Natalia Pereira

Natalia landed downtown and we instantly fell in love with both her and her cooking.

After long, hot days under the South American sun, friends and neighbors would gather outside to taste and share the diverse cuisine of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Natalia Pereira reminisces about these evenings in her Brazilian hometown. As the head chef and owner of WoodSpoon, Pereira recreates that authenticity in the culture of her restaurant.

For nine years, the Fashion District favorite has been serving traditional small plates and lesser-known Brazilian staples. It’s not another meat-intensive Brazilian steakhouse, but rather a restaurant serving real Brazilian food. “Everything is made with love, not with money,” said Pereria, describing her attitude in the kitchen. “Like in Brazil, it’s all about sharing and good company.”