"Pop Up Paladares" Cuban Guest Chef Series

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:00pm
RSVP Required
Included Items: 
a four-course prix fixe menu, limited to 40 guests (beverages, tax and gratuity not included).

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is bringing Cuba’s most innovative chefs to the nation’s capital in 2012, for a special “Pop-Up Paladares” cooking series. 

The guest chefs will collaborate with him to create a four-course prix fixe menu during their visits.

Each of the six featured dinners is priced at $39 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included), and is reserved for 40 guests in the Cuba Libre’s new private event space, La Galería. 

The special dinners will have two seating options, one at 6pm and another at 8:30pm.  

James-Beard award-winning chef Guillermo Pernot has traveled to Cuba three times in 2011, and his new “Pop Up Paladares” series is extraordinary as it marks the first time in many decades that an American chef is able to host Cuban chefs to cook in the USA. 

On January 17–19, Chef Pernot will co-host the first Pop-up Paladar with Chef Luis Alberto Alfonso Perez of El Gijonés, Bar Oviedo, La Terraza and Asturias, whose four popular paladares are all located in the Asturian Federation of Cuba building on Paseo del Prado in Havana, Cuba. 

Chef Perez, who is fondly known simply as Chef Lucio, has cooked for many visiting dignitaries and his innovative yet simple cuisine has helped transform the culinary landscape of the city. 

The four-course menu, a collaborative creative effort of the two chefs, will feature Crudo de Langosta, lobster salad, pineapple sorbet with truffle oil-infused black sesame seeds;  Ravioles, eggplant-wrapped raviolis with lamb ropa vieja filling and a hierba buena infusion;  Jabalí, baby wild boar rib chop with sour orange-canela compote and yuca tamal, and Flan de Queso, Pategras cheese flan with guayaba coulis and garlic confit.

To reserve a place at thetable, please call (202) 408-1600.

More Pop-up Paladares are scheduled for 2012 including Chef Alain Rivera Santana of Doctor Café in June and a third chef, who will be visiting in October.