Long Neck event to spotlight Latino cuisine, culture

DJ Hector will entertain during the first Sabor Latino. (Submitted photo)

LONG NECK — Sabor Latino 2018, a new event that will celebrate Latino culture with food, fun, music and dance, will make its debut in mid-October.

This Latin American food and wine festival takes place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m., at The Clubhouse at Baywood in the Long Neck area.

It will feature Latin American tapas-style dishes, Mispillion River Brewing craft beer, sangria and a variety of other beers and wines, plus dancing and a silent auction with items valued up to $1,000.

“The event highlights the influence of Latino chefs on southern Delaware cuisine,” said event chairman Bryan Mozeik.

Chefs from Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria, Northeast Seafood Kitchen, Blue Coast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar, Matt’s Fish Camp, Harvest Tide Steakhouse, Chilmole Mexican Grill, Calderon Market & Bakery, 501 North Casual + Fine Dining, and Cilantro will showcase their authentic cuisine.

Harvest Tide owner and chef Danio Somoza-Angel will serve carnitas al pastor, thin shavings of spit-roasted, marinated pork on blue corn tostada with black bean puree, avocado, chipotle mayo and queso fresco.

Another feature will be from Cilantro owner Gladys Fernandez: elotes locos, fresh Mexican-style corn with all the fixings.

Entertainer DJ Hector will play music from popular Latin artists. Diego Guzman will offer salsa, merengue and tango dance instruction. South American musician Carlos Erazo will entertain with his Andean flute.

Tickets are $50 and will be available at the door or at laesperanzacenter.org.

“Sabor Latino 2018 aims to build relationships between La Esperanza and the community,” said Rosalia Velazquez, La Esperanza’s executive director.

Three Carmelite nuns, Sister Rosa, Sister Ascension and Sister Maria, began La Esperanza to provide services to the Latino community. The nuns retired in 2017, but La Esperanza carries on their mission with a staff dedicated to meeting the needs of its community. La Esperanza receives funding through grants and contributions from individuals and corporations.

Ms. Velazquez said that while La Esperanza’s mission is to serve Latino residents who need assistance navigating life in a new place, the Latino community at large has become a rich resource for the region over the past two decades.

“Latinos provide talented employees in several fields, including banking, health care and hospitality,” she said. Latino employment in the construction industry is increasing, and large numbers of agricultural and poultry workers are Latino.

“They’re an important part of the economy,” Ms. Velazquez said.

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