Caribbean Life’s Alexandra Simon announces that, in honor of Haitian heritage month, the Haitian Culinary Alliance will host a dinner at the James Beard House (located at 167 West 12th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues West Village, New York) on May 18, from 7:00 to 10:00pm. The event is called “All-Stars of Haiti” and it will feature the best of Haitian cuisine.
“All-Stars of Haiti” will be the first time Haitian cuisine will be featured at the venue, which also happens to be on a Haitian flag day. The idea came into fruition after Chef Stephan Berrouet-Durand, founder and president of the culinary group, wanted to bring together some of Haiti’s top chefs to celebrate the commemorative month. “I approached James Beard House about doing a Haitian dinner, and it just so happened that one of the dates available was May 18th, which is in a month that celebrates Haitian culture and a big symbolic date in Haitian history,” said Berrouet-Durand. “I saw it as a perfect opportunity to really show the best of Haitian gastronomy.”
Nine chefs including Durand will prepare a variety of gourmet selections on popular Haitian dishes — some that are commonly known, and others that will be introductory, he added. “We are doing our version of legume, bleu, and mayi moulin, but the chefs are going to make extremely creative takes on traditional cuisine,” said Berrouet-Durand. “You will see stuff that is very familiar, but it will certainly not be your typical Haitian dish or food that you can find at a restaurant in Brooklyn or Miami.”
He says the meals served in eateries in predominantly Haitian communities in the states only cover a small portion of what Haitian cuisine has to offer, and this dinner will showcase a wider collection of what it can be.
“The mom and pop restaurants — that is only the surface of what Haitian cuisine is about,” he said. “What people typically see in Haitian cuisine is very selective, but there are foods that come from different regions and cities, and a lot of dishes that Haiti has in repertoire that has never made it to a table.”
On the menu will be seven different full course meals, including appetizers, and dessert. The dinner will be somewhat of an introduction into Haitian cooking for rookies, and even lovers of Haitian cuisine. [. . .]
“All-Stars of Haiti” at James Beard House [167 W. 12th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in West Village, (212) 675-4984, www.jamesbeard.org] May 18, 7–10 pm. $175.