Mochica celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with Piscofest

In honor of Peruvian Independence Day on July 28, Chef Carlos Altamirano’s Potrero Hill restaurant Mochica is hosting Piscofest, a range of pisco-inspired experiences and specials from Saturday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 29. The event series kicks off with Opening Night on The Hill on July 25, featuring a local house DJ, and continues with Peruvian brunch specials and pisco brunch cocktails on July 26, and pisco-cocktail paired appetizers July 27 and 28. The inaugural Piscofest concludes with Pisco Night on the Hill on July 29, which includes a special talk by pisco connoisseur Miguel Solari and is complemented by a pisco tasting flight, three pisco cocktails, and three appetizer bites for $35.

“Pisco is the national spirit of Peru, and this year we’ve decided to celebrate it along with our national Peruvian Independence Day,” said Carlos Altamirano. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our Peruvian heritage with the people of San Francisco.”Piscofest at Mochica events include:Saturday, July 25
10 p.m. – 12 a.m
Opening Night on the Hill
Celebrating Peruvian Independence Day, the recent acquisition of Mochica’s entertainment license and the kickoff of Piscofest, a local house DJ will be spinning dance tunes to get the Potrero Hill neighborhood moving.
Age 21+ after 10 p.m. No cover charge for entry.

Sunday, July 26
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Pisco Independence Brunch
Peruvian brunch specials, such as French Toast with pisco-soaked berries and pisco whipped cream and a pisco Bloody Mary with roasted rocoto peppers, will be offered on the a la carte brunch menu, accompanied by a live, traditional Peruvian Crillo musician.
Brunch specials are available along with regular brunch items on the a la carte menu. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 278-0480 or visiting

Monday, July 27 & Tuesday, July 28
5:30 – 10 p.m.
Peruvian Independence Day Pisco Cocktail Pairing Specials

Pisco Sour paired with Cebiche –
$12 (normally $25)
Pisco Punch paired with Beef Heart Anticuchuo –
$12 (normally $23)
Chilcano paired with potato Causas –
$12 (normally $21)
Pisco Flight featuring three one-ounce pours of three different premium piscos – $22
Cocktail appetizer specials and pisco flights are available both in the bar area and entire dining room.

Wednesday, July 29
6 – 8 p.m.
Pisco Night on the Hill
Pisco connoisseur Miguel Solari will be on hand to discuss the basics of pisco, its rich history, and the special relationship San Francisco has with the grape-based spirit. The event will feature a flight of three, one-ounce pours of pisco, three pisco cocktails, and three appetizer bites. Reservations for dinner are available following the event.
$35 per person; reservations can be made only by calling (415) 278-0480.

Mochica is a contemporary, family-owned Peruvian restaurant focused on using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients to create a modern and vibrant interpretation of traditional Peruvian cuisine. Founded by three-time Michelin starred Chef Carlos Altamirano, Mochica features a casual tapas-style dining experience complemented by a pisco-centered cocktail program, small production wines and beers, and rocoto peppers from Chef Altamirano’s own one-acre farm in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Other restaurants in the Altamirano Restaurant Group include Piqueos in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, the Michelin-starred La Costanera just north of Half Moon Bay in Montara, Calif., the group of Sanguchon food trucks that serve the Bay Area, and the recently opened Parada in Walnut Creek, Calif. Mochica is located at 1469 18th Street in San Francisco, Calif. and is open seven days a week, with brunch/lunch on Thursday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m; dinner Sunday – Thursday, 5:30–10 p.m; and dinner Friday and Saturday, 5:30–11 p.m. To book a reservation, please call (415) 278-0480 or visit For additional information, please visit