Community Kitchen // Peruvian Pollada

One of the things my husband is most proud of here in Peru is the resourcefulness of the people. The games they played as kids did not require a $300 console; the gifts they give are more often from the heart than from the wallet and everyone seems to have “invented” something. Peruvian Pollada 1 The Peruvian Pollada is a perfect example of resourcefulness. Oftentimes, people find themselves without much of a savings account and when they face difficult times, asking for a handout is one of the last things they want to do. I am certainly not suggesting that begging is non-existent here, but more commonly found are people who try to earn a little bit more than they had before. Polladas serve as a means to raise funds for something that is needed; things like medical treatment, lawyers fees, hospital bills and so forth.

Peruvian Pollada 2Peruvian Pollada 4Peruvian Pollada 3 Although an incredible amount of work must take place before the day of the pollada, the true success depends on word of mouth invitations. True community happens at events like these where one family in the neighborhood has needs beyond their means and the other families come together to assist with the work and buy the food.

Peruvian Pollada 5Peruvian Pollada 8Peruvian Pollada 7 Each plate of food is sold for about $3 and the additional items depend on what the hosts wants to serve to accompany the chicken. The food is not only delicious, the proceeds go towards a good cause and the feeling of community is the most memorable part of the event.
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Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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5 Responses

  1. This is such a beautiful post…the photos tell such a story! I love the premise of a Pollada …such a community effort. I do wish the almighty dollar hadn’t taken over childhood fun here, I never had any of that when I was little, either.

  2. Alice says:

    wow how nice!! love the pics you took.. when a community comes together for a good cause anything is possible… i tried polladas before and they are soooo good!!! Thanks for sharing this story! its beautiful.

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