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La Crosse Distilling Co. chef hopes to create food culture

It’s a culture shock for me,” said Guzman, who was born in Mexico City and grew up in the Yucatan. He’s bringing those old town flavors to his new chef hopes to create food culture

Hes leading the La Crosse Distilling Co.s lunch and dinner tasting room.Everything is made from scratch with rustic street food on the menu mixing Mexican flavors with Wisconsin favorites.La Crosse is a learning curve.Its a culture shock for me, said Guzman, who was born in Mexico City and grew up in the Yucatan. Hes bringing those old town flavors to his new hometown.Its an opportunity and it can be frustrating. La Crosse is new to him, having moved here just six months ago when the distillery and restaurant opened.
But the kitchen is familiar territory.Hes worked in award winning restaurants across the country and was nominated as a semifinalist and finalist for the James Beard award, sometimes called the Oscars of the food world.I want to bring that to La Crosse. I want La Crosse to be a food destination, added Guzman.The restaurant is inside the distillery but Guzman doesnt want you to focus on imbibing. Theres more to La Crosse than drinking.Its just on the cusp of beginning to start something which is the reason I came.Jorge is giving back to his new community.He is participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters Catered for Kids Sake on Thursday, March, 7th. He is one of four chefs taking part and making dishes for guests to sample.

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