“Food has its way of transporting you around the world with one bite.” – Loren Ashley Browne
I love food. I see how it connects people with different cultures and enriches the soul. Last night, I dined at Chef Jarvis Belton’s LeftOver Dinner Series and enjoyed the vibrant colors and flavors of Cuban Street Food.
I have never been to Cuba, so I was eager to taste some authentic dishes.
Chef Jarvis provides a private dining experience to his guests. Let me just say that I applaud, the farm to table movement. Patrons should enjoy the freshest ingredients. When we arrived, we were greeted by staff and seated at the communal dining table. It was a friendly environment. We were given an ice breaker challenge to become more acquainted with other patrons. There was a raffle and silent auction throughout the dinner, so there was never a dull moment. The food was delicious: my favorite dish was the fire roasted corn with a rum glaze and chili sauce.
FIRE ROASTED CORN ON THE COBB WITH A RUM GLAZE & HOME MADE CHILI SAUCE
“THE CUBAN” | A PERFECTLY PREPARED CUBAN SANDWICH WITH PULLED PORK, AVACADO, MOJO SAUCE, AND A MINT MAYONNAISE
ROPA VIEJA | SHREDDED BRAISED BEEF WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES AND RICE
FRIJOLES NEGRO | SEASONED BLACK BEANS SLOW-COOKED TO PERFECTION WITH TOMATOES & ONIONS*
PLANTAIN CHIPS WITH A CRÈME FRAISCHE DIPPING SAUCE
HAND ROLLED CHOCOLATE CIGARS | I MEAN… WHAT’S THERE TO EXPLAIN?
BEVERAGES OF THE NIGHT
WHAT ELSE BESIDE A FRESH MOJITO | MUDDLED MINT, CANE SUGAR, RUM & LIME
CUBA LIBRE | RUM, TROPICOLA, LOVE
CUBAN FLOAT | MUDDLED BROWN SUGAR, COKE, SCOOP OF GINGER VANILLA ICE CREAM
Learning how to make an authentic mojito with fresh mint and cane sugar – winner! It was refreshing and a great way to entertain guests. Note to self, when I entertain guests in the future. Throughout the dinner, there was a raffle and a silent auction to win artwork and an additional dinner series experience with Chef Jarvis- I won both. I was so excited! I barely win with anything.
I’ve decided to do a giveaway, so you can experience the dinner series with Chef Jarvis!
3. Post a picture or video on Facebook telling us that you’re submitting yourself for the Chef Jarvis Dinner Series Contest. Tell us what’s your favorite food and why you like it! Use the following hashtags: #LeftOverDinnerSeries #DatingWithPassports
The winner will be selected by Monday, May 16th 2016. You will also be given an optional shopping experience and cooking demonstration.
There’s more giveaways to come. The best way to stay updated is to follow Dating With Passports on Facebook. I can’t wait to see who the winner will be.