More to Cuban food than Cuba libre

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

The Northwest Language Academy Cultural Center in Langley on Whidbey Island wants to unveil some of the mysteries of Cuba through its Language of Food Series.

The Language of Food Series explores cuisines and cultures from around the world, sharing the ways in which nations such as Cuba maintain their traditions.

The Language of Food Series features “The Heart of Cuba” on Saturday.

Cost for the event — dinner and performances — is $65. Reserve early at 360-321-2101 or <a href="[/URL].

To learn more about this event or upcoming programs or classes, visit “>;[URL].

“The Heart of Cuba” will begin with a traditional Cuban feast, including roast pork, yucca, plantains and congri so guests can enjoy the spices of Cuban cuisine, according to press material.

Elspeth Savani, founder of Orchestra Zarabanda, and percussionist Ricardo Guity will open the performances with sacred call-and-response songs from the Afro-Cuban Lucumí religion.

This presentation will focus on the major deities and their influence in Cuban popular culture, the essential components of an Orisha ceremony, and the Yoruban roots of this highly codified drumming, song and dance expression.

Savani and Guity will then be joined by Kevin Connor and David Trejofor of Los Supersones for a performance of Cuba’s dance-friendly Son and Changui music. Guests are invited to boogie to the beat.

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