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HAVANA CULINARY EXCHANGE

The first HAVANA CULINARY EXCHANGE brings together leading chefs, Sommeliers, Mixologists and Wineries from United States and Cuba to celebrate and advance public knowledge of and appreciation for great food and wine event The Festival provides a diverse range of interactive and educational epicurean experience while showcasing the area’s unique and rich culture, history and traditions interacting with the Cuban society.

  • Sept 24, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 1 Saturday 24

Dinner at the hotel “Tapas Sangria and Flamenco” [...]

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  • Sept 25, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 2 Sunday 25

Charanga Champagne Sunday brunch colonial poolside. [...]

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  • Sept 26, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 3 Monday 26

Dinner at the hotel “Swine and Wine”[...]

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  • Sept 27, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 4 Tuesday 27

Dinner at the hotel “Noche Buena a lo Cubano” [...]

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  • Sept 28, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 1 Wednesday 28

Dinner at the hotel "Chino Latino night" [...]

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  • Sept 29, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 2 Thursday 29

Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous “Piña Colada”[...]

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  • Sept 30, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 3 Friday 30

Farewell dinner at the hotel “Tacos y Tequila”[...]

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  • Oct 1, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 4 Saturday 1

Check-out from the hotel, Check-in for Miami flight [...]

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Havana Culinary Exchange

A people to people educational program organized by Global Event & Incentives 8 Days / 7 Nights

September 24 thru October 1, 2016

$4,950.00 Double Occupancy - $5,250.00 Single Occupancy

 Sept 24, 2016, Day 1

  •  Arrive at Miami Airport for check-in on flight to Havana.
  •  Depart to Havana.
  •  Arriving at Jose Marti Airport arriving in Havana, clear immigration and customs (this process takes about an hour and half).
  •  Meet with your tour guide who will be with you throughout the trip.
  •  Check-in at the “Parque Central” hotel.
  •  Orientation meeting at the hotel, our staff will go over the program, speak about each day activities.
  •  Dinner at the hotel “Tapas, Sangria and Flamenco”. Enjoy 12 Tapas and 6 sangrias while watching and listening the Flamenco performance.

 Sept 25, 2016, Day 2

  •  11:00 Brunch Event: "Charanga Champagne".
  •  15:00 Old Havana walking tour, Amistur guide will explain the history of one of the most important cities in the new world. Please make sure you wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your camera
  •  18:00 Back to the hotel.
  •  20:00 Visit Hotel Nacional for a cocktail. It is a luxury hotel located on the Malecon area, stands on Tangana hill offers an extraordinary view of Havana harbor, the seawall and the city. The sunset…something you can miss.
  •  22:00 Visit "Cabaret Parisien", a Cuban show with the most professional dancers, full of colors, lights and great typical Cuban music. From 10p.m. to.
  •  12:00a.m. Afterwards you can learn how to dance.

 Sept 26, 2016, Day 3

  •  08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  09:00 Visit "Hemingway house Finca Vijia" (Lookout point). The former home of the American writer Ernest Hemingway (now a museum) Located in San Francisco de Paula neighborhood, in the outskirts of the city. In his museum you can see the 1,000 books library as well as his famous fishing boat "El Pilar". He lived for more than 20 years in Cuba.
  •  12:00 Lunch at a private paladar.
  •  14:30 Walking tour at Cojimar. A small fishing Village east of Havana, it was an inspiration for Ernest Hemingway’s novel "The Old Man and the Sea". It was also the place where 1940 an enormous white shark was caught.
  •  16:00 Back to the hotel.
  •  20:00 Dinner at the hotel "Swine and Wine".

 Sept 27, 2016, Day 4

  •   07:00 Early breakfast at the hotel.
  •   08:00 Depart to Pinar del Rio, visit Robaina’s Farm.
  •   10:00 Stop at “Las Terrazas de Soroa” and enjoy the waterfall located walking distance from the Orchid farm.
  •   11:00 Continue trip to Pinar del Rio Visit Tobacco Fields.
  •   11:00 Lunch at Robaina’s Farm.
  •   15:00 Visit Viñales Valley, (an area declare a World Cultural Landscape by UNESCO). Stop at “Los Jasmines” to enjoy the spectacular view of the Viñales Valley, geologically one of the oldest region, where the last ray of sunlight will be used to take a photo.
  •   17:00 Back to the hotel.
  •   20:00 Farewell dinner at the hotel "Noche Buena a lo Cubano".

 Sept 28, 2016, Day 5

  •  08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  09:00 Visit Revolution Museum. Locate in the Old Havana section, this museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban Presidents. It became the museum of the revolution during the years following to the revolution.
  •  11:00 Ride Old Classic cars (2 hours) throughout Old Havana, Vedado and Miramar.
  •  13:00 Lunch at a private paladar.
  •  15:00 Visit "San Jose warehouse "Art and Craft Market" The great place to find a perfect souvenir.
  •  17:00 Back to the hotel.
  •  20:00 Dinner at the hotel "Chino Latino Night".

 Sept 29, 2016, Day 6

  •   07:00 Early breakfast at the hotel.
  •  08:00 Depart to Varadero – Matanzas, situated at Hicacos Peninsula with more than 20 kilometers of nature reserve, virgin forest and beaches.
  •   10:00 Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous "Piña Colada" and enjoy the beautiful view at the biggest bridge in Cuba.
  •   13:00 Lunch at Iberostar Varadero a five-star hotel at Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Free afternoon.
  •   20:00 Return to Habana.

 Sept 30, 2016, Day 7

  •  08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  09:00 Visit Cigar Factory.
  •  11:00 Visit Rum museum.
  •  13:00 Lunch at a private restaurant.
  •  15:00 Visit Fine Art museum.
  •  17:00 Back to Havana.
  •  20:00 Farewell dinner at the hotel "Tacos y Tequila"

 Oct 1, 2016, Day 8

  •  08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  10:00 Check-out from the hotel.
  •  12:00 Depart to the airport.
  •  15:00 Check-in for Miami flight (time TBD)"Adios Cuba"

Our program includes:

  • - Round trip airfare – MIA-HAV-MIA.
  • - Cuban Tourist Card – Visa.
  • - Accommodation at 5 Star Hotel “Parque Central” .
  • - All meals as listed in itinerary, including coffee breaks in the conferences andclasses (all breakfasts, 6 Lunches and all Events).
  • - Ground transportation in air conditioner bus, equipped with cold water at all times.
  • - Admission to all public buildings listed in itinerary.
  • - Travel escort and local Cuban bilingual tour guide.
  • - Airport Taxes and Fees.
  • - Cuban airport departure tax.
  • - Health insurance for emergency coverage.
  • - 24 hour assistance.
  • - Compliance with US Treasury Department.

Our program not included:

  • - Airfare to/from Miami.
  • - Meals other that listed on itinerary or describe as on your own.
  • - Gratuities for guide and driver.
  • - Individualized hotel expenses (mini bar, room services, laundry fees, etc.).
  • *** A Cuban born traveler’s please contact our office prior to fill the reservation form.


Invicta Group Services
Explore Cuba with us!!!
m.diaz@invictagroups.com
Florida Seller of Travel License # ST40315
80 NW 22nd Ave
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 809-8042

  • Sept 24, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 1 Saturday 24

Dinner at the hotel “Tapas Sangria and Flamenco” [...]

September 24 Saturday

 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Sundown over Havana.

 Tapas Sangria and Flamenco.

6 American chefs & 6 Cuban chefs team up and prepare one tapa each and 1 sangria between them Our guest get to enjoy, 12 composed tapas and 6 sangrias as well, guest then vote for their favorite dish,

  • Sept 25, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 2 Sunday 25

Charanga Champagne Sunday brunch colonial poolside. [...]

September 25 Sunday

 11:00am to 2:00pm

Charanga Champagne Sunday brunch colonial poolside.

 

Buffet style the buffet will be set up around the pool bar with backup kitchen and several satellite stations each chef prepares 2 dishes 1 sweet 1 savory each chef Assistant prepares a champagne cocktail. The tables are set around pool guest attending will be given a table number at registration, tables set around the pool. While listening to live large Charanga band playing instrumental Charanga Classic

 

6 American chefs, prepare 2 dishes each savory and sweet, free flowing tropical fruit mimosas the guest will be able to try 12 dishes and 6 cocktails, then there will be a ballet and there will be a winning savory dish winning sweet dish winning cocktail announced by Charanga band.

  • Sept 26, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 3 Monday 26

Dinner at the hotel “Swine and Wine”[...]

September 26 Monday

 7:30pm to 10:00pm

 VINO Y LECHON SWINE AND WINE (Mediterranean Restaurant)..

Celebrating Cuban heritage pigs with American wines .

6 American chefs 6 Cuban chefs all prepare a pork dish hot or cold (all dishes need approval to avoid similar preparations).

 

6 American wine Sponsors serving red and white wines.

Stations are formed around the buffet hot line and also in dining room) the wine bar is displayed in the middle island of buffet; (the guest will be given a wine glass at REGISTRATION) each station will have a ballot box at the end of event a winner will be announced.

 
  • Sept 27, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 4 Tuesday 27

Dinner at the hotel “Noche Buena a lo Cubano” [...]

September 27 Tuesday

 08:00pm to 10:00pm

LA NOCHE BUENA A LO CUBANO

Exclusive Sit down 7 course dinners wine parings.

HOTEL BANQUET HALL “Prado & Zulueta”

This is an elegant white table cloth sit down dinner plated courses matched with a wine pairing desserts are enjoyed with cigars and vintage rums Fernando Fernandez.

3 Cuban American chefs Fernando Martinez / Alex Garcia /Douglas Rodriguez and 4 Cuban chefs.

  • Sept 28, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 5 Wednesday 28

Dinner at the hotel “Chino Latino night” [...]

September 28 Wednesday

 6:00pm to 9:00pmSundown over Havana

CHINO LATINO NIGHT.  POOLSIDE MODERN BUILDING

Combining Latin ingredients with Asian flare 6 American chefs I dish 1 drink 6 Cuban chefs 1 dish 1 drink all prepare a dim sum /sushi /skewer /tapa style /empanadas / ceviche all with Latin ingredients with Asian flair / Ballot box in front of stations.

Stations along the pool and satellite bar stations and in restaurant space tables and chairs.

 
  • Sept 29, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 6 Thursday 29

Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous “Piña Colada”[...]

Sept 29, 2016
  •   07:00 Early breakfast at the hotel
  •  08:00 Depart to Varadero – Matanzas, situated at Hicacos Peninsula with more than 20 kilometers of nature reserve, virgin forest and beaches
  •   10:00 Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous "Piña Colada" and enjoy the beautiful view at the biggest bridge in Cuba
  •   13:00 Lunch at Iberostar Varadero a five-star hotel at Hicacos Peninsula
  • Free afternoon
  •   20:00 Return to Habana
  • Sept 30, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 7 Friday 30

Farewell dinner at the hotel “Tacos y Tequila”[...]

September 30 Friday

 7:30pm to 10:00pm

TACOS AND TEQUILLA "Mediterranean Restaurant”.

6 American chefs 6 Cuban chefs Prepare 1 tacos each and 1 tequila drink.

Stations formed around the buffet line and around dining room free following around room each station will have a ballot box there will be 1 winning taco 1 winning TEQUILLA drink.

 
  • Oct 1, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 8 Saturday 1

Check-out from the hotel, Check-in for Miami flight [...]

October 1 Saturday

 8:00am to 3:00pm

Breakfast at the hotel”.

Check-out from the hotel.

Depart to the airport.

Check-in for Miami flight (time TBD).

  
  • Sept 28, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 1 Wednesday 28

Dinner at the hotel "Chino Latino night" [...]

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  • Sept 29, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 2 Thursday 29

Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous “Piña Colada”[...]

read more
  • Sept 30, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 3 Friday 30

Farewell dinner at the hotel “Tacos y Tequila”[...]

read more
  • Oct 1, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 4 Saturday 1

Check-out from the hotel, Check-in for Miami flight [...]

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Havana Culinary Exchange

A people to people educational program organized by Global Event & Incentives 4 Days / 3 Nights

September 28 thru October 1, 2016

$2,780.00 Double Occupancy - $3,250.00 Single Occupancy

 Sept 28, 2016, Day 1

  • - Arrive at Miami Airport for check-in on flight to Havana .
  • - Depart to Havana.
  • - Arriving at Jose Marti Airport arriving in Havana, clear immigration and customs (this process takes about an hour and half).
  • - Meet with your tour guide who will be with you throughout the trip.
  • - Check-in at the “Parque Central” hotel.
  • - Orientation meeting at the hotel, our staff will go over the program, speak about each day activities.
  •  13:00 Lunch at a private paladar.
  •  15:00 Visit "San Jose warehouse "Art and Craft Market" The great place to find a perfect souvenir.
  •  17:00 Back to the hotel.
  •  20:00 Dinner at the hotel "Chino Latino Night".

 Sept 29, 2016, Day 2

  •   07:00 Early breakfast at the hotel.
  •  08:00 Depart to Varadero – Matanzas, situated at Hicacos Peninsula with more than 20 kilometers of nature reserve, virgin forest and beaches.
  •   10:00 Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous "Piña Colada" and enjoy the beautiful view at the biggest bridge in Cuba.
  •   13:00 Lunch at Iberostar Varadero a five-star hotel at Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Free afternoon.
  •   20:00 Return to Habana.

 Sept 30, 2016, Day 3

  •  08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  09:00 Visit Cigar Factory.
  •  11:00 Visit Rum museum.
  •  13:00 Lunch at a private restaurant.
  •  15:00 Visit Fine Art museum.
  •  17:00 Back to Havana.
  •  20:00 Farewell dinner at the hotel "Tacos y Tequila"

 Oct 1, 2016, Day 4

  •  08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  10:00 Check-out from the hotel.
  •  12:00 Depart to the airport.
  •  15:00 Check-in for Miami flight (time TBD)"Adios Cuba"

Our program includes:

  • - Round trip airfare – MIA-HAV-MIA.
  • - Cuban Tourist Card – Visa.
  • - Accommodation at 5 Star Hotel “Parque Central” .
  • - All meals as listed in itinerary, including coffee breaks in the conferences andclasses (all breakfasts, 6 Lunches and all Events).
  • - Ground transportation in air conditioner bus, equipped with cold water at all times.
  • - Admission to all public buildings listed in itinerary.
  • - Travel escort and local Cuban bilingual tour guide.
  • - Airport Taxes and Fees.
  • - Cuban airport departure tax.
  • - Health insurance for emergency coverage.
  • - 24 hour assistance.
  • - Compliance with US Treasury Department.

Our program not included:

  • - Airfare to/from Miami.
  • - Meals other that listed on itinerary or describe as on your own.
  • - Gratuities for guide and driver.
  • - Individualized hotel expenses (mini bar, room services, laundry fees, etc.).
  • *** A Cuban born traveler’s please contact our office prior to fill the reservation form.


Invicta Group Services
Explore Cuba with us!!!
m.diaz@invictagroups.com
Florida Seller of Travel License # ST40315
80 NW 22nd Ave
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 809-8042

  • Sept 28, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 1 Wednesday 28

Dinner at the hotel "Chino Latino night" [...]

September 28 Wednesday

 6:00pm to 9:00pmSundown over Havana

CHINO LATINO NIGHT.  POOLSIDE MODERN BUILDING

Combining Latin ingredients with Asian flare 6 American chefs I dish 1 drink 6 Cuban chefs 1 dish 1 drink all prepare a dim sum /sushi /skewer /tapa style /empanadas / ceviche all with Latin ingredients with Asian flair / Ballot box in front of stations.

Stations along the pool and satellite bar stations and in restaurant space tables and chairs.

 
  • Sept 29, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 2 Thursday 29

Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous “Piña Colada”[...]

Sept 29, 2016

  •   07:00 Early breakfast at the hotel
  •  08:00 Depart to Varadero – Matanzas, situated at Hicacos Peninsula with more than 20 kilometers of nature reserve, virgin forest and beaches
  •   10:00 Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, for the famous "Piña Colada" and enjoy the beautiful view at the biggest bridge in Cuba
  •   13:00 Lunch at Iberostar Varadero a five-star hotel at Hicacos Peninsula
  • Free afternoon
  •   20:00 Return to Habana
  • Sept 30, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 3 Friday 30

Farewell dinner at the hotel “Tacos y Tequila”[...]

September 30 Friday

 7:30pm to 10:00pm

TACOS AND TEQUILLA "Mediterranean Restaurant”.

6 American chefs 6 Cuban chefs Prepare 1 tacos each and 1 tequila drink.

Stations formed around the buffet line and around dining room free following around room each station will have a ballot box there will be 1 winning taco 1 winning TEQUILLA drink.

 
  • Oct 1, 2016
  • Cuba

Day 4 Saturday 1

Check-out from the hotel, Check-in for Miami flight [...]

October 1 Saturday

 8:00am to 3:00pm

Breakfast at the hotel”.

Check-out from the hotel.

Depart to the airport.

Check-in for Miami flight (time TBD).

  

TALENTS

The first HAVANA CULINARY EXCHANGE brings together leading chefs.

Global Events presents the creative
chef and mentor of this event

Chef Douglas Rodriguez

Chef Douglas Rodriguez & Alma de Cuba Restaurant

As you may know, I’m a son of Cuban Immigrants, my first visit to Cuba was 2013 I was invited to cook at an Art Festival Biennial. Ten American chefs where paired with Cuban chefs to prepare a dinner, I sincerely can say that this trip changed me. The chefs in Cuba have none of the tools that a chef like us take for granted, limited food resources, limited equipment, no internet access and may other challenges that a Cuban chef can experience on a day to day basis, yet this chef all have a great outlook, I call them true Iron Chefs.

After returning home from this trip I wanted to find a way to help my fellow Cuban chefs and began to organize culinary trips to Cuba. I have been back 13 times since my first trip, meeting culinary Players in Cuba and finally found a way to help my fellow Cuban chefs get some exposures. I have created a culinary exchange event, where we can cook together with a Cuban chefs.

All of this has been possible with the help of my partners Restaurant Alma de Cuba in Philadelphia and SRO (Starr Restaurant Group) Alma de Cuba Restaurant. SRO thank you for helping me spread the word and bring people to Cuba.

John Mooney

Chef

Michael Ginor

Chef

Rodolfo Cuadros

Chef

Fernando Martinez

Chef

Bernie Matz

Chef

Dean Corbett

Chef

Aaron May

Chef

Kevin Sbraga

Chef

Michael Isabella

Chef

Bradley Kilgore

Chef

Ivan Ruiz

Sommelier

Ivan Ruiz specializes in extraordinary levels of Restaurant management, service, professional presentation of wine, beer, spirits and education for the trade, consumers, press and the media.

My goal is to empower managers, servers, sommeliers, members of the trade and owners.

Ivan presently owns The Wine List of Summit since 2005
~ The Summit Wine and Food Festival and co-owns R&R Restaurant Concepts.

He is Certified by the Master Court of Sommeliers 1997 American Sommelier
- Sommelier

Society of America 1997 Italian Expert
- Italian Wine Trade 1995 French

Expert - Sopexa French Wines 1992.

Lazaro Guerrero

Chef

Michael A. Calvo Oviedo

Chef

Ricardo Perez Miranda

Chef

Yasmany Araguez Fortes

Chef

Abel Almagro

Chef

Andres Lopez Augy

Chef

Antonio Fuster

Chef

Jon Carla Saez

Chef

Pedro Tello

Chef

Xavier Naranjo

Chef

Pedro E. Tejedo Torres

Sommerlier

Zudlay Napoles Paterson

Sommelier

EVENT SPONSOR

Our Mission

Global Events & Incentives and Chef Douglas Rodriguez proudly introduces Cuba’s long anticipated first Annual HAVANA CULINARY EXCHANGE event. The Havana Culinary Exchange event is a showcase of North America and Cuba’s top premier mixologist and culinary professionals. 

The event aims at bringing together the leading chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and wineries from the United States and Cuba with the purpose of celebrating and advancing the public’s knowledge of and appreciation for great food and wine. 

Culinary experts from the two countries will collaborate in bringing this unique culinary experience to the streets and people of Havana. 

The event aims to bring national and regional attention to the culinary offerings of both the United States and Cuba while promoting each countries respective wine and food culture through one-on-one interaction with the people of Cuba.  

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