Chefs Jose Mendin and Cesar Zapata Team Up for Celebration
Thanks to Puerto Rican famed Chef José Mendín, America has National Mofongo Day, an entire day to celebrate the beloved Puerto Rican delight made of plantain and often stuffed with a variety of delicious goodies. On Saturday, September 24, just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Mendín and Colombian culinary brother-in-arms, Chef Cesar Zapata, are teaming up and throwing down. Together, and as part of Phuc Yea’s sixth anniversary, the Chefs, along with fellow boricua-owner Ani Meinhold, are hosting the Second Annual National Mofongo Day extravaganza at their Michelin-recognized MiMo eatery Phuc Yea, which is known for breaking cultural boundaries with its Viet-Latin mash-ups. What to expect at this ticketed event? A bevy of all-you-can-eat
mofongo bites from talented chefs, a Welcome Snaiquiri (snack-sized daiquiri cocktail), and DJ Safe Stadick spinning vinyl and old-school salsa classics.
Think vinyl, la Fania, lots of rum, Hector Lavoe, mofongo, and a lively Phuc-ing vibe. Just Phuc Yea being Phuc Yea… Guests can also take advantage of specialty craft cocktails priced at $10 featuring fan favorites such as the Coco Chanel, made with Bly white rum, lime juice, sugar, apricot liquor, and orange blossom; an Old Cuban Named Gio, prepared with Havana Club Classico, muddled herbage, angostura bitters, and cava; and the Cuba Libre, mixed with Havana Club Classico, Coca-Cola, and lime. “As a professional chef who is deeply proud of my heritage, I will do anything I can to spotlight Puerto Rican food and culture,” says Mendín. “I’m so happy to be hosting another ‘National Mofongo Day’ party and happier to be doing it with Cesar, a chef I love and respect.”
Tickets to the event, which include unlimited mofongo bites and a welcome cocktail, are priced at $20 per person and can be pre-purchased – HERE. Tickets will also be available the day of at the door for $25 per person. The National Mofongo Day celebration will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Phuc Yea is located at 7100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit www.phucyea.com.
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