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Arriba el Caribe Celebrates Caribbean Food and Culture

The tastes and culture of the Caribbean will be celebrated at the CIA campus in San Antonio later this month. The annual Latin Cuisine Summit and Festival this year focuses on the culinary heritage and contributions of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

The four-day Summit and Festival, titled Arriba el Caribe, will feature a student day October 18, professional days October 19 and 20, and a community-focused day October 21. A special Caribbean-themed dinner at Nao Restaurant will be held on October 20. Fundraising events to benefit those affected by recent hurricanes will be incorporated into the schedule as well.

Food personalities and chefs presenting at Arriba el Caribe include Doreen Colondres, a celebrity chef known for flavorful seasonal ingredients; Giovanna Huyke, the “Julia Child of Puerto Rico”; Eddy Fernández Monte, past president of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba; Oscar Mejia, executive chef at the Westin Houston, Downtown; Nelson Millán, executive chef of the San Antonio Country Club; Mario Pagán, recognized as one of Puerto Rico’s best chefs; Wandy Robles, culinary instructor at Instituto Tecnico Superior Comunitario in Santo Domingo; Douglas Rodriguez, Cuban chef and cookbook author; and Zulcoralis Rodriguez, one of the Beverage Network’s Eight Women to Watch in 2015.

The schedule is packed with hands-on activities, break-out sessions, beverage tastings and seminars, lectures, panel discussions, meals, and more. In addition to professional programming, Arriba el Caribe also features hands-on, interactive sessions and a special tasting for home cooks and food enthusiasts. Tickets can be purchased via the CIA website.

For more information and to register for the Summit or any of the public events, please visit

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