Family restaurant La Casita Blanca received one of the most important awards in the world of culinary arts yesterday – the James Beard Foundation and Chef America’s Class Award – South Zone, at the James Beard Foundation Awards and Ceremony held at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago , Illinois.

The restaurant staff and family received the news earlier this year and had the opportunity to share a great achievement with their father, Jesus Pérez Ruiz, who recently passed away and was the founder of the famous restaurant located in the Villa Palmeras area of ​​Santurce.

Next of kin traveled to Chicago to receive one of the most prestigious awards given to local restaurants that have enduring appeal and are beloved in their region for quality and menus that reflect the character of their communities.

Regarding this important award, Jesus Perez De Leon wrote in writing: “Receiving the James Beard Award in the American Classroom was a great honor that fills us with pride and happiness. We are very excited about what this recognition means for Puerto Rican gastronomy and the legacy of our father Jesus Perez Ruiz.”

In 1980, Jesus Perez Ruiz opened the doors of La Casita Blanca in the Villa Palmeras neighborhood of Santurce in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The restaurant is the embodiment of traditional Puerto Rican fondue, a casual and affordable family establishment serving delicious homemade dishes of authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. For its visitors, it is like walking into an aunt’s or grandmother’s house with its antique furniture and colorful tablecloths, which evokes a sense of nostalgia and fond memories of family gatherings.