Old City’s Cuba Libre is putting together a special dinner this evening to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Chef Jasper Alivia, who was born in the Philippines along with food-writer Drew Lazor (also of Filipino descent) have put together the $35 four-course, prix fixe modern-Filipino meal. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross.
Chef Alivia says “this special evening will be a celebration of the resilient nature of our people and a powerful way to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts.”
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On Tuesday night, Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones rocked the Wells Fargo Center. (Go here for a complete review along with exclusive photos and videos.) And on Wednesday night, the whole gang ate at Old City’s Cuba Libre. Read more »
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is known for providing a gateway to the forbidden pleasures of Cuba and now chef/partner Guillermo Pernot is updating and expanding his menu with new dishes inspired by his recent travels in Cuba.
The new menu features Tapas Tuesdays, a fun, all-you-can-eat tasting experience for the entire table going for just $26.95 per person.
It starts today, Tuesday, June 18 and guests can choose from over 20 delicious items to tailor their Tapas Tuesday experience, including mariquitas, the restaurant’s popular trio of dips, ceviches, Barrio Chino Chicken Wings (pictured), Asian BBQ-glazed wings served with pickled seaweed salad and sweet chili dipping sauce and Boquerones, marinated white anchovy fillets with organic grape tomatoes, seedless cucumber, Kalamata olive salpicón salad and crispy Lavash flatbread.
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The Penn Relays are the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field. The multi-day event has occurred annually for 119 years.
This year more than ten Philadelphia restaurants (including Tashan and Cuba Libre, Tashan’s Sylva Senat is talking about offering a coconut lime calamari) are participating in Caribbean Cuisine Week– a week of food, music and raising funds to assist over 700 high school athletes from Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bahamas and Grenada get to the 2013 Penn Relays.
The event is held April 16-18, 2013. The Caribbean/Latin Specials include appetizer, main course and dessert for $33 or less.
Caribbean Cuisine Week – Participating restaurants [Official Site]
In celebration of today’s 52-degree weather, Cuba Libre is offering 52 cent empanadas today during happy hour.
So head on down to Second Street from 5 to 7 p.m. and get some.
The Inquirer has the story on seven local chefs were recently inducted into a brand new State Department program called the American Chef Corps. Earlier this week at a reception, 90 chefs from across the country agreed to lend their expertise to service the USA by promoting diplomacy between nations. Chefs can be called upon to cook at official functions like a private dinner at the White House or a banquet collaborating with multiple chefs. When chefs travel abroad they can also be asked to do an event with the American embassy in that country.
Joe Cicala of Le Virtu, Kevin Sbraga of Top Chef fame, retired chef of his namesake restaurant Jean-Marie Lacroix, Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre, Masaharu Morimoto, Matthew Ridgway of PorcSalt, and Haverford caterer Michael Callahan are the seven local chefs that have joined up with the program.
Essentially the idea behind the Corps is that the sharing of a meal between diplomats will promote cultural exchange and understanding, bettering relations between nations. We are happy to have some of our own cooking for peace here and abroad. Congratulations, chefs!
Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Cuba Libre and Rum Bar are both celebrating National Rum Day today with boozy specials and events.
During their Caippy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Cuba Libre will be offering their 100+ list of rums and 30 rum cocktails for half price. Available only in the bar area, prices for the rum alone will run from $4 to $19 and mixed rum drinks will be $4.50 to $6. Cuba Libre’s usual Caippy Hour specials will be available including caipirinhas, caipiroskas and sakerihnas for $5 each, house wine and sangria, select beers for $4 and bar bites for $5 each.
Tonight Rum Bar is bringing together their own Adam Kanter with Han Dynasty’s Katie Loeb for a one night tiki pop-up called Duke’s Surf Bar to celebrate the national holiday. For the night 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10. If all goes well and Kanter finds a good locale, Duke’s Surf Bar could become a brick-and-mortar reality.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
Rum Bar [Official Site]
Chef Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre will be hosting Chef Alain Rivera Santana of Doctor Café in Havana for a second Pop-Up Paladar from Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21. Each night there will be two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm at $45 a person. The first Pop-Up Paladar in January sold out very quickly, so make reservations soon to guarantee a spot at the sequel.
With this second Pop-Up Paladar, named after the Spanish word for a private and intimate restaurant, Chef Pernot hopes to bring new Cuban cuisine and culture to his guests. This will be Chef Santana’s first time ever cooking in the U.S.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
My bad karma empanada curse continues. Today, comes word that Cuba Libre’s late-night empanada bodega, Empanada Alley will not open next Friday. Turns out neighbors are concerned that the after hours empanada stand would bring too much noise to Strawberry Street between Second and Third Streets in Old City.
Alma Cuba owner Barry Gutin says “We recently learned there are a few families living in the buildings surrounding our back door, including one with a set of 10-month-old twins, whose sleep we do not wish to disturb.” Gutin will feature the concept as a mobile stand going forward. Follow @EmpAlley for details.
Empanada Alley [Twitter]
In conjunction with National Empanada Day on Sunday, April 8 (take a back seat Easter), Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre is opening Empanada Alley, a late-night spot located at the back of the Old City restaurant on Strawberry Street. Every Friday and Saturday throughout April, from midnight until 3 a.m., the restaurant will serve up $3 empanadas in the converted kitchen space, reminiscent of a bodega.
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