LA HABANA-BERKELEY: La nutrición, gastronomía o “jama” califica ampliamente como intercambio académico-cultural en el contexto actual
(AP)-Rice, beans, pork — and lots of it. That’s a typical restaurant meal in Cuba, widely regarded by travellers as a culinary wasteland where the variety and quality of raw ingredients leave much to be desired.
But a delegation of chefs from Alice Waters’ celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, is in Havana on a mission to encourage change in the Cuban diet by exposing islanders to healthier dishes with more fruits and vegetables, preferably grown organically and sustainably by local food co-operatives.
In the last week, members of the “Planting Seeds” delegation have held give-and-take seminars in Havana with chefs and culinary students about slow food. They also put on two massive dinners, including a five-course, five-star meal at the privately run Le Chansonnier, which drew culinary, artistic and influential leaders like President Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela. A 100-person bash was held at a state-run restaurant for luminaries such as Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, California state Sen. Loni Hancock and senior Cuban officials who are in position to affect agricultural policy. (Peter Orsi para AP)