Project Paladar Brings Cuban and New York City Chefs Together

The New York event, part of Cuban art fair, aims to bridge cultural gaps

The New York event, part of Cuban art fair, aims to bridge cultural gaps.

Where's the newest venue where you can taste authentic Cuban food? At Havana's 11th Biennial event, which brings art collectors and Havana artists together. Now, NYC chefs have joined in with native "paladar" chefs to create the first "Project Paladar," a pop-up dinner with Cuban and other influences.

During the event, 10 chefs based in New York City will cook alongside Havana paladar chefs, led by chef director Sara Jenkins from Porchetta and Porsena. With dishes like Burmese coconut-milk curry sauce and red snapper, it's a culinary feast for all.


The event is meant to bridge cultural gaps between America and Cuba, but to also support the growing foodie scene and its paladars."Paladar," in Havana, means an independent restaurant not owned by the state. The Associated Press reports that paladars have had a hard time flouring under current government regulations, and because of scarce ingredients and the limited number of tourists and residents that can afford a dining experience. Nonetheless, the event has inspired new friendships. Said Jenkins to the AP, "The easiest and most interesting way into understanding another culture is food... And the easiest, most uncomplicated way to make friends is to break bread at the same table."