Learn about paladars over drinks and lunch
Havana · Navigate the Island burgueoning culinary scene
2.5 total hours
Access backstage in a Restaurant, lunch
Available in: English, Español
Monday, Wednesday, From Friday to Sunday 11:00 - 13:30 hrs
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For almost a decade I have explored Havana's culinary scene as a founder of Alamesa - Cuba's leading restaurant search and discovery service - I have witnessed its evolution and learn its secrets. All I know about how this business roll in Cuba, the techniques, the tricks, the places, and the people, I learned it by doing, in the most entrepreneurial way possible. I'd love to share with you my experiences and findings while interacting with restaurants and bars in Cuba. I also co-created Ruta de Tapas Habana (Havana's Tapas Route), the first and biggest tapas and drinks competition in Cuba. Its goal is to highlight the burgeoning restaurant scene of the city in all its creativity and presents it to locals. I'll introduce you to it.
Anyone can take you to a paladar - private restaurant- in Havana, but I can take you beyond it. I'll help you understand what it takes to run a paladar business in this city while visiting the inner workings of one. How do they get the ingredients for delicious Ropa Vieja? How´s bread kept crispy for Cuban sandwiches? What are the challenges? You´ll tour the areas, attend a mise-en-place meeting, make your own Mojitos, try the house specialties right from the pan and exchange with the crew in the kitchen. You'll literally follow every step of your meal ending in a table in which we will share the most candid conversations about Cuban reality sided with generous lunch and drinks. Over coffee, I´ll give you tips and recs on how and where to find good meals in my city.
We'll meet outside La Catedral restaurant.
Calle 8 entre Calzada y 5ta, en el Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución
I will take you through the internal processes of the restaurant and we will share elements of your daily life with the staff members.
Calle 8 e/ Calzada y 5ta, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución
Please let me know if you have any dietary restriction. Write to me if you don't find availability for the dates you want. there is always room for another chair at lunch's table.