Oscar Lopez and Joao Dachery created Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse to bring authentic, traditional Brazilian food to the heart of the Alberta prairies. Churrasco, or Brazilian barbeque, dates back to the 17th century from Rio Grande de Sul and is specific to the Pampa region, also known as the Brazilian prairies in South America. When Oscar lived in Brazil, he fell in love with the weekly barbecues his friends threw, welcoming and captivating him completely. Between the succulent, grilled meats, the feijoada, and the community, Oscar wanted to bring Brazilian barbecues back home with him to Alberta.
To do this, he enlisted help from Joao, a Brazilian local passionate about food. Together, they immersed themselves in Brazilian barbecues to become experts: Oscar became a grill master and Joao became a chef. What you see in our extraordinary Pampa restaurants now is the result of their love, dedication, and commitment to authenticity.
On the Pampa, in Brazil, the cattle herders are known as Gaúchos and their history is integrated into the South American culture and folklore as legendary horse riders. Often out on the range, their diet consists primarily of meat. Historically, Gaúchos often used open-pit fires to cook their fresh meats on large wooden or metal skewers or stakes near the open flames.
The history of churrasco and the Gaúchos have inspired us to recreate that authentic, Brazilian experience and appropriately name our restaurant, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. We opened our first location in Edmonton, Alberta in 2011 and expanded to the Calgary market in 2015. Our third location in South Edmonton opened in August 2017, Pampa West Edmonton opened in December of 2018.