The heartbeat of Cuba, like that of New Orleans, is its food, its music, and its people. Cuba's food diaspora is as diverse and vibrant as the people who've created it and as complex as Cuba's history. From ropa vieja to arroz congris, each dish has a distinct sense of time and place, of political context and personal meaning, just as our crawfish boils and gumbo z'herbes do here in New Orleans. Join cookbook author and food historian Zella Palmer as she shines a light on Cuba's many histories, meandering from Havana to Miami and New Orleans, through the lens of its iconic dishes. After she leads us in a cooking demonstration, we'll gather for a family-style dinner, mojitos, and round-table discussion of Cuba, food, history, and where they all intersect. About the Instructor Zella Palmer is an educator, food historian, author, and filmmaker serving as the Chair and Director of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture. Zella is committed to preserving the legacy of African-American, Native American, and Latino culinary history in New Orleans and the South. She has published a documentary cookbook, New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking and curated the Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot academic conference and documentary, the Nellie Murray Feast, and the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard: Black Hand in the Pot Lecture Series. Before she settled in New Orleans, she studied Cuban History and Spanish at the University of Havana, Cuba. FAQs When is check-in?Class begins promptly at 6pm. As a courtesy to other guests, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before class begins to allow time for the check-in process. The NOCHI Cafe by Gracious, located in our lobby, also offers a happy hour beginning at 3pm in case you'd like to arrive earlier for bites and cocktails. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?You will find ample street parking and several paid parking lots in the blocks surrounding NOCHI. The streetcar also runs directly outside our building! Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No! We'll be checking names on our guest list. Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?Absolutely. Let us know if you have any questions. Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?That's fine! Just make sure they let us know upon check-in. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?We serve alcohol to anyone age 21+ and will be checking IDs upon arrival. May I take photos during class?Feel free to document your experience with us and share it on social media with the hashtag #intheNOCHI! You can find us on Instagram @nochi_grams, on Twitter @nochi_tweets, or on Facebook. Please leave professional photography and video equipment at home. How can I contact the organizer with any other questions?Drop us a line!