Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

New Orleans con Sabor Latino

August 28th, 2010 - November 15th, 2010

Location
Southern Food & Beverage Museum
Riverwalk, 1 Poydras #169
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 569-0405
www.southernfood.org

New Orleans con Sabor Latino is a documentary photography exhibit at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (1 Poydras Street, Riverwalk Mall) curated, written, and researched by Zella Llerena and edited and photographed by Natalie Root. It celebrates the legacy of the impact of Latino cuisine on the food culture of New Orleans past and present. The exhibit documents the lives and stories of 12 New Orleanean Hispanics from diverse backgrounds. From farmers’ markets to fine-dining restaurants to New Orleans street cart vendors to home cooks, Sabor Latino is growing in New Orleans. As it melds with New Orleans traditional cuisine, a new cuisine is born.’‘

Opening night and reception
Saturday, August 28, 2010
5pm to 7pm
Hor’ dourves provided by Rio Mar
Exhibit opening night is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Sponsors
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Chef Adolfo Garcia
Rio Mar
Natalie Root Photography

Exhibit & Programming Goals

  • To provide a photographic documentation of the Hispanic/Latin population increase in New Orleans post-Katrina and the resulting intermingling of food and culture.
  • To celebrate the past and present Latino heritage in New Orleans
  • To educate the community and visitors in Latin cuisine and how to infuse these flavors in New Orleans dishes via accompanying cooking demonstrations provided by chefs such as Adolfo Garcia throughout the exhibition period
  • To build relationships among diverse communities

About the Curator
Zella Llerena, food curator and writer, is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University where she received a B.A. in Bilingual/Bi-cultural Education and History. In addition, Llerena attended the University of Toronto where she received her Master’s degree in Museum Studies. Llerena is a culinary historian of Latin American and Southern cuisine. Llerena spent most of her childhood surrounded by a family and extended family of cooks who embody Latin America and taught her how to cook. As a guest curator for the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Llerena’s work includes; The Culinary Legacy of Tremé, Acadian to Cajun: Forced Migration to Commercialization and New Orleans con Sabor Latino.

About the Photographer
Natalie Root is an alumna of Loyola University where she earned her B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Photojournalism. A lover of bologna, pepperoni pizza, and chicken strips, she has expanded her portfolio as well as her palate through work with several chefs in Memphis, TN, Oxford, MS, and New Orleans, LA. Her work has been published in several regional magazines. It has also been published in cookbooks, most recently Simply Suppers by Jennifer Chandler released in August 2010. In addition to her editorial and commercial projects, she created New Orleans Fare, a collection of photographs to celebrate the city’s unique culinary culture. Her work may be viewed at www.natalieroot.com.

New Orleans con Saber Latino Educational Workshop Series
New Orleans con Saber Latino educational series will be free for members and $10 for non-members to include museum admission for each cooking demonstration. For more information visit www.southernfood.org.

Saturday, September 11, 2010
2:00-4:00pm
Mike and Donna Martin, Isleños (Descendants from the Canary Islands who migrated to Louisiana during the 18th century) from St. Bernard Parish will demonstrate Mike’s mother’s Rice Pudding recipe.
Attend this cooking demo to sample Rice Pudding and learn of the stories of two Isleños growing up in St. Bernard Parish during the 1940’s.

Saturday, September 18, 2010
2:00-4:00pm
Chef Adolfo Garcia, owner of Rio Mar, La Boca, and A Manor restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in New Orleans as a Panamanian American during the 1960’s. In 2006, Garcia was voted Chef of the Year by New Orleans Magazine.
Come experience Garcia’s cooking demonstration (dish TBA) as he shares his life experiences. Samples to be provided by Chef.
Hispanic Heritage Month and Day of the Dead Educational Series:

Saturday, October 9, 2010
2:00-4:00pm
Kid Chef Eliana, author of Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids, will prepare her Cajun Cuban Sandwich. Eliana will share her multi-cultural story and discuss her experiences of learning to cook with her Cuban grandfather.
Kid Chef Eliana will also be signing copies of her book Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids in the SoFAB gift shop. A must-attend event for the whole family!

Saturday, October 23, 2010
2:00-4:00pm
Up and Coming Student Chef Roman Castillo of Chef John Folse Culinary Institute will share stories of his life growing up in the French Quarter under his father’s wing, Carlos Zwinglio Castillo, former owner of Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant.
Castillo will demonstrate Shrimp and Grits Cake with Corn Maque Choux and Chorizo while relaying the lessons and traditions he learned from his father, and, most recently, his experiences in culinary school. Don’t miss this exciting lecture and food sampling!

Saturday, October 30, 2010
2:00-4:00pm
Day of the Dead Celebration: Jack Carrel, creator of SoFAB’s Day of the Dead Altar, will demonstrate the creation of sugar skulls. As part of the traditional Mexican holiday, sugar skulls are created for altars to honor the dead. The sugar represents the sweetness of life, and the skulls represent the sadness of death.
Children who attend this workshop will each get to create their own sugar skulls. Bring the family to this unique cultural learning experience!

Saturday, November 6, 2010
2:00-4:00pm
Curator and documentary writer of New Orleans con Sabor Latino, Zella Llerena and K-Paul’s professional waiter and poet, Edgar Sierra demonstrate two dishes from the exhibit and proposed cookbook: Plantains Foster and Café Brulot Flan.
Llerena will discuss the development of the exhibit and her creation of Latin/New Orleans fusion dishes for a proposed cookbook. Sierra will share his experiences growing up in New Orleans as a Colombian immigrant, as well as his 20+ years experience at the world renowned K-Paul’s restaurant in New Orleans.

Join us for these interesting stories and delicious samples of innovative dishes!

Special thanks to the following

Exhibit/Programming Coordination:
Liz Williams, Kelsey Parris, Zella Llerena, Natalie Root

Demonstrations:
Chef Adolfo Garcia, Donna and Mike Martin, Kid Chef Eliana, Chef Roman, Jack Carrel, Zella Llerena. Edgar Sierra

To everyone who participated in the documentary process.

Contacts:
Natalie Root Photography
504.343.9394
natalieroot@yahoo.com
www.natalieroot.com

Zella Llerena, Curator/Documentary Writer
312.720.7983
zellallerena@yahoo.com email

Liz Williams, Director of Southern Food & Beverage Museum
504.569.0405

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Apply for the Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

PROGRAM COST: $3,500
The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

PROGRAM APPLICATION
Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

PROPOSED ITINERARY – 15 DAYS
Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
  • Day 13 – MATANZAS/VARADERO
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at dwolteri@tulane.edu or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.