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I'm going to New York!

Yes, that's right. I'm so proud and humbled to share that I've been invited to be a part of the 12th Annual Congress of the Central Cultural Cubano de Nueva York (Cuban Cultural Center of New York).

The theme this year is "Cuban Cuisine: del casabe al mojito."

René Portocarrero, “La cena” (1942)

From their website:

The first conference ever held on the history and development of Cuban cuisine—from its origins to the present. At the state-of-the-arts facilities of The International Culinary Center in Manhattan, the event will not only cover the evolution and the different influences that have shaped the Cuban gastronomical landscape—through both formal presentations, as well as on-site cooking and prepared samples by top-notch chefs—but also highlight its rich cross-cultural presence in television, cinema, literature, painting and, most significantly, music.     

The one-day conference will be dedicated, In Memoriam, to Victor del Corral, pioneer Cuban restauranteur whose founding of Victor’s Cafe in 1963 ushered in an era of popularity and appreciation for fine Cuban cuisine in New York City and beyond that still prevails today.

The part I highlighted up there is about me. (I know. Shut up.)

This Day of Cuban Food Awesomeness will be taking place:

On Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 9 am to 7 pm.

The International Culinary Center
462 Broadway (corner of Grand St.), NYC

I'll be doing a live cooking demo and preparing my famous Homemade Pastelitos de Guayaba.


If you're in the New York area and want to get in touch with your Cubanity (<--is that a word?), please consider going to this fabulous foodie event. I would love to meet some of you in person.

Please note that the registration to the day’s event will cover ALL meals, including  desayuno cubano, almuerzo, merienda, refrescos, café and cocktails.  

Here's the menu:

ALMUERZO (Lunch) Courtesy of Victor´s Cafe       

  • Aperitivos
  • Croquetas
  • Fritas
  • Bartolitos (puré de plátanos con picadillo en bolitas)
  • Tamal en cazuela con camarones enchilados
  • Sándwich cubano
  • Ceviche de camarones         
  • Platos principales
  • Arroz con pollo
  • Ropa vieja, arroz blanco y frijoles negros
  • Lechón, moros y yuca       
  • Bebidas y postre       

For tickets, click here:     

For details and more information, please visit the CCCNY site:

Prepare yourself, New York! Or am my mom always says, "A viaje que viene agua!"

This conference is presented in partnership with: