Lost Dishes of Cuba Dinner

Sopa a la polka, a cold cucumber soup with fresh cheese, fennel, and garnished with red beets.

Sopa a la polka, a cold cucumber soup with fresh cheese, fennel, and garnished with red beets.

We were thrilled to source all of the produce for this very special event. On June 16, Old Havana hosted their monthly Lost Dishes of Cuba dinner, vegetarian edition!

After hearing from several customers who wanted to attend Old Havana's special dinners but don't eat pork or don't eat meat, the restaurant thought... "Why not do a vegetarian dinner?"

So, Cecilia provided a list of vegetables that would be ready by June 16. And Old Havana chefs designed a menu around them... drawing from 19th-century Cuban recipes.

The result was a stunning meal with five courses of seasonal delicious-ness. Consider this your inspiration for mid-summer meal planning! And follow Old Havana on Facebook so you don't miss any updates on their Lost Dishes of Cuba dinners. 

Here's the menu:

  • 1st Course: Sopa a la polka. "Polish soup." A cold cucumber soup with fresh cheese, fennel, and garnished with red beets.
  • 2nd Course: Tomates rellenos con papas a la cubana. "Stuffed tomatoes with Cuban-style potatoes."  Fresh summer tomatoes are filled with shitake mushrooms, red and green cabbage, zucchini, and breadcrumbs and slow roasted in the oven. Served with pan-fried potatoes and herbs.
  • 3rd Course: Ensalada de coliflor. "Cauliflower salad." A mix of orange, purple, and romanesco cauliflower served on a base of cauliflower cream.
  • 4th Course: Arroz con vegetales. "Rice with vegetables." Smoky rice, eggplant, bush beans, carrots, broccoli, and yellow squash. Served in an individual paella pan.
  • 5th Course: Bizcocho catalan con arándanos. "Catalan cake with blueberries." Garnished with a blueberry coulis and creme anglais.