Chef Jamilka Borges Says “Buenanoche!” To Pittsburgh With A Puerto Rican Christmas Dinner

The holiday pop-up will take place Dec. 15 at Square Cafe in East Liberty.


Chef Jamilka Borges is circling back to her Puerto Rican roots with a Christmas feast at Square Cafe in East Liberty.

After helping Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group open Sally Ann’s, Downtown, and traveling around the country planning pop-ups, the San Juan native is putting a playful twist on traditional, yuletide foods from her homeland. 

JamilkaphotoOn Dec. 15, Sherree Goldstein’s popular, daytime eatery at 134 S. Highland Ave. will host Buenanoche, a holiday dinner with seatings at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $120 and include a welcome cocktail or mocktail, coursed dinner, dessert and a surprise gift. Additional boozy and non-alcoholic bar offerings are a la carte. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Borges, who was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2018 Chef of the Year, is excited about the women-led collaboration that she says will leave guests feeling like they just received a warm hug. 

The menu includes dishes such as rice with pigeon peas, which have a crisp texture and nutty taste similar to edamame, pasteles, yuca with mojo and pernil. Guests may choose a vegan or vegetarian option at the online checkout. 

Pastry chefs Diane DeStafano of Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville and Square Cafe’s Brittany Rall are making desserts to pair with cocktails created by resident mixologist Steven Krall and his bar team. Borges’ signature Coquito, a Puerto Rican spin on eggnog, will make a splash with thirsty diners. 

To get your feet feeling as festive as your belly, Geña Música will be performing lively sets of Puerto Rican music with a three-piece band for the evening.

And if you’re looking for more holiday pop-ups, check out our recent round-up! Feliz Navidad!

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