youtu-be-yUznnkBKSMs

Thanks to our sponsors Forever Cheese,  Carchelo Wines,  Mercer Culinary,  Clement Design Usa. 

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Thanks to all of you who've supported me in making this happen. We've gotten a good response but still need to push for more as there are only 5 weeks to go-please help spread the word and help me reach my goal!
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Less than two months til our adventure. We're sharpening our knives, grabbing our fishing poles and eager to explore the jungles of the Azuero Peninsula. Help us reach our goal! Thank you for your support.
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It takes 5 hours to get to this gorgeous place of Playa Venao from Panama City. The last hour is a heck of a bumpy road but the place is paradise. Read more and help support this great project
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We are excited to announce that the Premiere of the Panga Iberica documentary will be held on October 3 at the Instituto Cervantes in Manhattan. The founders Mikel de Luis and Andres Morataya will be there as well as other chefs from the adventure.

Thank you to our sponsors: Forever Cheese, Ole Imports & Pares Balta.
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$10,530 of $38,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 1 month
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Everything included in Gold, PLUS 2 tickets to Panga Dinner in Panama and 6 additional guests at Fine Dining Dinner (10 total).
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Invitation to Documentary Premier, Name in Credits of Panga Documentary, Commemorative Chef Coat, Fine Dining Dinner for 4 at your house. Max 60 miles NYC
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Paella & Cava Dinner by award winning Chef Mikel de Luis on special outdoor paella burner. 6 bottle Vintage Blanca Cuisine Cava. Valid 1 year from Sept. 1.
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Paella party (up to 12 persons) by award winning Chef Mikel de Luis on special outdoor paella burner. Valid 1 year from Sept. 1. Within 100 miles of Manhattan
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Learn to cook Sous Vide: Slow Cook, Perfect Texture, Long Shelf Life food. Cooking class for up to 6 people. 100 mile radius Manhattan
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Spanish Contemporary Cooking Class: Up to 6 people will learn how to cook small plates. Available within 100 mile radius of Manhattan. Valid 1 year from Sept 1
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Private Fromager: Enjoy a 90 minute cheese tasting for up to 12 guests in your home led by renowned expert Michele Buster. Max 60 mile radius NYC
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The Little Chef: Creative, fun cooking class for up to 5 children taught by award winning Big Kid Chef Mikel de Luis. Max 100 mile radius NYC.
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Be one of the few to snag a ticket to the premiere in NYC of this amazing jungle adventure. Don the new chef coat and knife you'll receive at the premier
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Basket of unique, delicious Iberian gourmet foods which may include small production olive oils & vinegars, regional sweets, specialty nuts (baskets may vary)
Custom knife made for Panga Iberica by Mercer Culinary. Available until the end of August.
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Receive a ticket to the Documentary Premiere & Cocktail Party in NYC on Oct. 3. You’ll meet my fellow chefs who have embarked on this amazing adventure with me
A super big thank you from the Panga team.
A big thank you from the Panga team.
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