A fusion of food and geography

Andres Gonzalez, with his creative flair for South American cuisine, and Silvia Liplewski, with her business acumen, like their restaurant, are a fascinating fusion.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
June 14, 2018 17:51
4 minute read.
ANDRES GONZALEZ, 30, AND SILVIA LIPLEWSKI, 31

ANDRES GONZALEZ, 30, AND SILVIA LIPLEWSKI, 31. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Andres Gonzalez, 30, and Silvia Liplewski, 31, natives of South America, grew up in Colombia and Venezuela, respectively, and met and married in Israel. Their tale combines tragedy and romance, numbers and nourishment.

Sitting with the lunchtime diners at Pepito’s, the popular Mahaneh Yehuda eatery that he founded and operates, Gonzales exclaims, “I love to be in the kitchen!” He wears an infectious smile as he recounts his journey from the rain forests and coffee plantations of his Colombian upbringing, to the bedroom community of Tzur Hadassah, about 10 km. southwest of Jerusalem, where he lives today with his wife, Silvia and baby daughter, Shira.

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