Brazilian Culture: Food and Family Time at the Churrascaria

In Brazilian culture, mealtime is a family event. There is always enough food for late arrivals and unexpected guests and is a special time to share with loved ones. Brazilian cuisine has an exquisite variety of traditional dishes that vary by region, but one thing they all have in common is that meals are family-centered. Traditionally, lunchtime tends to be the focal meal in Brazilian culture. While Brazilians indulge in larger meals for lunch, dinners tend to be lighter but still consist of delicious meats and fresh-made pastries. Between lunch and dinner, or “supper,” Brazilians often enjoy a mid-afternoon café, which typically consists of coffee and light pastries. As one of the world’s largest coffee producers, coffee is a Brazilian staple. It is often enjoyed throughout the day and is used as part of a spice rub or marinade in many Brazilian dishes.

Although Brazil has no national religion, food plays a huge role in religious traditions and festivities. As the largest Portuguese-speaking country in South America, Brazil is home to a number of unique regional dishes as well as dishes that derive from traditional Portuguese food. Much of Brazilian meat is cooked churrasco style, a term loosely derived from the Portuguese word for “barbecue.” In addition to a number of dishes that feature local produce, such as the manioc (a potato-like root vegetable), beans and rice are also prominent in Brazilian food. Carnaval, a celebration with Roman Catholic origins (similar to the American Mardi Gras), is a time where food and drink are heavily indulged in.

At Rio de Brazil, we focus on the dining experience. We want you to sit down, relax, and share an enchanting meal with your family and friends at our churrascaria. We know you will fall in love with the different spices, colors, and aromas of our delicious selection of traditional Brazilian dishes and fire-roasted meats. Please contact us today to book your reservation!