Pita Jungle Partners with Chef Erick Pineda for an Evening of Blended Cuisines
By Erica Shipione -
Monday Oct 16, 2023
Arizona-based restaurant group Pita Jungle is proud to announce a special collaboration with local chef and owner of the beloved Mexican pop-up restaurant Requinto, Erick Pineda. The culinary event with a one-night-only menu of blended cuisines will take place on Friday, November 3, at the Pita Jungle downtown location at 1001 N. 3rd Ave in Phoenix, during the electric first Friday of the month.
The pop-up event will feature a limited-time menu created by Chef Pineda, thoughtfully incorporating Pita Jungle’s philosophy ‘The Art of Eating Healthy,’ which is present throughout the collaborative fare. Guests will experience dishes using ingredients and flavors pulled from both the Mediterranean cuisine Pita Jungle is famous for, and from Pineda’s family’s home state of Guerrero, Mexico, where he draws his inspiration from in the kitchen.
“It’s really exciting to be able to do a collaboration with Pita Jungle, as they are a locally-owned giant in the Valley,” says Requinto Founder and Chef Erick Pineda. “The menu is going to consist of some Mediterranean and Mexican fusion dishes and some regional dishes from Guerrero. I am very excited to bring this menu to life and to be able to represent my culture in my city.”
The menu will include collaborative dishes using a fusion of cuisine styles including Chorizo-flavored Hummus served with pita and Turmeric Mole using Pita Jungle’s menu favorite, woodfired cauliflower. Requinto will also be serving Chile Relleno Tacos, Acapulco Style Shrimp Cocktail, Chorizo Huarache and Elopozole soup, Guerrero-style.
“In an effort to build on our tradition of rotating locally curated art on our walls, we are exalted to show off local culinary artists through our bourgeoning pop-up kitchen,” says Bassel Osmani, co-founder of Pita Jungle. ”This time around, we are featuring a collaboration with Chef Erick Pineda that floats exquisite Guerrero specialties to our healthful Mediterranean shores.”
The pop-up menu will be available for dine-in and takeout between 6-9 p.m. at the downtown Pita Jungle location only. Pita Jungle’s full menu will also be available. Alongside the menu will be an array of boutique wines, local draughts and crafted cocktails available for guests age 21 and older.
For more information on Pita Jungle, visit http://www.pitajungle.com. For upcoming events and more information on Requinto, follow along on social media at @Requinto_Phx.
About Pita Jungle:
Pita Jungle is the go-to local restaurant for healthy, delicious food with 23 locations throughout Arizona. With the mission of helping guests sustain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, the restaurants serve up a diverse menu of tasty, fresh, wholesome foods, including a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Pita Jungle’s menu is influenced by tastes from around the globe with the benefits of the Mediterranean diet always apparent through the use of healthy lean proteins, veggies, legumes, nuts, grains and fruit. For more information on Pita Jungle, visit http://www.pitajungle.com.
About Erick Pineda / Requinto:
Erick Pineda is the Chef and Founder of the Mexican pop-up restaurant Requinto in Phoenix. Born and raised in Phoenix, Pineda has worked in the restaurant industry for over a decade, most recently as the kitchen manager and head chef at Ollie Vaughn’s before founding Requinto in 2021. The Guerrero-inspired pop-up style restaurant which serves comfort food, was inspired by Pineda’s parents, who came to the United States from the Mexican state. Requinto can currently be found at the Uptown Phoenix neighborhood bar Linger Longer Lounge, where Pineda serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. When he’s not in the kitchen, you can find him playing in his band around the Valley Citrus Clouds, and spending time with his fiancé Stacie and their two sons Solomon and Felix. For more information, follow along on social media at @Requinto_Phx.